We’ve been talking about visiting the Dallas Museum of Art for a while.  With all the rain last month, and my mom in town, last weekend seemed like the perfect time to do it.

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We knew the kids wouldn’t last a long time, and the “regular” museum is large, so we didn’t pay for any extra exhibits.  Regular admission is FREE! This is a large museum, so don’t expect to see the whole thing in one visit.  The kids have been learning a lot about different artists in school, so we did our best to incorporate them into our visit.

DMA1We were also able to talk with them about bending glass, geography, identifying birds and animals, the cost of some of the paintings, as well as interesting discussions about what exactly is art.  That lead to some amusing conversations.

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We also discussed certain body parts (yes, there is nudity at an art museum) and war – one of my big kid’s favorite topics.

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As you can imagine, touring an art museum is an activity best suited for children in strollers or school-aged kids who can follow the rules.  There are volunteers all over the place and they will speak up if your child is doing anything that makes them nervous (which is actually helpful since we certainly didn’t want anything bad to happen). We did ask some staff members a few questions and they were very kind and happy to answer.

The museum offers a lot of family programming including their First Tuesday (of the month) programming for kids 5 and under; classes, camps and workshops (starting with babies); and Art to Go family totes (you pick up at the main entrance) that will help you enjoy the museum with your kids.

Towards the end of our visit we came across two men conducting an interview.  My big kid was fascinated by their camera as he’s recently gotten into making videos, so we watched and then asked them a few questions.  Next thing I know he’s being interviewed, and they let him use their camera.  So cool.

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After the exhibits we visited one of my favorite museum spots, the gift shop.  I love the unique and beautiful items they always carry, and my kids did too.

DMA2Once we got our fill of culture we went to Katy Trail Ice House for beer and nachos (just as cool as the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano), a great end to a fun outing.

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Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N Harwood St, Dallas

Katy Trail Ice House
3127 Routh St, Dallas