Take Your Kids to the Museum Store!

I took my girls plus two friends to San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. All of us had been to the city a number of times, and we weren't really looking to do the touristy stuff. We sat by the fountains at Yerba Buena Gardens, ate at Mel's Drive-In, visited a Museum of Modern Art exhibit that had been misplaced in the building's current renovation, and slowly moved through Target. Yeah, I know. Target. 

  San Francisco City Target - this is the entrance. How could we not go?

San Francisco City Target - this is the entrance. How could we not go?

Mid-afternoon a cream puff place lured us in, and after we stuffed our faces with whipped cream and custard filling, we strolled outside to find the Museum of Modern Art shop. Oh, be still my beating heart!

I love museum stores!

Museum stores have the coolest stuff. I picked up a few Christmas gifts to put away, a really fabulous map of California to frame, and a beautiful print of San Francisco to hang in our guest room. 

  Initially frustrated

Initially frustrated

I bought the Oblo Sphere Puzzle (affiliate link) for Christian, who's 7. He loved trying to solve it, and after his initial frustration, he got the hang of it and kept with it until he got it done! When an older sibling was having a bit of trouble figuring it out, Christian was pretty pleased with himself that he could coach the older sib.

  On his way . . .

On his way . . .

  Almost done!

Almost done!

We've also loved the museum stores at the Getty in Los Angeles, the Haggin Museum in Stockton, the Smithsonian, the Louvre (who can't use a Mona Lisa USB stick?), and the NYC MOMA.