Hands On Summer Fun for Children

The Amon Carter Museum in west Fort Worth is known world-wide for its collection of western art, but the museum has a lot more to offer to families than just an inside look at the old west: They're also offering what's being called the monthly new parents tour. 

This interactive tour offers mental stimulation and adult conversation for parents with babies and pre-toddlers and takes place on the last Friday of every month. On certain days you can find volunteers manning art carts to enrich the children's experience by offering them a hands-on approach to seeing the exhibits.

"It's one area in the museum they can actually touch the objects," said,  John Clay, docent.  "These objects really relate to the paintings."

One of the art carts features native American items like the ones seen in the paintings of Charles M. Russell and Frederic S. Remington.

In the museum's renowned photography exhibit, there is an art cart exploring the processes of photography and printing.

On Wednesdays through July, the museum also offers a storytime which focuses on literature that relates to the paintings in the museum.

Admission to the Carter is always free and it's open Tuesday through Sunday, excluding major holidays. The museum will host a "Family Fun Day" on August 9th.

The museum's website offers a printable walking tour, suggestions for making the most of your visit with children and a calendar of events.

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