Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

The glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are known for being realistic. If you go to the glass exhibit your reaction will probably be like mine: “These can’t be real.” Not only does the exhibit have life-like flowers, but it also has slices of the stems, the fruits, the roots, stamens, side views of a flower, and some of the flowers have insects inside them!

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How much homework is good for kids? (One 9 year old’s opinion)

by Alexa (age 9, @KNEstemGirls)

All About Homework
I think that a small amount of homework is good for kids. What do you think?

Homework lets the teacher know which students need help in the classroom. Homework is an important component of education for students in the middle and upper grades of schooling. It is an opportunity for students to review what is covered in the classroom. Continue reading “How much homework is good for kids? (One 9 year old’s opinion)”

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens

Starry NightWe excitedly walked along the dark path and saw the glowing orbs in the distance. As we got closer, we started seeing the exquisite details of thousands and thousands of incredibly carved pumpkins. All of us started pointing out the different jack o’lanterns. “Look, there’s Starry Night!” “I see Mike and Sully from Monster’s Inc.!” “Look, there’s Yoda!” “I found the solar system!” Walking along the 1/4-mile trail, it really did seem like it was the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens!

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The Town of North Hempstead’s Beach Fest

African Savannah Face PaintingAfter he finished blending the yellow and orange together, he carefully applied several strokes of black paint. Voila! The man had magically transformed my daughter’s face into an African savannah landscape complete with a cheetah, a lion, a giraffe, an elephant, and a gazelle parading across her cheeks. This phenomenal free face painting was one of the highlights of the Town of North Hempstead’s annual Beach Fest!

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The High Line

MagnoliaAs we turned the corner, we caught a glimpse of an enormous white flower in the tree. All of us wondered what could it possibly be? Then we saw more of them in several trees. Luckily, the High Line had an app to help us identify all of the flora and fauna. After scrolling through several images, we decided that the immense flower must be some sort of magnolia. How magnificent!

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St. Louis – A City With Engaging Free Attractions

Baby PriyaAs we turned the corner, we caught a glimpse of the baby. She was fuzzy, gray, and had the cutest little trunk! This was the first time we had ever seen a baby elephant. Priya was with her mother and a couple of other elephants using her trunk to eat dry hay just like the big elephants!

The St. Louis Zoo was a wonderful springtime destination – the weather was perfect, the admission was free, and there were lots of baby animals all over the zoo! In addition to baby Priya, there was a 2-year-old elephant, a whole litter of babirusas (Indonesian pigs that have tusks coming out of the top of their snouts), ¬†young black rhinoceros, a young camel, a baby takin (a shaggy antelope-like goat), a young giraffe, and a banteng calf (a red, Asian wild cow). My daughters loved seeing the “cute little babies” even if they weighed more than 300 pounds! In addition to all of the baby animals, we found some other unexpected surprises during our 3 days in St. Louis.

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4 Enriching Days in Chicago

Skydeck Chicago View“It’s an hour-long wait from here,” said the attendant. Yikes! Thankfully when we showed her our Chicago CityPASS vouchers, she ushered us to a separate Fast Pass lane and in less than 10 minutes we were 103 floors up on the Skydeck Chicago at the top of the Willis Tower (which I still call the Sears Tower) looking at a phenomenal view of the city. This was one of the many perks of buying the Chicago CityPASS!

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Garvies Point Museum & Preserve

Her little fingers moved dexterously as she carefully cut a small circular doorway, inserted a twig stand, and finally glued on a roof. Ta-dah! My daughter finished making a low-cost, eco-friendly bird-house from recycled materials at the Garvies Point Museum & Preserve in Glen Cove, New York!

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Grounds for Sculpture

An Albino Peacock!As we strolled leisurely through the sculpture gardens, we noticed a streak of white on the ground. It turned out to be a 4-foot long peacock tail feather! My daughters ran to grab a free souvenir from their day at the Grounds for Sculpture! Now in addition to admiring the artwork, we were on a hunt to find the owner of this feather. We started to hear peacocks as we found more white tail feathers. Finally we found him, a white, albino peacock!

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