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3 Tips on visiting the Art gallery with kids

3 Tips on visiting the Art gallery with kids

Going to the art gallery with children may seem like a nightmare but if you think about it can be a frightening experience for kids to see their parents staring at artworks and installations in a big space. Art Gallery is a place I visit regularly for inspiration and being a full time mum I had to make Aiden feel comfortable. 

1. Chat with your child about Artworks + Art Gallery before the visit.

We spend time observing the art gallery outside before we head in. We run around chase the birds, have snacks and chat about where we are. This makes the child feel a little less intimidated and feel comfortable before they head in.

Here are two art galleries we visit regularly :

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Art Gallery of NSW

2. Participate in Children's art activities + programs.

There are many engaging activities for kids in art galleries for all ages. It allows children to experiment, explore and make fun memories.

Find out more about Kids and Family Programs:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art here.
  • Art Gallery NSW here.

3. Simplify and talk to your child in their eye level.

I was speaking to a parent once where she told me that she had a big fight with her child after visiting the art gallery. She couldn't understand why the child could not understand and appreciate art. I have loved art all my life, went to art school but understanding artworks is difficult for me as an adult too. I think as adults, it's important to talk to children in our eye levels.

One tip I found very helpful was to talk about shapes + colours that my son Aiden liked. We would walk around the gallery and look for Red colours and point out to all the strange + funny shapes we found. This exercise is always a win and sometimes they get super excited. It's also a great way to chat and introduce about artists and their artworks.

Here's a view on top of MCA Art Gallery. We love having coffee + babychino after our gallery visit.

Ps. Visiting the gift store, picking picture books + little art toys makes the visit super enjoyable for kids too.

Have fun! 


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