Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring(?) Break - Day 5

It really is Spring. As the lovely red and yellow tulips in my front yard will proclaim.

Unfortunately Mother Nature didn't get the memo.
Houston we have a problem. That four letter word. Snow.

I know we need it so I tried to make the best of it.

I loaded the kids up into the red station wagon and headed over to the nearest campus of higher education. (This proves that I love my kids because I HATE driving on this campus. It's insane. My kids owe me. Big time. We are talking changing of Depends owing here.)

At the time we drove over it was only raining cats and dogs.

Our destination? The Museum of Art and the Walter Wick Exhibit.

Who is Walter Wick you ask?? Maybe this first shot will give you a clue.
He's the guy that does all the pictures for the I Spy books. I love these books. I wish they had been around when I was little. I would have loved them. I used the Richard Scary books instead. I loved those. Anyone remember those?

We got to the exhibit right as it opened because I knew that the rest of the county would be headed over there as well with the rain that was in the air. I'm glad we did too because as we were finishing up it was getting too crowded for my liking.

So join us if you will on our tour through this fun exhibit. (I took pictures and there were museum staff around while I took pictures and no one said anything. Then we went into another exhibit and they said I couldn't take pictures so I hope I wasn't breaking rules. I didn't see any signs that said no photography...plenty of signs that said no food or drink and Please do not touch but no signs about no pictures)

Throughout the exhibit they had the actual models that they used for the photographs in the books.

This first area had the models from Sky High. The models were all made from recycled stuff. It was cool. The picture that they were used in was above them but I couldn't get a good shot of it.
I love this robot shaped building. Thought it was very cool.
My favorite though was the movie theater that used
the water bottle and a pie tin in it's motif.

I think that this picture of the alphabet blocks was my favorite. I would love a big print of this in my house. And the blocks are actually a maze. You follow the letters to get through the alphabet to get from A-Z. Which is fun. Here is Jillian with the print. In the second shot she is pointing at the letter J for Jilli.I love the look on Jilli's face as she is looking at this print. I think she may have been looking for "Seymour" who was in a lot of the prints. He was a little clown type of toy that was hidden in amongst the other pictures.
This was an Alice in Wonderland type of picture where there were differences between the mirrors and what wasn't in the reflections. You were supposed to find the these differences. There were three different levels. At the highest level there were 32 differences that you could find. I think those are my favorite type of I Spy things. I love finding differences.
This is the one that McKenna liked the best and wanted her picture taken with.
McKenna bringing out her inner Vana or Prices Right model, showing off a village model.
This is George in front of Smugglers Cove. We have this book and love it.
And the model was George's favorite part of the exhibit.
He liked that you could push a button and the village would light up.
Some up close shots of the village. Isn't that moon cool?
This was a cool print called balloon pop. You tried to figure out how it was supposed to work for the balloon to pop. They they had a video next to it to show you if you figured it out right. Here are Jona and McKenna trying to figure it out.
A model of the shot Puss n' Boots.
This print is called Scary Shelf. I think the scary prints and pictures are my favorites that he does. There were a bunch in this exhibit but they were towards the end and the exhibit was filling up fast with kids that were running around and touching things that weren't supposed to be touched so it was time for us to leave.
This was a picture of a snowflake in another part of the museum. Very cool.
Another exhibit there was made up of things like black garbage bags, Styrofoam peanuts and partially burned out lights that were in a room so they looked kind of like a big strobe wall.

Here is a video of what they did with the Styrofoam peanuts and some blowers....

And my absolute favorite part of this whole trip? There was this cool huge rectangular art work that looked like orange fringed paper but it was actually little separate packages of orange duck sauce. (kind of like packets of ketchup) Stapled to look like fringe. I wanted to get a shot of McKenna in front of this cool orange rectangle but was rebuffed from taking pictures by a museum gaurd. Poo.

Ah well. When we came out it was sprinkling a little and we saw a couple of ladies from our ward pulling into the visitor parking as we were leaving. We then drove to Artic Circle for lunch and while we were there the four letter word began falling in earnest.

We now have about two inches in our front yard. And Jillian can now put "Built a snowman" on her resume of "What I did over Spring break." Oh yeah.


