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Monday, July 21, 2014

Secret sprinklers on the roof of the Natural History Museum

I've lived in New York for 13 years, and I only just discovered the secret sprinklers on top of the Natural History Museum...
The museum itself is amazing—with dinosaurs, monkeys and a giant blue whale (which gets vacuumed once a year)—but if you enter on the west side of the museum and head to the roof, you'll find grass and sprinklers.
You don't even need to buy a ticket! We've now hung out with friends there a few times, and it's such an awesome place to hang out on hot days, whether or not you end up going inside the museum. If you want to make a day of it, you can grab lunch at Shake Shack across the street or walk a few blocks to Hampton Chutney, which has incredible dosas, a window seat and storybooks for kiddos.
The boys wore Old Navy basics, which were cute yet sturdy enough for running and splashing around. (Toby's shorts were only $6!) Anton wore one of their little surf suits, which kept him covered up in the hot sun.
Did you guys already know about this? New York can be crazy, but then it goes and surprises you like this. :)

P.S. A secret restaurant and playground. Plus, 8 activities for kids in New York City.

(Thanks to Julia Robbs for snapping these photos. This post was sponsored by Old Navy, a brand we use all the time for our family. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo)

56 comments:

Meg said...

This is the best Old Navy sponsored post I've ever seen! Well done. Thank you, Joanna!

Joy Acoustics said...

You must know by now that your blog is great. What i find extraordinary are these sponsored posts that feel so natural. I haven't seen this on any of the other blogs i'm following.

Xoxo
Your Romanian fan

Emily Torgerson said...

Can you tell me about those lovely, tan. leather sandals you are wearing. Thanks!

Christina said...

You're such a stylish mom. Love the outfit. The last photo of your boys is too cute!

- Christina www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

Zoe Royall said...

I initially read "Julia Robbs" as "Julia Roberts" and you can imagine what went through my head for a split second. [JOANNA KNOWS JULIA ROBERTS?!? JULIA ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHED FOR A CUP OF JO?!?!] Ha. Even if Julia Robbs is not in fact of Pretty Women and Notting Hill fame, the photos are lovely. What a NYC gem.

jm said...

That is so cool about the secret sprinklers. Lovely photos of you and your little boys.

jm said...

I love these pictures and your blog.

Erin W. said...

How cool! I've been noticing that so many playgrounds and parks in the city have sprinklers. Such fun for kiddos! You really do such an amazing job of making your sponsored posts blend seamlessly with the rest of your blog!

Moise said...

We are def going to do this. Have you been to the splash pad in Prospect Park? It's similar and so much fun. There's also the Bluestone Cafe right there which is so convenient for a day of splashing and eating. They have the best fries hands down.

Gretchen said...

Agreed! We discovered this a few years ago, and it's one of our favorite things to do during summer visits to NY!

Amanda aka MamaRobot said...

I've been living in NYC for eveen longer than that and I didn't know this! Thank you - very cool discovery.

Karelys Beltran Davis said...

Antoni is too handsome for his own good!

What a sweet soul!

lilia vanini said...

I was in New York this april, I love New york, we now are coming back to Venice Italy but maybe next fall we can think again in moving to New York!
Greetings from South América
Lilia Vanini

Jillian Schulz said...

I'm a long time reader and work in advertising for a large online publisher, and I just have to say your sponsored content really should serve as an industry example. It always fits in so seamlessly and I often feel like the posts would have run on their own, sans sponsor. Well done!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these lovely comments! i really appreciate it :)

Joanna Goddard said...

hahaha zoe that would be AWESOME.

Joanna Goddard said...

emily, my sandals were actually from target. just $20 and super comfy! http://bit.ly/TFa9mf

KathrineAndersonCicala said...

We visited last week from the Boston area - and my kids did not believe me when I told them about the secret park and fountain. But I got a 14, 12 and 10 year old to have fun and wet their feet.
That's what I miss most about my time in NYC - all the secret corners (and gardens).

Renae said...

Great photos! The boys are getting so big! My toddler had Toby's shorts in every colour - they are really comfy and durable. Where are your jeans from? Love them!

Hayley Paige said...

Such a fun post! dailydoseofdarling.com

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks, hayley paige! they're actually paige denim ankle jeans. i'm planning to do a post on them, i'd highly recommend them :) and kathrine, so glad your kids enjoyed nyc!

Abbie said...

A dear friend of mine works for the museum and when visiting my brother with my two little guys earlier this month we met her there and she took us straight to this lovely little oasis. My two and a half year old had a blast splashing around with his uncle while my 7 month old and I lounged lazily in the grass. It was divine. And I totally agree about the natural flow of your sponsored posts. And as a mom I totally agree with all the comments you have about how you use these products in your everyday life. One of the many many reasons your blog is my absolute favorite.

jm said...

awesome

KatLucey said...

I love passing the Natural History Museum every morning on my way to my internship at the New York Historical Society(: And I love Hampton Chutney Co.'s dosas (And Ginger Chai tea!)

Lynn Hall said...

