If you missed Part I of our museum adventure, click here.
Detroit Institute of Arts
The DIA is located across Woodward from the Detroit Historical Museum and was our next stop. I wasn’t sure how much the kids would like the DIA, but with free admission for Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland County residents there was no risk in giving it a try! Since we were only planning on spending about an hour there, I let the kids decide what to see. We saw mummies from Egypt, knights in armor, Diego Rivera’s mural, African masks, and paintings by Matisse and Picasso.
My son (7 yo) had done a lesson on Matisse in school, so he was excited to be able to see some of the paintings that he learned about in class. And while I am not much of an art connoisseur, I enjoyed talking to him about the paintings – which ones we liked best, what we liked about them, etc… My daughter (4.5 yo) wasn’t as excited about the art, but she did enjoy the “Eye Spy” game that could be found in every gallery. Each “Eye Spy” board gives a written and picture clue for a piece of art in that gallery. Definitely a great way to keep kids engaged!
The DIA also hosts “Family Sundays”, but we got there just as they were closing up for the day. Check the DIA website for information on upcoming Family Sunday events – they include family performances, storytelling, art-making workshops and much more. Times vary, but events usually start around noon or 1 pm. Also check out DIA’s “Friday Night Live” – the DIA is open late (till 10 pm) every Friday night and features live music, art-making workshops, guided tours and more. Sounds like the perfect spot for a kid-free date night!
Stay tuned for Part III of our museum adventures at the Michigan Science Center. You can also read about my recent kid-free visit to the DIA here.