Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Children's Museum

The highlight of our vacation was The New Children’s Museum in San Diego, a 50,000-square-foot facility devoted to visual arts. At a time when schools have cut back on arts education, the museum puts the visual arts front and center in a soaring, light-filled space.

On one gallery wall, there’s a quote from Andy Warhol, who declares, “Art is what you can get away with.” And here, kids get away with a lot!

Outside at this museum, kids can paint an old Volkswagen bug, get hands-on (a nice word for messy) with clay projects or create bubbles larger than their bodies.

Inside they can climb on a mural, engage in a crazy pillow fight, and ride around on Legways, scooter-like vehicles designed similarly to the Segway, but meant to be propelled by human power. This is a museum to engage bodies as well as imaginations.

Minute for minute, this was the kids favorite time of the vacation!

1 comment:

Brooke said...

That looks incredibly fun! We will have to try that one sometime.