One of the highlights of any visit to the Cloisters is sitting in one of the 3 enclosed gardens that are carefully planted with herbs, flowers and fruiting trees gleaned from information gathered from Medieval poetry, tapestries, and other documents. It’s a great place to chase butterflies too, though the girls had a different tactic of attracting butterflies by standing still as statues with their arms outstretched, expecting them to land on them like in the movies (I don’t think a single butterfly did).
It’s funny…a reader commented how great it was that we take the kids to museums rather than malls. Well, we do that too, and in actuality we probably only go to museums just a few times a year, if that. And if there is a particular exhibit that I really want to see, I go alone. Kids are kids no matter where they grow up, and the girls are no different in their museum going attention span. It has gotten a lot better though and I do think it’s important to expose them to art, even if Mia’s response is usually “it was fine” when asked how she liked it. Even a few years ago, going to Dia in Beacon was somewhat a stressful experience making sure the girls were careful around the art, mostly because Dia is usually very empty and so the guards are hyper aware of everyone in the galleries. Hey, if I was 5 I’d want to run around in those massive rooms too. But maybe that temptation is not limited to kids. I remember my favorite high school art teacher telling us a story about the time he was escorted out of a museum once because he really, REALLY, wanted to touch his favorite painting. He said it was worth it.