Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St. W 416.979.7799
Saturday, April 16, 2011
My entire family (myself, my husband, and even my little son) absolutely LOVE shoes and we thought this would be a fun Saturday morning activity. Plus, the Museum has a brand new exhibit called The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines, and High Spirits.
Easily accessible via TTC.
The architecture, designed by Raymond Moriyama, is stunning. Modern and geometrical.
On a rainy Saturday morning, there were very few people at the Museum. This meant lots of space for my son to explore.
There is a small studio-like room for kids to paint miniature clogs (available for purchase at the front entrance for $2.00 each). Museum staff recommended we paint the clogs before exploring the exhibits, but I felt that it was too early into the experience. I recommend exploring the exhibits for some inspiration and then making your way to the painting area. It will take some time for the paint to dry, but you can pass the time with a snack break.
The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines, and High Spirits exhibit was fantastic. My son was most interested in this exhibit – sparkly, colourful shoes, short film clips projected onto large screens, and a much brighter space compared to the other exhibits.
For adults, the Museum is very interesting (especially if you like shoes and fashion). The historical information and diverse shoe collection is very impressive.
For a toddler (my son is three years old), the Museum is not interactive enough. School age children would have a greater appreciation for the collection and exhibits if it were.
The clog painting was fun, but could be even better with a little tweaking. Perhaps, if the activity were more ‘design a shoe’ instead of ‘paint-a-clog’ there would be a greater connection to the exhibits. This would involve making different kinds of shoes available for purchase, opposed to just the clogs, and offering a greater selection of materials to design a special shoe (i.e. feathers, glitter, pom poms), as it would enrich the Museum experience.