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A Trip to The Toledo Museum of Art~ Play Time {Ann Arbor Family Photographer}

When my friend sent me an email about the Toledo Museum of Art’s new contemporary art show, “Play Time”, I knew this would be an outing that would keep us all entertained. I have been wanting to take the kids to an art museum, however, I have been a little apprehensive. Don’t run, don’t touch, talk quietly–are not things that come easily to my 3 and 5 year old. It seemed like this new installation would give the kids a little hands on fun, while I got to have fun taking photographs. Here they are at the entrance. They posed themselves, hand gestures and all.

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We got tickets to the Harmonic Motion exhibit (free upon entrance) and explored the rest of the museum while waiting for “our turn”.

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Beuys Voice by Nam June Paik

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My personal favorite: Anything Can Break by Pinaree Sanpitak.

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Animation by Stina Kohnke


The frame within a frame…I had so much fun photographing the architecture of the building itself. I love framing and lines in my compositions.


And just when my daughter was about to have a melt down because she NEEDED to touch something or play, we found a game of battleship to play in the middle of this room. An art version of battleship anyway.

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And for a brief a brief moment, my husband was able to engage our 3 year old with the paintings.

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Three kids swinging

Harmonic Motion by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam

A hand crocheted, indoor playground. This is why we came. Very cool. This installation has been in Rome and now Toledo, Ohio. The kids loved it, and would have played longer if they could have. With your ticket, you get to play for 10 minutes before it is the next group’s turn. My only regret was not being able to use a flash. 😉 I am trying to embrace the grain and wonky light. 😉

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For the last 10 seconds of our time, I got out my lensbaby composer with my sweet 35 for this last shot. I thought the lensbaby was fitting for this installation.

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Before we headed outside, I tried to get a shot of all 3 kids on the bench. This is as close as I got.


Our last stop was the tire swing outside.


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