kids pointing into the distance

Just-for-Kids Tour

Jerusalem Stabile by Alexander Calder

1. Start at the West Entry and stroll to a big, red sculpture. Alexander Calder, an artist known to his friends as Sandy, was famous for making mobiles, pieces of art that move in the air. The sculpture you see in front of you is called the Jerusalem Stabile (stay-beel), because it stays in place.

Alexander Calder, Jerusalem Stabile, 1976, sheet metal, bolts, and paint, 141 x 288 x 143 in. Calder Foundation, New York; gift of the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation to the Calder Foundation, 2005. Copyright © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


wall of images of beasts

2. Next stop, fantastic beasts! Inside the Library Exhibition Hall, look for the wall of animal pictures. Can you spot the unicorn? Some of these animals are real, and some are imagined.


Cooking tools in the Fielding Wing

3. Follow the signs to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Making breakfast 200 years ago took a lot more time than it does today. Before electric toasters existed, people used a metal tool to toast their bread over a fire. Can you find the two toasting tools on the wall?


Stone guardian lion

4. The Chinese Garden is full of animals. How many can you find? Some are alive, like the ducks and fish in the pond, and some are made of stone. Can you pet a lion dog? The answer is yes! Go ahead.


Girl looking at dispersing seeds

5. Next stop: The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science—a big, glass-domed building where you'll find the exhibition "Plants Are Up To Something." Go inside and look for the Plant Lab. Find the seeds that ride the wind to fly. Why would a seed need to fly?


Prism tunnel in the Children's Garden

6. End your journey in the Helen and Peter Bing Children's Garden. Go through the kid-sized blue door and follow the leaf prints to the Sonic Pool. Watch the water dance. Close your eyes. What does the water sound like? Next, find the Pebble Chimes and make up your own song to the music of small stones.