While it may be easy to get a little one's attention, it's holding onto it that can be difficult. Pair a short attention span with the daunting idea of a museum visit and it could seem like a disaster waiting to happen. However, we know of a few tips and tricks so you can leave worry behind as you head out on a trip that's sure to be rewarding for both you and your kids!
GET A GUIDE
If it's the first time at a museum for both you and the little ones, it's well worth it to hire a tour guide. If you luck out and get a good one, the tour will be informative and entertaining enough for both you and the kids. Context Travel offers intimate tours and our own Henley had a wonderful experience with her tour guide in London. (And if you're hard pressed for time, audio guides can be a great alternative)!
FIND AN INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY
Once in the museum, keeping things interactive with the kids is sure to keep both you and them happy. So beforehand, prepare an activity--whether it's a scavenger hunt, quiz at the end, or something of the like--to keep them entertained.
PICK A SECTION
Sometimes it's worth planning a route beforehand, especially one catered to your child's interests. Certain museums like the Louvre or the Met are just too large to tackle in one go. Better to go for a short time and a good experience than hit a wall of lethargy half-way through the day.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FAMILY PROGRAMMING
If you're stuck for ideas on an interactive activity, check out the museum's offerings online. For the bigger museums, there's a good chance they offer some kind of kid friendly experience. For example, the Met has the program #Metkids which gives kids an interactive map of the museum as well as other activities.