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5 Reasons The Denver Art Museum Is The Place To Be During Winter Break

By Lindsay Genshaft

When school is out, kids can find a warm, welcoming and creative place of their own at the Denver Art Museum (DAM).

The theme for this year’s Winter Break at the DAM is A Place of My Own. Whether you like making art, seeing live performances or exploring the galleries, we think there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! The DAM is a place to be creative, have fun, explore and imagine.

Winter Break: A Place of My Own is Dec. 19, 2015–Jan. 3, 2016 (closed Mondays and Christmas Day). And remember,  general admission is free for kids!

Here are our top five reasons that the DAM is the place to be this Winter Break:

1. The DAM is a place to explore exciting temporary exhibitions. Listen to some funny stories about the Wyeth family with the family audio guide in Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio (this is a ticketed exhibition). Then, pick up a family game and use your senses to explore Southwest scenes in the exhibition A Place in the Sun.

Fairy doors throughout the Wyeth gallery add an extra element of surprise for curious young visitors. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Painting shown: Jamie Wyeth, Kleberg, 1984. Oil paint on canvas; 30-1/2 x 42-1/2 in. Terra Foundation for American Art: Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.184 © Jamie Wyeth.
Fairy doors throughout the Wyeth gallery add an extra element of surprise for curious young visitors. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Painting shown: Jamie Wyeth, Kleberg, 1984. Oil paint on canvas; 30-1/2 x 42-1/2 in. Terra Foundation for American Art: Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.184 © Jamie Wyeth.

 

2. The DAM is a place to see live performances in the galleries! Get a clue to find Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives and help them solve art mysteries. Come back to listen to cuentistas–storytellers–tell tales in the galleries.

Foxy and Shmoxy solve an art mystery in Super Indian with the help of their art detective friends. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Painting shown: Fritz Scholder, Super Indian No. 2, 1971. Oil paint on canvas; 90 × 60 in. Promised Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Estate of Fritz Scholder.
Foxy and Shmoxy solve an art mystery in Super Indian with the help of their art detective friends. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Painting shown: Fritz Scholder, Super Indian No. 2, 1971. Oil paint on canvas; 90 × 60 in. Promised Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Estate of Fritz Scholder.

 

3. The DAM is a place to discover art from around the world. Check out a Family Backpack and engage with artworks through games and artmaking for the whole family. Then, look for brand new costumes on Level 6 of the North Building and pose for your portrait!

Family backpacks are full of fun crafts and games to help kids and their parents journey through the DAM’s galleries and learn more about the art along the way. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.
Family backpacks are full of fun crafts and games to help kids and their parents journey through the DAM’s galleries and learn more about the art along the way. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

 

4. The DAM is a place to dive in and get messy! Try out all sorts of painting activities in the Paint Studio. Aprons available.

Create your own masterpiece to take home or display it for all to see. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.
Create your own masterpiece to take home or display it for all to see. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

 

5. The DAM is a place to make art in the galleries. Take part in conversation and artmaking right in front of inspiring objects in the galleries.

Stop by a Creative Corner in the galleries where you can try activities like making a treasure chest or mixing and matching landscapes. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.
Stop by a Creative Corner in the galleries where you can try activities like making a treasure chest or mixing and matching landscapes. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

 

What are you waiting for? Come to the Denver Art Museum and make it a place of your own this winter!

Lindsay Genshaft is the manager of family and community programs at the Denver Art Museum. She is excited for two weeks of fun at the DAM during Winter Break, and she’s especially looking forward to Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives because they always help her discover things she’s never noticed in the art. 

 

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