When we were kids we most certainly didn’t understand the importance of a museum visit, but it was one of our favorite extra curriculum activities to do with the school. Once planned such a trip, I remember how excited we all were to be traveling with the class in a mini bus, lunch and water in our backpack and the smiles all the way to the ears for soon we would be able to see things we would consider phenomenal! Although not all children are enthusiastic before a trip like that, most are, and it’s not the fact that we got to see, learn and know the history soon enough, nor the fact that we could buy souvenirs to bring home to our friends and family, but the fact that we were going to explore and discover unseen things to our eyes before.
Museums are and will always be a glance into the past and that is something we need to preserve. With our children being educated in the cultural benefits of preserving the past in order to better understand the future, we will make sure that the spirit of museums will last forever.
Other benefits of museum visit with our children:
- They will develop a sense of creativity
- They will gather information which will be an ice-breaker at school
- They will have knowledge
- Museum visits are opening new perspectives for our kids
- They will learn to respect art and artists
- They will respect the past and therefore appreciate the present
- One visit at the museum is enough to make our kids interested in exploring the world, the past, the future or our bodies. Therefore, by planting a seed when they are little, we may increase the chances that our children will be the next Albert Einstein.
- We take them out of the daily routine and let them see the world with new eyes
Moreover, a visit at the museum with our children, will be a great opportunity to gather the family together and spend quality time, maybe even improvise to connect with our children in ways we wouldn’t normally.
A good example of how we can interact with our kids during a museum visit is playing mind games in regards with the art or object we see. For instance, ask your child to tell you what comes into her mind when she looks at a painting, or if she would be the object your are in front of, what would she say or what would she be called? It’s a great strategy to bring your kids at the museum, it’s both fun for the kids and you, but mostly so rewarding when it comes to planting seeds for their future!