One of my favorite things about having guests visit from out of town is seeing NYC through their eyes. The past few days I’ve had friends staying with us from down south. I often hear ‘How do you raise kids in NYC?’ I’ve happily been raising my daughter who just turned 4 here, but the last few days I’ve had an 11 year old boy in tow, so I was put to the test. What will a four year old girl and 11 year old boy both find interesting in NYC? A ton!
Today we visited American Museum of Natural History. This museum is fantastic. It’s also where Night at the Museum was filmed so the 11 year old had an instant connection. The museum is expansive, it feels like the size of a NYC block and can easily be overwhelming. We decided to give each kid a turn as the ‘adventure leader’ and we followed them wherever they wanted to go in the museum. Here’s a little of what we discovered:
We also went to the special exhibit ‘Spiders Alive!’ in honor of Halloween. It was a small area with additional admission. We saw different types of spiders and listened to a speaker where we learned more than we ever wanted to know about these air-breathing arthropods. This isn’t worth visiting for an extra fee, we happened to use vouchers included in our membership, and we did enjoy it.
After about 2 hours of exploring, the kids were getting hungry and were ready to get outside and run. Fortunately Central Park was just across the street.
We stopped by a food truck, had a picnic in the park, and hit some of the greatest things central park has to offer. The kids really enjoyed themselves. And even learned a thing or two 🙂
More pix of our day: