Archive for 'out and about'
Posted on 25. Oct, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
Today was one of those “weren’t we JUST HERE?” moments when we walked through the gates of Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, a gigantic 212-acre farm that evolved from a simple pumpkin patch to a fantastic family destination with games, rides, delicious food, animals, tons of fun stuff. We look forward to it every year!
We spent most of the afternoon on the jumping pillow. Last year, Alice was too nervous to go on it by herself, but this year she was sprinting from one side to the other, sliding, jumping, tackling us. After the jumping pillow, we walked around with some kettle corn and looked at more animals–bunnies, goats, llamas. Alice only wanted tiny pumpkins, so Dave and I got one big one to carve together and then let her pick out a big armful of little gourds. Later we can dry them out so Alice can hear the seeds rattle!
The days are long and the years are short…
Posted on 17. Sep, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
My friend Teal created an event called Play Lab, a place for children (and adults!) to play in an unrestricted environment, with complete freedom and encouragement to explore their imaginations. Sweatshop Gallery, an open creative space near my office, played host for the three-day experiment last weekend and Alice and I walked over at 11am one morning and stayed, playing and having so much fun, for three hours! I tried to avoid using my camera and phone during the time, but at the end I wanted to take some pictures to share.
The first thing Alice decided to do was make a fishing pole with a stick and yarn
“The idea for Play Lab came out of my interest in children’s creative play, and the desire to see it happening in an environment that is created specifically for it. It is clear that children see the world very differently from adults; where an adult sees a broken hose, a child might see a boa constrictor or a worm, or find a sense of shelter sitting in the center of the coiled hose. This ability, or the playful necessity of seeing the world as flexible an unfixed, makes children very interesting collaborators. I would like to promote the idea that their “childish” perspective is a valid one, valid enough indeed to deserve a space all its own to exist within.” -Teal Gardner
This project is a “trapeze for flies and bugs”
This block with things stuck to it is a “band doing a show.”
We love to play.
Posted on 12. Sep, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
A lot is going on around town this weekend–I think everyone is trying to hold on to the Summer mood and take advantage of the beautiful weather we’ve been had here as the hot months are closing out! Here’s where you’ll find me and/or Alice this weekend:
All That Ever Was, Always Is is a project Watie White did in Omaha telling the story of the people who lived in a North Omaha home slated for demolition in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. White installed several panels in the windows of the condemned home to provoke thought about the lines between fact, interpretation, and myth by creating a narrative around the generations that had inhabited the home for the past 40 years. It sort of makes you think about what it is you leave behind, and how little control we really have over how the truths of our experiences are translated in the minds of others. The house was demolished in March, and the artwork telling the story of the people who lived there is now on display at the Creighton Lied Center. Party Friday.
Opera Omaha is producing a free outdoor show at Midtown Crossing in Omaha–perfect to bring kids and sit on your favorite picnic blanket. Great for pets, too, and plenty of places to play and walk while you enjoy the show.
I’m so grateful that I get to take Alice to STOMP this weekend thanks to a good friend of mine who was able to get me some tickets. She’s gonna lose her mind watching the drums! If you go on the day of, you can get reduced price tickets.
Three-Day Play Lab is going on this weekend at the Sweatshop Gallery in Benson, and it’s an opportunity for children to enjoy a creative, open space, and experiment with creating art out of tons of different materials. (I donated a whole bunch of cardboard!) There will be music, snacks, water, and tons of playing, and it’s all free. I’m so excited for Alice to experience this and play with some other kids too. It’s hosted by Teal Gardner, a local artist, poet, and Montessori teacher.
Go do all this stuff. Hope I see you.