When you're home with a new baby and looking for something to help get you out of the house, check out your local museum!
Not only is it a great place to keep your mind cultivated, it's a great way to introduce your tot to new sights and sounds. Many museums have areas dedicated to children, where little ones have space to climb and explore. You may even find that other moms have flocked to the arts for entertainment too, and make a friend or three out of the deal.
An added bonus is that museum gift shops are notorious for having the coolest toys and gadgets around—even for the small set!We recently visited a local art museum near our offices in Atlanta, and found these amazing goodies for the grabbing:
This car is sure to be a favorite from babyhood to childhood.
Kido Go Car $10 at amazon.com
You've just introduced your little learner to new things … why not keep the education train rolling?
Mudpuppy Ring Flash Cards $12
Apuzzle with more than one correct fit is perfect for mastering fine motor skills.
P'kolino Multi-Solution Shape Puzzle $20
Look at art on walls, take home art for walls.
Nouvelles Images wall stickers $30 at stickerpalace.com
A garland is a quick and easy way to spruce up a nursery.
petitcollage garlands $17 at chroniclebooks.com
Decorate your digits for an impromptu performance.
blabla finger puppets $30
It's a book, it's placemats, it's adorable.
SAMi Mealtime Rhymes placemats $10
Sweet books that showcase your state or city help curious babes learn all about their habitats.
Good Night Our World boardbooks $10
Tell Junior all about what you saw at the museum. (We bet you'll probably learn a thing or two yourself.)
13 Modern Artists Children Should Know $10 from amazon.com