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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Legos

Uploaded: Jan 4, 2014
Earlier this year, my family enjoyed The Art of the Brick Exhibition in New York City. It was fascinating to see paintings, sculptures, people, and everyday objects constructed out of Legos. The only downside was worrying that my toddler would touch the exposed bricks and cause thousands of tiny Legos to fall to the floor.

After seeing my son's reaction to The Art of the Brick exhibit, I knew that I had to check out the Lego Train Exhibit at the Palo Alto Museum of American Heritage. For just $2, we had a great time watching the trains go round and round the table. What could be better than Legos and trains to a toddler? From the squeals of delight I heard throughout the room - not much.

The only downside is that the exhibit is high up and out of reach. It eased my worries about my son touching and breaking the exhibit but was a hardship for some visitors - such as my very pregnant friend. Being pregnant, she was unable to hold her train-obsessed son for long periods of time as he watched the trains go by. And he was too short to view the exhibit from the floor. I hope in the years to come stools, benches or a ledge are provided for little ones to stand on.

What small changes have you seen other family-friendly events make to ensure a more pleasant experience for visitors?

Comments

Posted by Sally Torbey, a resident of Palo Alto High School,
on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

My kids loved this exhibit, too! I'm glad to hear it still exists! Try bringing a small stool along, the size stool toddlers use to reach the sink. I did this one year and it made it a lot more enjoyable.


Posted by CherylBac, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for the tip Sally. I'll be sure to pass along the advice to my friend.


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