Travels with Laurie: Summer
A Home Educator's Travel Guide
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Check out some more Summer Safety Tips
NYC parks have more sprinklers than any other city. Check out the List of Spray Showers.
Located near Milford, NJ, Bobolink Farm offers farm tours and more – including great home-baked breads and handmade cheeses. They also visit NYC farmers markets.
Read about the history of cheese.
Located at 421 E. 61st St. between First and York, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden offers kid-friendly activities with a historic flair. In July they offer a week-long Neighborhood History Camp for ages 9-12. It runs Monday-Friday in mid-July, 8:30 a.m. ó 3:00 p.m. and includes 19th-century craft projects, behind-the-scenes tours field trips, and games. Call (212) 838-6878.
Also check out their summer garden evening concerts: $15 Adults, $7 Children (under 12), free for Museum Members and children under 4. Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., historic music performed on period instruments includes songs from 1820's NY, along with period drinks and light snacks.
Zoos are fun for the whole family. Central Park is the green heart of Manhattan. There's something here for everyone - from picnics to sports to bird-watching to music to classes and workshops and the Central Park Zoo. Check out their activities list called Youth Programs -- they actively welcome homeschoolers.
The Bronx Zoo has a special program for kids three and under (who get free admission): Toddler Time Tuesdays. Their Educator Resources page has lots of useful information.
Thinking about summer sports activities? Every Tuesday afternoon there is free soccer and basketball in Rockefeller Park: age 4 at 2:30 - 3:15, ages 5-8 at 3:30 - 4:15, ages 9-12 at 4:30-5:30. Call (212) 267-9700).
Mon-Fri there is free rock-climbing in Central Park (harnesses provided) for ages 8 & up at 10 a.m. - 2:30. Registration is required, call (212) 348-4867, ext. 14.
Free catch-and-release fishing at the Harlem Meer all summer long, Tues - Sun, 10 - 4p.m.. Leave a valid ID at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center to borrow bamboo poles and live bait. Children must be accompanied by an adult and fish (from bass to catfish) must be returned to the Meer post catch! (212-860-1370)
Also check out Summer Phys. Ed.