I used to work in the Museum of Natural History and spent my lunch breaks sitting here with my toes in the water - it was hard to go back to work!

Lily L-M said...

No longer a secret! looks so fun!

x Lily
whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com

Julianne said...

there's also a 16 Handles near by!! one of the best things about living in NYC is the abundance of museums.

xo Julianne
http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com/

jennifer said...

Loved this surf suit so much, I bought it for my one year old girl! (Why must the girls' suits be so teeny? The sun rays are much too harsh for their skin.)

Finley said...

How did you get here?!?! Did you take the subway?? ;-)
We discovered this a few weeks ago as well- so fun.

Emconn said...

ANTON LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE ALEX.

Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life said...

Wha the whaa?! No, I never knew about this. Awesome.

P.S. Have you had dinner under the blue whale? That I can tell you truly is amazing.

http://americanmadeguidetolife.blogspot.com/

Dorothy DeMaria said...

Lived in NY 26 years and loved the hidden gems and little oasis amid the chaos

Mindy Lee said...

I love to hear about all the secret spots of NYC. I am making a list of amazing things to do when I get a chance to bring my kids to visit. I can't wait to show them what a magical place it is!

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Jessica said...

Oh my gosh! Your boys are adorable!! Very cool about the water feature! I think it would be so awesome if the Vancouver Art Gallery had something like that. (Hello from Vancouver, btw :D)

tatum said...

Oh, I could eat Anton up. I can totally see that "old soul" in his face like you talk about. I am loving Old Navy more and more. Maybe it's because they just opened their first store in Shanghai and it feels so much like being home, or what, but I think they have really turned themselves around the past several years.

en annan said...

THOSE TOES.

I just say. I can't get enough of babies toes, not to mention chubby legs! :-D
If it weren't for the actual work of guiding them from that stage of edible-ness to lanky teenager'ism I'd have a few more... 8-)

Been away from your blog for a while, now I feel I have to add you back to my reading list. Thank you for a lovely blog.
/ Anna

B @ The Sequin Notebook said...

I live less than 10 blocks away from the museum and had NO idea! Love these hidden NYC gems :)

michellejoelle said...

Secret sprinklers! Good to know :)

Michelle Lee said...

great post!


www.pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

Marissa said...

Toby looks so tall here!!

koala said...

oh! I just found these the other day and was hoping to keep them a "secret" :) our little one is a little too young, but we can't wait to take her when she's ready. It's such a great peaceful space in NYC.

sadaf usman said...

kid is so cute umah
http://myipedia-live.blogspot.com

Felds said...

thanks that's amazing! we love to go there and had NO idea!!

Angela Brown said...

This is such a great post! My husband and I own an artisan sandwich shop in the city, and are always looking for unexpected places to slip away from our business and unwind with our family. This looks like so much fun! I can't believe I've never heard about this until now! Thanks for sharing! (Also, I'm with ya -- we sneak in tons of Old Navy summer gear around here.)

NotesFromAbroad said...

I did know about this ( having had 2 children who grew up in NYC) but I hadn't thought about it in years.

Kate said...

That last picture of Toby holding Anton's little paw is so sweet. Your boys are wonderful, you should be so proud Joanna x

D said...

I think I'm about to ask a dumb question, but how is this the roof of a building? It looks like a park!

moseyblog said...

Yes! Thanks for the amazing tip!

Nina said...

Gosh, shorts for just $6! (Or adult sandals for $20!) How do they do it?

Rachel and Dan said...

My mother and toddler daughter are in the background of one of your pictures! We were also there this past Sunday since we only live a block away. It's usually not very crowded because it's such a well kept secret - until now!

0d98328e-12b5-11e4-816a-0386ca0567a8 said...

@Nina, I've been wondering the same thing - really, HOW? Kind of seems too good to be true... right?

Joanna Goddard said...

D, i know! it was hard to capture in photos. the roof has grass, picnic tables, sprinklers....and then you can walk down the stairs (there are stairs both inside and outside) to the ground level. :)

Jennifer said...

Yes, I knew about this one, but there's another sprinkler park on the other end of Manhattan in Battery Park (close to where you take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty). I know you're leaving the 'hood, but these are great too -- and kind of surprising as you don't know which one is going to spray next! Here's a link: http://www.downtownmagazinenyc.com/battery-park-conservancy-shares-accomplishments-and-plans-for-future-with-neighborhood-residents/

Stay cool!

Nora Henbury said...

wonderful

Sammi Egan said...

Amazing post ;)

Mrs. LIAYF said...

I LOVE finding hidden kid gems!

This weekend we were in a long, long line to tour one of the Navy ships visiting Seattle during Fleet Week. The line stretched nearly 1/4 a mile along the boardwalk, and we were lucky enough to find a sweet little splash pool/fountain near the Navy ships.

It pool was tiled like a fish, about 8" deep, and had little slides on the fins, and 3 fountains. It kept our 21 month old and our 7 year old very happy while we waited - and the view of the ships, islands, and mountains across the sound was amazing!

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