Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Haunted Woods of Prospect Park

Yesterday, LC was thrilled to experience the Halloween Haunted Walk & Carnival. This was such a unique way for families to give kids the feeling of a spooky Halloween, but not in the darkness of an enclosed space like a haunted house. LC had such a great time in the haunted woods of Prospect Park. We went up to Lookout Hill with a nice group of folks, and the guides and volunteers were as helpful as could be...making this an incredibly memorable hike. We couldn't ask for more...we interacted with a headless horseman, zombies, witches etc.

If you can't tell, LC is Tinker Bell.

Then, we walked across the park (LC is such a great walker!) to the Prospect Park Zoo for their Boo at the Zoo...giving LC the opportunity to do what she loves most, marching and dancing in a costume parade. Jumping into piles of leaves, with kids she met, capped off the marvelous day in nature.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Slightly Scary Fun - NY Aquarium & the Bronx Zoo

With Halloween fast approaching...just like last year, we went to the Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo and the New York Aquarium's Ascarium. Again, LC had a blast at both places.

She didn't wear her new costumes yet (Tinker Bell and Cowgirl), but she put on butterfly wings + bopper headband that she wore Halloween 2010....as you can see from these recent photos at the New York Aquarium. The pirate-themed festivities captured the children's imaginations. LC loved dancing to the live pirate music performed by The Brigands (and the Sea Gypsies did a great job teaching some moves), doing arts & crafts (making a pirate ship & drawing fish in the ocean) and playing games (cannonball toss to hit a ship and a pirate ring toss, LC stood a few inches away from the targets to get a point). I like that the Haunted Seafari made her smile, not scream or cry.

The Bronx Zoo's Creepy Hollow Hayride and Haunting at Habitat Mansion were slightly spooky, just the right level for LC, so she was thrilled. She said it was an amazing weekend...and she looks forward to putting on her real costumes for more Halloween fun this year.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Self-portrait (With Butterfly Shirt & Purple Skirt)

LC's self-portrait. Drawing of herself that day...wearing a pink butterfly shirt & purple skirt.

Friday, October 12, 2012

LC and Me - In the Water

LC loves being in the ocean with her mama. She created a series of drawings to express this joy. In these pictures, you'll notice she is paying attention to real details like our hair color and eye color. She drew herself with honey-colored hair, green eyes and wearing purple (her favorite color). She drew her mommy with black hair, green eyes and wearing orange (my favorite color). LC: "This is you trying to kiss me in the water, with heart for the kiss."

LC: "This is us touching a fish." (picture shown below)

The above picture was drawn this month...and the below (similar) picture was drawn seven weeks ago. You can see the improvement in capturing additional details with the more recent drawings. LC: "Us holding hands on the beach with water and fish and sunshine."

LC: "This is us touching the dolphin."

LC: "This is us touching the shark. But we are still smiling because we are having a fun day."

Obviously, we didn't really touch a shark, but I'm glad she's dealing with her fear of sharks by including one in this happy series...though if you look closely...LC is the one touching the fish and the dolphin...but I am the one touching the mean shark (with her standing at a safe distance), ha.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dumbo Arts Festival 2012 - CMA Art Village

LC very much enjoyed the Art Village, presented by the Children's Museum of the Arts, at this year's Dumbo Arts Festival. Here are some photos of a few of the activities:

A wood structure, with nails and an outline in place to encourage kids to create a STRING sculpture in the shape of a SKYLINE.

Using army green HANGING FILE FOLDERS (a great idea for what to do with those old folders you don't need anymore to organize your paperwork, since so much is now digital), kids created clowns for a mobile. LC decided to draw a clown on her clown's outfit. She named her clown "Bingo the Clown".

LC happens to be a huge fan of cardboard (at home, pretending cardboard boxes are boats, planes and trains...as well as using cardboard inserts like scooters), so I knew she would get a kick out of the large-scale replica of the Brooklyn Bridge they were building out of CARDBOARD. She helped put stickers on it that resembled bricks. At home, one could make a town out of cereal and pasta boxes.

Who knew that colorful TAPE could be used to create a (non-messy) mural? LC could have done this all day long. It's such a wonderful idea that I'm going to set it up at home for her.


Last, but not least, CMA's Theater By the Sea. The teaching artists created this lovely set for the kids, including a sea monster, waves, boats etc. LC pretended to swim. She doesn't understand the concept of slow motion, to allow for a frame by frame capture of her movements, like one does with puppets for this technique. Stop motion animation using live actors as the frame-by-frame subjects is called PIXILATION, by the way. You'll see LC zoom by at 0 to 3 seconds of this CMA video clip, so you may need to pause it quickly to get a glimpse of our swimmer at the beginning of the performance:


We ended our visit to the Dumbo Arts Festival with a ride on Jane's Carousel and a vanilla sundae, with the richest hot fudge ever made, at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (and no line, since it's not summer!).