Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Stories from the Sea: The Secret of Roan Inish + Mami Wata at the Fowler Museum

Want to make a splash with your kids? The Fowler Museum at UCLA is creating a special day for Kids Off The Couch families on Wednesday July 16th : a film screening and private tour of a their current mermaid exhibition. Join us at 12 pm to screen one of our favorite family movies -- The Secret of Roan Inish -- an exquisite film that gives life to the Irish legend that seals can shed their skins and become human. Then, at 1:45, just after the film, The Fowler has invited us for lemonade and cookies in the courtyard, followed by privately guided tour of Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas, a multi-media exhibit showcasing an ancient deity who appears as a mermaid and snake charmer. From the opening super-sized video projection of the ocean (which our kids used as a backdrop to mime their surf moves), to incredible headdresses (that wowed even our most dedicated sparkle wearers), Mami Wata charmed a new generation. Visit the Kids Off The Couch Website here for the full adventure, conversations starters, tips for going as a group and advice on how to extend the adventure like a visit to the Marine Mammal Care Center

To RSVP for the Kids Off The Couch screening and tour, click here. If you can't make the screening, you can still join us for the exhibition tour!