Nestled in downtown Cincinnati is the Taft Museum, a local arts gem. Built in 1920, the Taft is not only a national historical landmark, but home to an art collection that includes the works of artists such as Goya, Ingres and Rembrandt.
First will start with the Taft’s award winning Families Create! programs. These low cost programs (just $8 members, $12 non-members) invite children ages 5-12 and their parents to explore the world of art together. Participants enjoy fun arts activities tied to the Taft’s permanent collection as well as it’s special exhibits. Families Create! programs are held on Saturdays and reservations are required. Here’s a quick look at a few of the upcoming classes:
Saturday, July 17
Family Crests and Coats of Arms
Tell your family’s story in a coat of arms that you design and apply to a special fabric!
Saturday, July 31
From Idea to Creation
Artist Elaine Lynch will help you discover what goes on inside an artist’s head and how you can transform creative impulses into works of art.
Saturday, August 14
Architecture Good Enough to Eat!
Learn basic architectural terms and identify different materials and elements on nearby buildings. Use pretzels, graham crackers, licorice, and other goodies to construct a delectable structure.
Moving on to Sunday, a day where admission is FREE, the Taft also offers 3rd Sunday Fundays. The FREE programs are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month (hence the name), and expose children to the arts in a fun and imaginative way. 3rd Sunday Funday offerings for the next two months:
Sunday, July 18 – Kid Detectives (1-4 p.m.) Explore art to find clues about the lives of kids long ago, hear stories about kids from the past, make an old-fashioned craft, and play summertime games your great-grandparents played when they were children. Learn more about detective work from a Youth Services Officer of the Cincinnati Police department. Activities include self-guided tours, face-painting, art-making, storytelling, and game. Stop in when you have time and stay as long as you like.
Sunday, August 15 – The Dog Days of Summer (1—4 p.m.) The Taft Museum of Art becomes the Taft Museum of Bark! Find dogs in art, hear a story about dogs in a museum, make and decorate a pop-up puppy, and meet some real canines from the Queen City Dog Training Club. Join us for story time with Marsie Newbold, of Marsie’s Menagerie, and a visit from Rufus the Reading Dog from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Finally, outside of its weekend programs the Taft also offers free self-guided family tours any day of the week with themes like American history, people & places and many others. All of the self-guided tours can be found on the Taft’s website and are available for download prior to visiting. Here’s a quick look at two of the tours:
Art & Animals
Did you know that there are cats, dogs, sheep, cows, and goats inside the Museum? See how many you can find!
Feathers & Flowers
This tour, for ages 3 to 5, offers a fun way for even the youngest art lovers to learn about the collections at the Taft Museum of Art. Families will enjoy strolling through the gallery, searching for feathered friends along the way!
So as you can see, there is a lot going on over at the Taft when it comes to children’s programing. We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about the Taft and all it offers.
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202