Thursday, December 30, 2010

Museum Hopping

After Beth got home from work today we headed down to the American Swedish Institute. I'd been hoping to get in some museum visits during Christmas break (excuse me--winter break), but we had only gotten to the zoo so far. The boys love ASI. They call the building the "Swedish Castle" (which it does happen to be classified as the only "castle" in Minneapolis somehow). Even if we didn't have some Scandinavian blood in our family, I think we'd still enjoy the place. It has nice displays as well as spots just for kids (the boys loved playing in the Lilla Stuga (little house), pretending to make cookies and buns for Sankta Lucia Day). They were also given a sheet with a scavenger hunt of things to find as we went through the museum which they enjoyed doing. We didn't even get through everything before it closed. I guess we'll be going back another day.

We decided while we were close to it to head over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well (thanks to a friend who confirmed for us on her smart phone that it was open late--she got a kick out of us "museum hopping"). We just did a quick, focused tour--Anders wanted to see the mummy and the knights--which is part of the fun of free museums. You can drop in whenever. It's fun as they're getting old and enjoy exploring museums a little more. I'm looking forward to being able to spend some time just enjoying exhibits in the future and not feeling the need to keep moving on in order to keep young bodies entertained.

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