Monday, June 25, 2012

Trip to the Art Museum

Hope you had a good weekend.  Ours was pretty laid back, but we did get into a couple of things.

We met up with the cousin- and sister-in-law Friday evening.  We ended up browsing the mall for a little bit and trying a new dinner spot.  As always, M loved hanging out.  Plus her night ended with ice cream, so she was ALL GOOD.

Riding the train with her daddy while we browsed.

And then on Saturday afternoon while DK was working an event, M and I decided to check out the new kids' exhibit at the art museum.  

I didn't know what to expect since I'd never actually been to our art museum, but I was pretty impressed with this exhibit.

They have a room designed for children ages 5 and under with several different stations that foster learning and creativity.  It also has bins of creative toys and shelves of books if you want to make it a story time.  M LOVED this room.

There was also a room for older children that was really cute.  We found a couple of things in there to get into.  M loved the digital painting board (very much like the iPad apps she like to play, but obviously much bigger).  You could also email yourself your kids creation directly from the board.  The "older kids" room also has an Asian brush painting station that she liked (that I liked, too, because it only involved WATER -- no actual paint)!

She and I both enjoyed the museum. We were sure to get a "passport" that rewards the kids for their repeat visits because we'll definitely be going back (oh, did I mention that the art museum is FREE* -- we love free entertainment). Over the summer, I hope to show her one "real" exhibit (in the actual museum area) per visit before we visit the fun rooms.  They have a scavenger hunt sheet that you can complete that adds a little fun for the kids while they look at the "real" art.

For local mamas who haven't visited this new kids exhibit yet, it's really cute.  We happened to go at a time of day where it wasn't crowded (there were only a couple of other famlies in there), so we could see everything when we wanted to.  The rooms aren't very big, so I could imagine it getting a little uncomfortable if you have more than a few families in there. But again, it's free, so you could just leave and come back without feeling like you lost something.

All in all, it was a great weekend.  Trying something new is always fun.  Enjoy your week, folks!

* with a suggested donation of $3 per person.

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