What are you up to this week? Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos? One of my favorite daytime adventures is to visit The Cummer Museum. If you haven’t been yet, you’re probably thinking, “MUSEUM? Seriously? I am not taking my toddler to a museum.” Yeah, I don’t blame you for thinking that because there’s no way my adventurous little man would keep his hands off anything with a DO NOT TOUCH sign. However, the Cummer Museum has an awesome section for children called “Art Connections.” This is somewhat of a hidden gem because you wouldn’t know about it from looking at their website. This is great for toddlers and elementary school children. Keep reading and I’ll give you a few insider tips on how to get in for free and how to make the most of your day here.
When you walk into the museum entrance, take a left and head to the end of the hallway. There you will find the “Art Connections ” area. With so many activities to choose from, you children will be busy for quite some time. In the main area, you will find a section with pool noodles where children can put them into the holes of the exhibit to make different designs. There’s also huge video wall where children can jump and dance and their images are digitally put up on the screen. They can virtual paint, feel different textures, and truly use all of their senses (except taste, save that for lunch in the garden). Additionally, there is a section with books and blocks, with an area to make your own garden collage.
Pack a lunch and when you’ve had enough indoor play, head outside to the beautiful gardens. I love the view of our city from here and the gardens are stunning. The kids can run around in the grass, admire the huge trees, and make friends with the local lions.
Enjoy lunch, take in the beautiful view, and stop for a few moments to smell the roses. There are tables near the river, or find a spot under the huge oak trees. For those of you with adventurous little ones, don’t worry, the whole place is fenced in. Just watch out for the fountains! Be sure to check out their online schedule because they also have monthly classes for children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 12. These events usually take place on Saturdays.
The Cummer Museum is FREE ALL SUMMER LONG (until Labor Day) for military and dependents. Here’s a link to all of the other great free activities for military too.
Regular admission for military and seniors is $6, $10 adults, students, $6, children under 5 are free and college students are free Tuesday-Friday. The museum is closed on Mondays and open 10am to 4pm all days except Sunday hours are noon-4pm.
Free admission for all, each Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by Florida Blue.
Free admission for all the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Delores Barr Weaver and J.Wayne Weaver. This is a fun time to go because next door is the Riverside Arts Market. You can go to the museum and then check out the market. The market is super fun for kids too because there are tons of yummy food, a balloon maker, children’s crafts and live music.
Free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders the first full weekend of each month, provided by Museums on Us.
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
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