My daughter loves to go everywhere. A spunky 2-year-old, she thinks anyplace we go is a new adventure. While I know she will dread waiting in line at the DMV, post office, and any airport or pharmacy one day, everything is still new and fun for her. Yet, there is only one place she asks to go. Art Park, the Woodson Art Museum’s interactive family gallery, remains her only requested destination.
This isn’t a shameless plug.
Okay, she doesn’t say “I want to go to Art Park.” She says “I want to go to Museum” but let’s face it, she’s not interested in Roger Tory Peterson. She wants to go to Art Park.
Seeing Art Park day after day, I know what a valuable resource it is for children and their parents. Kids get to play, learn, and foster creativity in a fun, safe environment, all for free. While children enjoy the surroundings, parents have a rare opportunity to catch their breath and relax for a minute. To get such a moment at home, I sometimes resort to plunking her down in front of the television with a bowl of goldfish crackers. Last Saturday, Three’s Company reruns were the best thing on.
During Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar, Art Park will be even more appealing. Kids can channel their inner musician on a miniature stage, design their own album covers, and make connections between the visual arts and music. So if crummy weather prevents outdoor activities, and you don’t want your kids exposed to the best double-entendres the late 70s could offer, then come and knock on our door!