One thing I have learned in the past 8 months staying home with Parker is to have a strong tribe around you. I get way too much in my head with trying to find a balance with getting out and staying in. The endless amount of laundry, dishes, vacuuming, and other housework is daunting all the time.
I was so glad when my friend Stephanie (Consistently Curious) invited Parker and me to go to the Art Museum for Baby Tours back in February. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to attend the first one, since the class was full. We made it to the March one and have been back ever since.
The Cincinnati Art Museum offers these tours the 3rd Friday of each month and runs about 40 minutes long. We always go to the 2:00 tour with Sara as our tour guide, and she does fabulous! Parker, Soph, Stephanie, and I are signed up all the way through till August!
The tours are geared toward the babes and it’s perfect. They suggest you carry them so they can experience the art right along with you at a higher level.
The Art Museum does a very good job of the exhibits we go to and the paintings we see. Babies don’t care about the history behind what we are seeing, they just care if it gets their attention. Most of the exhibits we see are very colorful, full of shapes, 3D, and interactive.
I was very interested to see how Parker would react at the museum looking at the art. He surprised me and seemed engaged, and looked at the colors. There are always moments where he might be more interested in the people around us, but oh well. Since we have been going for the past couple of months it has been fun to watch him be more interactive and start remembering the same paintings.
In April we experienced a new type of exhibit at the Art Museum, Ragnar Kjartansson. It is an interactive room with music playing, and Parker absolutely loved it! We had to drag CJ there this weekend and show him what it’s all about!
After our tour around the museum, we always end up in the Rosenthal Education Center to work on a fun art project! In our first class they had edible ‘mashed potato’ paint, hence the smock, gloves, and highchair. Fun Fact: This was Parker’s first time in a highchair 🙂
The second time we played with shaped stamps. He was more interested in eating and crumbling up the piece of paper.
This past time was black and white. We got a baggy with paint on it and a white card. We were to move the paint around and create a fun design on the card. It will make a perfect Father’s Day card. Again, all he wanted to do was put it in his mouth but oh well, he is 7 months old.
I can’t say it enough, but I highly recommend the Baby Tours at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I will see you there at 2:00, make sure to say ‘hi.’