One of the things I love most about living in Brooklyn is raising my kids in Brooklyn. They have been exposed to so much culture and diversity at such a young age. We are lucky enough to live walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum and take advantage of it as much as we can. One of our favorite activities at the museum is checking out First Saturdays each month. The first time we took our oldest son, he was barely 1 year old. To watch him slowly walking through exhibits, staring up at everything was amazing! I am a firm believer in the importance of the arts and I LOVE to do arts and crafts with my kids. Exposing them to museums and exhibits at such a year age will hopefully encourage them to have a love for the arts as well.
We recently started Meet the Museum classes at Brooklyn Museum which are great! The class structure consist of a song or book about the daily topic, gallery where we visit a piece of artwork connected to the topic, and then studio where the kids create their own artwork on the topic.
If you’re nervous of having your kids in a museum space with all the extremely expensive and irreplaceable artifacts and art, you might be surprised at how a museum setting can impact them. When walking through a recent exhibit with my son, we came upon a very intricate and ornate bowl. As I leaned in to get a closer look, my son put his little arm up to block me saying, “Be careful near that mommy, it’s delicate!”