Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids

Museum Gone Wild! Tours for Kids
Saturdays April 1 – May 13 and weekdays April 17 – 21 (spring break) at 11 AM
We ask that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is included with museum admission and children under 12 are always admitted free.  

“Where the Wild Things Are” was originally titled “Where the Wild Horses Are,” and was intended, of course, to feature fillies, foals and mares.  Editor Ursula Nordstrom adored the title, finding it poetic and beautiful, but there was one problem: Sendak couldn’t draw horses.

When he told his editor that the whole horse thing wasn’t going to work out, he recalls her “acid tone[d]” response: “Maurice, what can you draw?”

“Things,” he said, and "things" he drew.

Museum Gone Wild! Not everybody can draw everything, but you can draw a thing.  Forget the narrow definition of “artist” and come be one.  Come to Fenimore Art Museum for a kid and family-friendly tour of 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition, including a reading of Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Immediately afterward at approximately 11:45 AM, try your hand at drawing your very own “wild thing.”  We provide the tools, you provide the inspiration!

If you are really inspired, join us April 17 – 21 (spring break) from 1:30 – 3:30 PM for our CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION AND BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP. This week-long course offered to kids aged 8 – 14 uses Maurice Sendak as an example, teaching the elements of story writing paired with the art of illustration. As an added bonus, the students will bind the pages into their own book!  A fun introduction to a professional craft, perfect for a budding young artist. $100 + $10 materials fee.