When most parents are deciding on a family friendly outing, the local art museum might not come to mind. But Denver parents and kids are lucky enough to live in a city whose art museum makes engaging its youngest visitors a top priority.
The Denver Art Museum, or DAM, offers more than 68,000 works of art for visitors to explore, but what makes DAM different from most other museums is the way it encourages its visitors to explore their own creativity. For example, the current exhibit “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” is complemented with a working fashion studio in which visitors young and old can examine fabric, browse fashion magazines and sketch their own designs.
The museum provides many more unique amenities for kids. One favorite is the Family Activity Cart. Open on weekends and school holidays, the Art Cart offers Backpacks and Art Tubes for check out. Backpacks include games, puzzles, and an art project for families to complete, while Art Tubes offer just an art project, perfect for shorter visits. Another kid favorite is Bubaloo, on display until May 2012, where kids can hop on and “pop” light bubbles. Besides these special activities, most ongoing exhibits offer at least one game or special area for children. The museum provides a special map for families that highlights most “family friendly” locations, but part of the fun is discovering just how family friendly DAM is!
On top of the usual fun, this Sunday, April 29, the museum will host Dia del Nino/Day of the Child. On Dia del Nino, get free general admission at the DAM and view special programming that celebrates children around the world, including a free performance by México en Movimiento at 1 pm in Ponti Hall.
For more information about DAM, visit the museum’s website. Happy exploring!