Saturday, March 31, 2018

Little Zoo Vets + Alice's Tea Cup

Lina looked forward to the weekly after-school class with tweens this month at the Central Park Zoo. The Little Zoo Vets class (for ages 8-12) gave Lina the opportunity she has been waiting learn more about internal medicine and perform physical exams with live animals (there was a bunny, a duck and a goat) using real medical equipment and supplies.  Zoology was covered with informative lectures (topics included ears, heart, lungs, GI tract, bones, bandages etc.) and fun hands-on activities with models and crafts. There was a jeopardy-type of quiz game at the end (one team called themselves The Big Cats and Lina's team named themselves The Cute Goats). The class was led by Dr. John M. Sykes, a distinguished veterinarian and a calm, patient, intelligent teacher. The class timed out well...because Lina could see her teacher on the reality TV show called The Zoo (season two started on Animal Planet), since Dr. Sykes is a WCS veterinarian and works at The Bronx Zoo. There were also two friendly and knowledgeable education assistants helping out with this terrific class.

Lina was thrilled to examine "the cute and wise goats!"

Our subway stop was a block away from Alice's Tea Cup, so the girly girl was pleased when we stopped by for delicious scones (our favs: pumpkin caramel and chocolate chip oreo, with clotted cream) and soothing tea (Alice's faerie potion was a hit, with osmanthus flowers, elderflowers and lavender).

Friday, March 9, 2018

Welcome 2018!

We kicked off 2018 with animal interactions (we will have plenty more this year).

February Field Trip Fun Day to the American Museum of Natural History included the live butterfly exhibit (see photos below, they landed on Lina's flower headband and butterfly print dress), 3D Earthflight movie (a flight across the world on the wings of birds) and the interactive "Our Senses" exhibit (with a terrific live presentation).

Yes, Lina did get some scooter days in, thankfully, this winter...whenever it wasn't snowing or super frigid outside...we lucked out in NYC...and had some February days that were 60 deg F -70 deg F to enjoy...she was thrilled to see mama with pigtails those days...she told me I looked 19 years old, ha (though, she prefers I stay my hair is obviously going would be the case with most middle-aged adults, if they simply embrace their natural beauty).

One of our winter hiking days included a break to get on a rope-climbing structure...

and resting by a lake to greet beautiful swans, geese and ducks...

Also, Lina is still having a blast with her piano lessons (4th semester at a music school; 3rd semester with the same perfect piano teacher)...

AND Lina is now a science student at an after-school class with a terrific teacher, I'll post the info in a few's worth the commute into Manhattan...because Lina is a social butterfly and she is already making friends with the half dozen tweens in this class (ages 8-10)...they seem to enjoy math and science as much as Lina does...and they are all mature, friendly, kind and intelligent kids.