Get creative with your kids with a museum art program. Here are five places to practice art appreciation throughout the country:
1. Danville, Ky.: Whether your game of choice is Pac-Man or Minecraft, this exhibit, focusing on the art of video game design, will intrigue you and your clan. Try your hand at creating a game: Choose graphics, music, sound, narrative and images while developing original characters and a compelling storyline. Play vintage video games to gain historical perspective and then challenge other family members with your own masterpiece. Now through April 25.
2. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Kids can be inspired by the life and work of legendary artist Salvador Dali during the junior docent program to educate art enthusiasts 9-13 years old. Families can also participate in the Breakfast With Dali program; graduates of the junior docent program share background and impressions of their favorite Dali pieces. Story time and other interactive creative programs take place each month.
3. Easton, Pa.: Color your world happy and spend a day at the 60,000-square-foot Crayola Experience in the Lehigh Valley. With more than 25 hands-on exhibits, kids can doodle in the dark on backlit boards, name a crayon color, hang out in the color playground and star in their own coloring book page.
Contact: crayolaexperience.com; discoverlehighvalley.com
4. Sonoma County, Calif.: Are you a Peanuts fan? Do your kids like cartoons? Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center to meet professional cartoonists and learn their techniques. Families can also view some of Schulz’s cartoon strips in animated form while relaxing in a 100-seat theater or check out the original nursery wall painted by Schulz in his Colorado home in 1951. Don’t miss the ceramic tile mural that depicts Charlie Brown running to kick a football held by Lucy.
5. Augusta, Ga.: The Morris Museum of Art, on this city's riverwalk, is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South.
The collection includes nearly 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures dating from the late 18th century to the present. Throughout the year, family-friendly programming includes Artrageous Family Sundays, weekday Mommy & Me programs and special exhibitions.
(Lynn O'Rourke Hayes is the editor of FamilyTravel.com. Email her at lohayes@FamilyTravel.com.)
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