Now as I’m sitting here writing this my husband said I have no right to write this. But I’m going to anyways because I’m not the only mom who felt this way. (he said that the article he read clearly stated that it was not about the Muppets.)
Today our MOMS Club activity was to go visit the EMP – Experience Music Project and see the Muppets. Well, that’s what we thought it was. It was more of a tribute to Jim Henson and his work, but it was advertised with all the cute Muppets and with all of us moms we just got Muppet crazy. We packed up our kids and headed to Seattle.
No strollers allowed and no bags over 16 inches, so this was my first clue that it’s not meant for kids. However, the red flags were not big enough for me to back out. I mean there were five moms and seven kids in tow and we promised them the Muppets. Next thing I’m noticing is that the Muppet exhibit is down a flight of steep stairs, now why would you put a children’s exhibit down a flight of stairs. Ok, I carry both of my children down the stairs and finally we see Kermit the frog sitting underneath a glass display.
I was very proud of my daughter for being able to say Kermit the Frog, and for the fact she noticed Fragile Rock. We have the entire Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series Collection on DVD. She loves to watch it and dance to it. If I had no children with me I would have read all of the information about each display. But nope, I had a two year old that wanted to go do something more interesting than look at a total of five Muppet displays under glass.
The only thing that was child friendly was a puppet theater where you could go behind the stage and be the puppets playing in a band and your friends could watch.
EMP|SFM will supplement the exhibition with a hands-on puppet theater starring Seattle’s newest band, Mudgarden Experience. The theater will allow visitors to experience what it’s like to perform puppets for an audience and view themselves on monitors—much like how it might have been for Jim Henson while he was filming “Sesame Street” or “The Muppet Show." The audience will be able to watch the puppet show from an area reminiscent of the famous stoop on “Sesame Street.”
Taken from www.empsfm.org.
It was quite a day, everyone was exhausted after carting children up and down the steps. I’m sure this is perfect for older children. I would say middle school and up. We did look at the rest of the EMP and the science fiction hall of fame is my favorite part. I love science fiction, but my daughter was afraid because the floor vibrated like we were actually on a space ship. So if you are reading this post…..More Muppets PLEASE.