The concept of taking my child for a visit to the museum sounds like a wonderful weekend outing; expose her to culture, give her an appreciation of modern art. Then the reality of, “don’t touch anything” “shhhh” “you’re not bored, we just got here” creeps into my mind. Enter FAMILY DAY at THE BECHTLER OF MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.
On Saturday, February 11th, you may drop in anytime between noon and 4:30pm with your kids for a Valentine’s Day themed FAMILY DAY. Specifically created to cater to kids’ curiousity and give them a looser environment that introduces them to art, THE BECHTLER offers hands on activities with a connection to their current exhibits.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day and engage their imaginations, children can create hand made modern art Valentine’s cards, get abstract by making torn paper collages in the style of Italo Valenti, and create sketch portraits in the style of Alberto Giacometti. Plan your visit to take advantage of the guided museum tour offered at 1pm and 3pm.
Jennifer Sudul Edwards, Ph.D., Bechtler curator and mom to two boys, is passionate about making the museum not only accessible to kids but making their experience purposeful. “Art has the power to liberate their minds and expand their ability to look at situations differently, which builds their confidence to solve problems.”
“Creating in the museum breaks down the perception of a museum being an elite space” – Bechtler Museum Curator Sudul Edwards
The Bechtler FAMILY DAY Details
February 11th, drop in attendence from 12 to 4:30pm with guided tours at 1 and 3pm.
Kids 18 and under enjoy FREE admission, adults are $8. All childrens items in the Bechtler gift shop are 10% off.
Already have plans for Saturday, February 11th? Mark your calendar for the final Family Day of the year on May 13th and explore the kinetic sculptures of Jean Tinguely using gear stencils and watercolor pencils.
Scoop Tip: Don’t forget to take a picture of your little ones at the iconic Firebird statue outside. Post to Instagram and tag @thebechtler!
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28203