He had Ella write all the subway lines on small pieces of paper. She placed them in a cup. She then wrote numbers 3-12 on pieces of paper and placed them in another cup. Each kid got a turn picking a subway line and a number. Whatever they picked would determine what train we would take and for how many stops.
Oscar was first. He drew the D line for 5 stops. Ella drew A train for 10 stops. Owen chose the 3 train for 11 stops.
I was nervous about the logistics of this game and hoped we wouldn't end up in boring/frightening locations. Half way through the day, I realized his idea was brilliant. Oscar had already dropped us off in Washington Square Park, Ella brought us all the way up to the Cloisters, and I figured it out that Owen's train would take us down to Brooklyn Bridge Park. It's the coolest playground in the world. And I've been to every playground in the world.
It was turning out to be a wonderful surprising day!
|We played in the fountain in Washington Square Park until two old homeless dudes crashed the party in their underwear. (I can't say I wasn't warned from one of my readers in this post!)|
|Taking a break in Washington Square Park before we moved onto our next stop.|
|The kids kept track of each stop.|
|Ella's pick led us on a walk around the Cloisters. The path was oozing with butterflies and flowers.|
|One of the happier moments of the day. They were making fun of the Met's security guards.|
|Last stop: Swing Valley in Brooklyn!!! Good pick Owen. Must go here again.|
Rob's experiment proved the NYC public transportation drops us off in the middle of glorious places. God bless the USA and public transportation! Fun fact: I don't have a current driver's license. It's been expired for 2 years. My goal is to avoid driving for as long as I can.