I brought Kiner to see Marvel Universe at Barclay’s Center on Friday night and the kid just about lost it. He lost it in the best sense of that phrase. Though not a parent myself, it gave me a glimpse into the kind of gratitude and love one can feel by making a child happy. He tried cotton candy for the first time and wore his Captain America mask throughout the entire show.
Then, on Monday we visited the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA. I handed the camera over to him and asked him to take pictures of whatever moment, object or feeling he wanted to capture (thanks Victoria! This was a great idea!) Here we are taking the train into the city and ending up at the MoMA.
On Tuesday, we went back into Manhattan to visit the American Museum of Natural History. The plan was to walk across Central Park, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the MET, and then The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park but Kiner called an audible while we were inside of Central Park and asked if I could bring him to the zoo. “The Zoo?” I didn’t even know Central Park had a zoo! He read it in one of the articles I gave him that week. Kids are always a step a head and don’t let them fool you otherwise! So, we hung out at the park for a little while, chilled out by the lake and watched the rowboats go by and then we moseyed on over to the Central Park Zoo!
Kiner and I had an incredible three weeks together. We visited four branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (Central, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and Park Slope). He read a total of ten books and wrote multiple short stories on each (not to mention all the discussions we had about the characters and the advice we would give them should we ever find ourselves in their place!). We went to the The New York Aquarium, Coney Island, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, The Guggenheim, The MoMA, The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Marvel Universe at Barclay’s Center, The American Museum of Natural History, The Central Park Zoo, FAO Schwartz and Times Square (twice!) Exposing a growing child to arts and culture can be a magnificent and rewarding experience for both the child and adult. Kiner isn’t the only one doing the learning and having a good time in these pictures, I too learned a great deal about the world around us and in some cases the universe (like at the Hayden Planetarium).
Kiner is sad that the summer is winding down but I promised him that I would continue this cultural exploration of the world with him well into the school year too. When learning becomes fun, natural and organic children will yearn to learn all year round.
And that, friends, is the end of the Adventures of Kiner Man and Maya Girl (for now!) 🙂
‘If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.’
– Rachel Louise Carson