Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our Visit to The Cleveland Art Museum

We had a wonderful visit to The Cleveland Art Museum the other day!!!  I can't believe this was the first time I had ever taken Cassie! Most people would think an Art Museum might be a boring for a young child, but I remember reading about a post from another blog about making your trip like an adventure... and I knew this would help to keep C's interest: Making a Scavenger Hunt!  I created a "Visual Scavenger Hunt List" like the one I saw at Montessori MOMents.  What a fab idea from Lori at Montessori sure to check out her post on this here! To create a "Visual Scavenger Hunt",  I went to the Cleveland Museum of Art's Website and selected about 20 art works to print on a single sheet of paper.  Then, we were off to the museum!!! Cassie stated to me that "We're on Treasure Hunt!!!" This made it SOOO EXCITING!  She couldn't wait!!!  Here is Cassie finding the Armor Court and Knight! She couldn't understand why the horses had armor too!?!

Here is our "Visual Scavenger Hunt" for The Cleveland Museum of Art:

C with a Greek Sculpture (I think!).

C very intrigued with this Mummy Case!

C finding The African Serpent Headdress on her "Visual Scavenger Hunt List".

Cassie posing in front of a sculpture by Artist Red Grooms!!! I've always loved this!!!

I wish I had taken more pictures,  but we were so engrossed with searching for all our treasures!!!  Cassie did a fabulous job searching for the different items on her list and even saw some before I even did!  We went at a fairly fast pace through the museum because we were looking and I didn't want to stop for too long!  I asked her what her favorite piece of art was in the Museum and she said:
(So,  I think it was a successful visit!!!)

What are your experiences with visiting an Art Museum with children???
(please share!!!)


  1. Thank you so much for linking back to my post. Cassie is absolutely adorable in your museum photos! She looks like she loved the art. I'm so happy you had a great time. You're making me want to head back with my boys for another visit. May be soon...

  2. We've taken our kids to art museums for years and all around the world. (They're one of my guilty pleasures but I didn't tell the kids that!) We've used your style of scavenger hunt at the Getty Museum in LA and also a color scavenger hunt bracelet. These work well because it doesn't give you something extra to hold. You can download them here

    I love when kids enjoy time at the art museum. Don't you?

  3. Hi Melissa, I enjoyed this post (actually I enjoy all of your posts) so much! What a clever and fun way of bringing kids in touch with culture. Lovely greetings, Angelique

  4. That's so great! I haven't tried taking my girls to an art museum before, but will definitely try it with a scavenger hunt when I do. I didn't realize you were in the Cleveland area - that Red Grooms sculpture has always been one of my favorites too! We went to the Natural History Museum last month and we had a ton of fun! They have a great Discovery Center, some live animals in an outdoor exhibit, and the Little Builder's Exhibit was featured in the FamilyFun magazine - but not sure if it runs through September, or if its gone. You should definitely check it out if you haven't been there yet!

  5. Fabulous post! Looks like you had lots of fun. I think it is great to take kids "early" and find things that are relevant to them and that they enjoy looking at :-)

    We went recently too - and had a great time!!