It’s cold here in Denver, not only is it cold but it has been warm for so much of this winter that our bodies have gotten lazy to the cold. But there are certain activities that just go so well with a cold snap. No, not curling up under a cozy blanket and watching movies, this is us after all. No the cold sends us walking downtown to the Contemporary Art Museum Denver. Once we were there, and reasonably defrosted we decided to stay for the day.
The top floor of the museum has children’s activities, I really like this arrangement because we can focus on looking at the art first and then play for a long while. Other museums mix it up which distracts from the real reason to be there. Yes children like the activities but it makes it easy for them to never really consider the art. Adults do not give children enough credit for their ability or interest in anything not dumbed down for them.
On the other hand I also think that it is important to remember that children interact with the world differently than adults, play is part of understanding. So when a museum has art for children to touch and play with, not just a craft activity, it gives back to them (after they have experienced the adult parts of the museum).