The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth provided an alternative, indoor activity for students before they return to school in late August — films geared toward children.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., shows a screening of “Wild Lea,” a short film about a Colombian cat. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)

“We just thought it’s a great end of summer, cool activity, that has super high quality produced films that have been vetted,” said Kendal Smith-Lake, the director of communications at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. “It’s so hot in the summer, it’s a perfect thing for us to welcome families in.”

A family watches short films on Aug. 4 at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)

In partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the Modern’s Kid Flicks showed three films for children 3 years old and older and three films for children older than 8 years old.

The first group of films offer more “visual stimulation and stories more geared toward younger viewers,” Smith-Lake said. She compared the films to children’s picture books.

The second group — older than 8 —had subject matter that “takes a little more maturity to grasp.” 

The museum will show more films in Spanish on Aug. 5.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. He can be reached at cristian.arguetasoto@fortworthreport.org or (817) 317-6991.