Elephant costume over elephant dress.
Another interactive exhibit at Denver Art Museum, Aqua-Terra/Terra-Aqua by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez. Made from thousands of paper grocery bags, plus additional paper animals by museum patrons.
The art museum offered several opportunities for visitors to make their own blooms.
The Denver Art Museum had an exhibit on flowers in Impressionist paintings, “In Bloom.” Typical of the museum, which is the most interactive and child-friendly art museum we’ve encountered anywhere in the world, the exhibit engaged Ellis and Thalia in numerous ways.
Still life apps,
scavenger hunt to find specific objects and colors in the paintings (not pictured),
(note: Thalia’s favorite painting was this Matisse)
(although he doesn’t look pleased, Ellis’s favorite was of course a Van Gogh)
and a smell exhibit with various flower scents, the first of its kind in the world.
In the spring, Thalia’s class went to Hammond’s Candy Factory to learn about factories for their Les Misérables performance. Ellis’s class did not, so he made us promise to take him there.
Hammond’s is a 95-year-old local candy factory with national distribution. As such, their factory is much, much bigger than the one we visited in Kansas.
It was also less interesting, as instead of seeing one batch of candy made by one person from start to finish, we saw a series of individual steps by dozens of people.
We received large samples, which we never ate.
Nevertheless, hats and old-timey trucks are always popular with 5-year-olds.
The big events in August were our trip to Toronto for Sam and Jesse’s wedding and Ellis and Thalia starting kindergarten (the second time around). In between, they were up to their usual shenanigans.