Central Park holds surprises for kids
NEW YORK CITY- The Big Apple’s Central Park has plenty of well-known attractions to offer its younger visitors- a carousel, the Children’s Zoo, and the boat pond, to name a few. But it also holds several surprises within its boundaries.
Some of the most intriguing are the large metal statues that are scattered around the park. They are large enough that children can climb on them, and fascinating enough that the kids may pick up a bit of education through their play.
The largest of the bunch represents a scene from Alice in Wonderland. Alice sits on an immense toadstool, surrounded by other characters from Lewis Carrol’s books, such as the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit. There is ample space for children to crawl and climb above, under and through the structure.
Another statue with literary ties is the image of Hans Christian Anderson, much larger than life. He sits on a large stone bench with an open book in his hands. As he gazes down at a nearby duck, his lap provides a charming resting place for children who might need a breather from the day’s walk.
Finally, an enduring favorite is the statue honoring Balto, the sled dog famous for helping deliver medicine in disease-stricken Alaska. Older visitors may remember him from the book, “Race With Death,” while younger children will probably be familiar with the animated Spielberg movie, “Balto.” Others may recall the reference to this statue that was made in the motion picture, “Six Degrees of Seperation,” in which Will Smith’s character marvels at the existence of the dog in Central Park.
Balto offers a wonderful photo opportunity for families with young children; He is the perfect size and shape for toddlers to perch upon his back as if he were a small horse.
The statues are worth a visit, particularly if one has been to the park a few times, and is looking for something new and interesting. They are the type of attraction that children not only will enjoy, but will be able to share with their own children in the years to come.
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