Friday, January 15, 2010

Party Time

If you've ever had a birthday party at Kidcity, then you probably know that we've had one big, bright party room upstairs (called The Green Room), and one tiny, windowless room downstairs (called The Red Room). It seemed like that smaller room was always too crowded for the large, family-style parties (with lots of aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.) that come to Kidcity.

When our recent renovations to the coatroom swallowed up the old Red Room, we decided to create a new party room in the empty space next to the first floor elevator.

Since we had so much fun in the coatroom with swoopy shapes of metal, we decided to do a wainscot of galvanized steel that will hold up to the splashes and knocks that are inevitable. So far, we've moved one of the murals in the Space Age Roadtrip to create a new hallway, and built a curved wall that will give the party room some privacy, but still let light in through some tiny, fun windows. Here are some photos of the work this week: they progress from our first sketches of an outline for the room, to putting tape on the floor to show where tables and walls will go, to this morning's chalking of the design on the new curved wall next to the elevator.

If you have any ideas about how we can make our party rooms better at the children's museum, please chime in!