Downtown Adventure Day – A Creative City Trip for Your Budding Artist!

As an illustrator, I’m always looking for inspiration and ideas to add into my artwork. Oftentimes I just go into New York City for the afternoon and take a walk to gaze at new stores, restaurants, art galleries and museums. Here’s an easy trip to take with the kids this Spring in lower Manhattan just steps from the PATH train. I completed this adventure day with my parents when they visited this week and it was lots of fun and a day full of really good memories.

1) Exit the PATH train at the World Trade Center station shop and start heading South on Broadway.

2) Take a moment to gaze at the amazing animals and gargoyles on the buildings surrounding Zucotti Park and Trinity Church yard on Broadway. Have the kids take some shots of their favorite faces and animals with your digital camera. It will be a great memory of the day. Set your camera to ‘black and white’ for a special effect.

3) Head to the National Museum of the American Indian by Bowling Green Park. It’s a free museum with amazing exhibits and kid friendly activities available 7 days a week. DO NOT MISS THIS GREAT MUSEUM! Visit the website here.

4) Finish your day with a trip on the Staten Island Ferry. Another great, free and fun thing to do in lower Manhattan is to take the Staten Island Ferry. It’s about a 25 minute ride each way. You’ll see the Statue of Liberty, a great view of lower Manhattan , and kids will love the sea gulls that follow the ship! Read about the ferry schedule here.

On your way back to the PATH train, try walking on a different street to see even more great sites, such as Battery Park which works its way up the waterfront and is located directly next to the exit of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.