With all the rain we’ve been having lately, our family needed an indoor adventure. And with three little ones 5 and under, the choices were limited. Last weekend, we braved the doors of the Toledo Art Museum and found it had a lot to offer a multi-generational family visit. We started out with a walk through the Irregular Polygons exhibit featuring brightly colored, wall-size shapes. The niblings enjoyed naming all the shapes and then took a turn at “being Frank Stella” with the help of colored pencils, paper and stencils.
We continued our journey in the main gallery looking at paintings, sculptures, room displays, jewelry and more. It was fun to see the responses of the old and young in my family. We all have our artistic preferences. When the attention spans faded away, we headed downstairs to the Family Center.
This creative space is fun and free and open to everyone! One room reminds you of your elementary school art class with easels, art bins, and large craft tables filling the area. Teachers welcomed us into the room with several projects from which to choose. (My nephew’s piece is proudly displayed on my refrigerator.) An adjoining room contains a play space reflecting much of the artwork that we had viewed up stairs.
Our visit lasted about 2 hours, and I’m guessing that we only touched the surface of this beautiful museum. Kudos to the curatorial team on a beautiful display and to the front line guest services team for their kindness to our family. Teaching children to love art and appreciate museums is a treat. I can definitely see us making a return visit.
What are your favorite museums? Kid-friendly spaces?