Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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.

Highlights:

  • 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.

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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.”

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • Weave pieces of fabric and yarn in a vertical loom just like Chagall did with “Job Tapestry.”

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  •  Kids could wear a camouflage cape then watch themselves in the video.

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • 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.

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • Make your own art. On our visit, my daughter made her own stained glass window. She loved that she could display it at home.

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • 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.

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • Read more! To reinforce the concepts of art and Chagall, they have books that you can read too.

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • Art showcase. Show off your own artwork in the Kids’ World display case.

Bottom Line:

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!

Nitty Gritty:

Website:  http://www.ahml.info/chagall
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

Family fun with Chagall for Children at Arlington Heights Memorial Library