At the museum, we more or less just zipped through a bit of the first floor and most of the 4th floor (dinosaurs) before spending most of the time in the Discovery Center. I remember how much my kids loved it when they were little. I'm happy to say that my niece loved it just as much. She put on goggles and dug for bones, was fascinated with little clear blocks of various insects, built a totem pole, saw the live Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and really loved the nesting Matryoshka dolls.
Today we went with the homeschool group to the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport, Long Island. We'd gone here years ago with J - W was to little to have paid any attention. It was such a beautiful day out today for it. We walked around the grounds and saw the Vanderbilt collection of safari animals, bugs, butterflies, sea creatures, and trophies. Our tour guide was a very knowledgeable and funny guy. He made everything a lot more interesting. I don't remember having a tour last time. The planetarium had a wonderful show on the life cycle of stars. It's a new building - just put up 2 years ago in place of the old one they'd used for 30 years. We all enjoyed it very much. W hung with his friends. It was nice to see these awesome homeschooled teens pay attention and have genuine interest in the exhibits. It's great that there are so many new homeschooling teens this year, too.
|The W 77th Street side|
|My beautiful niece|
|The Long Island Sound is in the background|