It can seem like a big undertaking to take little ones to the MoMA. With its small rooms and quiet atmosphere, it can feel like a daunting prospect. However, the MoMA loves kids — just keep strollers and toddlers several feet from the art works and you’ll be fine. Use our guide below to enjoy showing your tiny tot or older child the beautiful of modern art.
This is your best bet with a baby or toddler. Stroll them around the exhibits you want to see (I’d suggest choosing only one exhibit per visit), then release them in the sculpture garden to play.
Bonus tip: The sculpture garden is free to visit on its own every morning from 9-10:30am. After that time you’ll need to buy a ticket, so get in early if you want to do a test run with just a little bit of culture before taking on the entire museum.
The MoMA offers programs for children ages 4 – 14 and their parents and caregivers. All programs are free.
Family Gallery Talks
For ages four and up. These tours are a fun and creative way for children to interact with art.
Pick up a free art card or printed guide (you can download the guide here in advance) with activities, questions and ideas for looking at art in the MoMA.
MoMA Audio for Kids
The MoMA has special kid-friendly audio guides.
Kids ages 4 – 14 learn about ideas and techniques in modern and contemporary art in these free workshops.
The MoMA hosts free screenings of family films every month. They tend to show unusual films you might otherwise never see (no Disney here!)
MoMA Art Labs
Adults and kids can experiment, play, and create art in this interactive space. Explore tools, techniques and ideas about art in a family-friendly environment.
MoMA Art Lab App
Live too far from the MoMA to make a visit in person? Download the MoMA Art Lab app (suitable for ages seven and up) and your kids can enjoy creating artworks such as a shape poem, sound composition or group drawing.
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St. btwn 5th & 6th Ave.
This article was first published on MommyNearest.
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!