If I'm honest visiting museum's is not one of my most favorite things to do in my life. I remember when I was in the 8th grade I went on a trip with my mom, brother, aunt, cousin, and grandma & grandpa. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. We headed up to DC and visited every museum we could, went through Gettysburg, and even ended up in NYC. What a trip for a young girl, right?
I really wish that I would have savored that trip more. That I would have appreciated all that was put in front of me. That I would have been grateful for my parents for the experiences they put in front of me.
But yet, let's all remember that most 8th graders are stupid. Plain stupid and unappreciative of the goodness in front of them.
Anyhow, I'm not a huge fan of museums, but I do LOVE them at my own pace. I start to not like them when I'm with someone that wants to read EVERY.SINGLE.PARAGRAPH about EVERY.SINGLE.EXHIBIT. Nope, I can't do that.
So, last year when I found out that the Blanton Museum of Art is free every Thursday I knew that we should all get educated on art.
I loaded up the kids, and we walked through the museum at our own pace. I didn't force the kids to look at every piece, but we did walk through the whole thing. The museum even provided a sheet for the kids to fill out as they walked around looking to answer the clues on the paper. The kids liked that, and it became a small competition to see who could find all the answers.
I asked the kids all of their favorite pieces of art, and for a small moment I felt as though I was being a really good mom and educating my kids on the arts.
If you are in Austin on a Thursday, and need something to do with your kids that is free plus air conditioned try this out! Because let's be honest, you don't have to love the arts to appreciate free + air conditioning during the Summer time in Austin, TX.