Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Joyful Visit, Part 2

While in NY City last weekend, my husband, daughter and I
 decided to visit the 9/11 memorial.

The two memorial waterfalls and reflecting pools are set within
the footprints of the twin towers.
We thought the design was beautifully conceived and we spent
some time reading the names of the victims along the edges and 
reflecting on the solemnity of the site.

We also viewed the recently completed Freedom Tower,
now named One World Trade Center, the tallest building in NYC.

On Sunday morning, after brunch, we visited 
the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU's Tisch School,
where our daughter directs a summer program.

It was Family Day in honor of Father's Day, and there were
several activities prepared for kids and their dads.

At the Nerdy Derby, dads set up tracks while kids
designed and made miniature cars...

It was so much fun watching the little ones set their cars in motion,
hoping that they would stay on the tracks!!

In the woodworking shop, kits were available for 
building dad a toolbox.

Kate and Bill sanded the wood (I helped), then Kate took a family photo,
digitized it, and they used a laser scanner to inscribe the sides of the box!

The finished product!!

Another fun activity was the banana piano!
Fruit was used as a conductive medium, and the bananas,
and even the flowers and asparagus, could be tapped to play music!
You can imagine kids' reactions to this!!

After a busy weekend, we said our goodbyes, and 
Bill and I returned home on the Amtrak Acela Express train.
We chose the "Quiet Car" - no cell phone use allowed!
A lovely trip!

Hope you don't mind the long post - it was a great time.

Hope you are having a joyful week!


Karen L R said...

As long as you and Bill can keep up with your clever Kate you will never get "old"! She is a firecracker! xo

Libby Fife said...

The whole trip looked just wonderful! And I love the "quiet" car at the end:)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful trip! I'm so glad you shared. Oh, most of the gardens we visited had a no cell phone conversation rule as well...heavenly. :)