This Sunday was the Museums Free 4 All in Grand Rapids. We thought it would be a great way to spend the day, and it was, but also exhausting and in no way did we make it to all four museums (the kids were a little disappointed as they both love the Public Museum).
We parked our car and literally were on the sidewalk when the church bells started ringing noon (the Sunday opening time of all the Grand Rapids museums) and we were approximately guests number 505-510 of the 600 person capacity Children's Museum. Wow!
I got two new favorite photos. One for each girl. This is Victoria's, and I have to say I love the three headed smile. She was inside of a prism shaped mirror. Really fun!
And this is my new favorite photo of Caroline. A strange woman was behind me taking pictures of her kid, when she kindly stopped to make mine smile without me knowing. Such a great face, and boy was I surprised when I turned around to see what she was looking at. (I had thought maybe it was her dad, but nope!)
Gabe was kind of being a stinker. He has piles and piles of Legos at home, but what's more fun than playing at a Lego table with ten other kids? We had to drag him to different areas, trying to get him to experience something he couldn't play with at home. He grudgingly stood inside of a giant bubble, but then moved on to more and more places to build. Eventually he did bust out of his comfort zone.
After the Children's Museum, we moved on to the art museum, which is just as enjoyable as you imagine it being with kids. "This is boring," from Gabe and "I have been here once. Let's find my favorite sculpture so we can leave," from Victoria. Though they both did eventually warm up to it. For Gabe the boredom was mostly that he couldn't see, being around three feet tall. Once his dad picked him up and he got a view of the paintings and sculptures he wanted to see all of them and ask a million questions. Victoria's questions were harder to answer. Upon seeing a lamp set up on a little square box shelf with a little roped off area in front of it, she turned to me and said, "How is that art?" (No one ever show her this piece!) Yeah, I don't really get it either.