Expert tips on visiting museums with your children

When visiting a foreign country, many travelers aim to visit certain museums. What about children though? Can we be really sure that they enjoy it as much as we do? Well, you could say that the answer to this question varies, taking into account the type of the museum visited. There are places where children would enjoy and others that they’d rather rush out as soon as possible! So let’s figure out why this happens and tips to keep them in for enough time for us to enjoy our visit.

Can we go now?

Can we go now?

It’s all about the museum itself, in how it is set up and what it has to offer to the children. Interactive stations, kit designs or treasure hunt, touch screen monitors, that’s what they want to see! The most important thing is: don’t walk around observing things that are above your children’s height for a long time. Even us would get bored if we had to look upwards for a while. If you spend some time considering that, you can make it to an excellent and educative experience for your kids.

Hey look! It's working!

Hey look! It’s working!

That's how they should be!

That’s how they should be!

That’s how they should be!

But what if the structure and the contents are totally unsuitable for children? The best thing you can do is improvise. Here are some used and approved tricks:

1. Bring colored pencils or crayons with you and tell them to draw something they see in the museum and like it. It may be quite obvious that you try to distract them and it will do the trick just fine.

Let them paint

Let them paint

2. Take a brochure of the exhibition (one of the free ones) and organize  a treasure hunt on the spot. Tell them that they win a point every time they find one of the “treasures” appointed and reward them later.

Found it!

Found it!

3. Another great thing to do is to appoint them as the visit’s photographers. Children love being given simple responsibilities and being praised for doing things they have to, so buy them a camera (in case your main camera is good and expensive) and let them go! Be sure to praise them for their shots and promise to use them back home. Print one once and put it their room. Next time you visit a place, they’ll be begging to visit a museum there.

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

Children photos by: children’s museum, remed, bob, anas, satoru, jamie

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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