Posts Tagged ‘American Museum of Natural History’

Everyone with a kid here in NYC LOVES the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) – not just because the rooms are huge and little ones can run around, but also because there are tons of exhibits to see.  It has everything from dinosaurs, to body systems, the big blue whale room and biodiversity room are kid favorites too where sleepovers are often held (especially after the success of the ‘Night At the Museum‘ series).

We got there this week to see their ‘Senses’ show:  a fun exhibit that kids can handle, sniff and be dizzied by.  We had a lot of fun learning how different animals and insects see with heat instead of color for example, and then got to get outside to Central Park nearby to put our own senses to work.


note the difference between these 2?IMG_1910


and then ahhhh .. get outdoors for some sense-stretching in Central Park!


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Did it seem like it was winter just a day or 2 ago?  That’s how it goes here in NYC – cold to hot.  Usually we like to enter this museum (AMNH) for all the great science exhibits but on a day as hot as this one… the sprinklers outside are just too enticing!

Meanwhile Louie has taken to lounging wherever it’s cool and Zoe is finding more creative reading spots:


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We went back to the Natural History Museum to check out the show on Poison – but we didn’t get much further than enjoying the mammal exhibit and canoe on the ceiling again. Feeling a bit sluggish and cagey this start of Feb and I’m not sure why. In some ways it’s almost better to stay out in the cold and enjoy the strangely beautiful brick ruin on the south east corner of Central Park (seen in the photos below.) And of course a trip to FAO Schwartz to play on the ‘Big’ piano always gets the kids going. You’ve got to get there quick though. I hear they are breaking it down and building a new one on the ground floor – so enjoy Tom Hank’s original ‘stomping ground’ before it goes!

Wanna see more beautiful pix of snow in our city? Check out this great blog post.










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While at the Museum of Natural History, we checked out the Hall of Gems. There’s also a Hall of Meteorites and a Hall of Minerals in this same area of the museum. I think the kids love this zone the most because they can actually touch some of the exhibit. Of course Ezra enjoys it because he got very into geodes this summer during our trip to Maine, and Zoe loves any gem that is pink or purple!

I can't stop touching the purple rock!

I can’t stop touching the purple rock!

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Just a couple days before Sandy hit, we were able to get back to the American Museum of Natural History for the reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the Hall of North American Mammals. We were greeted by a museum docent who was sporting a Theodore mustache and hat, and she offered us the same. Zoe napped under her mustache, and Ezra put his on for one photo opp — and then was a bit dubious about whether or not he was really shaking the real Mr. Roosevelt’s hand (see all that skepticism in the photo below?) Since TR was such a huge fan of birds there was a lot of information on birds of prey, and once Zoe woke from her nap she got to make her own paper bird of prey.

(We never did get to photograph the TR cut-out outdoors, but some of the fun results are in: click here)

buddying up with the memorial!

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