Monday, October 31, 2011

A Spooky Trip Around the Block

Happy Halloween 2011!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Getty Center

BC (i.e. Before Children), I enjoyed many of the best art museums of the world. Visiting the Lourve and Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,  Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery in Washington, DC, I reveled in getting lost, inspired and awed. Since Alex was born, touring inside the Getty, just a hop, skip & jump from my front door, might as well be 10,000 miles away. But its gardens are a great place for a play date.

The Getty Center sits atop the city of Los Angeles. It is known for its extraordinary views, gardens, architecture and is home to one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum, home to one of the world's most impressive art collections. Alex has visited several times, but never made it inside the museum. He does like the tram ride that takes over a million visitors annually from the parking lot to the hill top. Its not quite Travel Town (see other blog posts), but one of these days, the Getty family will get it right and offer a longer train ride for the little guys and gals. And one of these days, we'll probably make it inside the museum to check out the art too, but I think I'll wait until baby sister Serene stops insisting on touching everything she sees with her sticky little fingers. The curator might frown on that. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Harvest Time!

Its hard to avoid Underwood Family Farms in October. And, who'd even want to? Its wonderful fun all-year-round, but in October they really go all out. Alex and Serene snacked at the food tents, enjoyed a wagon ride, danced to some live music, ran through a pumpkin patch, got lost in a corn maze, plus all the usual stuff like pony rides, goat feeding, mining for minerals, train rides, bouncers and more. It's an ideal stop for any city kid to learn about farming in a fun, interactive way that allows them to play and pick their own food.