How to plan a fun, engaging trip to the KIA
Step 1: Check the museum website (you are already there so you are off to a good start!)
- Look for hours, any fees, parking and other facilities.
- Check out the website with your children. Look at pictures of exhibitions and talk about what you will see in the museum. Let them pick out a few favorite works that they want to see during the visit.
Step 2: Find family-friendly activities. The KIA has lots to interest you and your family.
- Look at the daily calendar. There might be a something special going on the day of your visit.
- Visit our Kids Corner on the lower level for lots of hands-on, creative activities including a huge drawing wall, a glow-in-the-dark corner and fun reading nook filled with imaginative, playful stories for the whole family!
Step 3: Getting ready to visit.
- Read a book about going to a museum. Here is a great list of books that will appeal to any child's interests.
- Plan a scavenger hunt. Look for specific object (dogs, children, fruit, things that start with the letter of your child's first name).
- You could also bring a notebook and a pencil (no pens please!) so your child could do some sketching or writing. Making up stories or poems about works of art is lots of fun!
- Ask questions-what do you see? What is the story? How many oranges are in this still life? If you were going to take a trip into this painting, what would you need to bring? What's your favorite work in this gallery and why?'
- Discuss museum behavior with your children about how to behave:
- No touching any art unless you are invited to do so.
- Use walking feet, not running or skipping.
- Use inside voices.
Other helpful tips
- Don't expect to see everything in one visit. You want to leave the museum before they get overwhelmed so they will look forward to their next visit.
- Make sure the kids are fed and well-rested. Everyone will have a better time.
- Dress comfortably - no need to dress up - and wear comfortable shoes.