One of the most exciting things about being homeschoolers is that now we will have more time to check out all the cool places and things to do in Birmingham! When we do, we will be reporting our experiences back to you, helping you discover the perfect places to build childhood memories with your family!
For our first field trip of the year, we went to the Birmingham Museum of Art with some of our new homeschooling friends. The boys had never been, so I was so excited to show them all the fantastic things there are to do and see there.
Admission to Birmingham Museum of Art is FREE everyday!
We spent the first hour listening to interesting stories from one of the museum's fantastic docents. Then, after all that listening (of course), the guys were hungry. I was so bummed that I left our packed picnic lunch (and snacks) at home, because UGH... museum cafe prices, right? BUT, imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered the kids menu at Oscar's Cafe (located within BMA) is only $5 per entree! Grown-up meals are not too pricey either. Even more fun that it appears to be an upscale restaurant with cloth napkins and flowers on the tables. The guys felt fancy!
After lunch, they were eager to check out Bart's ArtVenture, the museum's interactive exhibit for kids. The guys LOVED it. It was all I could do to drag them out of there again to see more of the museum. Here are just a few activities available any time you go: decorate a ceramic pot on a potter's wheel (over and over and over), create your own ceramic pot on an iPad (also over and over), decorate it and then sell it (who's going to sell theirs for the most money?), see how different colors mix on a light board with translucent colored tiles, paint with water, feel different textures... yes! there's lots to see and do!
I did manage to get them out of Bart's ArtVenture eventually, but by then we were running short on time. A spin around the sculpture garden was a great wrap-up to the boys' first visit. I can't wait to take them back again to see the whole entire floor we didn't even make it to see. I wanted the boys to see the Samurai Warrior armor collection, since they are everyday, run of the mill ninja-loving guys. I actually thought it was a temporary exhibit and I had missed my opportunity. When I got home I found out the museum has purchased the collection and it is now on permanent exhibit! Cole spied photos of the armor while I was researching this article and demanded we go back soon. And so, we will!
Want to see more? Check out this video from our "artventure" to the museum!
Thank you to the Birmingham Museum of Art for all that you do to provide such an incredible treasure to Birmingham and its visitors at no cost! Consider making a donation when you go, or even, right now HERE!
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