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What can I say?  This museum impressed me more than I had expected it to.  I thought I’d be checking out old vessels and vases, perhaps some old dish ware and corning glass or Pyrex plates.  I was so wrong!  Not only did the history of the development of glass and fiber optics keep me engrossed, but then the gallery of modern art/design and hands-on glass blowing studios could keep me entertained for hours.  Check out the art here – http://www.cmog.org/collection/galleries/art-design.  The mile of black glass beaded rope by Liza Lou is incredible, as was the Chihuly .  I love seeing an age-old material be used in new ways like this!

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a Chihuly:

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a detail of the ‘Continuous Mile’ piece:
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crows pick over a fallen glass chandelier piece:
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Before heading up to Rochester (for grandma/grandpa camp) it was SO hot outside that we had to find indoor things-to-do in the city. We were a little burned out on museums one weekend and decided to hit the Sony Wonder Lab on Madison Avenue instead. It’s totally free of charge and kids get to interact with everything from their own customized robots to bubbles on the floor that follow them around while dancing! AND it all comes with air conditioning. Ahhhhhhhh.

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We finally got to check out the New Museum – as it turns out, they offer free admission for kids on the first Saturday of every month from 10-12 in the morning. The kids were invited to do some kid-friendly activities in the penthouse where there is an amazing view of the city. (SO amazing that E & Z’s dad used it as a photo shoot location just days later.) I’ve been curious to check out the 1993 Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star show, since I feel like I’ve lived through those years in the NYC art world. The Felix Gonzalez-Torres piece with lights strung from the ceiling was the most kid-friendly option to view (others were a bit R or X rated). Thankfully my little ones ignored the racey stuff and enjoyed the ‘green pillow tunnel’ installation by the front door instead (installation by Pak Leung and Phi Phan).

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While we drove through Maryland we stopped in to check out an amazing exhibit at Port Discovery – the kids museum for Baltimore. Currently there’s a very fun, interactive show on the subject of all things ‘Wizard of Oz‘. Ezra and Zoe had just heard the ‘books on tape’ version of this story in the car, so they loved having some visuals put to it all. The voice altering machine (used in the story to amplify the wizard’s voice to make him more intimidating) was a big hit with my little crowd. And the permanent climbing maze is one of the most impressive we’ve seen … going through 3 floors. It’s not for those skittish about heights and climbing – however Ezra found plenty of little pockets of nets that he could manage without feeling overwhelmed. And you’ll need a change of clothing for the the water area – where there are even some fun games for the older kids to enjoy.

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On our way back from the Boston area we stopped in to the New Children’s Museum in Connecticut. They had the most interactive kid’s Egyptian exhibit I’ve ever seen, and a feeding hour where the kids got to see all the animals around the museum getting fed. We loved the giant ‘light bright’ board and toddler room with magnetic wall and a play log cabin. Zoe got to do a weather forecast and Ezra found the basement level full of lego buildings and race cars.

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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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It’s always nice to come home from traveling around to other places, and get to visit some famous places in Queens. One such place is Louis Armstrong’s house just several blocks from us in Corona Queens. As the story goes – Louis went off on tour and when he returned his wife had purchased this home in the neighborhood where she grew up … and they lived there until his and her deaths. The fact that such a famous couple lived in such a modest neighborhood is still endearing to everyone who lives there or visits.
Every year the museum throws a block party with new jazz musicians featured and – we love this part the best – they open up Satchmo’s garden back yard to viewers. We love sitting back there. The house tour is great as well — we particularly loved the blue kitchen with appliances hidden in the counter tops!

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