Last week was the first time we’ve ever been to the Contemporary Art Museum here in St. Louis, and it did not disappoint! We met my stylish friend Elisha there with her (equally stylish) girls Estella and January for CAM’s free family play date, which is held the first Wednesday of every month. The program boasts fun live music, art projects, and storytelling, but the best part of all is the exposure to the amazing art installations around the museum. And though the family play date is geared more towards younger kids (2-5), it was certainly tons of fun for Milo, who, after running around to get his crazies out, sat down at a window-side table to work on origami with the paper provided. We’ll definitely be back.
And Emil, oh how three-year-olds looooooove to test the limits! I had just told him that we must not touch the plants on the Green Varnish exhibit, but that we could look at them very closely with our eyes. So… of course he got ascloseaspossible without touching.
And I’m not sure the kids were supposed to take off their shoes while out in the courtyard (the workers standing nearby did not tell us otherwise), but I’ll be sure to ask next time just to be sure. The sandy gravel felt so good underfoot!
I was so happy to get a few shots of these two buddies together. They have been good friends since the early days and always pick right up where they left off. It was sweet and hilarious to see them interact.
I promise there was no actual smooching, though it looks that way from the picture above — what an embrace! Ha, ha! Fuel for future embarrassment!
This is what the play date looked like from above. The music was great for the kids — there was quite a group up there dancing their little hearts out. Celia, the woman who is rocking out on guitar up there, is a lovely person and clearly really enjoys what she does. She had a way of really engaging the kids while also appealing to the adults. Pretty awesome. She also plays at birthday parties… just in case you’re looking!
I’ll definitely be back to check out more of the art museum on my own time, without the kids as well. Thanks, Elisha, for turning us on to this place!