Eve really enjoys the Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan (so does Lulu), so I thought we’d give the Brooklyn Children’s Museum a whirl recently. The CMA is a winner because there’s tons of art projects to do, things to build and songs to sing…but I’d maintain that the BCM rocks because it’s all about running around. Just turn ‘em loose!The exhibits are fully kid-immersive, with areas to learn about the properties of water (lotsa splashing), sound (lotsa crashing), natural habitats (lotsa…handling), and so on. We got wet, dirty, and a little sweaty and it was great. There’s a section where they created a shrunken Epcot Center-style Brooklyn neighborhood– kids can go from mini storefront to mini-storefront buying rubber produce, tossing cloth pizzas, and making sock burritos. You know, all the things us Brooklyners do every single day. And of course, no city role-playing would be complete without boarding the model Brooklyn city bus and “driving” it. Witnessing Eve drive is proof positive that maintaining a legal driving age is sound policy.In city terms, it’s a pretty enormous facility so for a little kid it probably seems like an endless amount of territory to explore. It certainly passed the fun test for my household, given that Eve passed out in the car on the way home. Success.
Not too many pumpkin patches left in Manhattan these days, but for one afternoon recently McCarren Park in Williamsburg was transformed into a veritable Sleepy Hollow for all the kids. Eve had a wonderful time wandering through, seeking out that one perfect pumpkin.It was a nice event, and proceeds benefitted a local Boy Scouts chapter. I would never have known about it, but Courtney got the heads-up while reading another local blog called Mommy Poppins, where they curate all kinds of fantastic events that are going on for kids every single day (they also have calendars for LA, NJ, LI, CT & Boston.) Check it out.