Nestled among lush, shady trees lies Mennello Museum of American Art. A place that provides a dog-friendly walking area and free (though limited) parking. Once inside, the staff are approachable and always eager to make the guests time there a pleasant one. Though the space isn’t as open as Orlando Museum of Art, the hard wood floors and warmly painted walls make it far more welcoming.
On the second Sunday of each month they have “Family Free Day.” This is an event where all are welcome to visit the museum, absolutely free of charge, and soak up the artwork on display. There is also a crafts area for the kids where they, and their parents, are encouraged to participate in making their own piece of art they can bring home.
My family and I visited on a Second Sunday, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The pieces on display change to keep things fresh. They’re currently centered on the Native American people with paintings, pottery, photographs, and a real headdress on display.
Once there, my three year old was ready to make some art! The crafts were being hosted by Jamie from Super Awesome Cool Pottery. She helped the kids to make their very own skunk, with the option of making it into a finger puppet. A kind and attentive woman, if a child didn’t want to make a skunk, she’d smile and help them make whatever animal they wanted. My son decided to make a duck and a little girl made a rabbit. Once the pieces were finished, she gave us the address to Super Awesome Cool Pottery’s location so our handmade animals could be kilned and painted for free.
The Family Free Day event lasts from 12 – 4:30pm and happens once a month, on the second Sunday. If you can’t make it to the museum on Family Free Day, don’t worry. Their modest prices (only $5 for adults, $1 kids ages 6-17 and students) make it possible for any parent to introduce a little culture to their loved ones.
[All photos by Beatrice Penelope Kellar]
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