Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise

We take countless field trips each month. Since Lina is not stuck inside all day in a pre-K program, following structured lessons...I was on the lookout for a community of families to join on weekdays. Though we live in the Big Apple, we don't do a lot of touristy things...so I was excited to go on the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise with four hundred (400!) homeschoolers. The field trip was well-organized by Leslie Kauffman, who has been homeschooling her twin 9 year old children since pre-K, as mentioned in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/16/garden/16unschool.html.

Lina enjoyed the tour, since the guide gave interesting facts about Downtown and Midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. She was happy to see Governors Island (which we have visited in the past). She was most excited to see the Statue of Liberty. (Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Liberty Island and Ellis Island are still closed to the public, so this is the closest she has come to the breathtaking monument.)

After the boat trip, dozens of homeschoolers walked a block away from the pier to a playground (not crowded, since it was the middle of the school day). The kids had a blast playing on the gorgeous Tom Otterness sculpture sliding/climbing structure (it's tucked away between buildings on 42nd Street between 11th and 12th Avenues).

Though the temp hit 60 degrees that day, it was considerably cooler by the water. I finally convinced Lina to hop on the bus, so we could make our way to 6th Avenue. Since we were on 42nd Street already, I decided it was a good day to visit Bryant Park. After a couple of fun rides on the carousel, we went across the street and grabbed a cupcake for Lina, and a latte for me, from Crumbs Bake Shop.

We walked a block to the Main Branch of the New York Public Library. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, aka "The Library with the Lions"...

Old-fashioned telephone booths in the library, with functioning pay phones...ah, nostalgia.

Lina chose 11 books for me to read to her.

I like to get the most bang out of a commute to any neighborhood...hitting many spots before we head home.