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Ok really Ezra was ticketed to be somewhere else, but he somehow got on to a little caper/adventure and found himself wandering around where most kids are NOT allowed – The Javitz Center Toy Fair.  Don’t ask me how it happened but this boy got to explore some new exciting toys and even tried many of them out! Good thing he’s a sweet kid – no one threw him out! (photos by gregkessler.com)

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a horse that is powered as you rock it back and forth, and it moves forward!

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slime that’s not messy

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basically Ezra’s dream bed

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a safe way to shoot those nerf guns indoors

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3D puzzles… amazing!

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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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Aside from loving books, Transformers and cars .. he now loves putting his speed boat in the lake at Central Park. He did some boat racing with grandma and grandpa a couple of birthdays ago, remember? The boy loves his boats. (Thank you Bubby for the gift!)

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We went back to the Natural History Museum to check out the show on Poison – but we didn’t get much further than enjoying the mammal exhibit and canoe on the ceiling again. Feeling a bit sluggish and cagey this start of Feb and I’m not sure why. In some ways it’s almost better to stay out in the cold and enjoy the strangely beautiful brick ruin on the south east corner of Central Park (seen in the photos below.) And of course a trip to FAO Schwartz to play on the ‘Big’ piano always gets the kids going. You’ve got to get there quick though. I hear they are breaking it down and building a new one on the ground floor – so enjoy Tom Hank’s original ‘stomping ground’ before it goes!

Wanna see more beautiful pix of snow in our city? Check out this great blog post.

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Really, does the name get any better than this? So far this is hands down the best children’s museum I’ve ever been to. Maybe I’m mostly impressed that this gorgeous old building was salvaged and converted to a children’s museum, instead of simply mowed down and built anew. Or maybe I love how many of the old toys and artifacts are woven into the new exhibits instead of being set aside to another section of the museum. Honestly it seems all kids’ museums have the same exhibits: the car garage and gas station, the water play area — but Please Touch does it bigger and better. And downstairs included a doll hospital, play McDonald’s Restaurant, and an amazing 2 story tree surrounded by an Alice in Wonderland play zone. We loved driving through Philadelphia in the first place, now this museum gives us even more reason to visit!

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Ezra had a little holiday credit on a Toys-r-us card – we had no idea we could use this at FAO. Have you seen this place? I am amazed that we got out of there with only one toy. We could spend the day there – and did! I had forgotten about the giant piano area where a scene from the movie BIG was filmed. And that soldier standing at the entrance of the LEGO zone? He’s made entirely of Legos! There are stations where you can try out new markers and art products, employees were doing magic tricks, and there’s no end to trials of various remote controlled cars, trains, helicopters. Zoe loves the dollhouse zone with the big purple house!

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Ezra gives Lego Liberty some love

Ezra gives Lego Liberty some love

Zoe wants to move in!

Zoe wants to move in!


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Zoe discovered that ‘doll museum‘ that I was talking about! Hopefully she won’t figure out that you can actually buy the dolls.. there are just too many to choose from!

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And some ‘Disney museum’ perhaps?
so.happy.head.gonna.blow.off!!

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When we did this last year I thought even then that Ezra would run out of steam on his love of trains (pun intended). Instead this trip only inspired Ezra to ask us for an electric train for the holidays.
The odd thing is, this year’s train had less ‘Christmas’ to it. There was a hill of fall foliage (unlike all the snow and the huge tree in last year’s exhibit) and no ornaments hanging from the ceiling. We were a little disappointed that there are no longer ‘buttons’ along the edge that allow kids to activate workers on the tracks or traffic lights.

That said, I’d love to find the equivalent for Zoe (American Girl store is crowded around the clock… so we haven’t gone to that ‘doll museum’ in months!)

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