A fine art museum may not be the first place you think of to take your kids on an outing. But the Cincinnati Art Museum has lately become an ideal family destination, with intentional offerings designed to attract art-loving families, young and old. Here are just a few things you can expect:
Something to do
Yes, you’re at the museum, where you’re supposed to meander around and discuss the art in murmuring quietude. But kids often need more. So the Museum has cooked up an activity just for them: Visit the MyCAM Art Hunts display in the Schmidlapp Gallery to design and print a custom themed scavenger hunt, complete with a museum map and activities. Your kids will gain a new appreciation for fine art, and you’ll gain a new appreciation for watching them discover it.
Somewhere to hang out
The Rosenthal Education Center serves two purposes: It will get your kid to the art museum (“We’ll go to the craft room,” you’ll say). And it will keep your kid acting civilized at the art museum (”Don’t you want to go to the craft room?”). The craft room is just as it sounds: A large space devoted to hands-on creativity for kids of all ages. They can paint, glue, cut, tape, and draw anything they can dream up. You? You can have a seat.
Lockers and strollers, free of charge
It may seem like a small gesture, but it’s very great not to have to drag your umbrella and diaper bag through any place, especially one filled with priceless antiquities. Pick up a locker key from security, stash your coats on the racks, and zoom out with a zippy little stroller.
A cheap thrill
Thanks to an endowment by The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation, general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is free. Forever. Frankly, we can’t think of anything more kid-friendly.