Nadine, an amazing homeschooling mother for her varied and fun field trips, organized a field trip for fellow homeschoolers to visit The Da Vinci Exhibit in Hollywood. It’s an interactive exhibit with replicas of many of da Vinci’s inventions. It includes a military gallery, a transportation gallery, and a mechanical gallery. His inventions include a glider, bicycle, water shoes, and a chamber of mirrors – which was Mishy’s favorite invention. (She loved saying hello and good bye to her and my many reflections.) It was fascinating to go through the galleries and see how his inventions are used today – his mechanical pulley invention for elevators, for example. The exhibit isn’t big and we were able to see the entire exhibit in an hour. There is a short film about Leonardo da Vinci – which we missed – Mishy was more interested in pulling the various levers of the inventions and trying to figure out how they worked. The people who work at the exhibit were incredibly enthusiastic and enjoyed having the museum filled with homeschoolers. One even mentioned, it felt like the best part of Thanksgiving – when all the family is there to play.

Parking is inside the Hollywood and Highland Center. It’s $2 for 4 hours of parking. Be sure to get your tickets validated before exiting the exhibit. There are plenty of places to eat in the area – including Chado Tea Room at the h.Wood – I love the simple elegance and restful quality I feel at the various Chado Tea Rooms in the Los Angeles area.

Details:

The Da Vinci Exhibit

Hollywood and Highland Center (across from the Kodak Theatre) 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90024

For additional information and tickets, call: 888 998 4624

The exhibit runs until December 31st, 2011.

www.davincihollywood.org

I just saw that for the next four days, the exhibit is on sale at perks daily. Here is the link to get $6 admission. The regular price is $18.

http://www.perksdaily.com/

Chado Tea Room at H. Wood

http://www.chadotea.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chado-tea-room-hollywood

My daughter is mixed ethnicity. In the fall, there was a touring photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck, a photographer who previously had an exhibition entitled – The Hapa Project – protraits of adults with mixed ethnicities. We didn’t make it to that exhibit – that was when Mishy did not like going on too many adventures in the car. When Mixed: Portraits of Mulitracial Kids was at the Japanese American Museum in the Little Toyko district of  Los Angeles, I really wanted to make a day of visiting Little Tokyo and seeing some exhibitions. (On the same day, we visited both MOCAs and stopped at a farmer’s market by City Hall.)

Making herself comfortable inside the exhibition

Following the handprints of other children and adults who are mixed.

I really think Kip Fulbeck’s photos speak for themselves and urge anyone with mixed children or children in general, to get the paperback copy of Mixed Portraits of Multiracial Kids. Mishy has been looking through the pages of this book over and over again, fascinated by the faces. (In the book, Nutureshock, the authors state that speaking about race is crucial by the age of 6 years old. Otherwise, stereotypes could possibly remain imprinted.)

Details:

MIXED Protraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck, forward by Dr. Maya Soetoro-NG, Afterword by Cher

http://www.seaweedproductions.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Mixed-Portraits-Multiracial-Kip-Fulbeck/dp/0811874087

http://www.janm.org/exhibits/mixed/

Huntington Library

March 28, 2010

Mishy swirling through the leaves.

Once a month, Huntington Library in Pasadena has free day. You need to get tickets on the first of the month prior starting at 9AM. They usually sell out by 9:03AM. I need to have two computers set up on their web page to get free day tickets and it is so worth the manoeuvering. What I love about Free Day is that it opens at 10:30AM. Otherwise, the Huntington Library opens at noon, which is much too late to venture to Pasadena for Mishy’s naps. We have been going to as many free days as possible. In the summer and fall, Mishy puts on her bathing suit and plays in the children’s garden which as some fun water features. Since it was in the beginning of March, we were all fully dressed. This free day was a special day because her Babba was able to join us.

Pointing to which tree she wants to touch

Looking at the leaves below.

Mishy enjoyed playing this game with her Babba. She takes her hat and his and throws it away. He runs after her and tries to grab the hats from her. She laughs and runs away with them. This time, she decided to return his hat to his head.

Returning the hat.

Here she is with them again. She has just dropped them on the ground and is taunting her Babba to come and get them.

Running through the open grass while playing her hat game.

Being part of the security team.

When we left, there was an abandoned security cart. Mishy decided to see if she would like to be a part of the team.

Waiting for dumplings!

Afterwards, we headed to this fabulous dumpling place in nearby Arcadia called, Din Tai Fung. When Mishy was six months old, Babba and me ate there, wanting to return when she too could have some fish dumplings. Their red bean dumplings are divine. So are their noodles and rice cakes. Everything is absolutely delicious on their menu.

Details:

Huntington Library

http://www.huntington.org/

Din Tai Fung

http://www.dintaifungusa.com/