Visiting Storm King Art Center with Kids
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Interactive, Touchable Sculptures at Storm King
The girls also had a chance to play and touch some of the few pieces meant for interaction, including:
- Isamu Noguchi's Momo Taro, inspired by a split-open peach.
- Siah Armajani's Gazebo for Two Anarchists, a sculpture you may enter.
- Dennis Oppenheim's Electric Kiss, which resembles a Hersey's Kiss that you can walk into.
- Dennis Oppenheim's, Entrance to a Garden, a shirt-shaped gazebo-like sculpture you can enter.
- Dennis Oppenheim's, Dead Furrow, a pyramid-like sculpture with stairs for climbing to see a view.
- Arnaldo Pomodoro, The Pietrarubbia Group, which visitors can enter through its grand, slab-like doors and move them.
Food & Picnicking at Storm King
After running the rolling hills, interacting with amazing art, and taking in all the fresh air, we took a tram ride back to the cafe near our car. We snacked on sandwiches, hotdogs, beer (for the adults, of course), and ice cream. They have picnic tables nearby, so you can also bring your own food to enjoy. To top off our day of art, our girls spent about 45 minutes jumping on and off a large rock near the picnic site, pretending to be princesses. They had a wonderful day. Of course, they don't understand how lucky they are to experience Storm King, but as parents we were proud to exposed them to what is considered one of the world's leading sculpture parks.
Tips for Visiting Storm King with Kids
- There are multiple ways to get around: free tram, rental bike, walking tour, rented audio tour, or strolling at your leisure.
- I recommend starting at Museum Hill.
- Most sculptures are permanent but some are temporary exhibits.
- Plan to spend at least two hours. We spent four hours and it didn’t feel too long.
- Storm King is closed to the public from December 2 to March 31.
- Bring bug spray and sun screen if visiting in the summer.
- Bathrooms and changing tables are available in restrooms near the visitors center, Museum Hill.
- Strollers are allowed. Heavy-duty strollers are encouraged for some of the terrain.
- Pets are not allowed.
- Tram tours originate at the foot of the elevator at bottom of Museum Hill and can be picked up at any of the 10 designated tram stops. They run continuously. Collapsible strollers and wheelchairs can be accommodated.
- Adults: $15
Senior Citizens (65 or older with valid ID): $12
Ages 5-18 and students (with valid ID): $8
Children 4 and younger: Free
- There are several public transportation options, check the website to see which best suits you: http://stormking.org/visit/