This page offers some tips for exploring art at the Getty Center with children.

Don't worry if you're not an art expert yourself—here are lots of fun things you can do with your children in an art museum like the Getty.

To learn about programs, events, and activities we offer for families, visit our section Family Events and Activities.

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Ask Questions and Get Talking!
Find out what your kids think about the works of art and spark their imaginations by asking for answers rather than giving them. Simple questions can lead to very interesting conversations. Try these:
  • What's happening here?
  • What would it be like to be a part of this work of art?

Or, be an art critic. Pick a gallery and ask your children some of these questions:
  • Which is your favorite or least favorite work of art in this gallery? Why do you like it, or not like it?
  • Which work of art would you like to take home, and why? Where would you put it?
  • Which work of art do you think was the most fun for the artist to make?
  • Make comparisons between the works of art you like, and the ones you don't like.

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Portrait of Leonilla, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn / Winterhalter
Tell Stories
Pick a work of art that interests you and your children and make up your own story about it. Or, use the following prompts to tell a story:
  • What story do you think the artist was trying to tell?
  • If the artwork shows a person, who might that person have been, and what kind of life might he or she have lived?
  • If there is more than one person in the artwork, what might they be saying to each other?

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The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark / Brueghel the Elder
Play a Game!
Here are some easy-to-play games to do with your kids.

"I Spy"
Ask one of your children to pick an artwork in a gallery without telling you which one they chose. Ask them to give you clues that describe the work of art, and have the rest of the family take turns looking around the gallery and guessing which one is the secret artwork. For example, "I spy a painting with lots of blue and bright sunlight."

Scavenger Hunt
Choose a theme and go on a scavenger hunt through the galleries to find things in the artworks that fit that theme. Possible themes are: animals, insects, unusual outfits, unique hairstyles, something that starts with each letter of the alphabet, every color in the rainbow, specific shapes, things that are smooth or rough, and pictures of foreign lands. Or dream up your own!

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Be an Artist!
Use what you see during your visit to inspire your children's own art making. Bring a notepad and some pencils or colored pencils, and encourage your children to draw, either in the galleries or outside. And don't forget, adults can sketch too! Keep in mind that pens and markers are not allowed in the galleries, and adults should carry all art supplies when not in use.