Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nasher Museum

Two words: Not Kid-Friendly (or is that 3?).

My mommies group went because of a fabulous exhibit on display about Picasso. But, it turns out, high quality art is not accessible to babies.

First, in order to push your stroller to the front door from the parking lot you have to walk way around the building. Otherwise you are either dragging your stroller up the steps or bulldozing your way through the grass (which I tried, not recommended, especially after rain).

Second, the museum cafe was quite tasty, but pricey and they don't exactly accommodate "minors" very well.

Third, after all that, you can not take your stroller into any of the galleries. I guess they are afraid that my umbrella stroller will somehow suddenly have the strength and capacity to knock over a bronze sculpture.

So take those 3 major things, then tack on the little details that matter to mommies (no changing table anywhere for one thing), and you have yourself a challenge.

But, knowledge is power! So if, one rainy afternoon you want to get some high society art in, just be armed properly. Don't eat there, and plan to bring your Ergo!

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Santa's Here!

One holiday tradition is getting your child dressed up in Christmas finest and having them scream on Santa's lap for a photo. I LOVE it. So, of course, I got C dressed up and we went out with his buddies to visit Santa.
We chose the Southpoint Mall Santa. And he was great! He was so "real" looking I was tempted to ask for that Kindle I had been craving. And he was as absolutely sweet and perfect with children as a Santa is. C had absolutely no issues with him at all, and was more fascinated than anything. Santa smiled, ho-ho-ho'ed and let us pile 3 babies on his lap all at once for a group photo.

The prices seemed reasonable to me, and the packages they offered were diverse. I was very pleased! We even had the benefit of going during a weekday, so the wait was very short. I can imagine it gets long on the weekends, but still not "A Christmas Story" long.

BUT, I hear that the Meadowmont Club Santa may just be real. I had a source tell me that the Meadowmont Santa gets information from his "elves" and knows exactly what the children are asking for on their list, what their Christmas letters to him said, and has the answers to whatever questions the children ask about the North Pole. Amazing. So when C is able to ask questions and talk to Santa, we might give the Meadowmont Santa a go.