Not quite sure where to put this but my flabber was gasted.
Yesterday, we went out to Governor's Island to see Fete Paradiso. This is a show of 19th and early 20th century French carnival attractions. Naturally, there were tons of children.
The island also has great bike paths, a miniature golf course, several small museums and picnic areas. It's very popular, especially so since it's only open on weekends and the ferry is free.
Picture it. A long line in the sun for a free ferry, enthusiastic kids, lots of bikes, lots of big strollers and plenty of folks with multiple picnic hampers. One group even had a huge bag of Mylar balloons for a Birthday party.
Does it sound like a recipe for disaster? It was exactly the opposite. Everybody followed the instructions of the ferry crew...bikes to the left, strollers to the right and move back, please.
Of course, there was a lot of excited chatter among the children but there were no meltdowns and no ear-piercing shrieks. The ferry was full but the ride was actually pleasant.
Even at the fete, the kids were surprisingly well-behaved.
A lot of parents seem to be doing things right.