Every second Sunday of the month, the High Museum offers free admission for everyone. Our little family ventured out to the High Museum free day called Second Sunday in July. If you’re not familiar with this event, it is definitely a can’t miss for families! Here’s why.
Second Sunday is the High Museum Free Day
I have to be honest and admit that I haven’t visited the High since having kids. My boys are preschool age, so I wondered if they would have a hard time engaging with the artwork. I’m so glad that my fears were unfounded! The High Museum staff did an excellent of job making this a family friendly day. They even have this wonderful step-by-step guide to Second Sunday that you can review with your child before you go, so they know what to expect.
Second Sunday Activities
The museum is open from 12:00-5:00 pm on Sundays, with scheduled activities starting at 1:00 pm and going until 4 pm. I would definitely recommend arriving as close to opening as you can. The crowds did grow as the day went on.
In addition to the regular museum exhibits, there are also several hands-on stations during the Second Sunday events. During our visit there was kids yoga, a screen printing station and a photo booth to name a few. Each event is a little different, so check the High website for the special activities on the say you are planning to attend.
The day we were there, you had the opportunity to join the High Museum’s Kids Club and receive a free SmARTbox full of art supplies for your little ones! After we were all set in the lobby, we headed to the Greene Family Learning Gallery.
The Greene Family Gallery
The Greene Gallery is located in the Stent Family Wing. It is a wonderfully well thought out space just for little ones! There are five hands-on areas to help ignite your child’s imagination, as well as learn about featured artists.
My boys loved building towers, learning about magnets and running across the colorful floor pieces! We spent the first 30 minutes of our visit here, and returned with the two-year old at the end of our visit. The perfect space to let them touch, move and explore freely.
Stroller Access at the High
Since we knew there would be quite a bit of walking (and in an effort to help preserve the art from little hands), we took my two-year-old in his stroller. It was surprisingly easy to maneuver around with the stroller. When you head into the center of the Stent wing, you’ll see the ramps that head up to each floor. A single stroller can easily fit on the ramps (I wouldn’t recommend a side-by-side double). If you do have a larger stroller, there are still elevators that are also easily located on each floor, so fear not!
High Museum Exhibits with Kids
We spent the next hour meandering through the different floors and exhibits. Our family really enjoyed the modern and contemporary art exhibit on the top floor. The boys loved all the three dimensional pieces, and my husband and I really enjoyed the Paul Graham photography exhibit that’s currently on display in this section of the museum; really thought provoking work.
High Museum Traveling Exhibits
This is a fabulous time to visit the High Museum since Andy Warhol is here! Well, not Andy himself, but over 250 of his prints are on loan from the Jordan D. Schnitzer collection. Adults will appreciate seeing the iconic Warhol pieces that have become a part of modern culture, while children will love all the vivid shapes, colors and textures.
The collection is here until September 3rd, so be sure to make a trip soon before it’s gone! As part of the Second Sunday family programming, my oldest was able to create a silkscreen print influenced by Warhol’s work; he still proudly carries his cat print all around the house.
Lots of Kids Items at the Museum Shop
Feed your child’s love of art by taking home something from the gift shop. There are always items based on the latest exhibit, like a soup can full of crayons based on the Warhol exhibit or the Where’s Warhol book (I always love the search and find books too)
Kids love the puppets in the Greene Family Gallery. At the museum store you can find finger puppets to take home. And of course there are lots of wonderful books to introduce your child to famous artists, or different art techniques.
For those that are more interested in doing than reading, you can find some innovative art project kits. Museum members get a 10 percent discount on anything you purchase at the store.
Disclosure: We are happy to work with the High Museum of Art as a 365 Atlanta Family Ambassador. The High is an amazing place for kids (and adults) to enjoy world class art.