I’m always amazed at what catches Isabelle’s attention when we go to a children’s museum. Sometimes it’s a slide. Sometimes it’s a water table. Sometimes it’s a vehicle. Today it was a painting she was able to step into at Stepping Stones Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Framed: Step Into Art.”
We spent about 10 minutes exploring the stations inside of this exhibit. Afterwards, we moved Isabelle along to one of the permanent exhibitions. However, she wasn’t interested. She pulled us back by hand to Dinner with Threshers, which is a Grant Wood painting that came to life. The museum set up a second side to the table so the kids could sit down and “eat” along with the folks from the painting’s table. The life-size version of the table came to life with lots of fake food, dishes, tea pots, and cups.
But what made it really special was a girl, about seven or eight years-old, who was acting like a waitress for all of the younger children. She was clearing dishes, bringing out plates of food, delivering baskets of hard boiled eggs and refilling coffee. Isabelle sat there for 15 minutes (as we observed and giggled from a nearby bench) being waited on by this girl. She pretended to eat muffins and sipped coffee. She was totally content, regardless of what the girl brought her or took away, she was delighted to be part of the art.
Finally, she got up and walked towards us, making the sign for eat. I guess she was hungry from pretending to eat all of that fake food!