Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 73
The Field Museum.
THE BEST WAYS TO AVOID BURNOUT AND HAVE FUN.
AISING A MUSEUM-LOVING KID TAKES PATIENCE - AND A
focus on fun and creativity. "My son has been to six continents,
and I'm always surprised at what sticks with him," says Piedmont,
California-based Virtuoso agency owner Amie O'Shaughnessy. "But you
can't always expect über-engagement. It's still exposure, and exposure
creates flexibility in kids." Here, two advisors (and moms) from her
agency weigh in on how to avoid museum malaise with young children.
THE PRO: SANDY PAPPAS, ATLANTA
SPECIAL SNACKS: "Bring something that's really a treat for the kid. My
daughter still talks about when I gave her Skittles at Florence's Uffizi
Gallery. I passed them out Hansel and Gretel-style as we moved
among the galleries."
DETECTIVE WORK: "Before you start, hit the museum gift shop to buy
postcards of artwork. The kids can be on the lookout for those pieces
as you tour."
FAVORITE STOP: "Register far in advance for the kids' programming at
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City. My kids did a great
digital photography workshop - and it was free."
(FIELD MUSEUM) RICHARD ELLIS/ALAMY, (MOMA) TOMAS ABAD/ALAMY
THE PRO: NICOLE WILTROUT, INDIANAPOLIS
VISIT ALL TYPES: "You need variety: It helps children explore many interests, such as art, science, and history. Go beyond children's museums,
Rules of engagement at MoMA.
but be mindful of age and appropriateness. A 2-year-old can't sit still
and be quiet for a long time."
THE FIRST STOP: "Stop at the information desk first. The staff can tell
you which exhibits are best for your children's age groups."
BOOK A GUIDE: "When kids reach school age, investing in a great, familyfocused guide makes sense, especially at huge museums such as the
Louvre and the British Museum."
BRING PROPS: "It gives kids something to do, but it also helps them develop observation skills. My kids got sketch pads at the Georgia O'Keeffe
Museum in Santa Fe and happily spent time re-creating her work in
each gallery. They now recognize her paintings when they see them."
GET OUTSIDE: "Structure a museum visit by spending time inside right
when it opens, then find the outdoor gardens or a nearby park for
playtime. Spend the morning at London's Natural History Museum,
for instance, followed by an afternoon at Hyde Park."
FAVORITE STOPS: "We could have spent days at the Deutsches Museum
in Munich, and my kids loved the Tate Modern in London. Chicago
has two of my favorites for kids and parents: the natural history Field
Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry."
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