When I was 5 years old, my parents brought me to see a fascinating exhibit called The great Pharaoh Ramses II and his time. For many years, I dreamed of becoming an Egyptologist. Many of my school projects were about Egypt and I even had a hieroglyph stamp set. Sadly (or luckily since there are not that many work opportunities for an Egyptologist in Montreal), I never pursued my childhood dream and did a business degree.
At the grand age of 1 year old, Alice has already visited 5 museums:
Montreal Fine Art Museum (Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit)
Montreal Botanical Garden (Butterflies Go Free)
McCord Museum (Toys 2)
Biodome (Permanent Exhibit)
Redpath Museum (Permanent Exhibit)
Each visit was a complete success. Alice was wide awake, looking curiously around her, fascinated by the shapes, colors, textures, sounds and smells that were surrounding her. Of course, she does not care that much about the tragic extinction of dinosaurs or the Monarch Butterfly migration. However, I'm convinced that each of these experiences can have an impact on the way that she sees "her" world.
Alice might not talk a lot (5 words so far) but it was obvious that she was having a good time at the Redpath Museum since her facial expression and her body language changed many times during our visit (about 45 minutes).
Visiting a museum with a baby/toddler implies a few challenges but with some time management and realistic expectations the experience should be enjoyable for the parents and the kiddo.
What is your favorite museum (visited with or without kids)?
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paula kiliclar: Thank you. Her room is slowly having more "personality"! It's fun:)
sew nancy: Ah ah ah, this is not art...it is just me playing with paint during one afternoon :)