This time at the Addison Art Gallery, a beautiful little museum. This was the first time Leo got a stool to sit on while drawing
Leo finally got to meet one of the baby heads at the MFA after years of slowly driving past.
We went to see the new American Wing. Leo spent 40 minutes drawing the very first painting he saw — J.S. Copley’s “Portrait of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales at a Review, Attended by Lord Heathfield, General Turner, Col. Bloomfield, and Baron Eben; Col. Quinton in the Distance.” It’s huge — over 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide — just the thing to stop a little boy in his tracks.
A great day was had by all, but especially by Finn and Leo, who love knights right now.
Entering the steel and glass 1931 structure. Some nice background on the museum here.
You get the idea — big room, big armor, entralled boys.
I find this really rather frightening!
At five and six years of age, it’s still really fun to dress up and run around a room.
This room doesn’t seem to fit, but it’s a lot of fun. All sorts of mythical creatures are on display and the guide talks of them as if they are real.
Leo came home reciting the whole Daedelus and Icarus myth, as related to him by Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell. Pretty cool!
Museum Guard Quote of the Day:
“Do you have a lot of money?”
(this was the guard’s way of asking me to pick up my camera from the floor of the kids’s area where we were sprawled out playing with blocks and puzzles)
“Are you visting the museum?” asked the guard. Why else would two adults and two children be inside the museum? Would it be that hard to just say, “Welcome to the Peabody Essex — we’re so glad you are here”?
And then the woman who doles out the buttons asked if Sophie and I live at the same address. If she bothered to look at the membership info, she would have figured that out . Why can’t they be a little friendlier there??? Or at least assume the best of people instead of the worst. Whoever is in charge of reception must scare the living daylights out of all of these people.
Despite all that, we had fun at the polar bear sculpture studio.
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 –
I loved it as a kid and I love it as an adult. Cousin Audrey showed Leo around on his first visit here.
Standing in the Angel Columns (do you see the figures?) /Audrey playing with black sand
Watching the discs roll down the slope (something to do with inertia)
Inside a kaleidoscope
Some REALLY good jumpers inside the shadow making machine
Leo, Audrey & Ted show off their arch-making skills
Finn and his man purse
We met up with Finn & Steph at the A&J King Bakery in Salem, MA where they make the world’s best sticky buns. Finn does a good job here of trying to fit it into his mouth
Leo does his best Tom Brady impression
Leo and Finn show off their unique sense of style on Front Street.
Finn getting up close & personal with the folk art Noah’s Ark at the Peabody Essex
Leo admiring his favorite museum object, the model of the Cunard Line RMS Queen Elizabeth, built in 1949 by Bassett-Lowke Ltd.
Finn, with his man purse, takes a break from all the art.
Yes, that’s what Leo said when he saw the TV at the Wenham Museum exhibit on old toys. They didn’t sit there long, but they enjoyed it while it lasted.
While Finn ironed (this will make Uncle Stevie in London proud!!), Leo dressed up went in the playhouse. Then Finn and Leo set up shop, but eventually they had a fight over who got to run the cash register.
Steph found a great article about why imaginative play, like they are doing here (in 3 out of 4 photos), is so important and why kids are doing less and less of it (blame the other photo).
Here’s the story (you can listen or read):