Here's my recommendations for walking across the Brooklyn Bridge with kids based on the experience I had today.
1. Take the 2/3 subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn and get off at the first stop in Brooklyn (Clark St.). If you get distracted and miss that stop, the next stop (Borough Hall) works too.
2. Once you get out of the subway, if you're feeling really lost, you can always stop at a near by Starbucks. It's always available for directions, water and ridiculously overpriced organic chocolate milk for the kids. But it's worth every dime.
3. Eventually, find your way to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Throw rocks in the water. Lay in the grass with your arms out stretched. Have a picnic. Run around in the playground. This is when you might have a few moments when motherhood is as great as you dreamed it could be.
4. I asked my boys, "Are you brave enough to walk over that humongous bridge?" They shouted, "YEAH!" and ran out of the playground. I was shocked they transitioned so well. Try it!
5. Take the stairs that lead to the bridge. A tourist might help carry the stroller.
6. Dig in your bag until you find a couple of dollars to buy two bottles of ice cold water from a street vendor.
7. Last tip: If walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, stay out of the bike path. The white line divides the bike lane and the walk lane. Oscar (left) is demonstrating the concentration, stillness, and seriousness it takes if you want to stand on that line. Owen (right) takes a bit more relaxed approach. Whatever suits your personality!