Isabelle had my favorite kind of play date yesterday afternoon since it involved a museum and a craft project! We met up with Joanna and her son at the Susquehanna Art Museum. The museum re-opened in Midtown Harrisburg a few months ago in what used to be a bank. First, we attended story time in “The Vault.” The museum educator read Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold to the kids. Next, we went into the art studio for a craft project. All of the children received a cut-out flying body, like Cassie Louise Lightfoot, to decorate. Isabelle needed some assistance designing “Flying Isabelle,” which turned out pretty well.
My favorite part of the day was heading upstairs to the “Everyone Can Fly” Exhibit, which features the picture book art of Amy Bates, Jonathan Bean, Lauren Castillo, Megan Lloyd-Thompson, Faith Ringgold, and Shadra Strickland. The exhibit wasn’t just a bunch of canvases in frames — though that would’ve been enough for me. It had interactive components, which delighted my daughter and all of the other young visitors. Here’s a look:
If you don’t live in Central Pennsylvania, but find yourself driving on I-81 or on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the next couple of months, visit the Susquehanna Art Museum. “Everyone Can Fly” is an exhibit picture book lovers of all ages will enjoy!
Finally, I was reading the review copy of Beach House to Isabelle at bedtime. I always read the author and illustrators’ names and when I read Bates’ name I made the connection. Amy June Bates was one-and-the-same as Amy Bates whose work we had seen at the museum earlier in the day! I pointed that out to Isabelle who said she’d like to go back to look at Bates’ paintings again. Another visit to an art museum? Sure thing, kiddo!
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Comments are now closed. ReadWriteThruLife’s commenter number was drawn so she’ll receive a copy of Beach House. Here’s what she wrote:
Um Wow! What an awesome exhibit and opportunity for dramatic play centered around a book. I teach Young Fives and this exhibit makes me green with envy!!! Also, I attended the Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference this weekend and sat in on an hour and a half session with Donalyn Miller yesterday. She “whispered” about over 100 books. Beach House is on my “gotta have” list. While I would love to win it, I will definitely be buying it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience!