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Hello winter. You are awfully long.

Good thing us NYC kids got some great museums to go to – to take away the winter blas with some color (rather than fly off to somewhere tropical, not always possible!) We spent a dreary gray day at the MoMA and loved the explosion of color. I love seeing all the really young art enthusiasts… my kids are not alone in their love of art, that’s for sure!

Have a great weekend.
This Frantisek Kupka painting should brighten your mood:
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We were back at the Museum of Modern Art seeing the Matisse exhibit – although frankly on weekends the exhibit is too crowded for kids. Instead we stopped in to the kid friendly Cut Out workshop going on near the media center, and explored our “Matisse selves” with paper and fabric:

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Speaking of modern museum life… we stood in line for a couple hours today trying to get into the MoMA’s new Rain Room Show (see a great post on it here.) Cup of Jo raves “Heavy rain pours down in an enormous room, but when you step into the rain, the area directly over your head dries up. So you can walk, dance and kiss in the rain without getting wet!”

However with all the rain going on OUTSIDE the museum, it’s hard to get enthusiastic about going into a Rain Room (especially if you’ve been waiting in line under an umbrella with antsy kids for too long). Oh well, we will try another day. But meanwhile here are a few shots from my office window of what May is looking like today. Rain blowing sideways and all. Ugh. (As you can see by my feet reflected in the last shot, I clearly didn’t dress for rain today.)

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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.

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