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While packing I’ve hesitated to pack away all the kids toys. I worry that a rainy day will come and they will have not-as-much-to-do with all their things put away for the move. Imagine my surprise when they spent nearly 2-3 solid days doing nothing but creating this ‘camper’ or box car … with one moving box and my husband’s equipment cart! I think this toy is coming with us.

It even has ‘disco lighting’ inside!

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I’ve been depressed that August is drawing to a close. I can’t believe how quickly this summer is passing – and kids are going to be in school again soon. Although honestly it’s almost better to have them in school while we work on our new house. I’m afraid they’ve seen wayyyyyy too much of Home Depot this summer.

In these last weeks we’ve been trying to see more of friends (who are now out of day camp). A little game of Twister, a trip to South Street Seaport. We went to the Imagination Playground downtown, where kids are encouraged to use giant blue foamy blocks to create something together. I wish school could be like this for the kids .. instead of books and sitting still, some time to work in teams and create something. At least we can get them to this once in awhile – while the weather is still nice.

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Yup, even E and Z’s dad likes to dig here.

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One of my great regrets in life may be that I never was able to have a house with a large enough yard to accommodate Ezra’s undying love for these kid ATVs. His friend had one years ago, and Ezra got hooked on driving it around and around a large yard. He came home to the city and I think he fantasized about driving it to school — picking up friends as he rode along. Now he’s almost too large – note his knees coming up so high – yet he loves riding. While we were in Boston for cousin Paul’s birthday even Zoe and Sophia got hooked! And I love how well the girls play with each other – cousins born just 6 months apart.

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We went to the main branch of the New York Public Library for the ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter show. It was not only fascinating for adults (especially those like myself who LOVE children’s book illustrations) but also for kids who enjoy any exhibit that’s interactive and allow them to touch and sit on everything! We even learned of some new books that we haven’t read yet…
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We love summers for outings to Governor’s Island!

From July 13 through September 29 (weekends 10am–6:30pm), Governors Island hosts Fete Paradiso – a festival showcasing antique carousels from the late-19th and early-20th centuries. If you’re up for a workout, seek out the bicycle carousel. Built in the late 1800s, it’s one of only two in existence and you’ll work up a sweat (along with the other riders) getting it moving!

Have a great weekend.

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I’ve always wanted to bring my kids to this Lincoln Center event .. and now they are old enough to enjoy it. This weekend Ezra was a perfect gentleman and danced with his gal Lea – who was anxious to learn the tango. They started with lessons for merengue, then a line dance or two, and by the time the tango lesson came around Ezra was spent. After lessons the kids got to watch the kids from Dancing Classrooms do their thing:

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She is a bit of a terror lately … this 3 to 4 year old mark is tough.

She still manages to make her way to my bed each night, a habit we cannot seem to control. But she sure is cute when she wakes in the morning – a big warm ball of fuzzy little obstinate girl. Just waking to her world of new experiences, I can almost see the gears in her head moving when she puts some words together and (smart little thing) says “Bo-ker Tov” instead of good morning as soon as her eyes open. Then she jumps off the bed and tries to catch the sun spots in her mouth, and I realize how new she is to the world. How can I expect so much from her?

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“um yum yum .. I eat all the spots like cookie monster” she says

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We found the best little playground just outside Harvard Square. Nothing gets Zoe and Ezra going more than a whole ton of sand to frolic in – not to mention that there are pulleys and pails all over Cambridge Commons Playground to play with. Check out the cool front gate with the ‘mini-door’ for kids. It’s no wonder Zoe napped for about 2 hours on the ride home to NYC!

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Wow. This museum has the coolest little “animal diner” where you put plates of various kinds of ‘food’ in front of your animal customer – and the condiments on the bar will light up with a yes or no depending on what your animal likes to eat! Clearly this is another fun museum for climbers and sand diggers, and the music rooms are fascinating. But my kids can spend hours playing with the old rotary telephones with the ‘strange curly wires’ holding the earpiece to the base. Who knew such an overlooked device from MY past would be seen as an antique by my own kids so quickly!

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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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