A friend of ours recently alerted me to the fact that an Alice in Wonderland tribute exhibit would be showing at the Harry Ransom Center on campus this spring, and asked if we wanted to go. Um, heck yeah! In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm not actually the biggest fan of the Disney film, or the recent adaptations. It's not really my cup of tea (sorry - couldn't help myself!). But, I knew that Ava would find it interesting at the very least, and I never turn down the chance to indoctrinate my kids by bringing them to campus and drilling the fight song into their little heads, so we went for it!
Despite not being the biggest fan of the film, the book is a classic, and books are kind of my thing (as well as my kids' thing), so we had a great time! The exhibit itself was very well done, and extremely kid-friendly from start to finish. The docent immediately greeted us and offered us a scavenger hunt of sorts, with the chance to find a stamp in each section to trade in at the end for an Alice activity book. Nothing motivates Ava like the chance for a free book, and she had Jack at the word "stamp" (thank you, Little Gym!), so that definitely helped to keep them interested and engaged.
They also had intermittent interactive displays for the kids, from tables laid out for tea parties, to activities encouraging the use of math and other STEM skills, to the chance to read some of the different forms of Alice in Wonderland books at the end - in short, it was really lovely! Jack was able to be his curious little self without anyone batting an eye, which is always a win in this mama's book!
Here are some of my favorite shots of the exhibit, which runs at the Harry Ransom Center until July 6, 2015.
The Harry Ransom Center is located on The University of Texas campus at 300 W. 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712 (near the intersections of 21st & Guadalupe Streets). Admission is FREE! Be sure to check out their Gutenberg Bible while you're there, as well as the rest of what campus has to offer!