happy friday everyone! how was your week? today i'm bringing you part three of our road trip up north. on sunday, before we made our way over to the heath ceramics studio, we actually visited the bay area discovery museum. the museum came highly recommended by my girlfriend, and i fully understand why. above you can see the entrance to the museum and a breathtaking butterfly installation found on an adjacent wall.
who wouldn't love spending a day at a museum whose back drop is the golden gate bridge?! i took the above shot while i was sitting on a bench overlooking the playground area, and, there in the distance, was the glorious golden gate bridge. can you see it? with coffee in hand and the warm sun on my face, i could have sat there all day.
i suppose it goes without saying that the kids had a blast. there were several outdoor play areas including an amazing twig and branch sculpture created by artist patrick dougherty dubbed the peekaboo palace, which also pulled double duty as a maze (see bottom right photo). in addition to the outdoor areas, the museum included a handful of small buildings which housed different areas for interactive play - painting, playing with clay, learning about the ocean, building with blocks...to name a few.
the museum's mission statement beautifully encapsulates user experience: We believe play cultivates creativity. Our open-ended, child-directed philosophy encourages children to experiment and make discoveries. We want children to hang onto the spark that allows them to see infinite possibilities, and try new things so they can grow into innovative adults capable of creative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
hm, a mission statement that can also be applied to adults. i have one more road trippin' post about the time we spent in the actual city of san franciso, which i will plan to share next friday. let's just say that city exploring with kids in tow is a whole new experience.
happy weekend, my friends! what's on the agenda? whatever you've got planned, can we all agree to include some play that sparks infinite possibilities? let's shake on it.