Babysitters were the best. They would give you candy, play fun games with you and you could always finagle your way into staying up a little later than you were supposed to. Naturally, Mary Poppins has been number one on our dream babysitter list for like, ever, but it’s looking like the magical English nanny just might have herself some competition.
Solange shared a few snaps on Instagram of her and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy having what kind of looks like the funnest day ever. She took Blue and her son Julez Smith to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. From the looks of Solange’s snapshots, the two tikes experienced Kahlil Joseph’s double-screen video piece, which serves as a sort of portrait of modern day LA. They also checked out a stunning light bulb installation that looks like an electric wonderland.
While you might think this kind of museum is too complex for a couple of kids, these two look like they’re having a grand old time – after all, this is Solange and Beyoncé’s offspring we’re talking about here. Art appreciation is in their blood. While the idea of taking your tykes to a posh, contemporary museum might look easier said than it’s done in celebrity land, here are a few art exhibits worth checking out this spring (and summer) that you and little ones will enjoy.
1. Habitat Earth (California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco): If you’re headed to the city by the bay (AKA our home) be sure to check out this science and nature wonderland. There is a whole day’s worth of cool stuff to check out here, but one new exhibit worth attending is the Habitat Earth show. You’ll step inside the museum’s famous Morrison Planetarium to experience a fulldome exploration of what it means to live in today’s connected world, where biological networks intersect with those built by humans.
2. Far, Far Away… (The Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York): Let your child’s imagination run free at this upcoming exhibit (May 22- September 6), which focuses on “the possibility of alternate worlds, dreamscapes and imagined landscapes, places where adventures occur and fantasy takes over.”
3. Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s (LA Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles): If you want to give your kiddos a museum experience that is not necessarily geared specifically towards kids, this is a great option. The upcoming exhibit, on display May 10 to August 2, will feature LA-themed drawings by nearly 50 artists. The fact that these were produced back in the ’60s and ’70s promises bold colors and graphic pop-art motifs that are sure to catch any child’s attention.
4. Annual Kaleidoscope Family Day (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago): On Saturday, July 18th head over to the Art Institute of Chicago for a free day of discovery, creativity and family fun. Explore art-making and activity stations around the museum for all ages (including teens) led by family programs staff and cultural arts partners from some of Chicago’s finest arts organizations. (Photo via Fresh Lemons Quilts)
5. Scaife Gallery Fun (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh): This museum is always buzzing with family-friendly fun, like gallery activities, audio guides, exploration tables and drop-in art making, but what really sets it apart is the “Scaife Gallery Fun” the museum is currently hosting every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Here the staff sends kids on imaginative dialogues with portraits, prompts them to imitate the pose of sculptures and even gets them started on quick sketches inspired by works of art.
Do you have any fun art excursions planned for you and your kiddo? If so, share with us in the comments below.
(Photos via @saintrecords)