Like any other immersive experience, music and visuals are omnipresent at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, which is a hit-or-miss for sensitive kiddos: the hour-long adventure could be too long or too short depending on the child, parking may get overwhelming if not planned in advance… We digress.
So, if you’ve been wanting to check out the luminous Van Gogh Experience but were concerned about bringing your kiddos along for the ride, we compiled a list of some helpful tips and tricks to know before stepping inside the Olympia Theatre in downtown.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is open to all ages, but there are some things you should be aware of in order to best cater to your child’s needs:
Music can be on the loud side
In true multisensory fashion, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience merges multiple senses to create an unparalleled journey into the universe of the artist. That means music can be a bit loud for sensitive (and younger) kids, but there’s a very simple remedy: the trusty ear plugs! Make sure to be equipped with those before making your way down to the experience, as they won’t have any on site.
Projections move quickly
Small children may also be a bit overstimulated by the swirling projections, but there are plenty of available seats where you can sit and soothe your kiddo if needed. The exhibit also allows you to walk in and out of the projection room — so you can take a quick break before heading back in. Plus, the projections don’t need to be watched from beginning to end, you can pop in at any time you want and leave whenever you please.
Most of the experience is hands-free
While the projections are super interesting and captivating, they’re mainly a hands-free experience — which could be difficult for some kids to handle (they’re still discovering the world around them, after all). Luckily enough, you can choose where to spend the majority of your time. Rather than focusing on the exhibit section or projection portion of the experience, you can let your kids express themselves as they draw like Van Gogh and discover the merch store at the end of their artistic journey.
The adventure lasts an hour
General admission tickets have a specific time entry, but once you’re inside the experience, you can stay as long as you’d like. The show lasts an hour, but you can definitely choose to watch half-way through it or even stay as it restarts.
You know your kid’s attention-span like no other, but putting some of these tricks in place before coming to the Van Gogh Experience can help your journey go as smoothly as possible.
The experience is in downtown Miami, the perfect opportunity to make an entire day out of it! Plenty of restaurants, stores and parks are around Olympia Theater, so you can take advantage of the location to create the best experience for your kiddos. Plus, we love that there’s valet parking on-site!
Children under four can access the experience for free, and tickets for kids older than four start at $23.90 (standard adult tickets are $39.90). You can also get a Family Pass (2 adults + 2 kids) for $31.90, which is basically a fraction of the price. And — if you’re looking to bring the entire fam — there’s even a Group Bundle of minimum 8 people available for $35.90. Sounds like a great deal to us.
You can check out all the available ticket types here.