Big Boy and I are heading out to the Tiny Trekkers programs starting this summer at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. CMNH is hands-down our favorite place outside of home and Memphis Kiddies Park. It offers a near-perfect mix of education and fun in an atmosphere that can let kids relax and discover things at their own pace without talking down to them, or screaming at them with “kid-friendly” displays that seem to be designed to grab kids with no attention spans (science meets Chuck E. Cheese–Help!). I’ve heard criticism that the museum is worn out, old, needs to be updated. But there is something poetic, gentle, about the parts of the museum that are a little worn, a little less than perfect. They are friendly, approachable, and at the same time require some focus, some patience, and will still be interesting as Big Boy gets older. And he can spend HOURS in the Discovery Center, peering in the microscopes, “digging up” fossils, playing the birdsong piano, doing puzzles–just discovering in a quiet, cozy, familiar room. And I’m thrilled that we have such easy access to a research museum that has had a hand in such incredible discoveries.
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