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Hello winter. You are awfully long.

Good thing us NYC kids got some great museums to go to – to take away the winter blas with some color (rather than fly off to somewhere tropical, not always possible!) We spent a dreary gray day at the MoMA and loved the explosion of color. I love seeing all the really young art enthusiasts… my kids are not alone in their love of art, that’s for sure!

Have a great weekend.
This Frantisek Kupka painting should brighten your mood:
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray were excited to open their doors in the spirit of the season for the Gracie Mansion Conservancy Family & Community Holiday Open House.

New York City families and residents were invited to visit Gracie Mansion to learn about the history, view the “New York 1942” art installation, and see the Mansion dressed for the holidays.

A new exhibit, New York 1942 is the second in a series of installations and includes artwork, documents and objects focused on 1942, the year Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia moved to Gracie Mansion.

We loved the Christmas trees filled with hand cut paper ‘people’, and another that was made entirely out of books in the book room! The gingerbread version of the mansion (and free cookies and hot apple cider) wasn’t too shabby either.  My favorite however are the cityscapes cut from black paper and put on the mantel pieces of all the fireplaces.

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We always somehow end up at the same rooms in The Met – the knights in shining armor, the Islamic Art room (my favorite!  those blues!) modern art/painting and photography – this time around we made it a point to make it to the roof as well as to the Comme des Garcon show – It didn’t disappoint!

The roof exhibit is one by Adrian Villar Rojas – and is an amazing mix of what’s in the museum itself.  I was in awe of the fact that much of it was 3D printed and then coated with automotive paint to keep it from melting away in the (lately rainy) weather!

http://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2017/roof-garden-2017

And the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons show – wow – I know it didn’t often make sense to me when I saw this on the runway but as art in a museum?  Click … I suddenly get it.  Check out a walk through here:

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/rei-kawakubo

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Wayyyyyy on the far west side of 42nd street there is a small plaza with a ‘big man’ slide (as Zoe likes to call it.) Frankly if you live in NYC, Times Square is the last place you want to deal with walking through .. but I was curious about this slide myself. So we braved the throngs of tourists and walked all the way over to the water/12th Avenue to see the artist’s rendition of a playground slide.  Remember how Ezra adored these figures on the subway platform here?  Full disclosure: I don’t like this artist’s previous work where he abused an animal – but these figures are definitely a better route:

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

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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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