From Dragons to Dinosaurs: Interactive Art for Kids at ArtPrize
Art and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly—especially when the art is interactive! ArtPrize is the place to be for soaking up creativity and inspiration in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This year, there’s a lineup of interactive exhibits that are an absolute delight for kids and grown-ups alike.
(For more details about the ArtPrize event, make sure to check out this comprehensive article.)
Fun & Kid-Friendly Interactive Art
Ready to take on an interactive art adventure?
Here are12 interactive art exhibits for kids to explore at this year’s ArtPrize!
Needs More Dinosaurs
Vote ID: #68814
Location: Courtyard Marriott
Step into a tunnel filled with twinkling lights and disco dinosaurs! Each dinosaur is hand-painted and sparkling in every color you can imagine. It’s like a dinosaur disco party!
Vote ID: 64605
Location: Sixth Street Park
Stroll among large mirrored mountains and see yourself reflected in a brand-new way. It’s a magical walk that makes you a part of the art!
What’s not Cool About a Dragon?
Vote ID: 9659
Location: Sixth Street Park
Get up close and personal with a dragon that breathes real fire! Covered in individually handcrafted scales and equipped with LED lighting, this dragon is spectacular, especially after dark.
Vote ID: 87605
Location: First Park Congregational Church
Here’s your chance to become part of a wall of smiles created by a kindergarten class. Add your own smile to the art and feel the joy!
Paint the Calder
Vote ID: 20680
Location: Hyatt Place Grand Rapids
Grab a paintbrush and fill in one of the 1500 spots on the 6′ x 12’ Calder canvas.
Layers: A Hands-On Experience of Line and Color
Vote ID: 13401
Location: S I L V A
Shift transparent drawings in different colors to create new, collaborative designs. A fun way to engage with art and let your creativity shine.
Be My Neighbor
Vote ID: 75104
Location: Monroe Community Church
Draw a house, paint someone else’s, and help build the golden neighborhood.
There’s Always a Billy
Vote ID: 25837
Location: The Atrium
Tap the “Billy Button” to hear snippets of songs by famous musicians named Billy or Billie. Then cast your vote for your favorite Billy in the Billy Ballot box!
Vote ID: 50394
Location: Swift Printing
Pop in four quarters to get a mystery print or sticker from a tiny vending machine. It’s a quick, nostalgic treat.
Vote ID: 05765
Location: Van Andel Arena
An 8-foot-tall vending machine dispenses art capsules! Just bring two quarters and take home a tiny piece of art.
PO Art Box
Vote ID: 36279
Location: 120 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids
Explore small-scale dioramas and micro-installations in this unique venue made up of Post Office Boxes. It’s a miniature world of creativity!
International Living Statues
Vote ID: 27834
Location: Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum
Keep an eye out for living statues performing around the museum and city center. They bring art to life in the most unexpected places!
More interactive art to check out:
- Optik at the ArtPrize Oasis (555 Monroe NW)
- Crane Dance at First Park Congregational Church
- Augmented Reality Mural at ArtPrize Clubhouse
- Evolve – a 3-sided mural of Grand Rapids that you can stand in the center of. Located next to Social House Kitchen on Ottawa Ave SW
Where Else Can We Find Interactive Art?
We’re sure there’s more – we haven’t been able to get to every venue, even after days of exploration and miles of walking.
Do drop us a line and let us know what else people should check out if they’re looking for interactive art!
ArtPrize is more than a gallery; it’s an experience that invites you to become part of the art. Make sure to get out there and enjoy these amazing interactive exhibits. And don’t forget to cast your votes for your favorites! Your participation helps to celebrate the talents and hard work of all the artists involved.