Friday, July 29, 2011
Art gallery? Children? How ridiculous!
I'm not really the art gallery type. I agreed to go to a couple overseas, but only to see big famous paintings, and I'd only been to the big gallery here in Melbourne once (and that was on a school excursion years ago).
It certainly wasn't something I had thought of doing with a young child.
That was until I was planning a meet-up with Zoey, a blog friend from interstate. I looked online for a child-friendly cafe and when I didn't have much luck (lots say they are, but all they mean is they have a kids' menu), I started to think about an activity we could do. Planning in advance at this time of year in Melbourne means an indoor activity is best - you never know what the weather will do.
The Kids' Space at the National Gallery of Victoria kept popping up on my searches. So we gave it a shot.
Sometimes I forget how easily pleased my daughter is - she's interested in anything and everything and is very fun to sightsee with. The drive into the city was filled with I-Spy (a colours version, and a game I'm on the verge of regretting teaching her as she now wants to play it ALL THE TIME!), and the short walk from our car park to the gallery was an exciting adventure for her in itself.
"Look Mummy, a tram!" "An asberrance (ambulance)!" "Mummy, Mummy, look at the water!" (That was the fountains outside the gallery, shown above.) "What's that?" (The water wall, below, which intrigued her.)
The Kids' Space itself was great. The current exhibition there is Colour - perfect for Abbey's age and her keen interest in colours and shapes. She happily spent a couple of hours looking around, building with foam blocks, sorting shapes and patterns, playing with the interactive tools, and making friends with Zoey's daughter.
One day soon, we'll be heading back into the gallery to visit the Kids' Space again. We might even venture around to some of the other exhibitions. (I know!) The National Gallery of Victoria has some children's activities available for older kids, but I might tailor some of those to Abbey's age - things like drawing pictures of the paintings, talking about colours and objects.
It all just goes to show that non-traditional children's activities are sometimes the best.
Posted at 9:36 AM