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I’m not gonna lie, it has taken YEARS to get Zoe ‘into’ the ballet or dance.  She’s just now mature enough to enjoy it, and she even lasted through all 2 and a half hours of Peck and Copland’s “Rodeo” – which was a lot of fun!  The Second Movement was my favorite part,  and is included as a video at the end of this post.  Enjoy!

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This is how Jackson Heights does a ‘Family Day’ – with Mr Met of course, and NDI.

Then Zoe (in the brown dress in front) and Ezra (in blue top and plaid shorts behind the gal in denim) joined in on the fun.. Zoe and Ezra have some pretty great ‘spaghetti arms’ and a fabulous finish! Broadway, here we come! (to see larger, click on the link to vimeo here.)

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Ezra has been learning all about African culture at school through a program called City Lore. He had a performance on Monday and I was so pleased with how well he danced! At one point his whole group got a bit stuck and forgot their moves and there was Ezra – jamming on his own and basically doing a solo for a few minutes! I’m so proud.

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Even though we are not moving too far, I will still miss all this activity right outside our apartment door. Nothing like a lazy Sunday morning with a Bolivian Parade marching by in amazing costumes and performing dances right at your door!

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Hey remember our last few outings to see some kid theater? Well we checked out the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts again last weekend to see Harold and the Purple Crayon. With music by Andrew Bird and phenomenal dancers from Chicago, I was entertained as much as the kids were! Sadly photo-taking was not allowed but you can get a glimpse of what the dancers were up to from the Google images below:

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photo from Time Out Kids Chicago

photo from Time Out Kids Chicago

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That lovely triangle of grass in the corner of Lincoln Center is urban kid heaven – hill, lawn and steps all in one. And then a romp in the fountain makes the day complete.

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I remember back when I was younger and kid-less — I would say I was going to ‘do things with my kids’ that I thought no one else thought to do. Then I became a parent and saw all the reasons WHY you don’t drag your kids to art gallery openings, rave parties, dinner time concerts in Central Park etc. Basically because children don’t tolerate these things well and they will most likely melt down and make your life a little hellish. We are lucky that our kids are somewhat easy going at these things but – let’s face it – if you think back to when you were 2, 4, 6 or 8 years old; didn’t you hate doing ‘adult things’? Throw in the fact that it may be happening around dinner or bed time, the crowd is loud and filled with adults, there’s nothing to touch and play with or the weather is hot and lines are long — you got a couple of cute ticking time bombs on your hands. Which makes the adults a bit anxious.

Thankfully the MoMA PS1 Warm Up is something that my kids can handle for about an hour or so. It’s really packed with (and geared to) the young, college-age art school crowd who get to drink in the sun, dance like it’s a rave, and try on some gourmet food at the food stands inside (we even found raw oysters for sale). And thankfully it starts at 3 pm. It also usually has some kind of enjoyable water feature to keep everyone cool – so that’s a plus for kids. But generally I wouldn’t recommend it for all kids. It’s virtually impossible to move around with a stroller in the gravel in the museum courtyard, and the ramps to the museum are reserved for VIP access. Security never seems thrilled to see us there – BUT I was approached by a couple of typsy college students who assured me that when THEY have kids they’re gonna do ‘cool stuff like this with their kids’. Uh huh. I’ve heard that before.

If this place looks familiar… it’s because we were just here when the weather was cooler and the courtyard was empty.

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glad he had his bathing suit

glad he had his bathing suit


the crowd gets misted from time to time

the crowd gets misted from time to time

giant bags of water seem to activate on a timer and shoot out a spritz of water to the folks below

giant bags of water seem to activate on a timer and shoot out a spritz of water to the folks below

it really helped that Zoe slept through all of this

it really helped that Zoe slept through all of this


stopping for oysters inside

stopping for oysters inside

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