It was 40 degrees. And raining.
So we went to the park.
Openhouse Gallery in Nolita has created an indoor pop-up park, called “Park Here”.
Do not adjust your screen. Noah was in perpetual motion so I could barely get a focused picture – he had SO much fun and I wanted to tell you about it right away because it’s closing soon!
So okay – the “grass” was astroturf and the “trees” and “flowers” were artificial but there was something truly magical about this place. They have warming lamps throughout and giant photo murals covering the walls. Plenty of bean bags, blankets and picnic tables encourage lounging.
Along with some “rocks”, perfect for climbing.
Noah immediately took off his shoes and socks and began running and climbing on everything. He eventually settled on a blanket to listen to some live music and shake some shakers.
There were other whimsical touches too, like an elephant and giraffe, and a hammock that proved no end of entertainment for Noah. He had a great time climbing on it, having me “swing” him and just kicking back.
At around noon the place cleared out – it was just Noah and me and a few people who had strolled in during their lunch break.
We had lunch on a bench on the upper level (overlooking a fountain and the giraffe) and headed back out to the grim reality of our cold, gray January day.
Park Here is only open till February 15th, so try to make it down there if you can. There are great scheduled events for families, or you can just do like we did – come in, run around barefoot, eat a picnic lunch and count the days till summer.