Teagan got her NexGen LACMA card when she was an infant! It’s never too young to explore the arts with your children. We were disappointed to find out that the West Wing closed down for renovations. That’s the building that houses the children’s area. But we met up for a play date this weekend and spent some time in the Boone Children’s Gallery. Kids of all ages can make art and learn about Korean brush painting. The girls (and moms) had a great time painting with tempura paints and we even looked over the Korean themed books that were available in the gallery. I’m half Korean and love to explore anything that has to do with my Korean culture. I’m definitely disconnected from that part of my heritage and I hope to help Teagan investigate a little bit more about her Korean ancestors and culture.
Arts for NexGen has an awesome summer lined up for kids featuring Art Camp, Art-School, Target Free Holidays and Andell Family Sundays. Sundays in June focus on Pacific Island Art while July’s activities are based on Baldessari’s Brain.
The other exhibits in the museum aren’t as kid friendly. Beware of the marble fountain outside of the Korean wing. The fountain is not to be touched which is difficult to explain to a toddler/young child. What child isn’t attracted to a fountain? Also, make sure to ask what can be photographed and what can’t. Most of the exhibits allow non-flash photography but there are specific items that can’t be photographed at all.
Outside LACMA the lampposts were a fun attraction for the girls. They liked playing hide and seek and following the maze of lampposts. This created some fantastic photo opps. From LACMA you can easily walk down Wilshire Blvd and add the LA Brea tar pits to your outing. Enjoy the grassy areas and the kids can stand awestruck by the large elephants stuck in the pits. Maybe one of the street musicians will play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star like he did for Teagan and her friend.