Winter break’s rapidly approaching, but have no fear, all you stressed-out parents and baby sitters. The Museum of Glass is offering a great deal to keep your kids creatively occupied this weekend and next, with free admission for children each day and holiday-inspired arts activities and music.
From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, hear a holiday guitar recital from students of B Natural Guitar Studio as they play in the museum’s acoustically generous lobby.
Then from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, celebrate Hanukkah with crafts and treats, with klezmer music from 2-3 p.m. by What the Chelm.
The following weekend, guest artists take kids on a cultural trip round the world, exploring Christmas traditions from Holland, Australia, Poland, Croatia and our own Wright Park, making craft souvenirs such as a Sinterklaas sack. There also is a concert on tubular bells by bell musician Dean the Dreamweaver. That program runs 1-4 p.m. Dec. 22.
When they’re finished making art, the kids can go see some: In the galleries, there are colorful birds and vessels by Venetian master Lino Tagliapietra, Ray Turner’s fascinating portraits painted on glass, and “Scapes,” the huge otherworldly glass sculpture installation based on Hindu mythology by brother-sister team Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana. And don’t forget the Hot Shop – you can spend hours of fascination watching glassblowers do their molten-hot work with grace and skill.
The Museum of Glass is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. All activities and admission is free for ages 12 and younger. Adult admission is $12, or $10 for seniors, students, and military. The museum is at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. museumofglass.org.Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/arts