Have you heard about Smithsonian Magazine' s Museum Day Live?! It's your to chance to check out a museum for absolutely free! You could go local, or take a day trip to another city, they have tickets for great museums all over the country including art museums, history museums, science centers and so much more.  Plus every ticket admits two people, so you can take a friend along too. 

What a great opportunity to explore don't you think?  I think we're going to head to the Kentucky Science Center and check out their planetarium. Where might you go?

Here's what you do

1. Go on over to Museum Day Live! and sign up for an account.
(yes, I know another account, but it's free and worth it)

2. Select your state and then choose your museum.
 (You might want to check out our guide to Family Friendly Museums by State first!) 

3. Download and print your tickets. 

4. Head to the museum on Saturday September 26th and enjoy!

Displaying kid's art

Clever ways to display your child's art at home! From Ikea Hacks to Apps and Books, showcase your child's art like the masterpieces they are!
(via Pinterest
How do you display your child's art? We have so many pieces it's hard to display them all, so at home we opted for multiple frames that we change out every so often. At work I have a large cork board where I hang art and change weekly. I also hang some pieces from a clothing line pinned up with clothes pins.

With so many different and creative ways to display your child's art there seems to be a method for everyone. Here are a few of my favorites, perhaps if we ever move we could steal a few of these ideas!

Family Friendly Art Museum Programs by State!

Here is our list of art museums with family friendly programs and events for ALL 50 states including Washington D.C.! 

Huntsville Museum of Art
Mobile Museum of Art
Birmingham Museum of Art
Montgomery Museum of Art

Museum of the North - University of Alaska

Tucson Museum of Art
Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona
ASU Art Museum
Mesa Arts Center
Idea Museum
Museum of Northern Arizona

Arkansas Arts Center
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The San Diego Museum of Art
Bowers Museum
Oceanside Museum of Art
California African American Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Oakland Museum of California
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
De Young Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Morris Graves Museum of Art

Denver Art Museum
Aspen Art Museum

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Mattatuck Museum
New Britain Museum
Bruce Museum

Delaware Art Museum

Harn Museum of Art - University of Florida
Morse Museum of American Art
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Art, Deland
Vero Beach Museum of Art
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Tampa Museum of Art
Perez Art Museum Miami
Polk Museum of Art
Frost Art Museum

High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Telfair Museums
Carlos Museum - Emory University
Hudgens Center for the Arts
Columbus Museum

Honolulu Museum of Art

Galleries at University of Idaho
Spori Gallery BYU Idaho

Smart Museum of Art - University of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art
Krannert Art Museum
Illinois State Museum
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Wichita Art Museum
Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University
Johnson County Museum

The Speed Art Museum
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Frazier History Museum

Alexandria Museum of Art
Masur Museum
Ogden Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum
University of Maine Museum of Art
Portland Museum of Art

The Walters Museum
Baltimore Museum of Art

Cape Ann Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Carle (Eric Carle Museum)
Fitchburg Art Museum
The Clark
Smith College Museum of Art
Worcester Art Museum
Attleboro Art Museum
Berkshire Museum
Concord Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Museum of Fine Arts

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Detroit Institute of the Arts
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Minneapolis Institute of Art
Tweed Museum of Art

Mississippi Museum of Art
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
Meridian Museum of Art

St Louis Art Museum
Kemper Art Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Springfield Art Museum
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Margaret Harwell Art Museum

Montana Museum of Art and Culture
Missoula Art Museum
Yellowstone Art Museum

Joslyn Art Museum

Neon Museum
Nevada Museum of Art

New Hampshire                                                                            
Currier Museum of Art
Margret and H.A Rey Center
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

New Jersey                                                                                    
Montclair Art Museum
Zimmerli Art Museum - Rutgers
Newark Museum
New Jersey State Museum

New Mexico                                                                                  
O'Keeffe Museum
New Mexico Art Museum
Albuquerque Museum
Museum of International Folk Art
University of New Mexico Art Museum

New York                                                                                      
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Rubin
Whitney Museum of American Art
The Bronx Museum of Art
American Folk Art Museum
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse
Brooklyn Museum
Museum of Arts and Design

North Carolina                                                                              
Asheville Art Museum
North Carolina Art Museum
Ackland Art Museum

North Dakota                                                                                
North Dakota Museum of Art
Plains Art Museum

The Cleveland Art Museum
Columbus Museum of Art
Toledo Museum of Art
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Dayton Art Museum
The Akron Art Museum
The Butler Institute of American Art
Allen Memorial Art Museum - Oberlin
Canton Museum of Art
Massillon Museum
The Taft Museum

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - University of Oklahoma
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Gilcrease Museum
Philbrook Museum

Portland Art Museum
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Coos Art Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Allentown Art Museum
Michener Museum
Erie Art Museum
Woodmere Art Museum
Mattress Factory
Barnes Foundation Museum
Brandywine River Museum of Art
The Westmoreland
The Frick
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Glencairn Museum
The Warhol

Rhode Island                                                                                
Newport Art Museum
RISD Museum

South Carolina                                                                              
Columbia Museum of Art
Greenville County Museum of Art
SAM Spartanburg Art Museum
Florence County Museum
Bob Jones Museum and Gallery

South Dakota                                                                                
Dahl Arts Center
Days of 76 Museum

Knoxville Museum of Art
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Tennessee State Museum
Cheekwood Art & Gardens
Hunter Museum of American Art
Memphis Brooks Museum Of Art
Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art 
Dixon Gallery & Gardens 

Kimbell Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dallas Museum of Art
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin
Art Museum of South Texas
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Pearl Fincher Museum of Art
The Contemporary Austin
Contemporary Art Museum Houston

BYU Museum of Art
Springville Museum of Art
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Woodbury Art Museum

Shelburne Museum
Burlington City Arts

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
Chrysler Museum of Art
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Fralin Museum of Art at University of Virginia

Seattle Art Museum
Bellevue Arts Museum
Maryhill Museum of Art
Chihuly Garden and Glass 
Moses Lake Museum and Art Center
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Whatcom Museum

West Virginia                                                                                
Huntington Museum of Art
Clay Center

Milwaukee Art Museum
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
The Trout Museum of Art
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Rahr-West Art Museum
Chazen Museum of Art
Racine Art Museum
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Museum of Wisconsin

Nicolaysen Art Museum
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Washington DC                                                                            
The Smithsonian American Art Museum
National Gallery of Art
The Phillips Collection
Freer/Sackler - The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Art Museum of the Americas
National Portrait Gallery
The Kreeger Museum
National Museum of the American Indian

See anyone I missed? Send me a comment with your favorite family friendly art museum and a link to their site and I'll add it to the list!

*Please note - many museums are "family friendly," but these museums were selected specifically for their family programming and events. 

What is a Curator?

September 16th is #AskACurator Day where you can ask a curator from museums throughout the world any question you like! To see if your favorite museum is on the list look here.

Before you get to asking questions, let's review just what a curator is. Simply put, an art museum curator is someone who is a specialist in their field of art. They select what pieces of art will be displayed in the museum and where the pieces will go.

Here's a short video with the curator for the Oakland Museum of California - one of my favorite museums!

Online Art Games and Activities for Kids!

Looking for a fun way to introduce your child to the world of art without leaving the comfort of your own home? What better way to engage them than with games?! There are more art history games online than you probably thought. Museums all over the world, seeking to engage the next generation of art lovers, are creating fantastic apps and online games to get kids interested in art.

Today I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you...