This Saturday, the Biggs Museum will team up with Kent Kids Initiative to present a special program for children that focuses on healthy lilfestyles.
When it comes to getting into the swing of art appreciation for kids, the Biggs Museum of American Art knows how to do it right.
The museum, which features decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present, has teamed up with the Kent Kids Initiative to provide a free program for children, combining art and making healthy lifestyle choices.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Biggs Museum.
Kent Kids Initiative is a joint effort by the Nemours Foundation and more than two dozen additional groups that works to address some of the root causes of health problems in children, said Kate Layton, president of Kent Kids.
“We’ve been working on this for quite a while with the Biggs,” she said. “Our members are excited about it because this is one of the first big events we’ve had since our launch in December 2012.”
“We hope to accomplish a lot in spreading knowledge about good health, making healthy choices, eating nutritious foods and staying away from smoking and drugs – the whole gamut of good health,” she said.
“This grew out of an initiative to bring healthy choices to satisfy Nemours’ mission and the Biggs’ mission in a beneficial way,” said Stephanie Fitzpatrick, marketing and development manager for the Biggs Museum. “We want to throw open our doors as wide as possible to benefit the largest population.”
Holding the event at the museum and incorporating the museum’s exhibits into the day’s activities also will help de-mystify the museum experience, she said.
Activities will be tailored for children ages 4 to 10, although anyone can participate.
Youngsters will get the chance to stretch their artistic muscles in the museum’s Child HELP Foundation’s Gallery room, where they’ll be furnished with paper and art supplies.
What comes out of that will be anybody’s guess.
“The sky’s the limit,” Fitzpatrick said. “They’ll be able to draw any interpretation of what a healthy choice is.”
They’ll then be given duct tape – the colorful, printed kind – to frame their creations, which they may take home or may leave behind on display.
Jump rope, hopscotch and four-square activities also will be offered to work off energy and to promote the idea of exercise.
These events will be held outside but will be moved into the museum in the event of inclement weather, Fitzgerald said.
“We want to get the kids moving, not just educate them about living healthy lives,” she added.
In addition, Biggs staff members will be hosting tours tailored to the ages of the various groups, Fitzpatrick said.
What most children probably will consider the highlight of the day will occur when some very talented break dancers from the Lake Forest School District take the stage.
“That’s the icing on the cake,” Fitzpatrick said. “It ties in nicely because break dancing is really just good exercise.”
Note: Because of construction at the main entrance of the Biggs Museum, visitors are asked to use the doorway to the immediate left of the construction work.