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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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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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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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Truth be told, this is the first summer I’ve had ‘off’ in 20-something years. This is the first summer I’ve had to enjoy with my kids since they were born (6 years). I thought we’d be bored and stir crazy, I thought we’d be climbing the walls and yelling at each other. It was just the opposite and now the summer has flown by… I can’t even believe that this week work starts, school starts, routine starts. And soon there will be cooler weather and bigger coats to lug around. But for now these are the things I will miss about this summer of 2012:
1.) lemonade stands
2.) car washes that double as a kid baths
3.) obsession with go karts
4.) water balloons and preoccupation with any form of water
5.) climbing rocks at Central Park
5.) Mia’s (Zoe’s BFF) obsession with flowers everywhere
6.) dirty little toes in sparkly impractical sandals
7.) Saturdays when streets are closed off for pedestrians
8.) street vendor food!!!! (our only non-vegetarian indulgence these days)
9.) delicious summer freckles
10) Olympic themed birthdays (and the Summer Olympics in general)
11.) cozy coupes still occupying my kids (and friends) for hours
12.) Zoe frocks!

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