Kristina P. said...

I had no idea this place even existed! Where is it?

Sher said...

I know! Damn that snow! I can't stand it anymore. My heart wants to go outside and play, and garden, and craves the spring, but my head says keep hybernating, it's till winter.
I'm so confused!

the fowlers said...

i'm so glad you posted this! that is the moa at byu, right? anyway, i used to work as a custodian there and i got to look at the displays while cleaning the floors - and i had them all to myself! we even got to help assemble one of those cool kinds of exhibits like the duck sauce one.
oh man, i could do that job all day long.
i love love love museums.

SO said...

It's at the Museum of Art on the BYU campus. The Walter Wick Exhibit will be there until August 1st. They are only open until 6 pm except for Thursdays when they are open until 9. They close at 5 pm on Saturdays.

Melissa said...

Okay, that museum looks way cool! A little to much for the sis right now, but must keep in the back of my mind. At least something fun for the kids to do while "spring break" happens. Spring Schming, This has GOT TO STOP!

Christa said...

My kids and I love the I Spy books. We have literally spent hours looking at them. I'll have to try and get them to this exhibit.

Me said...

Okay..I have never heard of this place! I am going to look it family would love it!

Erin said...

What a fun looking exhibit! Hopefully I can get my kids there before August.

The Wixom Zoo said...

Ugh. We were supposed to plant our garden today but got put off by the weather. I wish we had cool stuff like that to go to! We just have potato fields to look at though...

LaurieJ said...

We probably passed you looking at the pictures today! It was a very cool exhibit...and my kids could have stared at the styrofoam forver :-)

Martha H. said...

So with you on hating the snow.

Also, I LOVE the Museum of Art at BYU. I spent many a fond hour there analyzing some of the exhibits in order to write papers. (Graduated from there with a degree in Humanities. Love art!)

Cynthia said...

Looks like an awesome day! We haven't been to the MOA for awhile- not since the Dixon exhibit a few years back. I hear you on the 'that campus is crazy to drive around' thing. I've gotten more parking tickets in my infrequent visits to that school than I did in 4 years at my alma mater.

I may have to keep this in mind for our next Adventure Day. One of my goals is to make sure my kids spend LOTS of time on college campuses while they're young so it will seem like a 'normal' transition when it's time for them to go. I think too many kids don't go to school because they can't visualize themselves there- it seems foreign and scary.

wendy said...

Mother Nature should be feeling ashamed of herself about now as I am sure she is feeling the "vibes" of our unhappiness. That was being a good mom though to take the kids to the museum. would be a fun thing to do. Cool photos.

Piglet de' Erin said...

Wow, I am so glad that we took off this week. Snow stinks! ok, I am so excited about that art exhibit. I love the one Mckenna loves...and the one george likes too. do you know how long they will be there?

luv erin

veronica said...

Looks like a fun time!

I love it when you find an activity that interests the big kids as well as the younger ones!

Wendyburd1 said...

That sounds and looks like an amazing exhibit, I wish I could see it!For art classes I only ever got to see the boring staid art museums with old art, not interactive or mind challenging!

Shawn said...

That really looks like an amazing museum!

Sorry about the snow,though---it was 63 here yesterday and sunny.

Kate said...

What a fun place. I bet the kids loved it. Love the pictures of flowers in the snow. Don't love the snow though. hahha

Anonymous said...

cool trip! sorry about the snow

tammy said...

How fun! All except the snow. I would love that exhibit.

Melinda said...

That exhibit looks amazing! I'm glad you guys had something fun to do in spite of the yucky weather! My kids would have LOVED for it to snow during spring break! We're lucky to see snow once a year here in Texas.

Neurotic Chic said...

Cool! My kids would have loved that, too, S! Neat you have a museum so close by. And I definitely remember the Richard Scarry books - I loved those as a kid too. Was it GloBug we looked for in those?

*checking in from the timeshare over in VA - free wireless!*

Bonnie the Boss said...

I want to know where it is too! so cool! I love his stuff!

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

It looks like you guys had so much fun!! I loved Richard Scary books too....I could stare at them for hours.