Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Photoville + Kites + Kayaks

We had a ton of fun last weekend. Well, we always have a lot of fun together just about every day (motherhood is a blast; my only regret is not doing this two decades ago when I had more energy)...but this trip was specifically for an interesting assignment. We went to Brooklyn Bridge Park to see Photoville; my review and my photo gallery just went live on Mommy Poppins today. I'll include some additional details in this post about the photo exhibits that LC really enjoyed. After visiting the photo village (made up of shipping containers), we walked from Pier 3 to Pier 1. Along the way, LC spotted folks paddling kayaks...looks like it's worth waiting on line to try that one day soon.

The rest of the day included a delicious vanilla sundae with (very rich) hot fudge at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, a couple of rides on Jane's Carousel and Bargemusic (live classical music on a barge). LC also had the pleasure of flying her first kite ever at the Brooklyn Kite Festival (see a few frame capture stills below from a video clip):

A magical dream come true for LC

After attending a dozen magic shows over the last eight months, LC was finally chosen as a magician's assistant. We saw the awesome Mario the Magician in Tribeca.

LC made new friends, she was enthusiastically chatting up 4 1/2 year old and 6 year old sisters before the show started. LC was thrilled when she was selected to help Mario with a magic trick, since she loves performing in front of people (and she truly believes magic is real). Here are frame captures of the magical moment that was recorded on video:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Banana Paper Printing + Red Squares Collage

The Paper Works class at Brooklyn Design Lab encourages preschoolers to create art with the simplest of materials. One class during the winter semester, we were given banana paper + black paint + various objects (zig zag foam, a wheel, a bottle cap, a tape dispenser, the little table top thingie that keeps the pizza box from touching the top of the hot cheese pizza). We dipped the objects into the paint and then pressed them against the banana paper to create these funky artwork prints. Can you spot the tape dispenser shape?

Here's my work:

And here's LC's work:

At the end of the spring semester, one class utilized red construction paper squares + a black sharpie. LC created various line drawings (I featured her flamingo in the last post - that's special and I have it on the fridge right now). She glued strips of maps and her red squares onto the gray paper to make this cool collage:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

styrofoam printing + stop motion animation at CMA

We finally went to the new location of the Children's Museum of the Arts in the South Village, or I guess it's Hudson Square, about 8 months after the grand opening. CMA used to be in Soho and we went many times to that smaller space. It was awesome! LC loved combing the large, pink, fuzzy creature that was part of the Misaki Kawai exhibit "Love from Mt. Pom Pom." The gallery was a whimsical, colorful place. LC enjoyed performing on the mini stage...and, at one point, tried on one of the costumes (which she called "blue dragon") and put on a few solo shows.

What else did she enjoy at CMA?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

No Ordinary Day

Brooklyn mom Suzi Shelton is some kind of wonderful. Family Fun at the Williamsburg Pier featured the Frolic! Rock Fest. Live concerts, a drum circle, delicious BBQ food, fun rides and other activities for families all afternoon, to benefit Camp Brooklyn. My daughter couldn't stop dancing during Suzi Shelton's entire performance. Suzi writes songs with her husband and two kids. She sings like an angel and has a sweet personality.

"No Ordinary Day" was a beautiful song about moments shared with mom that turn ordinary days into special ones. And "Tomboy in a Princess Dress" is as cool as could be...songs the parents appreciated as much as the kids. My daughter wanted to get up on stage and sing with the Gum Drops, but I convinced her not to run up on stage.

LC is so thrilled, she is levitating:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pop Bead Critters

LC enjoys making various Pop Bead Critters. The 167 beads, bodies & heads are reusable. Pop off, pop on...they snap well together. She made a spider right away:

and a caterpillar: