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Hit the road with Cynthia Kinnunen‘s tips for artistic travel

Now that summer is finally here (or is it?), we are embarking on more outdoor adventures. And as we find ourselves on those adventures, there’s a good chance we’ll make a few new discoveries. Art discoveries, that is.

Particularly when travelling around with kids, there’s a whole lot of fun that can be had looking out for art.  You know, sculptures, outdoor installations, even funky houses can be taken notice of and appreciated, generating some interesting discussions.

As a kid that road-tripped a lot without the distractions of modern technologies (we had invisible ink quiz books, find the alphabet on license plates, sing along with classic rock on any radio station that might come in…), there were countless opportunities to search for weird and fantastic things to point out and discuss.

Like certain landmarks along familiar travel routes.  I remember watching for particular highway mailboxes of note on our regular drives down to the US: the crane with two booms; the tall, skinny Uncle Sam; and a fish with its mouth open for mail.  Or the other quirky, artsy landmarks: the big rooster or Pierre the Pantless Voyageur at Two Harbors, the Viking ship or Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. All art on one level or another, non?

I love that my kids can be open-minded enough to explore and talk about curious things we see (when they’re not high on sugar) and so we take advantage of those moments when we see something presents itself.  It can be enlightening to listen to a child’s interpretation of a sculpture that seems curiously like a large piece of bacon, for example.  “Why do you think the artist created this?” is one of my favourite questions.  They also make for some fun photo opps, of course.

Do you take advantage of artful inspiration when out with your kids?

Previously in Old School Still Cool: For the Love of Jello

Cynthia Kinnunen is a mom of three wonderfully quirky little people who love music, old and new-school adventures and acting as silly as possible. She’s a freelance writer who blogs for fun at Crumbs in the Minivan and Maple Mixtape.

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