Making a sand volcano and pools of water on the shore, finding nature and making sun art, a cake walk and a llama walk ..
Archive for May, 2012
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cornwall, Parenting, Travel, tagged Connecticut, Cornwall, county fair, family, kids, lake, llama, Memorial Day parade, parenting, preschoolers, sun art, toddlers, vacation with kids on May 31, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cornwall, Found Things, Holidays, Parenting, Travel, tagged camping, Connecticut, Cornwall, fishing, flowers, friends, fun, grilling, kids and nature, lake, Memorial Day, outdoors, preschoolers, sun art, toddlers, vacation with kids on May 30, 2012 | 1 Comment »
We are lucky to be able to escape the city and go somewhere quaint and peaceful. Of course Ezra wanted to bring his iced tea to the country – but I’m not sure his price increase worked on the biggest ‘sale’ weekend of the year! I love that the kids sleep so well after a day of running around outdoors … which is an added bonus when the grill cools off and parents can talk.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Travel, tagged art, Burberry ad, elevated subway line, gardening, High Line, kids, Lilliput, new york city, outdoor art, outdoor art exhibit, parenting, tracks, trains for kids, travel, urban garden on May 25, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I use to love this old elevated subway line when it was a tangled, brambly mess of unkempt weeds — but the renovated version is a fun spot for kids. It even inspired one author to create this children’s book about an urban garden in transition. Zoe was a bit too small (and certainly busy napping) when I last posted our visit to the High Line (see this link), so I took her to see it again on a Friday while Ezra was in school. There’s an area of water where she and her friend Mia could splash around – and a ‘Lilliput‘ exhibit that got them looking for little people on the tracks. We stayed until early afternoon when bus loads of tourists started to arrive and the sun got too strong to stay out. I think this will be the only time ever that the girls get to play on the train tracks – and I know they loved it.
See some of the untouched High Line here – and enjoy the long weekend!
Posted in Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Travel, tagged Brooklyn, fish tacos, food adventures, food vendors, kids and food, lemonade, limeade, NYC, popsicles, Smorgasburg, street food, waterfront on May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Holy yum we love this place… and now that summer is nearly here, Smorgasburg is back on. Just as their website indicates they are open every Saturday “rain or shine”. Smorgasburg is one of those beautiful testing grounds for all sorts of new foodie endeavors (and now there seem to be tables selling vinyl records as well – making it a place for more than just food). It’s located right on the water in Williamsburg, which is a hip section of Brooklyn. The kids love tossing stones into the water, and testing popcicles and fish tacos. This year Ezra liked checking out his competition – The Stand – which is a vendor of new and creative takes on lime and lemonade like cucumber mint or grapefruit basil. (See Ezra’s recent foray into ice tea sales here.) We tried Shorty Tang & Son’s spicy noodles and Miss Lily’s Jerk Hut kept reggae tunes going – which was another great new addition to the scene. Check out Smorgasburg’s impressive list of vendors – we hope to taste all of it by end of summer!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Found Things, Fun in NYC, Kid style, Parenting, Queens Life, Rainy days, tagged art classes, Art for a Start NY, box art, crafting, Deborah Wasserman, dioramas, kid art, kids, ocean, Queens, sea life on May 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Deborah Wasserman started a great program here in Jackson Heights; one that keeps kids making art even when budget cuts and academic rigor take over some public school curriculum. Her Art For A Start classes have yielded some pretty remarkable projects that I last saw exhibited in a local cafe – and this time some beautiful ‘Ocean Dioramas’ caught our eye while passing by the window of a local pharmacy. Ezra loved these ‘fish tanks’ (as he likes to call them) and now wants to create more ‘box art’. Anyone who has known me since college knows how much box art I created in my day so – needless to say, I’m thrilled. These dioramas were created by various students aged 5-13.
Check out Deborah’s website at http://www.artforastartny.com and hang on to your shoe boxes, beach bits and blue paint for the next rainy day. Get inspired:
Lately we’ve been having a lot of rain, and Zoe and I have had to pass the hours (between leaving her brother at school and collecting him again at 2:30) indoors. She discovered that she loves playing hide-and-seek – and finds the most hysterical hiding spots. And of course the afternoon is usually punctuated with one long, lovely deep nap. I’m sure she’s going to give up napping soon so I had to get a photo of her sleeping .. as a reminder of how nice rainy-day-siestas are.
Here’s her favorite hiding spot as of late. She often forgets to hide her feet:
Posted in Beautiful Things, Parenting, Travel, tagged art, claude monet, grounds, grounds for sculpture nj, hamilton NJ, kids, monet, NJ travel with kids, parenting, peacocks, sculpture, sharon englestein, Terrace at the Seaside on May 17, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
My brother made us aware of this amazing place, on a weekend when we watched his kids for a day. What an incredible discovery! It reminded me of Stormking only this place was more kid friendly; offering GREEN labels on the art that we were allowed to touch, and RED on those that were off limits. There were lots of sculptures of ‘real people’ in the woods and scattered throughout the grounds – whose hair and clothing seemed so real and detailed in texture, the kids often assumed that real life visitors were art! There were friendly peacocks everywhere, an exhibit of what the kids liked to call a ‘bouncy house‘ show, and a water garden with steam to cool us off when the sun got to us while walking around. My favorite part was the sculpture of Claude Monet creating a painting – and when you looked just slightly to the left of him, the entire painting‘s vista was recreated on the grounds! Note that my nephew is standing ‘in the painting’ (click here to see the original painting).
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, Travel, tagged bike trail, first race track, Long Island Motor Parkway, race cars, roads, trail, urban, Vanderbilt Motorway, Vanderbilt Parkway on May 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
We took a nice easy stroll on Mother’s Day on this lovely trail – which was once a motorway for racing cars! Ezra found this particularly enthralling, and I loved NOT having to worry about the kids scooting into traffic as we walked behind them. This ‘motorway’ is now used by runners, bikers, walkers and little scooters but you can find its prior fascinating history by clicking here. We also love that the motorway connects Alley Pond Park to Cunningham Park so we got to explore a couple of new parks while we were there. We made some little ‘shelters’ in the woods while having a quick cheese-and-bread picnic, then scooted on back to our car. Somehow by being on this quiet, little-known path we felt like we were walking in a secret urban garden: kind of what the High Line in Manhattan use to be before its renovation.
(Zoe close-ups shot by Greg Kessler)
Ahhhh I got to sleep until 10:30 a.m.! This hasn’t happened in a long long time. When I woke – the kids and my husband returned with 2 batches of flowers, fresh strawberries from the market, some hand made cards AND they started making strawberry pancakes from scratch. Who could ask for anything more?
She still looks like this to me… vivacious, fun, has never cut her hair shorter than to the middle of her back. Happy Mother’s Day mom – who knew how powerful this role would be? Now I see it a bit more clearly.. and understand you a tiny bit more.