Although I love city living, I sometimes feel like I am on concrete overload. To combat the feelings of needing an ocean or a field we pack up and take a short drive to Phipps Conservatory. Yes, I am obsessed with this place. I feel like I write about it a lot. Like here and here.
But seriously. Phipps has outdone itself. The Farmers Market is beautiful play space for children in a beautiful setting that helps me breath when I start to feel a little claustrophobic.
The space is very well thought out, equipped with a number of shopping carts (two different sizes - one perfect for new walkers and one for the *big* kids) labeled fruit and vegetable stations, a butcher shop, a bakery, and two check out stations. The boxes are labeled with words and pictures to make clean up into a fun sorting game.
Menus for different dinners. Some children need a task when it comes to pretend play. It does not always come naturally - sometimes it needs to be modeled. This menu is a simple way to give a child a visual prompt in what to do during play. Love it.
Did I mention that one of my favorite play experiences as a child involved a pretend play grocery store at a children's museum in South Darthmouth, MA that has since closed. I can still remember filling up baskets with corn, pizza, and apples with my little brother. We used to have a ball. Maybe that is one reason why I am a little partial to this space?
A scale that works.
And although I did not condone this behavior, it was mighty cute.
Well done, Phipps. We are very happy members.