As of January 21, 2013, general admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free. Whoo hoo!
Tuesdays: Family Tours
Tours offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: Story Time
Story times offered at noon and 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays: Sketching in the Galleries
2:00–4:00 p.m., All necessary materials provided
Fridays Family: Game Day
Weekends: Studio Creations
1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
My family and I first visited the museum last Thursday for Sketching in the Galleries. I knew this would ultimately appeal to my daughter. Kylie, if left to her own devices, could easily fill every blank wall of our house with rainbows, buzzy bees, and family portraits. I was hoping this trip would give her some new subject matter and inspire my son to get in touch with his creative side.
After a long hot morning in the car, our first stop after arriving at DMA was the Center for Creative Connections. I was very happy to see the kids could make actual art at the art museum. It was a nifty foil craft however, it simply could not compete with the story board wall, and the magnetic curtains, never mind the Lego wall and fun house mirrors. It was pretty cool and if it weren’t for the cool activity going on upstairs, I doubt we would have left. I couldn’t help but wonder could I pull off a story board wall back home?
We went upstairs and while we did not immediately find the sketch post, we did find a cool scavenger hunt going on in the Pacific Islander/Indonesia Exhibit. The kids were given clip boards and pencils and told to find the artwork listed on the form. When we found the piece, Will or I read the description, then asked the corresponding question to each child. Kylie was fascinated. Logan focused long enough to see the art but was desperate to go down to the Asia Exhibit.
He was pretty creeped out. “Can you imagine what these artists think of your artwork? Where are all the tiger teeth and giant falices?!” I couldn’t imagine what they would think of the panda chair featured one floor above them.
Finally, in the Africa Exhibit, we found the kiosk. The kids were offered paper, pencils of every color and a gummy eraser. Ky was excited. She gingerly made her way through the halls before settling on the “Gangetic Copper Figure”. I was relieved. Almost certainly, at her age, I would have picked the most complex piece in the exhibit to draw. I probably would have cried and cried because at age 6, I could not draw it well enough. Thankfully, Kylie has more sense.
She drew the outline before we set out to find a bench for her color it in. I thought Logan would stay with his daddy but instead he came to the bench and began drawing his own sketch. A few moments later, he held it up for me. “Which piece is that?” I asked him, eager to snap the picture of his inspiration. “It’s my eraser!” he laughed. He drew his eraser. I couldn’t believe it.
We made it half way through our last exhibit before needing a bathroom break…and a drink. While Will and the kids rested, I signed us up for the DMA Friends program. It’s a free membership program that allows you to earn badges and points to unlock special rewards when you visit DMA.” Yep. That exactly what their brochure says.
All around the museum are little signs with activity codes. Enter the codes at any DMA Friends kiosk or text the code to 214-390-9693 and start earning. From discounts at the cafe to free parking to a spending the night at the museum, it’s a pretty sweet loyalty program.
In one visit, I earned 3,000 points. That’s enough for 3 visits worth of free parking. I’m a believer. If that wasn’t cool enough, the lady assisting me with my application told me to bring the kids back tomorrow for Late Nights.
She went on to say that the, DMA, the Nasher and the Crow apparently throw monthly family friendly block parties. The most recent one included live music, a movie, face painting, yoga and snacks. Unfortunately, we were booked. I do however, see a Late Night at DMA in our near future. Click here for more details.
My kids loved the Dallas Museum of Art. It is the perfect way to beat the heat and it’s friendly for all ages. As far as those Summer Must Do lists go, the Dallas Museum of Art is a must!