I took a trip to the American Museum of Natural History today with my little scientist and took a few photos. After the museum we headed across the street to Central Park and made our way down to Strawberry Fields and the Imagine memorial. The first building in the gallery is The Dakota. The building that Lennon lived in and was assassinated outside of in December of 1980.

We went to see the Journey to the Stars exhibition at the Hayden Planetarium for the first time today. It’s about 25 minutes long and covers the entire 13 billion year history of the Universe. It’s a really phenomenal show. Whoopi Goldberg does a great job narrating and the entire history of the Universe works its way out with the ease of discussing what happened to us last week. My daughter is five and I was a little worried that, as fascinated as she is by science and astronomy, she might be a little bored or even scared sitting through Journey to the Stars show.

Soon after the exhibition started supernovae began exploding on the screen. The sound system is really good and the chairs shake and vibrate through the explosions. Concerned that the noise and explosions may have weakened her resolve I looked over to see her reaction. She was wearing an ear to ear smile that never left her face for the entire show. I am so damn proud of her.

My favorite part of the day however may have been afterwards when we were in Central Park. We saw one of the horse-drawn carriages go past us. Now I’m not sure what had previously been a part of my daughter’s reality but this definitely shattered it. Barely able to contain herself she just froze and pointed and says, “Daddy, look! A carriage…and with horse. It’s real, it’s really real!” I’m pretty sure the idea of a horse being right in the middle of New York City pretty much blew her mind. It was very adorable though. I promised to take her for a ride on one sometime soon. Definitely looking forward to that.

Anyway, here are a few of the pics I took today. Nothing special but figured I might as well share some of them.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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