Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Holiday Tip

Clever Grandma went back to her farm in Northern California this morning. She left Third Street at 5 a.m. to catch Jet Blue's first flight out to Oakland at 7 a.m. As always, it was great to have her here because she is such a lovely and interesting person - the best mother-in-law anyone could hope to have. And her visits always give the family a chance to re-discover the wonders of New York. The new Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Noguchi Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden (in the Bronx) were just some of the cultural offerings the family went to see.

For the most part it was a great week in New York weather-wise and Clever Grandma caught the city in all its autumnal glory, which made Smartmom proud as she always likes her city to present itself well. Clever Grandma, a great appreciator of all things New York, will be back on February 16, 2005 to catch Central Park shrouded in
Christo and Jeanne Claude's orange curtains.

Holiday tip: The New York Botanical Garden has an absolutely splendid exhibit for kids big and small called: Holiday Train Show. In their beautiful Enid Haupt Conservatory an artist has created models of over a hundred New York buildings and landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, the New York Public Library and many many more, out of plant materials. To top it off, electric trains, trolleys and a special lady bug train travel through
this magical landscape.

The NYBG also has a really nice children's garden with its own special Christmas exhibits and activities including decorating gingerbread cookies and making spice smelling ornaments.

OSFO was completely captivated and Teen Spirit is sorry he opted out of that Sunday sight-seeing trip. That'll teach him to think he's aged out of family adventures!

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