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The Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan does a great street festival each spring, and this year the weather was SO conducive to outdoor activity!  Zoe cannot get enough of the flubber table, and building box cities and a giant yarn bridge outdoors is just an ideal kid activity.  I loved the miniature golf stations that the creative CMA staff made from scratch out of cardboard… can I get a job there?

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remember these silly chairs?

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jumping rope

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capoeira performances in the street

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a mini golf Guggenheim!

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recycled stuff city

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yarn bridge made by the kids

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The kids loved exploring Art Tech last week – a pop up event of kid art and technology activities that they could explore.  For some reason the ‘large ball pit’ is so much more challenging than little balls.  I love how hands-on everything was … making cars in the ‘Velocity’ learning zone, racing them down various tracks, building structures with gears and brackets, and a wall that had pivoting tiles that react to your shadow.  Tomorrow is the last day to try this out so check it out while you can!

http://cmany.org/classes-and-activities/events/artech-adventures-art-technology/

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this wall’s tiles move when a shadow passes over! So cool! attachments-5attachments-6attachments-7attachments-8IMG_7461

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Are you looking forward to turkey and pumpkin pie?  I sure am.

If you have any spare time and want to create the cool banner in the photo below, check out the instructional here.

We hope the world is happy and at peace for a long weekend and have a great holiday –

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Since we have only a limited amount of time after school and work today (Monday) we decided to have a Halloween ‘carnival’ of sorts in our alley for the kids.  As it turned out the weather was amazing and cooperated until about dinner time, when the skies opened up and rain drove us all indoors.  Our house provided a bean bag toss (like this easy one to make), and there was a Diwali station where kids could henna their hands.  We created a photo booth, and other neighbors set out chalk stations, apple bobbing, karaoke and ‘Boo-sket ball’ hoop.  In each station, kids could earn a ticket (or many) for participating and scoring.  At the end of the alley tickets could be cashed in for treats – including berries, pretzels and access to the chocolate fountain!

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since the Indian festival of lights is happening now as well, a neighbor created a station where hands were henna’d

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the chocolate bar has treats for tickets

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‘Rocky’ is ready for Halloween

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Zoe as a unicorn!

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This year we had a Purim Carnival at our synagogue, and then an Easter egg hunt on our alley.  I did something my mom taught me years ago… created bunny prints with a stencil and sifted flour.  And Zoe and I created a picture board for the Purim carnival together (although it later turned into a bean bag toss to win tickets!)

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ooo scary unkosher food costume!

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our photo booth

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yumm!

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Kate Bly and her little Haman

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my mom’s tradition – marking the gardens where eggs are hidden

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Some snippets of our world this and last week –

in the alley we have some backyard theater, starring Zeek the chihuahua

in the alley we have some backyard theater, starring Zeek the chihuahua

Zoe gets her hair done at FAO Schwarz before they closed in their old location

Zoe gets her hair done at FAO Schwarz before they closed in their old location

neighbors Kev and Maude invite us to their yard before Maude heads off to camp

neighbors Kev and Maude invite us to their yard before Maude heads off to camp

a birthday party at a friend's apartment building where this great garden takes up a whole block

a birthday party at a friend’s apartment building where this great garden takes up a whole block

I don't know how the neighbors got this in their yard but on hot days, we are psyched it's there

I don’t know how the neighbors got this in their yard but on hot days, we are psyched it’s there

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Oh I do hope we are not boring you with the same festivals over and over again — but this one changes each year and never disappoints. This year’s theme was NASA and ‘space exploration’ — and again Ezra and Zoe’s dad was a main photographer for the event, so my iPhone pix will pale by comparison sadly. BUT there were so many great things going on that I was instagram’ing constantly! There were brain caps and robots to be made, and we couldn’t get enough of the pools filled with corn starch and water. Did you know that this solution is like quick sand if you put your hand in slowly, but run over it quickly or punch it with some force and it acts like stone?
And I can’t get enough of this brilliant ‘salad spinner’ spin art idea below!

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