I hate to say it, but as a mother of two living in Brooklyn, there are times when I get nervous about raising kids in a thriving metropolis like New York City. The crowds of people, the crime, the traffic, the lack of natural green spaces… I mean wouldn’t any mother be concerned?
However, amidst my fears and concerns, there’s always a glimmer of light that reminds me that this is one of the most amazing cities in the world, and any kid would be so lucky to grow up here. Kids have any and every amenity accessible to them: the Statue of Liberty, the Bronx Zoo, and over 80 of some the most amazing museums you will ever find… like the Met.
A few Sundays ago, my husband and I took the little ones to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have to say that this institution, in all its glory, is by far one of my favorite places in the city. What I love most about this place is the endless number of activities they have for children! During our visit, my eldest, Prentiss, had the opportunity to sit in on a class where a docent was teaching a group of kids how to paint like the Impressionists (think: Monet). I don’t know about you, but I find this nothing less than amazing… who would have thought that my child would have her first art history lesson in front of the original paintings at the age of five?