Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights and Displays

Dyker Heights in Brooklyn is famous for going all out with over-the-top Christmas decorations. There was the PBS TV documentary "Dyker Lights," and the nabe was featured on TLC's Crazy Christmas Lights and also a segment on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. These lights and huge displays (some inflated, some with sounds or motion) can draw more than 100,000 people to the neighborhood during this festive month. It was our first trip and well worth it. Our friends drove us so we didn't have to go through a long subway commute nor pay for an expensive tour. We took a leisurely walk around the area to enjoy the views for free...a nice way to kick off the Christmas celebration this month. (Click on an image to see larger view of my photos.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big Apple Circus

I took Lina to the circus for the first time ever and she had a blast. We went to the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center and sat in the front row. Lina was thrilled to watch the Quick-Change duo Olga and Vladimir, with the lady changing from one dazzling costume to another so quickly (over and over and over and over again). Lina also enjoyed the silly antics of the clown and the ringmaster's funny magic tricks. I was most impressed by the acrobatics. The brothers Fabio and Giuliano Anastasini performed the very memorable Icarian act. The human body juggling was performed with one brother lying down on his back (face-up, upside down on an incline bench) using only his feet to support the other talented brother who was flipping high into the air repeatedly for the stunts. Also, we were so surprised to see goats and dogs expertly hopping up (and balancing) on the horses and riding around the ring. What a fun circus experience!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Little Miss Muffet

On Halloween, Lina dressed up as Little Miss Muffet. She enjoyed reciting the nursery rhyme when folks asked about her costume. We went to The Plaza Hotel to attend a rawther mahvelous Halloween Costume Dance Party at The Eloise Shop. The fun party was led by Miss Christine, who connected quickly with the girls and encouraged them to use their imaginations. Lina very much enjoyed the energetic dancing, games (freeze dance, limbo etc.) to win prizes and performing in the show for the parents.

Then, they had a delicious cupcakes, fresh fruit kebabs and pink lemonade.

Afterwards, we went trick-or-treating in The Plaza Food Hall.

I bought an insanely yummy crab roll at Luke's Lobster, at the Plaza.

Lina had such a fantastic time...before she slept, she said "today is the best Halloween ever!" and thanked me profusely.

The next morning, she woke up and made a drawing of herself at the party. For accuracy, Lina stuck the 3D face art sticker that Miss Christine had placed on Lina's cheek the day before...right onto this picture. Lina also included the prizes she won (a necklace and two snap-on bracelets), the mini cupcake and fruit skewer she devoured and the Eloise trick-or-treating bag the store gave the kids. Detail-oriented little miss Lina also included the zebra-print carpet and musical notes (since they danced to music) and the word "Halloween" on top, which she copied from a greeting card I made for her.

On the back of the drawing...she wrote "So Happy" (she knows how to spell dozens of words now, our home lessons are going well) and she drew two spiders, a web, a pumpkin and a ghost.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Warrior Girl

We walked through Prospect Park, enjoying the fall foliage. Then, a couple of hours of "Boo at the Zoo" fun including the Spooky Barn and the costume parade. Lina was dressed as an ancient Warrior Girl. (Click on an image to see larger view of photos.)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wonder Woman

We went to Luna Park's Halloween Harvest in Coney Island. Below are photos of her dressed up as Wonder Woman on the boardwalk and in the amusement park. She was thrilled to be a superhero this year. (Click on an image to see larger view of photos.)

 (Two more costumes to post on the blog...since she has so many Halloween activities she wants to attend with friends mid-October through first weekend of November.)