Waltee's Cubs programs entertains the 18-months-and-younger set

If you have a small child, you're used to avoiding situations where there's an expectation of quiet. Flying's no fun, the theater's out, and museums are off the list too.

But rethink that last one: The Walters Art Museum has a program called Waltee's Cubs for ages through 18 months. On a day when the Walters is typically closed, it opens its doors for babies for engaging learning activities in one of the exhibit areas, then a half-hour of free play and art in the studios.

I attended January's "Funny Faces" event with my 1-year-old, Aaron, last week. We went into the special exhibit "Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe" with nine other babies and their parents or grandparents. The joyful event leaders took us through a handful of learning activities involving portraits (pointing out the parts of the face and body pictured in a couple of paintings, playing with a feather after seeing the quills in another painting, playing "peekaboo" with a portrait in which a child had been "erased" from a painting but was recovered when the painting was being restored.

Later, we moved downstairs to the kids' studio area for an art activity and some free play time.

We had a blast, and it was nice to meet parents with children the same age. And to be in a museum and not have to worry about keeping Aaron quiet.

Registration is open now for Waltee's Cubs programs in February-May. Click on any of the individual event listings on this page to find the email link to register.

Find a list of all the kids’ programming here. Admission for Waltee's Cubs is $10 for museum members and $15 for nonmembers.

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