In what may become a regular feature, the girls and I spent our Wednesday wandering about. Last week I read about this great program for kids that they have at the art gallery downtown. We rarely make it up there, but I think it may have to start happening more often.
But back to the program- it’s geared toward 3-5 year olds, but my 2-(gulp how is she almost 3)-yr old fit it nicely as well. And my little one was part of the under-one set of little siblings. There were three of them just hanging out while the big kids looked at art and made art.
The “tours for tots” began with a book. The guide was animated and engaging, and really made the story come to life. It was great to hear Fiona retell (her understanding of) the story to Nate when he got home from work this evening.
After the story, we headed into the Beautiful Monsters exhibit. This exhibit is in its last week at the gallery, and is a collection of prints made from etchings, engravings, and woodcuts of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. As the title suggests, the collection is focused on beasts and monsters, but our guide (Ms Tamara) was able to keep everything very age-appropriate, while at the same time not dumbing it down for the kids. She described the technique used in creating the pieces we looked at, and by the time we finished our tour, they were excited to create their own art.
After the official tour ended, we wandered through a couple more exhibits by ourselves before heading out in search of lunch. A small cafe caught my eye, so we crossed the street to visit the Early Bird Cafe. Once I maneuvered my enormous double jogging stroller inside (I mean, it was ridiculous. The grill and lunch counter is directly to your left as you enter the restaurant, and we had to ask the (thank goodness only two) patrons sitting at the counter to stand up and move out to the side so that we could push in all the stools and squeeeeeeeze through to the back, where there was more than enough room to park that monstrosity), we all settled in for a nice little lunch. The girls split an order of “aksa-deddy” which is Violet-ese for spaghetti these days, and I had a Monte Cristo sandwich with what fries didn’t get stolen from me. I’d definitely visit again, but I think next time we head downtown we’ll skip the duallie in favor of a nice little umbrella stroller and/or the Ergo. I also think we’ll try getting downtown using mass transit next time. According to google maps, it would only be about 15-20 longer to get there by walk/bus/LRT than it did to drive in, and it would be much cheaper. Plus, yay environment! My only concern is the willingness of little legs… but soon enough we won’t have to worry about the cold, and I think once the weather is nicer the cooperation will improve. Come on, Spring.
Just kidding. I know we’ve got a good few months before it’s full-on Spring. But a girl can hope.