More “Play” to Come?

Will there be more hands-on play at "Play"?


So, this is interesting. I just received a press release from The Art League about their Play exhibit at The Torpedo Factory.  This is the one I posted about earlier this week, that we had high hopes for, but upon visiting wasn’t quite what we hoped it would be.

I have no idea if they caught wind of my review and ensuing comments, or they independently decided to revamp the exhibit a bit.  BUT, it sounds like they are adding some features that elevate the art experience for kids. In fact, here’s the scoop on what’s coming as soon tomorrow, straight from the press release:

“Starting this weekend and continuing every weekend through the end of the exhibit (April 2), The Art League’s “Play” exhibit will include fun, hands on art activities for kids.

Activities include:

  • A child-height graffiti wall, made from gallery pedestals — grab chalk and make your own art!
  • A zinc plate for etching — anyone who leaves their mark can also leave their email address and pick up a free print of the finished etching.
  • A scavenger hunt based on the art in the gallery, with blank space for kids to make their own art.
  • A version of the Surrealist game, the exquisite corpse (“cadavre exquis”) in which different artists can contribute to a collective drawing with an unexpected outcome.

Grab the kids and swing by the gallery – no smock necessary!”

Everyone deserves a second chance, right?

The Play exhibit is on display in The Art League Gallery at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria through April 2.  Weekend hours are Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12-6pm.  Admission is free.



Filed under Art, Free, Gradeschoolers, Indoor Play, Preschoolers, Toddlers, Virginia, Weekend

4 Responses to More “Play” to Come?

  1. anne

    I saw you guys there and wanted to say hi, but thought it too invasive to your privacy. Have to agree- even the info desk lady didn’t know what the hands on exhibit was. She sent us to a room with bowls of candy. Not what I had in mind. Luckily we discovered the correct rm on our way out. One little art with painted blocks and another with stuff in a box. Glad they’re giving it another go.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Anne, next time please do say hi! (Or were we busy trying to keep the kids from touching the “no touch” art?) I’m glad they’re adding to the experience, too. I’ll be interested to see how it is… or hear about it if others get there sooner.

  2. Heather

    That is awesome!

  3. It always drives me crazy when things are overstated. I’m hoping that they took your honest review and used to make things better. Thanks so much for your blog and idea’s!!

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