We take the kids to art museums quite often. We go not because it's good for them, but because I love being around art. I don't care if they are swooning with boredom on a bench. As long as they are quiet and I can get an hour to look at stuff, we're good. I'll buy them a notepad in the gift store as a reward.
It is, of course, better if they have fun, too. So, we were quite pleased to stumble upon the kiddie art room at MOMA.
Ian spent 30 minutes playing with a beta version of an art program that let him use a paintbrush on the screen. He could blend wet paint color or "dry" the paint.
Jonah made a chair out of cardboard and string.
We all came home inspired to make projects at home.