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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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We try to get out and about – while our house is now riddled with boxes and things are tucked away. Washington Square Park in the NYU-Greenwich Village area of Manhattan has the best rope-play area these days… which looks even prettier with fallen leaves around it. And I love that someone always rolls a baby grand piano out to the park to play it, or leave it for someone else to play!
(Check out the park’s piano man and music scene in this clip here.)

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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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We find ourselves wandering around Washington Square Park on weekends lately. We found an old playground that’s been spruced up finally – after years of being neglected (near the McDonalds at the West 4th Street Station.) The kids loved walking on the winding street where Cafe Wha? stands – Cafe Wha? AND Mamoun’s Falafel have been there since I first came to NYC (1989!) so I felt like I was stepping into my past. It’s not easy to find unchanged areas of Manhattan these days – so it was nice to feel reminiscent again. And even though autumn leaves are falling on The Village, the summer stench of garbage was still there (another crucial part of all my memories, so I almost welcome it!)

By the way, Mamoun’s Falafel is STILL the best falafel in town …

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some things never change: Ezra says it's a little stinky here

some things never change: Ezra says it’s a little stinky here

leaves (and trash) on the sidewalk of MacDougal Street

leaves (and trash) on the sidewalk of MacDougal Street

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Last week we went back to the NYU Skirball Center to see another great puppet show put on by this troupe. It’s amazing how the puppeteers can be present yet you never notice them (dressed in black so that the recede against the background, and the puppet movements are so amazing.) My little theater goers are looking so grown up these days, and loved the bunny puppets from this classic book and the crafting time before the show.

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On a quiet rainy Sunday we got to go with E and Z’s dad to work. While my husband photographed this event, the kids took in this new visual stage play presented by China National Theater for Children at the Skirball Center at NYU. It was such a treat – the costumes were incredible and the stage set was so vivid. Both Zoe and Ezra were transfixed through the entire 90 minute performance. Even 2 year old Zoe didn’t protest once or try to run in the aisles as she usually does. It was a story about each animal of the Chinese Zodiac with a message of conservation at the end (a hint: the dragon is a symbol for ‘water’ in China), and the kids got to make their own masks out of recycled materials during a craft session before the show.

Zoe is ready for her first trip to the theater:

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