If you have never taken your children to the children's room at the art museum, PLEASE go! It just opened in May and I found out about it through a few different friends. It's fabulous! We went yesterday with my mom. The Art Museum is easy to find, has free parking, and free admission!
There are 2 rooms in the children's area (which is on the 2nd floor). The first room is designed for 0-5 year olds and the 2nd is for 6-12 year olds. The 2 rooms are connected and we played in both rooms.
Here is a picture of the 0-5 year old room. That is a chalkboard table on which kids can draw.
One note, as soon as we walked in, the attendant told us that Sims was required to have socks or shoes on because it was a state law! He is still a crawler and therefore never wears shoes. Thankfully, Jack had socks and shoes on so I took his socks off and put them on Sims. Shockingly, he kept them on the entire time.
Here is a picture of the Sensory Cubes in the 0-5 year old room. They also had magnets, masks, books, blocks, and many other great things.
In the older room, Kate and Jack's favorite activity was this area. It was a very long table with pieces of poster board and different colored masking tape. The kids were able to make all kinds of different creations.
I was barely able to get a picture of Henry. He was running all over the place and having a great time.
Here is Claire making pottery art. You draw on these pots with crayons and then erase them with baby wipes.
Sims loved the magnet board!
Here is Jack, not wanting to smile because he was busy with his masterpiece. This was a screen in which you use water and a paint brush. At first the "paint" seems invisible, and then slowly the markings appear.
There were 2 huge screens on the wall. You could either touch the screen to pick your color, or the colors were on the floor and you could tap them with your feet and then write all over the board. Henry and Claire in particular loved this!
There is also an exhibit in which you can put yourself into painting and then email it to yourself. This was Henry's favorite thing. He probably did this 10 times. :) Here is what one of the pictures looked like:
We all went outside afterwards for a snack!
It was a really fun and we will definitely be back!