Life with Leo

August 12, 2008

Great Kids’ Museum near Boston

Filed under: Kids in museums, Peabody Essex Museum — fehlhaber @ 8:03 pm

We’ve been there many times before, but today we had another great time at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Though not officially a “children’s museum”, they try really hard to make kids welcome.  And now they’ve added a fun scavenger hunt in the form of this brochure, with two tear-off cards that kids can easily hold on to.

It’s their way (it seems) of getting kids to explore more than just the first floor of the museum, where the child-oriented “Idea Studio” is located.  The four year olds had fun doing the search, but the six year old with us, Lily, was really the one who could find the objects.

The shows in the kids’ room last for a year — the origami show is now over and a new one, Polar Attractions, is up. To see a cool slide show of some art (which you really won’t get to look at if you’re chasing small children), click here.

Here are more photos of what they had fun doing –

Caressing the Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture in the atrium

Caressing the Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture in the atrium

Looking into a periscope installation called Polar Peek-A-View

Looking into a periscope installation called Polar Peek-A-View

Inside one of the  "Peek-A-View"s

Inside one of the Peek-A-Views

Making up stories with the story tiles (always a favorite)

Making up stories with the story tiles (always a favorite)Playing a game

Designing a fish

Designing a fish

Hearing Nancy read "Edward the Emu" from one of the great activity boxes

Story with finger puppets from the activity boxes

doing the limbo underneath it)

Contemplating modern Native-American art (not pictured: doing the limbo underneath it)

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