The 10 Best Art Museums for Kids

Art-Smart Web Sites

Many of our winning museums have Web sites packed with kid-friendly features. Here's a sample of the cool activities you and your child can do online:

  • Joslyn Art Museum: Just click on the "Educator Resources + Outreach" link on joslyn.org to head to "Kid Connection," where you'll find a recipe for "abstract cake" -- art you can eat!
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Head to lacma.org and click on "Education" to find the link to "Explore Places," which allows families to step into the artist's mind through a range of landscapes in the museum's permanent collection (one, an abstract by Ingrid Calame, is patterned after the stains found on a city sidewalk).
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: At metmuseum.org, click on "Explore & Learn" for fun features such as "Romare Beardon: Let's Walk The Block" (kids can explore Beardon's famous collage with a guided tour of Harlem street life set to music by the Branford Marsalis Quartet) and "Carpet Hunt" (kids can search for the animals and plants hidden in an Indian carpet).
  • St. Louis Museum of Art: Go to stlouis.art.museum/sfysculpture to check out "See for Yourself: Sculpture," where animated images, music, and art introduce children in grades 5 to 8 to contemporary sculpture.
  • The Museum of Modern Art: Children ages 5 to 8 can help a friendly visitor from outer space investigate modern art at moma.org/destination. Kids can explore Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night, write a poem, create an online collage, and more.
  • Winterthur Museum & Country Estate: At winterthur.org, families can play "Life of an Apprentice," an interactive story of what it was like growing up in the late 1700s.

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Megan Othersen Gorman is a writer living outside of Philadelphia.

Copyright ? 2006. Reprinted with permission from the March 2006 issue of Child magazine.

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