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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are...at the SF Contemporary Jewish Museum

You've probably seen the trailers for the new Spike Jonze movie, Where the Wild Things Are. And chances are...you've read the book too. A few thousand times.

While not specifically related to the movie, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has a retrospective right now, called "There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak."

You'll see more than 100 original watercolors, drawings, rare sketches, and never-before-seen working materials by Maurice Sendak, who wrote and illustrated this 1963 book (and 100 others as well).

The museum promises that even though the exhibit has many adult themes, it's perfect for families, with kid-friendly elements like activity cards that challenge them to look for objects on display, and also feature Sendak characters they can use to create their own stories.

Plus my kids' favorites: touch screens (in this case, with Sendak interviews where he tells about the characters, monsters and hidden themes)

Read this reveiw from Lydie at Travel is More Fun with Kids.

When: now until January 19, 2010
Open: daily (except Wed.) 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Thursday, 1 p.m. til 8 pm.
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco
Cost: $10.00 adults, $5 on Thursdays after 5 PM. Youth 18 and under FREE.

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