Cinderella and her big sis

Cinderella and her big sis

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Busy Weekend

I love when I find fun FREE things to do with the kids on the weekend!  This weekend we found some really good finds!  On Saturday, I found out about  the Free Crafts for Kids workshop Lakeshore Learning Stores offer every Saturday!  They were holding a  special Valentine's Day crafting day. 

Lil making her Valentine's Day crown.  

Needs some more yellow dots. (Her new favorite color!)

The final product.

Lil was more interested in browsing the products that they had inside the shop more than she was in actually creating the crafts! Like mother like daughter I suppose. I was able to coax her in to making a couple more crafts before we left.

She made a flower bouquet. ( Once again...yellow.)  

This was supposed to be a Valentine Mailbox, but since she doesn't exchange Valentine's in Preschool, she ended up making a Valentine for her Auntie Marcy.

On Sunday, the New Children's Museum in downtown San Diego was having their Target Free Second Sunday.  Through their partnerships with educators and arts organizations, Target is helping  students and their families engage in arts and cultural events nationwide by offering  free admission to museums throughout the month. Usually it would cost $10 a person to enter this museum, but yesterday it was absolutely free!  So the whole family drove down to check it out.  This museum is a place for curious families to participate and play together. We spent a lot of time in the Rain House. The Rain House was colorful with foam tiles that can be disassembled. Lil  had so  much fun here that we couldn’t get her to leave.

You could actually hear rain from within the house.

The New Children's Museum has an exhibit going on right now entitled Trash. The mission for this exhibition was to change how we see trash. Did you know that in the United States, annual production of waste has tripled since 1960? That the average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every day? One of the galleries, has an installation called Float. The artist, Jessic McCambly, transformed ubiquitous white plastic shopping bags into an ephemeral cloud of light and shadow. This installation was created from bags collected from NCM visitors, "the accumulated mass of delicate imperfect rings, floats mist-like overhead, mimicking the dynamic shape of a wave breaking against the shore."

Lil also enjoyed playing with bubbles outside with her own homemade pipecleaner bubble wand.

The New Children’s Museum staff were laid back, cheerful and very helpful. Maps  are not available so feel free to stumble upon stuff or ask the for help. This hands-on museum is manageable for families with young  children. Get involved with your kids, play, create and smile.

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