Family Picks

The best family picks, Jan. 11

CorrespondentJanuary 10, 2013 

North Carolina Museum of Art offers art classes for a variety of ages.

COURTESY OF KAREN MALINOFSKI/NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART

If you are looking for ways to nurture your children’s creative spark in 2013, the N.C. Museum of Art has something for you almost every week of the year.

Several Saturdays each month, including this Saturday at 10 a.m., the museum hosts Family Fun Saturdays. Tour guides take families on brief museum tours focusing on two or three works of art, lead discussions about the art and engage the group in an art project inspired by the tour.

Families are usually asked to collaborate on the project. There is a different theme each time the program is offered, so you can go back again and again.

“The thing that I love about this program is that it’s really the whole family working together,” said Angela Faulk, an educator at the museum. “It’s not just drop your kid off or parents stand in the background.”

This weekend, participants will look at three works of art that create a sense of place and discuss places their families have visited. After the tour, families will work together on a painted landscape inspired by a family trip.

Saturday programs are also planned for Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16. Kids of all ages are welcome at Saturday programs, but Faulk said they are designed for children ages 5 and up.

If you have preschoolers, you can also try the museum’s “What’s in the Box” program, held on Thursday mornings throughout the year.

It lasts only 30 minutes and usually starts with a book or a story. Then kids talk about a single work of art and do a simple craft or movement exercise.

The sessions explore themes such as animals, people, places and nature.

The next “What’s in the Box” session is Jan. 24; sessions are offered at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.

Tickets for Saturday programs are $5 for non-members and $3 for members. They can be purchased at www.ncartmuseum.org/tickets, by calling 919-715-5923 or at the museum. Thursday programs are $3 per person, and you can pay when you arrive.

• If you live in Durham, this is a great week to see free children’s theater. The nonprofit traveling theater troupe will present plays at several Durham County library branches starting Saturday: “The Frog Prince” is at 2 p.m. at South Regional Library and “Rumplestiltskin” is at 3:30 Sunday.

Two plays will be performed every day of the week at different library branches. For the full schedule, go to www.rags-to-riches.org and click on “Public Shows.”

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