I'm by no means a social media guru. I'm more like your grandmother trying to navigate through most forms of social media. I'm just barely getting the hang of it.
A couple months ago I saw a pretty picture of kids in lights on instagram. Because I knew the ....grammer? poster? whatever you call the person who took and posted the picture was in San Diego, I clicked through to find out where it was.
It was a pop-up museum called "Wonderspaces." In general, I find that most of these pop-up museums are just a way to take your money so you can take pictures and post them to social media. And I'm not willing to fork over money to take pictures. (See? Not social media savvy) But these exhibits, while definitely beautiful and instagram-worthy, were also really interesting pieces of art. And I knew Thatboy would love it. He loves modern art, and especially shiny things.
There were a couple virtual reality exhibits, which Thatbaby couldn't deal with. But there were other interactive exhibits like a room with plants that were hooked up to some stereo system so your touch triggered different sounds. And this one where you could write "To Do" notes.
Thatkid's favorite exhibit was squid soup, which is the same exhibit that caught my eye initially.
Another interactive exhibit was body paint, where movement was captured by color splashing across a screen.
Thatbaby's favorite exhibit was "Into the Breath." While they loved looking at the giant balloon shaped exhibit, they loved even more going inside. It was like a bounce house without the bounce. The idea was a space where you can just enjoy and appreciate the quiet. And Thatbaby did...for about 2 minutes, which is pretty good for a 3 year old.
"The Border" symbolized the edge of dreams and waking. Thatbaby loved it. It was like a kid's fantasy come to life.
And because all kids love balloons...
The kids loved the space - although Thatbaby had a serious 3 year old meltdown and had to take a break for a while (which you'd never guess from these photos, but I wasn't going to take photos of him screaming and crying.)
When we got home, we got the little guy down for a nap. He was MUCH happier when he awoke. And ready to make one of his favorite drinks. My kids love lemonade, and in the summer I love homemade lemonade. Thatbaby asked if we could make strawberry lemonade, and so I was happy to comply. Lemonade is easy enough for even a 3 year old to make - with some supervision.
1 1/2 cups strawberries
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
1. Trim strawberries and cut them in half.
2. Combine strawberries and the juice of 1/2 a lemon in a blender and puree until smooth.
3. Press puree through a sieve into a pitcher to remove strawberry seeds.
4. Juice the remaining lemons. (If you're working with a small child, keep that sieve handy. It'll catch those lemon seeds)
5. Combine lemon juice, sugar, and water in the pitcher with the strawberry puree. Stir until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice.