By: Sarah Wright | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015
Children of all ages will enjoy the activities at Gilcrease Museum’s free Funday Sunday.
Finding fun for the whole family is easy at Gilcrease Museum. One family favorite event the museum offers monthly is “Funday Sunday.” Admission is free on Funday Sunday, and visitors of all ages may take in the museum at an easy pace, tour new exhibitions and enjoy interactive spaces. Art activities are planned for children ages 3 years old to early teens, but the museum is also a wonderful place to introduce even younger family members to the world of art.
Funday Sunday’s activities begin at noon and end at 4 p.m. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Three different art stations are set up around the museum, each one developed to offer families a chance to be creative and explore different art materials and supplies. The art activities are designed to reflect the collections of Gilcrease Museum, from paintings to sculpture and ancient artifacts to documents, all reflecting different cultures and time periods. There are teaching artists at each station to guide and inspire visitors.
During Funday Sunday, April 19, the museum will also offer a beginning drawing class called “Sunday Draws.” A teaching artist will guide participants as they explore their own drawing talents.
Another fun activity hosted during Funday Sunday is the art hunt, which usually features a special exhibition. The April 19 art hunt will explore the “Rendezvous” exhibition featuring the work of artists Walter Matia and Andy Thomas. Art hunters will follow clues and answer questions about the art they see, all leading to a prize at the end.
There are different interactive spaces to enjoy and explore at Gilcrease Museum. Currently, The Kids Site is a fantastic recreation of a Maya Ruins Dig Site. As children step into the dig pit, they become archeologists, ready to use tools of the trade to find ancient artifacts from the Mayan culture. There is a Glyph Wall to write as the Mayans wrote, using symbols that are vastly different than our letters in the alphabet. There are also computer games, coloring sheets and books, and Mayan bracelets to design, as well as a touch cart full of artifacts from the Mayan culture.
Families will also have fun exploring the Kravis Discovery Center with drawers full of artifacts from Native American tribes to Ancient Mesoamerican cultures. Children can pull out a drawer and discover artifacts such as a mastodon’s tooth, a seal skin parka, beaded moccasins, arrows, pottery and more. There are computer games and an activity sheet to challenge museum-goers’ investigative skills.
Funday Sunday is a wonderful time to bring a picnic lunch and explore the famous gardens at Gilcrease Museum. Discover
Stuart Park inhabitants, and see them swim in the pond and move about in the grasslands. Take a nature hike using a Stuart Park Activity Sheet and hunt for answers to nature questions.
Funday Sunday at Gilcrease Museum is offered on the third Sunday of each month. It is a great opportunity to explore the museum in a variety of ways, have fun and learn about the great works of art within the Gilcrease Museum collection.
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