Quick tip for taking baby out to the art museum during that awkward age when she’s too old to hang out quietly in the Bjorn or sling (like Little Bear) but not old enough to really enjoy the sculptures or colorful modern art (like Widget).
Make up your own game and help your baby enjoy the art in her own way! We took Widget to quite a few museums and set him his own challenges even before he was a year old. While I would gaze dreamily at pictures of thisorthat, I would ask him, “Where’s the tree?” or “Where’s the dog?” At just the right age, this is a do-able, but not immediately do-able, task, and you buy yourself a few minutes to actually appreciate the art yourself. You could even just pick a target, like trees, dogs, or kids, and ask baby to find it in each painting (when there is one, of course).
Of course, when she’s old enough to insist on walking everywhere, all bets are off!