Things to do with kids during Houston Spring Break: Celebrate with the Museum of Fine Arts! March 17-23, 2014

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If you ever needed a membership to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), it might be for Spring Break 2014.  Starting Monday, March 17, MFAH has a long list of events for KIDS.

I used to think this museum wasn’t a kid museum, but check out all the events they have planned at the museum’s main campus, Bayou Bend and Rienzi!  (And look HERE for things to do in Houston March 8-14 and HERE for March 15-23!)

Cullen Sculpture Garden at Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Activities at the Main Campus, 1001 Bissonnet Street
Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.  Go HERE for details.
The programs are free with admission and open to the public.

  • Open Studio Guests are invited to visit the French Impressionist–themed Open Studio to let creativity soar. Choose from a variety of materials to make your own work of art, inspired by your imagination and artworks you have seen at the Museum. Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Artist Demonstration Step outside and join artist Claudia Zopoaragon in the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden as she demonstrates painting en plein air. Available Wednesday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Sketch Visit the European galleries and explore how artists such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir used natural light in their works of art. A Museum teaching artist will be on hand with paper, pencils and clipboards. Available from 12–3 p.m.
  • Storytime A Museum educator will lead Storytime in the European art galleries. Visitors are invited to listen to the storybooks and make connections to works of art in the galleries through looking games and interactive discussions. Sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Family Zone + Studio “Wet Paint!: Exploring the Watercolors of John Singer Sargent”, Sunday, March 23, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Sunday Storytime Make connections between a storybook and a work of art in the galleries. Begins at 1:30 p.m.
    • Creation Station At this family-friendly workshop, a Museum teaching artist encourages families to create art using materials or ideas similar to those used by the artist who created the featured work of art on display in the Family Zone.
    • Gallery Adventures Visit the Family Zone, where a Museum educator has looking games, books and hands-on activities for families to use in the galleries.
  • Voila! Sketching with Sunlight, Sunday, March 23, 1–4 p.m. In celebration of The Age of Impressionism, families are invited to sketch works of art in the European galleries and explore how artists such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir used natural light in their works of art. A Museum teaching artist is on hand with paper, pencils and clipboards.

Bridge over Buffalo Bayou to Bayou Bend

Spring Break Week at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street
Tuesday, March 18 to Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  Go HERE for details.
General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and younger. MFAH Members 18 and younger are admitted for free. No reservations are required.

  •  Nature Inside and Out This Detective Days scavenger hunt reveals ways that nature can influence art and design. Available daily, 1–4 p.m. Recommended for children ages 6 to 12.
  • Focus on the Flowers A bingo-style self-guided activity sheet that gives young children a game to play as they look at and appreciate the blooming flowers. Available daily, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Recommended for children ages 6 to 12.
  • Art Activities Take part in family art activities in the gardens inspired by the flowers at Bayou Bend, including Handprint Azaleas and Origami Butterflies. Available daily, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
  • Historic Toys and Games Have some old-fashioned fun in the gardens with Bayou Bend’s collection of historic reproduction toys, like jump rope, Jacob’s ladder, cat’s cradle and more. Available daily, 2–4 p.m. Recommended for all ages.
  • Open House Tour The house is open to visitors every afternoon for stationed docent tours. Available daily, 1–4 p.m. Recommended for all ages.
  • Garden Tours Tour the gardens and enjoy the blooming flowers and natural beauty of Bayou Bend during springtime. Available daily, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Recommended for all ages.
  • Spring Story Zone Stop by the library at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center and select a book that focuses on springtime. Available daily, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.
  • Preschool Story Hour Visitors are invited to hear Armadillo Rodeo read aloud by an educator, then enjoy a related age-appropriate activity. Begins at 10 a.m. daily. Recommended for children ages 3 to 6.

Rienzi Gated Garden

Sketching in the Galleries at Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive
Wednesday, March 19, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Free with Rienzi admission.Visitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome to draw in the galleries.  My favorite part is wondering through the gardens.

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