A museum for parents and kids

As I told you guys in our previous post, we love to go exploring. Far away and closeby. On a cold and rainy day in May (there seem to have been many of those in May so far…) we set of to visit the Designmuseum in Gent.

Now this museum has one clever benefit: it has a magical way to get kids excited about the museum, so parents can enjoy it as well. It is such a simple idea, but very effective: they have hidden little Playmobil figurines throughout the museum. Animals, princes and princesses, a space traveller… Older kids get a binocular and a guidebook to cross them off (and I believe they get something at the end of their hunt as well); but even for kids Febes age it works like magic. She ran around like crazy to search them all, and was really excited when she had found one.

Other than that the museum also has a lot of interactive things to do with kids. For instance, they now had a temporary exhibit about functional design in everyday life, design to use around the house. With loads of to-do’s for kids. Or upstairs, they had a sort of drawing board where she could colour on. She had a blast. And we were able to really look around, instead of having to be creative ourselves to try and keep her attention so she doesn’t get bored and annoyed. If only all museums would be this inventive. I will let the pictures speak for themselves!

Look! There's one!

Look! There’s one!

Playmobil always works.

Playmobil always works.

A zebra in between design.

A zebra in between design.

Interactive drawing board upstairs.

Interactive drawing board upstairs.

They even had little step ups so kids could reach to see all items.

They even had little step ups so kids could reach to see all items.

And be sure she loves those colourfull design kitchen items. Mum would love to have them!

And be sure she loves those colourfull design kitchen items. Mum would love to have them!

Interactive ceiling lamp. You create the items that hang up there.

Interactive ceiling lamp. You create the items that hang up there.

Febe set off immediately, without us even having to explain what that was for.

Febe set off immediately, without us even having to explain what that was for.

Art in progress.

Art in progress.

The result!

The result!

Functional design: take away lamp. You can use it everywhere :-)

Functional design: take away lamp. You can use it everywhere :-)

Very fun to walk around with!

A lot of fun to walk around with!

Design chairs. Put them on the animal that inspired the maker... She did that one 3 times ;-)

Design chairs. Put them on the animal that inspired the maker… She did that one 3 times ;-)

Kept on going!

Kept on going!

-A-

Designmuseum Gent
Jan Breydelstraat 5 (in between Castle of Counts & Graslei)

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4 thoughts on “A museum for parents and kids

  1. I love museums. The museum for communication (or something like that) here in Frankfurt has a really fun kids sections. I don’t have kids and I was happy playing there. Haha

  2. What a brilliant idea. It is so good to have some child friendly activities, especially in museums, it is great to engage children and help them learn.

    • It is something we wished that every museum would do. And skip the “silence” rule as well. I get it that you don’t scream in a museum, but we often get glanced at when our child just talks in a normal voice (or even get remarks from the staff about that) – kinda bugs me as a mum ;-)

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