Homeschooling Day Trips: New York City

For the longest time the Planetarium, built in the 1960’s, was the only place in St. Louis you could go for science demonstrations. It’s still open today and sits in Forest Park right next to the new Science Center. The Planetarium, which looks like a pregnant nuclear power plant cooling tower, is a great place to see the star shows where the ceiling becomes an exact map of the nighttime sky. I remember that they used to have laser light shows there too.

You simply cannot visit New York without hitting this wonderful museum. Ticket prices are very reasonable for New York and you can actually get in for free on the last two hours on Sundays. While there, be sure to visit the animatronic raptor suppliers as well as Arms and Armor. Oh, and don’t miss the famous giant Blue Whale statue! But regardless of what you see there, you are sure to learn a lot and be awed by the impressive exhibits.

For lovers of golf the city has several public and private golf clubs within the city limits. There are also several driving ranges for those that just want to kick out a bucket of balls. For the kids there are mini golf ranges.

Lie to Me (Fox, 9pm) – NEW! The Lightman Group’s expertise is called into question when a woman plays cat-and-mouse with Cal while he’s checking for security leaks at an art museum prior to a major exhibition. Guest starring Tricia Helfer.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 9pm) – NEW! A state department employee and a plastic surgeon are killed by terrorists whose faces were surgically altered, and the team tries to find the only witness who can identify their new faces.

If the idea is to just see art, the city has two art centers, Seratoma and Jordan Hall located in parks. Both offer art classes, but for the visitor there are often displays.

L.A.Theatre Works’ radio theater series can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 94.1 KPFA, Berkeley; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 markets nationwide.