Two weeks ago I discovered Wave Hill, an exquisite botanical park in the Bronx I can’t get off my mind, so I visited it again today. Admission is free on Saturdays 9-12. And it has a free art program for families on weekends called Family Art Project. I don’t think there could be a more quaint place to spend quality time…unless of course you insert a bunch a city kids who act as if it’s their first time seeing grass. Just so happens one of those kids was mine (and she’s seen grass tons of times). I haven’t yet determined if it’s important to Brooklyn, but it’s very important to me that I make opportunities for her to be exposed to nature since we don’t have a backyard. Wave Hill is the perfect place for this and it’s only 10 minutes from my apartment.
Family Art Project starts with a story, then you do an art project as a family. There is no scheduled story or art time, it’s an open forum between 10-1 and you can join at any point. This weekend it was held outside overlooking the Hudson. We painted landscapes with animals inspired by painter Louisa Mattiasdottir. Brooklyn was more interested in mixing all the paint colors to make brown than anything else, but hey, I tried. She made three different proud brown paintings. I’m definitely not hanging them up.
When I asked her what her favorite part of the day was, she said the honey stick we got at the gift store. She went on to tell me about bees, hives and honey. Then brown eyed susans vs. sunflowers. I was amazed. Kids learn in all kinds of different ways. She’s probably learning something right now while asleep.
We’ll probably visit Wave Hill again next weekend. It’s that good.
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Brooklyn kept running off and hiding so I told her she could get kidnapped. She stayed by me the rest of the day but kept asking if whomever was near wanted to kidnap her, loudly, everywhere we went.