We spent Thursday morning at Burnside Park, which is part of Kennedy Plaza in Providence. A story time and art time is offered on Thursday morning, but the girls favorite thing was the sunken ship play area (see above). They slid down it over and over and over again.
I am sad to report that the story time did not pass muster according to Meg and Clare's critical eye. They are spoiled by Arlington County Library's excellent story times. In the last few years I've learned that children who will listen to books for ages one-on-one will not do so in a large group setting. Our children's librarians know the correct mixture of books, rhymes, songs and puppets that keep a large group of children mesmerized. This story time could have used more theatrics.
The art time was cute. This summer the focus is Maurice Sendak. Hence the "wild things" in the park.
The art project was based on Sendak's character Really Rosie. I had not heard of this character but, considering her love of dressing up, she sounds perfect for my girls. The art project was to dress up and have a Polaroid taken. The girls loved the dress up clothes.
But after we left the park, Meg said, "Oh no. We forgot to do the art project." Apparently they didn't get that the dressing up was their performance art project. Still, they enjoyed themselves and, once we assured them they hadn't missed anything, they were happy.