The Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML), one of our favorite museums in the Northwest Chicago suburbs, is no stranger to museum-like exhibits. A few years ago they had an exhibit featuring buildings created with LEGOs by Adam Reed, a resident of Arlington Heights, as well a super fun exhibit about love and forgiveness. The library is back at it again with their newest interactive art exhibit featuring Marc Chagall, Chagall for Kids.
- Interactive art! This is a traveling exhibit from our own Kohl Children’s Museum so you can believe it is kid-friendly. And what a wonderful way to introduce art to kids!
- Different stations. There are 14 different stations with a variety of activities. And the best thing is – it’s at the perfect height for little ones. If your kids aren’t able to read yet, they could listen to the information on the phone.
Some of the stations include:
- Put the pieces of the puzzle together in “I and the Village” and see how the puzzle changes as you turn it.
- Kids could recreate their own stained glass window like Chagall’s “America Windows.”
- Weave pieces of fabric and yarn in a vertical loom just like Chagall did with “Job Tapestry.”
- Kids could wear a camouflage cape then watch themselves in the video.
- Arrange flowers into bouquets like Chagall’s “Flowers.”
- Make own version of Chagall’s “Blue House” using blue Lincoln Logs.
- Watch the painting come to life on the touch screen in “The Juggler.” It was a mini scavenger hunt to find elements hidden in the painting. With “The Flying Sleigh” parts of the painting could be changed with a touch.
- Make your own art. On our visit, my daughter made her own stained glass window. She loved that she could display it at home.
- Art benches. Sit on a reproduction of the giant mosaic piece “Four Seasons.” The original can be seen at National Bank Plaza in Chicago on Dearborn.
- Read more! To reinforce the concepts of art and Chagall, they have books that you can read too.
- Art showcase. Show off your own artwork in the Kids’ World display case.
What a great way to spend an hour or so with the kids while learning a bit more about art and Chagall. Another fantastic exhibit!
Location: 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights
Hours: Chagall for Children is open during regular library hours in the Marketplace and Kids’ World. The exhibit is open until April 7.
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot
Stroller-friendly? They have stroller parking.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was busy at times, but not at all overwhelming.
What to expect: A museum-type exhibit at one of our favorite libraries with 14 different stations