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: How easy and inexpensive it is to visit this museum-no fussing with downtown Chicago parking! Admission is only $5 adults, $3 kids, and free for kids 4 and under. Fridays are free for all visitors.
Kids will love:Making their own art at free drop-in programs on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. On other days, grab an activity guide when you visit the museum to help guide kids through the exhibits with games, questions and scavenger hunts. Kids get a free prize for completing the activities.
Don't miss: The current exhibition "No Rules: Contemporary Clay," which uses clay in unique ways. Check out the life-size tree with a tree house made from porcelain or artist Teri Frame's video performance where she creates different faces on herself from clay. Kids and adults will love this exhibit that goes beyond playdough.
While you're there: This is a small museum easily combined with a visit to the nearby Elmhurst Historical Museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, where kids can learn about rocks and gemstones.