Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Van Gogh

Finally! The one the girls have been wanting to go to! We had museum cards (which are good for the whole country not just Amsterdam) so we did get into a shorter line. However, now they also have a timed line. Where you make arrangements to be there at a certain time and basically go right in..Yeah, I suggest that one! Of course its nice to have the museum card and not have to pay for each museum, etc. every time you go. We got our money's worth with the museum card!!
Anyway after a short wait (about 20 minutes) we got in. One of the wonderful things that they have done (along with a lot of the other places) is having activities for the kids. A treasure hunt, or a question/answer page with things to search for  thru the exhibit. It helps keep the kids entertained and engaged with the art and gives the kids an "end goal" for each museum. The girls had a great time, looking at the paintings, discussing what they were looking at and filling out all the questions in their treasure hunt. Dominic did great as well! He did NOT want to be in his stroller but was willing to be carried around the museum. I think we left the museum with Van Gogh remaining their favorite artist. After the museum we walked around town, played in the garden at the Rijksmuseum, and found some fun stuff...
Here are the girls playing at the Rijksmuseum.

 The fountain is built in such a way that you can stand in the middle and all kinds of patterns go off around you (and you don't get wet!). The girls had a great time playing in the middle of the fountain and watching the progression of the water. After playing in the water we walked past a violinist playing in front of the museum and had to stop to listen to him play. Dominic was fascinated with the music and motion.
Of course we couldn't leave Amsterdam without stopping in a few shops. And look what we found! A shoe that was absolutely MADE for Kaitlyn (no, we didn't let her buy it).

 Then we found  MY kind of treat...Buy a shoe and eat it too! Yep, Chocolate foot wear...
I was pretty proud of myself for not giving in and buying at least one! All in all we had a wonderful day, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed home. One more stop before we head back to the states...Cobra Museum of Modern Art...