Last year I wrote about our field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum and how they don’t have a kid section, so it’s a little boring for the little kids and a PITA for me to try to keep their hands off sculptures and paintings that are so stupidly hung low. It’s like the Art Police WANT you to touch so they can yell at you.
Soon after, someone from the museum e-mailed me because they’d seen the post. No, I’m not famous; I’d alerted them to the post when I sent in the comment card. They wanted me to come in and meet with a bunch of people to discuss how they can make visits better for people with small kids and draw more visitors like me with little kids.
Look, people, my time is valuable. I don’t get a sitter or use my parents unless I’m going on a doctor visit or to get a massage (very rare) or going to get totally wasted (just kidding), so I just e-mailed my suggestions back to the lady. I told her they need a kid section and how they need to rope off things they don’t want touched by little hands.
I’m sure they were asking, “How the hell are we going to make a kid section in this place? We don’t have the funding for that!”
So here’s my mom’s solution: Since the Kansas City Art Institute is right next door to you guys, why not work with the staff there and make it an assignment for a few different classes to come up with ideas for a museum kid section? I mean, that’s real-life stuff, students! Forget painting your frickin’ hand … come up with something USEFUL!
Then come to me and I’ll handle the Bake Sale to raise the funds and materials for your new kid section. You can call it the Kerrie McLoughlin Kid Zone: Please Touch!