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Some other fun Halloween activities that we were partaking in last week:  some ‘Boo at the Zoo’ at the Bronx Zoo was one of many things we did.    Ezra has been receiving some school vouchers as a middle schooler – from Urban Advantage – a really cool way that kids can get credit in class for joining in learning sessions at gardens, zoos and museums around the city.  Yet another great reason to get out and enjoy all that the city offers!

There was an amazing docent at the gorilla house at Bronx Zoo who filled us in on how these animals are rescued and reintroduced to the wild.  The whole session actually made Ezra and Zoe (zoo skeptics who assume all the animals are cruelly caged up) rethink their disdain of zoos.  This particular zoo is now heavily guided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and really strives to keep animals in their most naturally seeming habitats – putting animals that would really exist together in the same large ‘spaces’ instead of in cages.  Ezra got super close to a baby gorilla and pretty much fell in love. It’s inspiring to see this zoo model!  And it didn’t hurt to have magic shows and halloween costumes in the mix either.

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It seems like only yesterday that these were the tiniest little caterpillars in a jar (a gift from my boss when we realized we purchased the wrong kind of fuzzy critters for a photo shoot). I think all those pink petals on our front walk make the butterflies very happy –

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I miss the littles, but I am certain they are having a great time since the adults/counselors there are unable to take/send photos. They must be so busy! I love that they get a little tennis and a little swimming each day – something that is easier said than done here in NYC. Here are a couple of sweet photos from this week – the kids making a sand city again (photo by SangDok Baak) and a friend who dropped in on lunch (by Loren Bevans).

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Ezra indulged me on his birthday and let us return to this pretty place again – with its gorgeous view of the Hudson and glass house full of succulents. Grandma and grandpa were in town and met us there, so we got to show them our favorite garden in/near the city (it’s in the Bronx). Making butterfly hats in the newly renovated Wave Hill House was just the icing on the cake.

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I haven’t seen much of the ocean this summer, but the kids have been getting their fill of the lake. I had no idea that there was a Water Sport weekend here in the month of August – it was such fun. A slip and slide, cannon ball diving contests, sand castle building, and scavenger hunts for coins that you later turn in for prizes. And my favorite part: lakeside dinners.

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not quite understanding how to do a cannon ball

not quite understanding how to do a cannon ball

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Zoe loves the huge moths and friendly butterflies.

Zoe loves the huge moths and friendly butterflies.

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While in SoHo we had to make a stop at a shop that I remember visiting back in 1993 when it first opened. Not quite a fossil, but a fixture in the neighborhood for sure! Where else but NYC can you find a shop that prides itself in offering the unusual – including human skeletons and replica skulls? We explored the “mysteries of the natural world” (as Zagat put it), with two floors of exotic gifts including shells, taxidermy, jewelry fashioned from fossils, and other curiosities like jarred butterflies. Ezra seemed to love the ‘medical’ aspect to it all but Zoe stayed in her stroller, calling the place “too scary”.

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