One Friday afternoon, my son came home from kindergarten and announced that we must go to The Met over the weekend because he had to see the Renoirs. His wonderful art teacher had introduced the class to Impressionist art. I was overjoyed—and I had to laugh, too. Hey, maybe my husband and I were living up to the NYC parenting dream after all, if our 5-year-old was requesting weekend visits to The Met instead of his favorite playground! If you're lucky enough to live down the road from a world-famous art museum , why shouldn't your whole family should take advantage, and explore it together? We've made countless trips to this irreplaceable cultural institution over the years.
Tips for Visiting The Met with Kids
Art Explore (Ages 11–14)
What can be more important than getting more people to appreciate art? It is even better when you can get young people to enjoy museums and art spaces. Many museums offer activities for KIDS that we explore with Esther Jun and her family, but what about teenagers and young adults? Those, who are choosing their profession, getting to know the world from a philosophical standpoint and are looking for answers that sometimes can be found only when studying art. We explored 3 programs for young people in 3 great museums: the National Portrait Gallery, Tate and the Met. Youth Forum self-select to join, and we are in the process of recruiting a new intake to join the existing members.
What to See at The Met with Kids
The Met is the place to be for teens. Check out classes, workshops, and special events designed especially for teens to develop their skills, and connect with art, ideas, and other young people. Program times and topics vary. Grab your friends and take over The Met for the night. Drop in for teen-only activities across the Museum including art making, performances, music, and more. Discover works of art from around the world and make art inspired by your ideas and The Met collection. Attend one or all of the monthly sessions.
In partnership with over 40 youth and cultural organizations, the event encourages teens—many of whom are visiting The Met for the first time—to immerse themselves in hands-on experiences while exploring the Museum. Teens Take The Met! Rose Chairman of Education. A wide and engaging variety of interactive stations, performances, and activities have been created for the event.