This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. I am a NOMA Ambassador however all opinions remain my own.
Even though I am a New Orleans native, I will admit that I have only been to the New Orleans Museum of Art a handful of times and I would have never included it on a list of kid friendly activities in NOLA. Earlier this month, I was honored to be chosen to be a NOMA Ambassador and at our first event, I was beyond amazed at the opportunities for children.
For our first activity, we participated in StoryQuest which happens two Saturdays a month at 11:30am. Participants meet at the Museum gift shop to hear a story related to the theme of the week. As luck would have it, my two ballerinas were thrilled to learn that “Monet” was the theme we would be learning about. We listened to a story about Monet’s Tiny Dancer sculpture and my girls loved every page.
After the story ended, each child received a scavenger hunt card with questions related to the story and theme. As a family, we searched the Museum to find the answers to the clues. Once finding a particular painting or sculpture, the girls had to answer a question such as “What do you think is happening in this painting?” or “How does this sculpture make you feel?” I just loved that my daughters (ages 5 and 8) actually took their time and really thought about the questions.
Once the scavenger hunt is complete, you can take the card back to the gift shop and pick a prize! And the best part? The card also gets you a free cookie at Cafe NOMA with purchase of another item. Let me tell you….BEST chocolate chip cookie EVER.
Over the next year, I will be letting you know all about the upcoming events at the New Orleans Museum of Art. I can’t wait to see what else is in store!