Kids are natural artists, and one way to celebrate their creativity and spark some new avenues for exploration is to visit a local art museum. Chicago is lucky enough to have four great places to see art, ranging from the well-known Art Institute to the perfect-for-younger-kids Elmhurst Art Museum.
All four offer opportunities for kids to join interactive art-making programs and to learn more about famous works of art. Here's a breakdown of what you'll find at each.You might also like:
Parents will love: The stroller tours offered the first Wednesday of every month. It's a great chance for parents to learn about art without having to try to corral energetic toddlers. Also worth noting-kids 12 and under are always free.
Kids will love: Free family days the second Saturday of every month where they can learn about contemporary art through hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts and look and learn stations. Even better, kids 12 and under eat free at Puck's on Family Day with the purchase of one adult entrée.
Don't miss: There are lots of bright colors, large pieces of art and rotating exhibits. Yes, there are areas where you might be covering up little ones' eyes if you don't want them to look at colorful paintings of private body parts, or you might decide to let the paintings just spark some interesting discussions with your family.
While you're there: Visit the nearby American Girl or LEGO stores. Plus, there are plenty of fun restaurants within walking distance.