Family Programming and Events at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Despite what some people may think, the Art Institute of Chicago isn't just for serious art connoisseurs. This cultural gem is a wonderful destination for families -- even families with crazy, rambunctious kids (like yours). Trust me on this. If the Art Institute didn't want you to bring your kids inside to have a look at the collections, why would they offer so many wonderful family-oriented programs?

If you're planning to make a visit to the Art Institute this summer, have a look at their website before you go. The site offers very helpful information about family-friendly amenities and programs that will help make your family excursion a bit smoother. And definitely try to take advantage of some of the events and programs specifically geared to kids. Here are a few of the highlights scheduled for the coming weeks.

The Ryan
Education Center.
This is the family epicenter of the Art Institute -- start your visit here.
Kids can check out the very clever Curious Corner using on-site
computers, build a block tower, or work with puzzles.

Family
Art Camp.
This is a really unique opportunity for art-loving kids
and their parents. Parent/child duos can register for a one-week session
of art exploration and creation. All materials are provided. Advance
registration is required. Frankly, I'd like to sign myself up for this program.

Special
Family Events.
The summer calendar is also packed with special
events. On Saturday, June 12th, join up with the guided Family
Gallery Walk
. Also on Saturday, June 12th, kids have the
opportunity to make their own miniature paintings, inspired by master
miniature painter Ramu
Ramdev
who is in residence at the Art Institute this week.
Registration is required for this event so visit
the website for more details
. On Friday, July 16th, the whole
family is admitted to the museum for free from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. for
special activities during the Target
Arts & Wonder Free Family Event

Don't
forget that the Art Institute of Chicago is free every Thursday evening
from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and kids under the age of 14 are always free.

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