Thursday, April 9, 2015

Museums with a Toddler?

Welcome back to the JET Team blog! Several members of our team are juggling jewellery-making with bringing up babies and very young children. Today, Bev of Linkouture tells us what happened when she visited a museum with her toddler!

"Last fall, Harvard University reopened their newly renovated art museums. I had never been before, so I decided to take my daughter, Eve, on a mother-daughter outing there to explore. At this point I should probably also mention that Eve is a very young toddler, and she is still relatively new to walking!

She was much more interested in doing her little toddler shuffle around the big rooms, batting her eyes at the docents (the people who act as guides) and testing the limits of her vocal abilities, than she was in looking at the exhibits! But who could blame her, when her voice echoed so beautifully?



While some might see a trip with a toddler to an art museum with invaluable treasures a disaster waiting to happen, it actually went quite smoothly. Thankfully Eve is not yet steady enough on her feet for me to worry about her running away! Was she loud? Er, admittedly - yes! But at least we went at the very end of the day, and made it for a very short visit.

While I do plan on taking her on more museum outings, I think I may stick to the Harvard Natural History Museum until she's a bit older (and has a better understanding of how to use her indoor voice). In the meantime, we'll continue to explore art materials at home!"


Bev
Linkouture

16 comments :

Keystring said...

Wonderful idea to bring them up appreciating art from a young age!

SatinDollCo said...

Sounds like you had a fun filled afternoon.

Urban Pearl Studio said...

Bev, exposure at such a young age is a wonderful idea and she will be on Jeopardy in no time! Now if you can start reading Shakespeare to her!

Michele said...

Eve will one day ask you to go with her one day because of this, I have my mother/daughter trips still :)!!!

Mollie Ann said...

What a lovely mother-daughter adventure! And what a wonderful way to make art a part of a toddler's life from now on!

Beadsme said...

Toddler can be very entertaining. I bet this trip was.

Nancy Russell said...

It's so wonderful that you live near so many museums to take her. You are building experiences that will be invaluable to her and make for wonderful memories for you both. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Gloria Flynn - EarthEnergyGemstones said...

I love that you're making art such a part of her life, even though it's a little tough during these toddler years. She will benefit from it over the long run and thank you for it later! Great article!

capitalcitycrafts said...

Keep up the culture, it's imperative! Brilliant idea!

Jet Central said...

Very brave of you Bev, but introducing your daughter to great culture at an early age will pay dividends in the future, and she will thank you for it when she's older!

SendingLoveGallery said...

I'm glad you tried it Bev! It was good for you both, and it went well - at least she didn't cry - she was happy!
:)

Ida said...

Sounds like a lovely outing and a sweet memory!

Tracy said...

How fun! What a great adventure!

Gemstones on My Mind said...

I love to see children of all ages introduced to the arts, it's so stimulating for their minds. Their minds are like sponges at that age!

Jean Sandell said...

Very cute!!!

Bev Feldman said...

Enjoyed reading everyone's comments! I feel so fortunate to have so many wonderful museums nearby and to be able to expose her to them, even if they're for short visits for now :-)