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Holiday Weekend Adventures with Our Grandchildren

NOTE:  My fabulous son Jason solved my blog problems this weekend, so hopefully there will be no further difficulties with access or comments.

We had from 2-5 grandchildren here with us, without their parents, from Thursday through Sunday.  My husband and I love to have them overnight and now that the 4 oldest are 4-8 years old, they are really capable of amusing themselves for long portions of the day.  However, we try to plan adventures whenever possible.

On Friday we took the subway to Bowling Green and started at the National Museum of the American Indian.  It was the first visit for everyone except me.  One highlight was getting an adventure brochure with 12 cards  for objects that they needed to find in the permanent exhibit.  The other was playing in the "tipi."



On Saturday we took the bus to the Central Park Zoo and had unusually good luck seeing the animals.  The penguins were energetic, the polar bear was playing in the water, and the snow leopard was pacing on the rocks in his woodland enclosure.  We ended with the sea lion show and I was able to sketch the sea lions while we watched them being fed.  I used a mahoghany watercolor pencil and then painted them with watercolor later.


Early Sunday morning the 2 year old joined the group and they all just wanted to play together in our apartment.   After everyone departed, I did a sketchbook page for Zach.




I don't remember seeing the tipi when I was there. Is it new? Looks like a fun weekend!

Love the pages - looks like those kiddiwinks had a pretty fantastic time. The notes are such a nice touch. They will be better than photo albums when the kids want to go back through sketchbooks and reminisce.

I think hands on exhibitions are great for kids, glad to see you had a good time. Great sketches!

Great memories made more memorable in sketch. I love your sea lions, fantastic!!!

What cute grandchildren you have! And I admire your ability to sketch while adventuring with them. Love the sea lions!

You are such sweet grandparents. The adventures look as though you all had a good time.

What a wonderful time you all had, and great sketches, too. The children are adorable - you're so lucky to be close enough to them to see them often! nancy

Awww... how I miss being around kids. =) Too bad those 4 little monkeys are 10 thousand miles away from me. It definitely looks like you had a fun and noisy weekend. Love those drawings too!

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