It's true: We go to the Columbus Museum of Art to see the unique and beautiful art. But have you ever checked out the unique and beautiful kids floating through there - and especially in the family-friendly Center for Creativity?
It's true: We go to the Columbus Museum of Art to see the unique and beautiful art. But have you ever checked out the unique and beautiful kids floating through there - and especially in the family-friendly Center for Creativity? Here, we get to the art of the clothing matter with lots of help from some pretty awesome Central Ohio kids and lots of inspiration from some pretty amazing Central Ohio shops! In the slideshow above: LEAH Age: 5 Favorite Color: pink Favorite Food: spaghetti Favorite TV Show: "Mike the Knight" Favorite Brother: Greg (aka GmanX5!) Clothes from Petit Green: Eliane Marina dress ($126, comes with unpictured tights), Eliane Lama sweater vest ($63); 1500 Polaris Parkway Ste. 1214, Polaris, 614-840-0544, petitgreen.com Photographed in: Traditions Gallery. CMA spokeswoman Nancy Colvin said more photo shoots are done in this very traditional gallery filled with Old Masters oil paintings because "when you think 'art museum,' this is what you think." Leah, already a fave with our friends at Easter Seals Central Ohio, had a blast striking her masterful poses here! COOPER Age: 2 Favorite Color: purple Favorite Food: McDonald's pancakes Favorite Book: "No, David!" Favorite Sport: "baseball ball" Clothes from Create Children's Boutique: E. Land sweater ($67), E. Land pants ($38); 13 S. High St., Dublin, 614-764-7640, createatdublin.com Photographed in: The Sculpture Garden on the east side of the museum. It's now home to two kid-magnet chess sets: The Alice in Wonderland character chess set is strictly for touching with your eyes, not your hands, but Cooper was more than welcome to play around with these chess pieces (and maybe someday he'll learn the rules of the game!). PEYTON Age: 4 Favorite Color: red Favorite Food: grapes Favorite TV Show: "Wild Kratts" Favorite Game: dinosaur games Clothes from Nicole's for Children: Jean Bourget shirt ($83), Jean Bourget jeans ($87); 55 E. Olentangy St., Powell, 614-433-0503, nicolesforchildren.com Photographed in: For the cover, in the front lobby on the pillow pit that is occasionally available (but you have to be careful when laying on them because the insides squish around pretty easily); and here in the hallway of the Center for Creativity, which opened on Jan. 1, 2011. MORGAN Age: 2 Favorite Color: pink Favorite Food: strawberries Favorite TV Show: "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" Clothes from LolaLeigh: Tea Mikko Floral bubble dress ($35), striped leggings ($22); 105 N. Columbus St., Lancaster, 740-654-7113, lolaleigh.com Photographed in: The hallway of the Center for Creativity. Morgan slept soundly in her stroller while her brother Peyton was photographed. When it was Morgan's turn to do her model thing, Peyton played in the Center's Wonder Room and built seven wood-and-magnet animals. KEIRA AND MAYA Age: 7 (they're twins, can't you tell?) Maya's Favorites: purple, spaghetti and the movie "Talespin"; and she loves to swim the butterfly on their Bexley Marlins swim team Keira's Favorites: yellow, any kind of pasta and the movies "Little Mermaid" and "Star Wars"; and she prefers to swim the breaststroke Clothes from Belles & Beaux Children's Boutique:On Maya: Love U Lots Dance tunic ($48), Love U Lots leggings ($32); On Keira: Love U Lots long-sleeved shirt ($36), Love U Lots skirt ($42); 1249 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, 614-473-2000, bellesandbeauxchildrensboutique.com Photographed in: The Wonder Room. Built with kid creativity in mind, this interactive arts room is unique because there are actual pieces of artwork incorporated into the space for kids to see, touch and/or imitate. MAYA Age: 8 Favorite Color: anything neon (she brought her own light-up, neon sneakers to the shoot!) Favorite Food: chocolate Favorite Book Series: The Underworld series by Tony Abbott Favorite Sports: basketball, soccer and gymnastics Clothes from LolaLeigh: Tea Adorable Dots t-shirt dress ($35), skinny leggings ($22); 105 N. Columbus St., Lancaster, 740-654-7113, lolaleigh.com Photographed in: Derby Court. Located in the center of the museum, this enclosed courtyard is anchored by glass artist Dale Chihuly's "End of the Day" sculpture. We learned from Colvin that whenever this piece is taken apart (by specially trained employees of Chihuly), it is never put back together the same way. HUNTER Age: 10 Favorite Color: green Favorite Food: guacamole Favorite Movie: "Clash of the Titans" Favorite Sport: baseball (he plays pitcher and outfield) T-shirt from What the Rock?!: Marvel Comics t-shirt ($20), his own jeans; 1194 N. High St., Short North, 614-294-9428, whattherock.com Photographed in: The Endeavor gallery. When we saw this now-permanent exhibit of glass art, we immediately said, "This is cool enough for the tween!" The glass "boats," created by artist Lino Tagliapietra represent the Italian city of Venice during its Festival of Saints.