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Art comes to life in the Creative Discovery Museum’s new exhibition

Kids can step into the frame of famous paintings and experience art like never before when “Framed: Step Into Art” opens at the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., on Saturday, September 21.

The new exhibit lets children and their caregivers enjoy a robust midday meal in Grant Wood’s “Dinner for Drummers”, pitch in a tent and explore camping gear in the “Camp at Lake O’Hara” by John Singer Sargent and to add “cornhusks” to the flower tour in Diego Rivera’s “Corn Festival”.

Visitors can explore a small collection of “Mona Lisa” prints featuring the original as well as famous parodies, then stand behind a cut-out version and replace Mona Lisa’s face with their own.

“Art provides tools for children to interact with the world around them,” said CDM Executive Director Henry Schulson. “‘Framed: Step Into Art’ makes fine art accessible to children and their caregivers in a fun and playful way. We are excited to see how this exhibition inspires the creativity of our visitors.”

* “Drummers Dinner: Step inside Grant Wood’s painting and learn about rural life at the turn of the century. Visitors can tend to a chicken and eggs, cook a meal in the kitchen, set the dining table, enjoy midday dinner and match the patterned farmer shirts.

* “Camp at Lake O’Hara”: Travel to the Canadian Rockies in 1916 at John Singer Sargent’s camp. Kids can climb inside a tent and explore camping gear like Sargent would have used it, cook a pretend meal over the campfire, and tell stories around the fire.

* “Big chicken”: Enter the work of Clementine Hunter and create imaginary animals by mixing body parts. Young and old can load the cart with cotton, climb behind the reins of the giant rooster and take their load to town.

* “Corn Festival”: Travel south of the border through this piece of the Holiday Courtyard in the Ministry of Education building in Mexico City. Visitors can explore an interpretation of one of Diego Rivera’s frescoes, add flowers and corn husk ribbons to the flower tower for a celebration, and include their curlicue in a mural on a miniature building.

CDM will host “Framed” through January 5, 2020. The exhibit was created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum.