If there is one thing that I have learned over my almost six years of parenting, it is that kids LOVE art. Whether they are creating it themselves (preferably some place that isn’t my nice and clean house!) or observing someone else’s colorful and fun art, kids of all ages are totally and utterly drawn to it. So the next time you hear “I’m bored” or want to spice up your typical weekend routine, take the kids to see these artistic spots in Chicagoland:
The obvious and award winning choice: The Art Institute of Chicago
There is so much for budding artists to love about the Art Institute…the sculptures, the doll houses…and of course, the Ryan Learning Center! Kids of all ages and their families can design their own creations in the Artist’s Studio inspired by collections showcased throughout the museum. Be sure to utilize the online JourneyMaker to create a map and plan for your day of artistic discovery! Children under 14 years old are free admission, and entrance to the Ryan Learning Center is free for all.
Our favorite spot for art and stories: Ed Paschke Art Center
The talented StoryBook Mom, Nili Yelin, performs her lively readings the third Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. Come for her performance but stay to check out the lively and colorful works that adorn the gallery. Admission is free.
The play space where art is at the forefront: Gather
Art is at the core of this beautiful play space in Evanston. Budding artists can contribute to the chalkboard wall, sculpt with homemade play dough, or create their own masterpieces with the ample supplies the play space provides. Be sure to check the calendar for an updated list of family friendly art inspired activities and learning opportunities.
Where to study the relationship between art and nature: Morton Arboretum Origami Exhibit
From May through October, marvel at the dozen large scale origami sculptures nestled within the beautiful landscape of the Morton Arboretum. Extension activities, such as origami folding and other family friendly fun are hosted in the Children’s Garden. Included in daily admission.
The place that helps kids realize that just about anything can be art: The Museum of Contemporary Art
Although Family Days are on hiatus until Fall 2017, there are still stroller tours and special activity kits provided to families to help them navigate the museum. Families with children under 12 years of age are free on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Where the artist’s message is LOUD and CLEAR: Elmhurst Art Museum
Among it’s ever changing contemporary exhibits, you can enjoy the signs of love and optimism by talented artist Matthew Hoffman. Don’t miss the Skycube, my boys’ personal favorite!
And lastly…the walls around you!
Chicago has some of the best urban art…where is your favorite wall?
Where are your favorite places to see art in Chicagoland? If you are looking for a road trip, head to Milwaukee to see its stunning art museum!
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