Way Up in the Sky

Posted on August 4, 2010

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I’m always looking for fun and unique activities for my 6-year-old daughter during the summer.  She’s always been fascinated by the tall buildings in our hometown, so we’ve begun visiting them.  People have been very nice and helpful; since many have limited access to the top floors, nice businessmen and women have taken us up with them and allowed us to look out of their windows and conference rooms.  I never expected that.

Now a cafe has opened in our tallest building.  So after a free play downtown, she and I walked over the this monolith.  We hopped on the elevator and pushed the button for the 42nd floor.  What a ride!  She was surprised at how bumpy it was.  Once we arrived we both had a bit of wobble in our knees, but soon settled down.  We purchased lunch and then chose a table near the window.  The view was amazing.  We could see the river, several bridges, and miles in every direction.  She loved how small the people and cars looked.  And was fascinated to see her favorite museum across the river, looking extremely small.  She could even see our favorite picnic stop under the trees.

Before we left we ended up walking around the entire floor, which was open.  We decided we’d love to make the entire floor our new home.  Finally we rode down and walked back to our car.  Both with a little wobble in our knees, but with the pride of knowing we’d seen our city from the highest point available without flying.

So the next time you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your child this summer, take a look at one of your city’s tallest buildings.  You’ll gain more than a good view.

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