Don’t drag your kids to a bunch of humdrum exhibitions that will bore them to tears. Instead, check out these museums; all of which have kid-friendly activities that are enjoyable for the whole family. Your kids will be having so much fun they won’t even notice how much they’re learning.
American Visionary Art Museum
It’s impossible not to stay entertained at this bizarre, eclectic museum, which features art created by amateur and self-taught artists. If you think all art museums are stuffy; think again. Exhibits like the shiny Bling Universe and the World’s First Family of Robots will have you giggling, staring, and scratching your head the whole time.
Cost: Adults, $15.95; Seniors $13.95; Students and kids, $9.95; Members and kids under 6, free
More Info: http://www.avam.org/
Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art holds an impressive collection of art from around the world, including the largest single collection of works by Henri Matisse. Although this could easily be overwhelming, it’s made more accessible with free guided and audio tours. “Artful Stories: A BMA Family Tour” is an audio tour specifically designed to keep kids engaged in their surroundings—and it’s narrated by Matisse’s dog, Raoudi!
Cost: Free, with some ticketed exhibitions
More Info: http://www.artbma.org/
Maryland Science Center
When it comes to getting down and dirty while learning a thing or two, nothing beats the Maryland Science Center. Whether your kids already love science or have no enthusiasm at all, the fascinating, interactive exhibits are sure to pique their interest. From playing a stringless harp in Newton’s Alley to trying on a flight suit in the SpaceLink, there are enough activities to keep everyone entertained.
Cost: Adults, $18.95; Seniors, $17.95; Kids ages 3-12, $15.95; Members and ASCT Passport holders, free
More Info: http://www.mdsci.org/