Robin and I had four little girls in tow, (my granddaughters and their cousin), as we headed for a Family Day Block Party on Saturday in downtown St. Louis. The programs for kids age 3-12 was featured at the Pulitzer, the Sheldon, and Contemporary Art Museum. At such events, I wind up doing things I’d never do otherwise, which is always great fun. Though when offered a free cup of Ted Drewes frozen custard at 10:30 in the morning, I was able to resist. It seemed like an improper time, though the kids had no problem with it.
Button Making for a Good Cause
I’ve designed many a button for various political campaigns and causes. I even have a collection of old political buttons, so there was a bit of deja vu for me in this activity. We each drew our design on a circle of paper, that was transformed into a pin-backed button we could wear. I was pleased to see that Addie took on an environmental cause with a slogan that read “Save the Turtles.” Harper turned to humor with: “This is my human costume, I’m really a Pug.” (A sweet tribute to their pet pug, Butter.)
Navigating the Serra
We made our way along the circular path within the Serra sculpture amid its intriguing play of lights and shadows. Along the interior path, you can see slices of sky above and write your name in the sandy floor covering. (I wish I could get the same zen-like feeling when I’m wandering those switch-back lines at airport baggage screening.)
On to the Sheldon
At the Sheldon, the kids made “musical instruments.” A drum could be fashioned using a plastic cup with a few beads inside and covered with a scrap of elastic cut from a small balloon. (See middle top of photo below.) “Harmonicas” came from tongue depressors separated by paper and small sticks to form a blowing instrument.
Music, performers, face painting and more filled the day, but our group of happy wanderers was getting hungry—you can only subsist on frozen custard for so long. Creativity takes energy, soooo . . .