I hope it’s no secret that I love art, AND my idea of a good time is visiting an art museum. When Philadelphia Family Magazine and the Philadelphia Museum of Art offered myself and Philadelphia-area bloggers the opportunity to tour the new Artsplash experience for free at the Art Museum with my kids – of course, I said yes.
Since parking and admission were free, I brought along my youngest 3 kids who love art just as much as I do. Yes, we took a day off from school. Who wouldn’t if they could go to a world-class art museum and play with art?
After parking in the main garage at the museum, we rode a trolley over to the Perelman Building and started our day with a quick second breakfast. The cafe area is just off of the Skylit Atrium. The educators did a quick review of museum rules and etiquette like looking with your eyes not your hands and no climbing on exhibits.
We started our exhibit tour in CandyCoated Wonderland, a story-book installation created by Philadelphia-based artist Candy Coated. Candy herself joined us for the tour, giving the kids and moms her artist’s perspective on creating art. I loved listening to the kids talk about the different stories going on in the exhibit.
Next we went upstairs to take a look back at women and children’s fashion in All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families. Did you know that in the 18th and 19th century, boys wore dresses until they were 5 years old?
Back downstairs to the Atrium where kids worked on their paper dolls with the help of their moms and the educators. The paper doll activity was a fantastic craft for a wide age range of kids! The little ones could stamp their dolls with shapes while the older ones added fabric with glue dots and decorated with metallic pens. All paper dolls received their own display stand. In the video below, you can see the details my kids focused on when making their dolls.
We ended our Art Museum trip with a ride in the trolley back to the parking garage and a picnic lunch with friends by the Schuylkill River. Before we got off the trolley, my kids were already asking to go back to the Art Museum.
Artsplash in the Perelman Building: June 28th to September 2nd
Opening Weekend June 27th to 28th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
5 Special Exhibitions
- Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
- CandyCoated Wonderland
- Design for the Modern Child
- All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families
- Family Portrait
Philadelphia Museum of Art Members enjoy free, unlimited admission to these programs this summer, plus admission to the Museum all year long.
Disclosure: My children and I received free admission and parking from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are gloriously my own.