Sunday afternoon in the Museum’s Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery is serious family time.

Eleven-year-old Jacob Rodriguez and his father, David, are focused on cutting bits of pictures from National Geographic magazines to make a collage that screams color. Jacob’s sister, Mia, is the funny one. She’s more interested in a picture of a young girl with a monkey on her head and the story about the girl.

“The monkey really likes her,” Mia says. “I was reading the story in the magazine. I like to learn about different cultures.”

With  free Museum admission on Sundays and a Museum educator leading the day’s activities, families spend quality time together cutting, pasting, drawing, and painting as they create their works of art and learn new ways to express their ideas.

“I like that the Museum has activities like the treasure hunt,” says David. “It keeps them interested and gets them moving.”

David  smiles as he reminds Mia and Jacob of an exhibition they saw at the Museum. “Don’t you remember the chandelier, it had all kinds of knick­-knacks hanging from it to symbolize Mexican culture?”

“Oh yeah, I remember that!” Mia exclaims, as she breaks into  a smile.

“I like to do quality things with  them on Sundays when I see them,” says David. “We’re learning to play the ukulele now. We’re not sitting in front of the television or video  games.”

Across the table, twelve-year-old Cristalyce Torres lets her imagination take her in a different direction. She cuts out words and headlines for her collage instead of photos. “I like art because I can use my imagination and creativity,” she says. “It’s fun to imagine things that are not really  there.” Torres, a student at Trexler Middle School and budding artist, has attended the after-school program at the Baum School of Art.

Anna Chanthavongseng from Walnutport lets her six-year-old daughter, Athena, choose her art adventure of the day. Athena was most excited to write on the chalkboard and hug the turtle sculpture in Art  Ways.

“It’s a great  way to expose your children to the arts without them really knowing it,” she says.

Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions and programs is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), City Center Allentown, the Gadomski Foundation, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.