Imagine the joy I feel when my daughter tells me she wants to see artwork by Henri Matisse on the weekend?

Melt. My. Heart.


Maisie and I like to explore art and be creative on our downtime.  The weekends are the highlight of my week!

Working full-time doesn’t leave much room for anything but work and school during the week, so we take advantage of our time together when we can.

I’m always searching for museums that have free programs for kids and families.  I like to have creative options for activities that won’t bust our budgets!

We recently became members of the NexGen program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA for short).



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This amazing program for kids provides FREE admission for kids under the age of 17 and one accompanying adult.  How can we pass that up?!  Your admission includes free access to the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions.  The only thing you need to do is pay for parking – or if you’re like us – visit on a Sunday and most of the metered street parking is free too.

They have fantastic activities on Sundays for kids.  Check out Maisie getting crafty with collage and the fun projects available for us to create for free!



Next up was visiting some of the fantastic works of art on display.  Some of Maisie’s favorites are Matisse and Mondrian.  Ever since our Matisse art project, Maisie has taken a special interest in his collage work.



LACMA Boone Childrens Gallery

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Now time visit the Boone Children’s Gallery.

The Boone Children’s Gallery is a place for kids and families to learn about brush painting and art from Korea and China, and create their own works of art together.

We had to wait a bit for our turn to paint.  They have children’s books and a great seating area to patiently wait for a space to open up for us to paint.

They provide plenty of paper, paint, and inspiration.  We had so much fun creating art together.  We had a great time!

We make sure to always pay a visit to this gallery every time we visit this museum.  Maisie just loves it!



Here’s a sampling of some of our art work after our creative time Chinese brush painting.


What can I say?  We had a great time and we’ll definitely be making regular trips to LACMA this year.

Here’s a few other great museums for kids in Los Angeles:

Our favorite is of course LACMA!

So what’s your favorite art museum to visit.  Please let me know!

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