I'm embarrassed to admit that I had never been to the Natural History Museum. Clara has, multiple times, with school, camp, a playdate...but any time I have thought about going, I always imagined it would be too crowded, and I end up taking her to the Met. But this week, after our London trip, I realized that I have made more of a cultural effort in every town but my own, and I was determined to make it there. We had a doctor appointment in the city, so we decided to go afterwards, close to closing time at the museum. It was magical, and I think a big part of why it was so great is because it wasn't crowded. There were no school field trips, it wasn't a weekend--it was 4:30 on a weekday, and we had the place almost to ourselves. And, it was so late, they gave us the tickets for free! We had such a blast, and were so inspired, that we decided to go back two days later when we had dinner plans in the city. (Although this time we didn't get in for free.) Since we only had about an hour each visit, we planned what we were going to see on each visit, and now we know what we have to go back and check out. I think the most exciting thing of all was hearing Clara exclaim how much she loves science, as we were looking at the petrified wood, and how she wants me to find science dvds, so she can learn more.