Visiting Art Galleries with Children
Visiting museums and art galleries is one of our favourite activities to do as a family. We have chosen to ignore Jake Chapman’s advice, that taking children to see art is “A total waste of time”. We love visiting art galleries with children.
My children enjoy different types of galleries, they enjoyed laughing at the nudes in the Portrait Gallery, and they like the vast sculptures and art in the Tate Modern. We recently enjoyed running around the Op Art exhibition in the Tate Liverpool. A particular highlight was running around the Jim Lambie Stripy floor. I’m not an expert on this , the few tips I have to share are:
My children enjoy everything better if they eaten before we start. Putting our coats and bags in the cloakroom is a game changer. It means i don’t need to carry everyones coats around.
Don’t try and see the whole gallery in one visit. Choose to visit one or two exhibitions (depending on the age of your children). I find that 20 mins at a time, is long enough for my children, who are 6 & 10
I often let my children lead the way. OK sometimes we are just running around, but they do have more fun when they are leading the tour.
We like to take some pencils, pens and a little sketch pad in a little pouch. We usually sit on the floor and draw in front of piece of art that interests them. Sometimes when they were younger we would also bring a cardboard view finder, children’s magnifying glass or binoculars. Some galleries have back packs for children - but we find that often there isn’t much left in them. Unless you are lucky enough to get one when they are first assembled.
Our favourite galleries to visit are
The Yorkshire Sculpture park - Your children can run around outside and you get to see fantastic sculptures.
The Tate Modern - My children love running around the Turbine hall and the swings outside. The exhibitions and scale are always exciting and great.
The National Portrait Gallery - The nudes were are a favourite here on our last visit.
Manchester Art Gallery - We like the Clore Art Studio, it is a great interactive space to play and explore.
Do you like to visit art galleries with your children ? Which galleries do you like to visit?