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When visiting NYC, don’t forget about making a trip to Astoria, Queens.   Hop on the Q or N subway train and check out the Museum of the Moving Image.  This is one of my all time favorite museums and it is a great place to take your kids. Recently renovated, the museum is dedicated to art, history, technology and technique of the moving image in all its form. I took my son and his friend over the winter break and we had a blast.  We enjoyed the exhibits and seeing things like Jim Carey’s Mask and costumes from TV shows and movies.  The best part by far,was the demonstrations and workshops.  The boys particularly enjoyed the sound editing demonstration.  They learned how sounds are made in the movies and interesting facts like the sound of a lion’s roar was played backwards when one of the Titanic’s stacks fell into the water in the movie “The Titanic”.

The boys viewed episodes of Wallace and Gromit and  participated in a Claymation workshop for just $10!  They created their own  three-dimensional character made from clay and animated them using the same techniques used to create the animated series they had just viewed.

The museum offers a variety of exhibits, films, demonstrations and workshops.  They are always changing, so make sure to visit www.movingimage.us/ to see what is happening before you visit.

Visiting the Museum of  the Moving Image really should be on your “to do” list if you are visiting NYC with kids.  The prices are amazing, ten dollars for adults and five dollars for kids.  For all those movie and video game lovers this will be great day out that offers unique learning experiences.  See you at the movies!

       

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Last May when my son was learning about immigration in school we decided to make a day trip to the most  acknowledged symbols of freedom, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  We took the ferry from Battery Park, New York with tickets that we purchased online.   Ticket prices are $24 for adults and $15.25 for kids. I recommend you definitely visit www.statuecruises.com for tickets, otherwise be prepared to wait in line for an hour and a half.  We purchased a combination ticket with an audio tour.  Unfortunately, we were not able to purchase tickets for crown access and the pedestal museum for an additional three dollars because they were sold out.  They only allow 240 visitors a day to enter the crown, so if this is something you want to do, plan your trip weeks in advance.  Also, plan to start your day early because to visit both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island  it will take approximately five and a half hours. If you purchase tickets after the 2 p.m. boarding of the ferry you will only have time to see one monument.

Even though we didn’t go to the Lady’s crown, we enjoyed the audio tour and learned about the history of the gift from France and the making of Liberty.  We also thoroughly enjoyed Ellis Island.  The fact that we we walked through the same doors that twelve million immigrants passed through that were seeking the “American Dream” made us grateful.  The exhibits allowed us to hear personal stories and learn the process that these immigrants followed.  Another fun and interesting thing to do at Ellis Island is visit the American Family Immigration History Center where you can use their database to see if any of your family members from generations ago arrived through the Port of New York.

When visiting New York, seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island usually ranks high on the “must see” list.  I suggest that you go for the experience.  Don’t be concerned if the kids will get bored.  These monuments are run by the National Park Service, so there are free ranger tour guides, a Junior Ranger Program, and there are two audio tours, one for children and one for adults.  Of course this is a tourist attraction, so there is no shortage of places to eat and gift shops. With a little planning this will be an experience that you and your kids will remember forever.

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