We took a family trip to visit the Hirshhorn museum in Washington, DC. (One of my favorite museums). This was a great opportunity for me to guide my children through their understanding, interpretation and appreciation of what each artist was trying to convey through their chosen medium.
Museums are mini wonderlands filled with hidden treasures in plain sight. Whilst walking through, one could easily pass by a really inspiring experience. Here is a bit of advice for parents with toddlers and young elementary aged children, who want to appreciate a museum that is, as my middle child said, a "hands-free and not for kids, adult museum".
In my former teacherly way, I asked the girls questions as we watched the exploding colors dissolve into the night. They told me that the fireworks looked like glitter bombs. I never thought about that at all, but it is so true; the falling fizzling light does look like glitter. I felt like a kid again.
Aside from the perfect temperature; the tarp we were laying on; and the amazing light display, it was the experience of community that got to me most. All of the people spread out on the lawn or hill together, eyes to the sky, hearts pounding. It's funny how you can share an intimate experience with your family surrounded by a massive crowd of people. This reminded me that moments like this are what I live for as a parent. We encourage you to experience the night as we did on the 5th.
Check out our other fireworks experience from 2013 here: 4th of July!
It's really important to provide "organic" experiences by taking your child places that will stimulate their 5 senses.