By Kathy Zucker • Thursday, November 28, 2013
Yesterday, I took my kids to Liberty Science Center after early school dismissal. I know what you’re thinking, “So what? You take your kids to LSC practically every week.” But this trip was extraordinary.
What made it so special? For starters, the place was empty. The streets were incredibly crowded with pre-holiday bustle, and the McDonalds was packed with people picking up bags of Thanksgiving food, but the Liberty Science Center parking lot had plenty of open spaces right by the front door – a first.
Once we got inside, we headed straight for the Bob the Builder exhibit, where the two little ones spent the bulk of their time. My seven year old whined that it was for little kids, so I told her she could start out in Energy Quest and join us with Bob. I also told her not to get used to going off alone – this was a one-time exception because there were so few attendees the day before Thanksgiving.
And who did we meet in Bob the Builder? The kids’ entire summer camp class from Wild at Play. What started out as a random excursion to work off some energy on a rainy day turned into a reunion with the various parents overseeing groups of kids at different stations. The result? The fourth floor became one giant playdate.
A special hit? The Football Hall of Fame Gridiron Glory exhibit. Normally dominated by teenagers and adults, the little kids got to test their skills.
And when the baby got fussy, I wheeled her around the darkened carpeted atrium until she fell asleep.
And I got to read the new book from marketing genius Gary Vaynerchuk.
On the way home, we drove past a four-alarm fire in Jersey City, and I used the occasion to talk to the kids about how lucky they are to have a warm home and toys when all those families now have nothing.
— Steven (Steve) Fulop (@StevenFulop) November 27, 2013
Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), watch her on Instagram, friend her on Facebook and get moving with Youtube.