Inspiration at the Children’s Museum

Don’t you love places that inspire you?

Waterfall @ South Chagrin May 30

I love to go for a walk in the woods, listen to the birds, and smell the air. The sound of water rushing through a stream or a waterfall always helps me relax.

This week the boys and I visited one of our favorite indoor places. We took a day trip over to the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.

1. Magma Chamber by Ned Kahn  2. Pulley, Slowly, Rolling, Bop by Henry Loustau 3. Quilts by Lorrie Faith Cranor  4. Avalanche by Ned Kahn

1. Magma Chamber by Ned Kahn 2. Pulley, Slowly, Rolling, Bop by Henry Loustau 3. Quilts by Lorrie Faith Cranor 4. Avalanche by Ned Kahn

I LOVE the interactive nature of the art! The artists do such a great job of inviting the kids (and adults) to enjoy the pieces and make things happen. I really can’t pick a favorite piece. Ned Kahn’s Magma Chambers are so fascinating. We always visit those a few times to watch the sand build and collapse. Henry Loustau makes full use of the expansive ceiling in the old planetarium with an interactive ball maze that is a complete delight. Lorrie Faith Cranor’s take on quilting makes me want to break out the sewing machine. She makes quilting nerdy chic (a style I adore)! My boys spend long stretches of time playing with Ned Kahn’s Avalanche display.

Children's Museum Gravity Room and Makeshop

After all the inspiration it is always fun to make a visit to the MAKESHOP. They always have a variety of materials and invite you to just make something. I always think, “Why don’t I think to use that stuff?” This visit they were inviting the kids to make items to populate a town. E made a tepee and C put a rocket on a launch pad. A stop by the gravity room is always a must.

It was a great trip to make at the beginning of summer. I’m sitting here thinking about pulleys for the play set, water pumps and PVC pipes. The husband is looking through MAKE magazine and ordering Raspberry Pi boards. Visions of supporting our young inventors dance through our heads.

Do you have a favorite place or activity that gets your creativity flowing?

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