So, when I became a father and was granted the privilege to introduce my little girl, Adia, to the world, joining the NYC Dads Group was a gimme, and the American Museum of Natural History was going to be one the first places on my list. Fortunately, the group hosted a meetup with the great folks of Safari Ltd. at the museum.
As soon as we entered the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, we were provided with a choice of really cool toy dinosaur figurines. After a quick nice to see you, I was immediately put into chase-down-my-daughter mode. It was nothing but utter excitement. My daughter had been trying to scare everything and everyone she could since Halloween and T-Rex was going to be her first victim. She walked right up to the glass and said,”HA!” She’s only 17 months old and it was far more cute than scary.We took a walk around the room and I tried to show her some of the fossils that had fascinated me. I tried showing her the interactive monitors on the different dinosaurs. The “oohs” and “ahhs” that I had been trying to elicit were reserved only for two things: her new toy and the overpass stairs. Adia and some of the other smaller kids had found the stairs to be their common bond and forced some of us (me) into some much needed cardio. It was also nice to catch up with some of the other dads we had met before on each pass up and down the stairs. The older kids were thoroughly enjoying their figurines as well. Some of them even knew the names and were comparing the different ones in their field guides.
We always have a good time meeting with the other dads, but this seemed a little more special. It was the first true NY cultural institution that I wanted to experience with my daughter. The museum introduced me to a much larger world than the one I had grown up with and I’m hoping some day…it will get the oohs and ahhs from her that it did me and I cant wait.
|Steven Moralez and his daughter Adia|
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