Our family trip to the Quad Cities was had an itinerary of kid-friendly attractions. One stop I hadn’t anticipating being as big of a hit as it was, was the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. I wanted to peek at the temporary exhibit, so it was more of a stop for my enjoyment than my kids. But, it turns out, there’s one particular room in the Figge that won the kids over.
Disclosure: Our visit was hosted by Visit Quad Cities. I received complimentary admission to the museum so that I could tell you about it. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.
Taking kids to an art museum
Don’t let the name “art museum” scare you off from including one in your family vacation plans. I’ve been taking my kids there since they were little. It takes a little prep work, but it’s well worth it. Here are some tips for taking kids to any art museum or gallery.
When you’re at the museum, there’s really no wrong way to view art with kids (except for the “touching the art” way). We like to ask the kids to pick out their favorite piece in the room and then explain why they like it.
We pick out our favorite, as well.
Things for kids to do at Figge Art Museum
Kids are going to love the newly-refurbished Family Activity Center. My kids were 6 and 8 when we visited and they found so much to do there. I think a preschooler on up to early teen would enjoy the space.
The Family Activity Center allows kids (and grown-ups, because really, I’m not just going to sit and watch) to explore different mediums. They can draw, construct, perform, and do a number of other self-directed projects.
We went home with a few of their masterpieces after our hour spent in the room.
I’d recommend going to Family Activity Center after you’ve explored some of the other galleries, because your kids are not going to want to leave.
Figge Art Museum has many temporary exhibitions on its calendar, as well as a robust permanent collection. When we visited, the museum was preparing to open “French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950.” We were fortunate to attend a preview of the exhibit.
I love French impressionists and this exhibit had a few that were well worth the drive from Omaha.
We asked the kids to pick out their favorites in the exhibit, and their selections and reasons were impressive.
If you get the chance, I recommend fitting in a visit to Figge Art Museum before the exhibit ends on Jan. 6, 2019. It’s included with regular museum admission.
If you go
Figge Art Museum
Where: 225 W. Second St., Davenport, Iowa
Admission (2018): $7 adults; $6 seniors and students with ID; $4 children ages 4-12. Admission is FREE every Thursday evening from 5-9 p.m. and FREE to Figge members.
Check the website for hours and special events.
Plan a Quad Cities Family Trip
I’ll be sharing more in-depth posts about some of the places we visited in the Quad Cities in upcoming posts. Check back to learn more about:
Fun Things To Do With Kids In The Quad Cities
Where To Stay In The Quad Cities – Illinois Side
Free Things To Do With Kids In The Quad Cities
Exploring The Putnam Museum With Young Kids
Comparing Hotels Around The Quad Cities
Get Travel Inspiration Directly In Your Inbox
Subscribe to the FREE twice a month(ish) e-newsletter sharing what’s new in Omaha, giveaways, family travel ideas, and more! Subscribe here.
Thursday 15th of November 2018
I like how Henry's shirt matches the art by the steps.
Friday 16th of November 2018
That caught my eye, too! :)