Children are welcome here

November 02, 1995

Here are some places where you can introduce children to the fun and excitement of the arts. Most venues have programs especially for kids.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets. (410) 396-7101. Admission charge except Thursdays. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Because most of the art has the same colors and content seen in comic books, the new Contemporary Art wing is the best place to start. By the way, any of the art on the floor is OK to touch. The outdoor Levi Sculpture Garden is also a wonderful place to introduce art to kids and an excellent place to play hide and seek. Other popular rooms include the Miniature Rooms, the Degas Gallery and the African Gallery.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. (410) 783-8024. Admission charge. For kids, it's recommended they start with an age-appropriate concert series. The programs: Tiny Tots for pre-kindergarten to kindergarten age; Prime Time for grades one to three; and Music for Youth for grades four to eight. Each of the programs has study guides and are available to all schools and families. Also, look for the family events.

Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. (410) 332-0033. The Theater for a New Generation program offers discussions and social evenings associated with theatrical productions. Call for dates and times.

Walters Arts Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. (410) 547-9000. Admission charge except Saturdays before noon. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. When they're young, they'll love the Armor and Swords Gallery with its impressive display of swords and knights in shining armor. A little older, they'll love the Greek and Egyptian floors, with several mummies, much elaborate jewelry and cool tombs.

In D.C.

Corcoran, Washington. 3500 17th St. N.W. (near the White House). Call (202) 638-3211. Suggested donation. As a frequent site for controversial photography, the Corcoran's current main exhibit falls right into that line, with "Raised by Wolves: Photographs and Documents of Runaways by Jim Goldberg."

Hirshhorn Museum, Washington. Eighth and Independence avenues S.W. (202) 357-2700. Free admission every day. Most of the museum is devoted to rotating exhibits, many of which are a mix of odd performance art and mixed-media presentations. Always very interesting.

National Gallery of Art, East, Washington. Fourth and Constitution avenues N.W. (202) 737-4215. Free admission every day. Featuring several rotating and permanent exhibits of modern art.

National Gallery of Art, West, Washington. Sixth and Constitution avenues N.W. (202) 737-4215. Free admission every day. Featuring several rotating and permanent exhibits of 13th- through 19th-century art.

Phillips Collection, Washington. 1660 21st St. N.W. (202) 387-2151. Admission charge. Often overshadowed by the Smithsonian, this museum is a welcome place for families. Don't miss the current exhibit, "In the American Grain," highlighting work by artists and spouses Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz.

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