Top 10 Museums for Kids
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Rarely does a serious art establishment “get” kids to the extent of the Art Institute of Chicago. Its impressive "adult" collection of masters like Monet, O'Keeffe, and Warhol aside, the organization also caters to children’s artistic tendencies through its Ryan Education Center (formerly the Kraft Education Center; it's since doubled in size and been relocated to the museum's new Modern Wing). This dedicated gallery-cum-workshop space holds art classes and organizes special interactive treasure hunts that make museum-going fun. Combine that with the Allerton Building's Touch Gallery - which teaches form, scale, and texture (by letting kids touch sculptures with their hands) - and the institute easily earns a mention as a great museum for kids. Tip: The Fatt Vitale Family Orientation Room, equipped with blocks, picture books, and other fun distractions, makes a good rest stop for frazzled parents, too.