“The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently.” –Gary Zukav
Quotes are often aspirational and idealistic. As busy mothers or carers, creating authentic power when it’s cold, dull and grey can be hard work, especially when we have to motivate kids and ourselves! What do you have planned for the last few days/weeks of Winter?
One timeless indoor activity is the museum. Knowledge is authentic power. Museums are vessels of knowledge. The daunting thing about visiting the museum with the kids is sometimes you’re not sure how to make it a meaningful yet enjoyable visit. With short attention spans and the need for kids to keep moving, the museum isn’t always the first choice. Why should it be? Historian Bettany Hughes once said, “Museums are the physical incarnation of the stories of us“. As abstract as some monuments, paintings and artefacts may seem at times, they are stories.
What if we decided to use a museum trip as a story telling activity? We look at an artefact, monument or painting and the caption below, then talk to our kids as though it was a story, ask them questions or better yet, let their imagination run wild and let them make up a story based on what they see. There are endless perspectives, skills and thrills they can get from this “story time” experience!
The Smithsonian National Museum in D.C would be an amazing day out for kids for a lesson in African American history; but if we want to create awesomeness, let’s not limit their perspectives. There’s something, at least one thing they can take away from any (child-appropriate) museum any where in the world.
And on that note – let the count down to Spring begin!