CMA's Young Child Studio + Giveaway!!

Giving my children room to explore, fail, learn and and explore some more is a top priority for myself and my husband as their young minds expand. One of the ways we teach them that is through the arts. We don't limit their artistic expression based on our chosen medium, providing them access and exploration in many ways.

So I was very excited when I was invited to Columbus Museum of Art's Young Child Studio this past Tuesday. The open art space was from 10am-12pm, just after breakfast and before nap time for the twins.

I was greeted by Cat and Alyssa. Wonderfully enthusiastic, they immediately engaged with the boys, encouraging them to explore and react to what they saw, felt or heard. The environment encourages experimentation through play.

The room was dimly lit, the sounds of nature filling the room. The space itself is about 300 square feet with various mini stations including sensory bags, a pop up tent and decorative hula hoops. In true artistic form, all the items are chosen carefully with different types of textures, shapes and colors to keep their little minds intrigued.

Because we have just started to explore the awesomeness of sensory play, I thought the boys would be mostly consumed with the large sensory bags on the floor. But, Kaden and Kadir were drawn to the painting station. We don't do much paint at home  because honestly I get anxiety just thinking about the potential mess and cleanup. The station was perfectly sized for their little bodies: large white paper taped to a low table with small cups and popsicle sticks as paintbrushes. The table was adorned with squares of colored tissue paper and construction paper to add texture to whatever design the kids create.

I was very impressed by the boys focus and attention during this creative time. Kadir barely said a word or cracked a smile! This speaks to their need to be stimulated by texture, shapes and sounds and to be in an a space that freely allows that. This definitely gives me ideas on what to insert at home and definitely a reason to come back!

Be sure to think ahead and dress your children in clothing you don't mind getting messy. The twins' shirts looked like a Jackson Pollock canvas when it was all said and done.

Restrooms are close by and there is even a "Comfort Room" for nursing mothers if need be.

Young Child Studio is designed for children ages 18 months - 5 years. It is open from 10a-12p, every first and third Tuesdays and the last Saturday of every month. The remaining days through 2017 are as follows:

October 28

November 7

November 21

November 25

December 5

December 19

December 30

The cost is $8/per child + adult admission for non members; For members, $8/child. No registration is required.

During the last hour, a tour of the museum is included but not required. We skipped the tour as not to disrupt their busy hands!

In partnership with Columbus Museum of Art, I am excited to be giving away a one year household membership! Valued at $85, the benefits of a CMA membership include: free admission, free parking, invites to members-only events and 10% off Museum store and cafe. It includes two named adults and children or grandchildren 18 years or younger in the same household. With this membership, you'll gain free adult access to programs like Young Child Studio! Read the full benefits of the household membership here.

To enter:

-Like the Modern Blended Life Facebook page

-Comment to this page (via this post or on FB) stating why you would enjoy the CMA membership!

Enter by Friday, October 28. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, October 31. *Due to the location of the museum, contest winner must live within the Central Ohio area.*