Aside from the thought provoking show on the 6th floor, the MoMA hosted a Pop Up Adventure Play workshop for kids (in the basement of the research area) where kids could build a shelter out of recycled materials. This is about the most exciting thing Ezra can do on a rainy day… and it was a perfect activity that kept him occupied while his sister napped in the stroller. At first he built his first shelter – and some little girls liked it so much that he offered it to them and announced that he would build an extension and become their neighbor. (Thank you Pop Up Adventure Play for reminding us of how simple play can be with the most basic materials.)
Sadly I was not allowed to take photos in the Century of the Child exhibit but it had some great things on view for adults – like some of Ms Montessori’s handmade toys and a vintage Barbie House. See the website here and walk through the last century of how children have been perceived by adults culturally, and how it plays into marketing toys and childhood.