Fort Worth Museum Wants Crying Babies

Amon Carter Museum offers free New Parents Tour

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    Museums are typically pretty quiet places, but for one Friday per month, you will hear quite a bit of noise at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

    Mothers, fathers, grandparents and guardians are welcome to take part in the free New Parent Tours. Crying and talkative babies aren't just OK -- they're encouraged.

    The museum has been offering the hourlong specialized tours for several years.

    "It is difficult to get out," said Linda Roman, a grandparent who has been through the tour three or four times. "You can walk around downtown Fort Worth -- and we do -- but to come here and get this value, to experience all of this beautiful art, this is special."

    Most importantly for parents and grandparents, it's a chance to get out of the house and mingle with others.

    "When you're home with the baby, it's wonderful, but it's also nice to get out and see parents who are going through the same thing and take a tour that's geared toward adults with baby in tow," said Brady Sloane, a new mother and the museum's public programs manager.

    It's also an opportunity to expose children to art at an early age. Museum officials say they hope to see them grow over the years.

    The museum specifically targets newborns to 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.

    The Amon Carter Museum is the only Fort Worth museum that offers the free parent tours, but the Dallas Museum of Art also has special tours for parents and children to take together.