The sun was projected to be shining and there was a chance we could frolic outside without heavy coats. I was pumped. (Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m being dramatic, but those two weeks of winter had made me think I would never see the sun again!)
When Bauer’s soccer game got canceled due to insanely wet fields, I was looking at an entire Saturday without plans. I really can’t remember the last time this has happened.
I happened to land on a blog of a blog that listed free things to do in Dallas this weekend and on of the entries was “Spring Break Kickoff in the Dallas Arts District”. Free entry to all the museums.
I threw the idea out to my better half and he was less than thrilled as he had been reffing hockey all weekend and still had two games to go that afternoon. For some reason, I was feeling extra confident I felt like I could handle all 3b’s at art museums downtown alone. I’m telling you the sun gives me superpowers.
So we headed out. Luckily Phineas and Ferb (the latest favorite cartoon of the older b’s) had visited an art museum in the morning’s episode so it seemed like a “cool” thing to do.
Oh and Bree has wanted to be an artist when she grows up for as long as I can remember. So it was probably about time I exposed her to some of the best art in Dallas. Probably good for me to get some culture too….I think it was my travels to Europe that involved art museums in my life over a decade ago.
As is my newest approach with outings with the b’s (especially solo ones), I put no expectations on our day. If we made it to the parking garage downtown, it would be a win. If we made it to one museum, it would be a win. If we ate some food, it would be a win. If one kid said at least one positive thing about the experience, it would be a win. If I returned to Plano with all 3 kids and my purse, it would be a win.
Overall, this approach was the key to this day and it turned out better than I could have ever hoped! We ended up downtown for almost 6 hours and explored two museums and played at Klyde Warren. I even fed the kids in the midst of it all. And while I was exhausted last night, I didn’t feel the need to chug wine.
We explored the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher (my new favorite place on earth…why did I not get married here?!!!) and played at Klyde Warren. Both museums had so many kid activities. I was kinda in awe.
The Nasher had a scavenger hunt to find particular exhibits (Bree was in love), story time with a fabulous librarian (Bennett’s favorite), art projects, a real life artist working with clay and explaining his craft, and so much more.
The DMA had this whole area set up for hands on kids’ art projects. We made creations with tickets (like those long rolls of tickets you get at the fair), took turns drawing a piece of artwork, created masks and again more we never got to.
In the midst of it all, we actually looked at the art pieces. We figured out how to read the signs that have the artist, art piece’s name and what the piece is made from. We talked about impressionist art (my favorite) and each of the kids got to tell me what they saw in the pictures. The interpretations were so different for each kid and for me. Bree brought her notebook and actually walked around the Nasher taking notes on so many of the pieces. I have no idea what prompted this, but I assume they talked about it in art class at school. She wrote down her impressions and just ideas on what each piece represented to her. Some other museum guests kept coming up to me asking how old she was and saying how cool that she was taking notes and enjoying the art so much! After I picked my jaw up off the ground, I told them I couldn’t agree more!
After so much “learning”, we headed to eat and play at Klyde Warren. Every time we go to this park, I remember I totally should bring an extra set of clothes due to the fountains. But since we had a snow day in the 20s two days ago, I didn’t even think the kids would venture into the water. I’M ALWAYS WRONG. The kids (especially Bauer) just ran through the fountains like it was a summer day…along with the other million kids who were enjoying this sun being back.
I just let it go and knew that wet or dry, we would survive!
After such a tough few weeks in Murphyland with respect issues and just being cooped up in the house with the weather, this was just a much needed adventure.
Here is our adventure in pictures:
Bree read the words in this piece below and said without skipping a beat that it was not true. She said she creates art all the time that never sells, but it is creative and wonderful. Cue heart melting.
When the day ends like this, you know it was a day well spent!
Thanks Dallas – we will be back sooner rather than later!