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Family Values: Making the Fowler Kid-Friendly


By Mary Daily

Published Apr 1, 2012 8:00 AM


Photo courtesy of Fowler Museum

With colorful , eclectic exhibitions from around the world, UCLA's Fowler Museum can be an enchanting place for children and a rich destination for on-campus family outings. In fact, some shows are best seen through the eyes of children, who quickly connect with the magic and whimsy of the unique museum's offerings.

Moreover, for kids, a visit to the Fowler can be a captivating introduction to the arts and the role they play in our lives. On the museum's website, parents will find many useful tips on how to make the most of a fun Fowler adventure. The site advises, for example, that several short visits are better than one long one. The site also recommends asking children open-ended questions about the works of art to jump-start their thinking: Who made them? What materials did the artists use? What are the big ideas in the exhibition?

The museum's calendar of events includes special programs designed with children in mind, such as mask-making and a hands-on workshop on Afghan fighter kites led by an international kite master. These interactive experiences are a perfect way to draw youngsters into the museum experience.

When planning a visit with kids, download the Fowler's Family Guide and bring it with you. Designed for 5- to 12-year-olds, the guide introduces young visitors to the exhibition in the museum's permanent collections gallery, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, with stories, games and sketching activities, all related to objects on display. And once you're there, borrow an ArtVentures: Puzzle and Play tote bag full of puzzles to help families play their way through the Intersections exhibition.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA. Open Wednesdays, and Fridays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Free Admission. For more information, visit