Summer 2013 Wednesday Family Programs at NCMA

What a fabulous day!

We thought it was going to be rainy, so we planned to skip our homeschool group park day and check out the family programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art instead.  So glad that we did.

First, we stopped by the Drop-In Studio for a little craft time.  Our littlest homeschooler was most excited about this part of the plan.  She LOVES “to art” and usually spends a good portion of her day “arting”.  We do a lot of crafting at home and it was extremely nice to spend some craft time together that I didn’t plan, prep or clean up!  We sat at a spacious table set up with materials, tools, instructions and examples so it was completely easy to understand.  Today the project was a sun catcher and they turned out super cute.

NCMA Craft

NCMA Suncatcher

After crafting, we headed to the auditorium to catch the Family Film that afternoon.  Today it was a series of short films about creativity and color.  Each child was given a program as we entered which made them feel pretty important.  They asked me to read them the film descriptions and were sure to keep tabs on what was coming up next.   All of the films kept their interest and had a positive message.

NCMA Program

Since the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful today, we spent our entire afternoon enjoying the rest of the museum.  The little water fountains outside the entrance are always a hit and the gravel turned out to be quite entertaining as well today.  (You know how it goes right…take them to a fancy art museum and they want to play with the water and rocks outside.)

NCMA FountainWe did make it into the West Building for a bit to check out some of the fancy art.  Our homeschool dude was fascinated by the Ancient Egyptian collection and just could not believe that everything was “real”.  He was also quite impressed that some of the paintings we saw were over 400 years old.  I think he may actually finally understand why we can’t run, jump or touch things in an art museum….there are really, really old things and yes, they are all “real”.  Homeschool dudette, not so much.  She spent most of her time trying to do everything I asked her not to do, over and over and over again.

After safely making it outside again, it was definitely time to run and jump and touch!  There was a lot of time spent rolling down the huge grassy hill and we always have to visit the sculpture of the giant legs.  I do enjoy the art inside, but the Museum Park is my favorite.  Every time we visit, we find something new and it is always relaxing.

Hill

If you want to head out on a Wednesday this summer, remember these programs. The Drop-In Studio and Family Films are scheduled all summer long every Wednesday.  If it’s hot or rainy, you can stay inside and be dry, cool and entertained.  Or if it ends up being beautiful, you can stay all day like us.  And I didn’t even mention – it’s completely free and there is no registration required!  Sweet, right?

Wondering what our little ones though about the day?
Homeschool Dude Says:  “That was fun.  I liked the Art Dog movie the best.  The Egyptian writing was cool.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  “I liked all of the movies.  The painting with the ladies was pretty.”

The Details:
NCMA
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC
919-839-NCMA
All Ages (Films are listed as 5+, but siblings seemed very welcome.  Check out the film schedule before you go to see if it will be age appropriate.)
Free (Stop by the Box Office for your ticket.)

 

 

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