When I was an editor at Sterling, I was assigned to a lot of projects at AMNH. In fact, when I left, I was in the midst of developing a guide to the museum for children–it spurred some fun field trips. I still had some tickets left from work and so last week we took Hudson to the museum for his first time (after a requisite lunch at the Shake Shack across the street, of course).
I’m not sure I can recall his ever being so excited as he was when he spotted the first, glowing diorama. He was in heaven–running around, waving at the animals and other children, moving from spot to spot and then back again. He ran himself into the ground! (I was trying to remember the name of that bad TV show about Vicki the robot while we were there–“Small Wonder”–because it was like when she went into overdrive and went haywire.) Then, nearly instantly, and only after a few quiet sobs over being picked up, he fell asleep Aron’s chest.
The funny thing is, despite my having been there so many times for work, I had no idea what to do or see or where to go (especially to escape the crowds, who were thick and had–like us–hoped to evade the humidity and heat outside). So I asked my friend Leigh (Marvelous Kiddo–who I consider an authority–for five tips on how one should visit AMNH with children. (Thank you, Leigh! I wish I had known to head to the Astor Turret–we needed a calm space for Mr. Small Wonder.) Here they are: