New York City has so many wonderful carousels. They have been our meeting places for play dates and kids’ birthday parties. As a family we love to take the ferry ride on the East River to ride on Jane’s Carousel in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Jane’s Carousel was built in the 1920’s and has the most exquisite hand-carved horses, and it overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge and all of lower Manhattan for the most amazing view.
When we visit the Bronx Zoo, which is the largest zoo in New York City, we always stop at the very fun bug carousel for a spin in the middle of our visit. Likewise, when we visit Governor’s Island, an Island in New York Harbor that is part of New York City, we have enjoyed riding the antique French carousels.
We also always like to ride the carousels in Coney Island. There you can walk down the boardwalk to find a refurbished antique carousel or take a spin in the middle of Luna Park.
Riding carousels is one of those magical things that you never outgrow.
One of the things that we really enjoy about living in Brooklyn is the availability of all the different types of classes for children. One of our favorite classes is a small art class in our neighborhood that we walk our son to after school.
The studio is safe, warm and inviting and has fluffy pillows and chairs and his teacher, Hope, is kind, warm, creative and all-around amazing. There is time for the children to relax and play together, and each week Hope teaches the children about a particular artist and then the children work to create their version of the artist’s work.
What is wonderful about the way Hope teaches is that she teaches the art projects in steps so that no matter how naturally artistic a child may or may not be, they all have a sense of accomplishment once they’ve finished their pieces. It is heart-warming to see the pride the children have in their finished projects.
One of the lovely things about Hope’s classes is that the children will study a particular artist and work on their pieces of art and then there will be a field trip to go see that particular artist at a museum. Over winter break our son learned about Tarsila Do Amaral, a Brazilian painter. He created his own work based on her paintings and then he went to the museum with Hope and his classmates to see the actual paintings.