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After a couple days home for spring break in Queens, we decided to take a road trip to see E&Z’s grandfather in Boston.
While there I finally got to take the kids to my favorite museum: I remember this place from numerous field trips when I was growing up in Boston. I couldn’t wait to take Ezra to the biology floor to see the models — I remember being as interested in this section as he was. One new exhibit was an area where one could even bike with a skeleton! The kids also loved the giant ball sculpture, an area about shadow and perspective, the dinosaur zone – and Ezra’s favorite part was where you could build your own fish and then watch it ‘live’ on a series of screens that depicted its virtual life (eating, and being eaten by other fish)! The current gecko show is pretty great too. There just isn’t enough time in a day to cover this place… we had so much fun.

Ezra loved learning how the escalator works!

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We went back here to the Children’s Museum of Art, where we could see a fun installation of Misaki Kawai’s work. The kids got to pat and comb a giant room-sized pink fur dog, and could take down some costumes and wear them during this very hands-on, kid friendly exhibit. And as always there are lots of materials in the various art rooms to create with, as well as a room full of balls for romping in after all that art!

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Upon returning from DC we realized that the NYC Auto Show was in full swing at the Javitz Center. You can tell by the smile on Ezra’s face that this is his favorite activity of all. Despite getting a double ear infection while in DC, he is so happy and full of energy here!



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This was one of the only sites that we got to see in DC – and it was very moving. Regretfully we took our car to DC on one of the busiest weekends of the year, so parking was near impossible and took up too much of our time. I think in the future we will park and take the metro and scoot (as we are more accustomed to doing) – that way we could cover more ground (like The Mall and other DC sites/Smithsonian Museums). But I have to say… this was definitely worth the challenge to park. Ezra remembered all that he had learned last month and in January about MLK, so he could enjoy it all the more.
This new memorial is an elegant tribute to an important American: see more about it by clicking here.



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Nothing is better than visiting this beautiful zoo when it’s in full bloom during the spring time. It is however extremely crowded when Easter and Passover fall on the same weekend, and spring break is starting for school kids. Finding parking on the local streets was surprisingly easy – especially on weekends. Aside from seeing all sorts of animals there’s also a great petting area with cows, a Prairie Playground, some dinosaur bones and even a giant pizza to climb on!

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Warm weather, seeing family — more DC adventures to follow soon:

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I think because I use to celebrate Easter in the past, I get a little excited when both Passover and Easter happen or start on the same weekend – and I’m not even certain why. Maybe because in my mind there’s the opportunity to mix them both somehow – or there’s the chance to feel a kindred spirit with others who (despite our varying religions) are also braving holiday traffic, traveling, baking good things to eat and seeing family. Last year Passover and Easter were a week apart so we had a chance to catch some egg hunts — something so very Pagan and spring-themed that we let the kids enjoy it without worrying about blurring any religious lines. This year we might miss the egg hunts while starting Passover, but the same sweet feeling of renewal and spring are in both holidays.
Here are some scenes from last year – and we hope you enjoy your Good Friday, Passover, Easter, start of spring break… :

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