My children are both very creative and artistic, which is definitely something that I want to encourage. There are times, however, when I’d prefer to do a huge messy painting project with the kidlets and have someone else clean up.
Better yet? Have them make the entire mess somewhere other than at home 🙂
At either Little Shop of Crafts UES or UWS location, you and your kids can paint pottery, paint a plastercraft, bead a necklace, make a mosaic or stuff your very own stuffed animal. They even have special grown-ups only evenings (wine included!) if you’d rather get your craft on alone and leave your kids with a sitter 😉
The New York Hall of Science , in Queens, New York, is definitely a hands on kind of museum….with more than 450 interactive exhibits, including the brand new feature exhibit Animation, Preschool Place, and, weather pending, Rocket Park Mini Golf.
I am not exaggerating by saying that my kindergartener spend 40 minutes with his hands in a huge vat of soapy water making hula hoop sized bubbles.
And they have special events, exhibits and performances popping up all the time.
Amazing as it is, the Science Museum is a pretty pricey ticket–at $19 for an all-inclusive adult ticket and $15 for children 2-17, a day at the museum for a family of four will usually cost you a whopping $68.
The 16 Handles in the name refer to the exactly 16 (no more, no less) flavors of self-serve froyo that you get to choose from…you can even mix and match as many flavors as you want….and add as much or as little of the 40+ self-serve toppings.
My son likes to combine fruity sorbet with birthday cake flavor and as many rainbow colored toppings as he can fit. My daughter just wants chocolate topped with more chocolate. I’m more of a red velvet and berries purist, myself.
You also get the bonus of feeling eco-friendly, because the franchise uses biodegradable cups and cornstarch spoons.
Little known fact about me, before I was nutty enough to embark on my triple Masters degrees (no, I couldn’t just trade them in for a PhD…sigh), I double majored at NYU in Dramatic Literature (=reading plays) and Religious Studies (=comparative religion.)
What can I say…I like to read and do research.
One of the highlights of my undergrad work was the chance to take a class all about the Dead Sea Scrolls, an amazing bunch of ancient writings discovered by a shepherd in a cave in a place called Qumran.
Generally housed in a museum in Israel, these scrolls have traveled across the world and are on display at Discovery Times Square . Totally awesome. They’ve even brought schlepped over a 3-ton stone from the Western Wall (Kotel) so that you can check that out too.
Who wouldn’t like to hang out for an hour or two on Sesame Street?
One of the highlights of my family’s winter every year is to see what surprises are in store for the new production of Sesame Street Live….and of course, every year I get roped into adding a new Sesame Street Live cast recording to my CD collection 🙂
This year, kids attending the show are invited to come to the theater a hour early and play in a super fun PlayZone consisting of props and stage settings from Sesame Street. The fact that my daughter got to play on a piano like the one from Elmo’s world made running into the Subway early on a Sunday morning almost worth it 😉
With all the expenses involved in getting out for an evening, it is a rarity that I leave the house after dark.
I was pretty excited when MamaDrama offered me the opportunity to see Maid of the Mist, a new musical written in its entirety by 5-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa.
I must admit, when I heard that the play was about Anna Edson Taylor,a 63-year-old woman in 1901 who shot down Niagara Falls in a barrel, I snorted aloud. Then guffawed. Then opted to take the tickets anyway, assuming the show would be nothing more than a laugh.