we’ve been lucky to pass through a lot of cool museums together since calling new york home. it’s one of the perks very high on the list of living in this sometimes smelly and claustrophobic feeling city. we spend a significant amount of time at the american museum of natural history, since it resides on the upper west side which we also call home. and also, dinosaurs! and an entire wing dedicated to space! it’s my kids’ happy place and with that blessed blasted AC in the summertime, it’s mine as well. then there is the metropolitan museum of art which is just across the park from us on the east side and the MOMA is just a few subway stops away. the guggenheim, the children’s museum of art downtown, the armory, the whitney… there are just a lot of fabulous museums around us and we try our best to take advantage.
BUT, we went to the museum of ice cream last week with friends and it’s completely changed my idea of a museum. and it might have been the most fun (insert sugar high) museum experience we’ve encountered. i mean, a pool filled with sprinkles and someone passing out black tap milk shakes to everyone?! it was truly a museum dream for anyone with any sort of sweet tooth (or even not a sweet tooth. i mean, josh davis, you had fun, right?!)
ps. a few of these photos i stole from my friend amanda. so glad there’s another mama out there in the bunch hauling her oversized DSLR camera with her around the city (and her photos are so good!). you guys, the days i don’t bring my camera with me, while my shoulders and back might be happy, i usually regret it later. i love my camera so very very much.
how can you not get behind a museum that offers you an ice cream bar or cone the minute you walk in?
this photo was taken at the beginning, they had no idea what they were in for! none of us did, but they especially didn’t! i love their faces here because they are literally so excited and you can see it. HERE WE GO KIDS!
cannon ball off a diving board into the sprinkles!!!
just look at that face! someone was very happy.
just doing our part in helping create the largest ice cream sundae ever made. (it was some sort of oreo cookie filling concoction but that didn’t stop conrad from trying to eat it.)
so after we played in a pool of sprinkles, a man at the museum literally came up to me and was like, “and over here we have a black tap milkshake for each of you…” and i got so skeptical. i almost thought it was some of joke and we’d be like “what?! no way! amazing!” and then it’d be fake ice cream or something and he’d be all, “hahaha!” those black tap milkshakes are all the rage right now in the city and because josh and i are trying to be good and limit that sort of thing, we have not had one. so that’s why i was so surprised that they were handing them out at the museum! conrad could of course only handle a few sips of his and it just felt wrong to toss an entirely perfect amazing very sought after milkshake in the trash, so i did have some! but just a few sips (that thing is intensely sweet) since i’m trying to be as good as i can in a city full of sugar (it’s been hard this month, i won’t lie. looking to get back on a better track this fall.)
kind of feeling like bedazzling my camera after seeing this one.
just a seesaw in the shape of an ice cream scooper! kids had the best time on this jungle gym made of all things ice cream at the end.
this is the face of a little boy who has just had an ice cream cone, some sips of a milkshake and some other random sweet things inside a museum full of sugar. he crashed about an hour later and fell asleep literally while swinging in a swing at the playground! i’d say that’s a good day right there.
once we exited the museum we sat outside on the steps for a few minutes trying to compose ourselves after all that chaos inside (they do rush you through the place, which i totally get but also a total bummer because tearing kids away from a pool of sprinkles after just a couple of minutes feels so harsh.) anyway, we discovered ample amounts of sprinkles in my friend amanda’s cuffed jeans and the kids had the best time trying to sweep them up to bring home. eleanor and her friend elle made up a plan to put their sprinkles in a plastic bag and whenever they missed each other, they could look at their sprinkles! i thought that was the cutest thing ever. oh man, who needs best friend necklaces when you can have bags of sprinkles!?
and that completes our recap of such a fun museum experience with friends! can someone open up a museum modeled after this one all about donuts next?!
for those interested in tickets– i believe the museum was more of a pop up style museum for the summer and only runs for a few more weeks. it’s currently sold out but we did ask one of the staff about that at the door and i know they are trying to find a way to extend or do it again, so keep an eye out if you’re interested in going. we bought tickets for a selected day a month before it even opened, but i had no idea it’d sell out before the opening the way it did, i was just trying to calendar and plan with our travel dates when i got our tickets. now i’m glad i didn’t procrastinate in typical naomi fashion. someday when my kids are giving me a hard time about their curfew or vegetables or whatever, i’m totally going to whip out this adventure and be like, “yeah, but remember when i bought tickets to the ice cream museum a month before it even opened and then it sold out?! did you not have the best time ever in there?! NOW OBEY CURFEW!” ;) (i’m totally kidding, by the way.)
ps. similar denim dress here and here, my pink leather backpack, and teva sandals. also similar hat here (and on sale!). it’s hard to see with my denim dress but eleanor and i are wearing matching new york art t-shirts, too! my t-shirt (it runs small, ps! size up!) and eleanor’s mini version.