Family Fun Friday ~ At the Figge Art Museum

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Earlier this week, we took a trip to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. We had a great time looking at the amazing art collections and creating our own art, too. It was our first time to visit that museum and I would love to go back.

Figge Art Museum

One of the reasons I enjoy homeschooling is so my kids can devote a good portion of their day to being creative. My son especially loves art. At almost 7 years old, he was about the right age for this trip. The other kiddos were a bit young and I had a hard time keeping my two year old from touching everything. I forgot my Boba and she was running free part of the time. My bad! They really discouraged touching anything though – the walls, the dividers, and of course the art work – for good reason. It took quite a bit of reminding and a bit of screaming {by the 2 year old} to make sure she didn’t touch. But we prevailed! And the art collection at the Figge is safe and intact. As it should be. 😉

We saw some really fun art. Loved this horse sculpture.

And this Picasso. Surprisingly, I was allowed to take pictures of some of the displays {without flash, of course.}

If you don’t know, Grant Wood is from Iowa. His famous house isn’t too far from us, but we haven’t been there yet. It’s on the list. I loved this quote that was painted on the wall!

My children loved the ginormous elevator most of all. I don’t know what it is about elevators. But they sure do hold a great appeal!

I love this picture of my two redheads!

After our tour of the museum, we had an art class and learned about landscapes. The kids got to create with crayons, pencils, water colors, and oil pastels.

My budding artists had a great time.The Figge art teachers were fabulous and very patient.

While I absolutely loved the museum, I highly recommend keeping young children in carriers or strollers, if you go! And I highly recommend visiting this museum if you’re in the area. It was really a lot of fun.

What fun things have you done with your children lately?

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. On a frugal note; if you have an area library card, you can check out a family pass (or 2) for free admission for 4 to the Figge, as well as to the Putnam and the Niabi zoo. Of course, some of us need 2 passes at a time, right? You may need 2 separate library cards to check out 2 passes, so sign up a kid for their first card; it’s a party and a deal all at once.