An Afternoon in Manhattan

Who needs roller coasters when you have coaster rollers??

Who needs roller coasters when you have coaster rollers??

 

Joe had off last week and we decided to take a last minute trip to New York City.  Freedom to travel is one of my favorite benefits of homeschooling.

After visiting family, we spent an afternoon in Manhattan.  I’ve wanted to visit the National Museum of Mathematics for a while so we headed there first.  The museum is on the smaller side and has some really cool hands-on exhibits.   I thought it would be perfect for us because it  seemed both manageable and interactive.  The kids had a blast running around and touching every thing, which was good, because the explanations of the exhibits were pretty poor.  Some were out of order.  Others poorly signed.  Even some of the staff, who were very friendly, couldn’t really explain the basic concepts behind what we were seeing. It ended up being more of a giant, fun playspace instead of a museum.  We still had a a great time!

 

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John did love playing whatever this thing is.

Molly Math Trees, whatever they are!

Molly Math Trees (and a Joseph bush), whatever they are!

Just rollin' around a sunflower on our square wheeled bike.

Just rollin’ around a sunflower on our square wheeled bike.

 

Some sort of puzzle or dance machine.

Some sort of puzzle or dance machine.

 

After the museum we decided to walk down to Washington Square Park.  We love walking in the City.  It’s free.  It’s interesting.  And it tires the kids out!

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Checking out a colored sand artist.

 

We're City people now.

Three cute guys I found in the park.

 

Taking a break and watching a whole lot of birds.

Watching a whole lot of birds.

We went to Ninja NYC,  a ninja-themed restaurant.  My kids love it.  We went last year with friends from the Midwest and it was a highlight of our trip.

The kids especially love the Ninja waiters, flaming foods, and water balloons flying at your face.  Plus, the food is actually pretty decent (especially for a themed restaurant) and the portions are huge.

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This year the kids were given retractable daggers!  Good thing I gave up worrying about my children playing with fake knives and guns.

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Mom of the year! That’s a Ninja dagger and full red-dye 40 lollipop he’s wielding.

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