In January I took the kids on a little road trip. Our destination was Georiga, but on the way from Mississippi to Georgia we stopped in Birmingham. We went to the art museum and had lunch. It was my first time in Alabama and it was a brief experience, but we enjoyed every moment...at least until I got lost finding a gas station, but that was my fault, not Alabama's.
The Birmingham Art Museum is located just off the highway in downtown Birmingham. It was easy to find and the parking lot made it even easier to access. We headed in and were greeted by the friendly desk worker who validated our parking and gave me a map. We headed up the stairs to start in the children's area.
There are two parts to the children's area. This portion is geared towards children under 5. It is cozy and interactive. There are different kinds of art to try including a chalk table, crayons and markers, and masks to manipulate. There are children's book related to art and other materials with which to manipulate and create.
Their favorite part of this space, was this wall at the back of the room. It has bands and shapes that can be manipulated on the pegs.
Then we headed into the older children's area. You walk through this hallway of origami which was perhaps my favorite part.
This is the room for older children. I loved how technology was built into the space. The giant screens were interactive drawing boards. There were also tablets that had drawing and pottery apps available. A collage project, more children's books, and manipulatives were also out for children to play with in this room.
A lot of time was spent at this station painting with water and creating calligraphy type marks.
My kids could have stayed in these rooms all morning, perhaps all day. If we lived in the area I would certainly return frequently. Such a fun place to explore and play. Our twins loved the little nooks and manipulative materials and creative invitations throughout the spaces. I was curious about the rest of the museum, however, and felt that since we were at the art museum we should probably take in at least a little art. So after an hour or so had passed, I pulled out the map of the museum and they helped me decide where we wanted to go next.
We ended up in the outdoor sculpture garden (also pictured in the title photo). Whenever we visit an art musuem it is often the sculpture that attracts their attention. Their favorite was probably the sculpture of the dancing person, however my favorite part was our conversation about this sculpture that I shared on Instagram.
Unfortunately, then we needed to get back on the road to get to Atlanta. If you happen to be in the area or live in Birmingham, I highly recommend this museum for families. The kids had a blast and really did not want to leave and we left inspired to create all kinds of art!
*The bathroom on the second floor has a changing table.
*The children's area had scavenger hunts available in kids area for the museum. The theme on the day we visited was "In The Round" and encouraged kids to look for circles in art around the museum. Handout included pictures of the art and a map to find the pieces. This would be a fun way to tour the museum with kids.
Ideas for when you get home:
*Check out some Art Books
*Make some Big Art together
*Create some collages - here are 30+ ideas to get you started
*Try a new art material, like Oil Pastels
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