Monthly Archives: November 2015

Top Educational Sites for Children in New York City


Field trips can be both fun and educational for scout troops or groups of students. There are many places that a New York City educational tour could visit. Here is a look at some of the top educational sites for children in NYC.

American Museum of Natural History – Highlights are the Discovery Room, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and the Hayden Planetarium which has the largest virtual reality simulator in the world.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – At this museum you can see restored aircraft, the Concorde and the former USS Growler submarine. You can also check out a high-tech simulator to see what it is like to fly a jet or travel in space.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met has exhibits from all over the world and throughout time. It offers traveling exhibitions throughout the year.

Guggenheim Museum – Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this museum has masterworks from many famous artists including Picasso, Monet and Cézanne.

Science Barge – This is an off the grid farm using sustainable energy which is irrigated with rainwater. There are programs about the technologies used on the farm.

Bronx Zoo – This zoo is arranged by nature zones and is the biggest urban zoo in the country.

New York Aquarium – Located on Coney Island, this is the oldest operating aquarium in the US.

Salute to hard working firefighters


One of the professions that I consider genuinely admirable job is that of a firefighter. They don’t receive a big salary, at least in my part of the country, but in many instances have placed their lives on the line.

In the early 2000, I was fortunate to have met a brave firefighter. He has been in the dangerous profession for, I think, 20 years. He is a family man with simple dreams for his family.

He might have chosen a well-paying job where his personal safety is a priority, but opted to work in the government to be a firefighter.

For this, the hardworking man is not only worthy of the accolade he so deserves but receives something to appreciate his hard work. A Joy Jewelers fireman necklace is a simple token to appreciate his valor.

There’s a way to beat the airlines at their own game


Do you find the modern world of buying plane tickets to be incredibly frustrating? One day, a ticket may be £150, the next it could be as high as £400! That is outrageous, but true. Air tickets are wildly sensitive to supply and demand and savvy airlines know how to jack up their prices or lower them depending on how many ticket sales their making or what price their competitors are selling tickets. But there are ways to get around this. You can save and enjoy your trip more knowing that the greedy airlines did not rip you off!

The easiest and most basic rule is to buy your tickets about two months in advance. This is how far out most airlines build their schedules and start to fill up their planes. But the planes will still be empty and lots of tickets to sell. You can often snatch up the best price here. This isn’t always the case — there are times when an airplanes supply exceeds their demand and they have to have last-minute firesales, but you’re better guaranteed to get a good price on average for the dates you want when you buy eight weeks out.

What if you don’t have eight weeks? Well, this takes a savvier customer. The best time to buy is almost a science. Travel experts have determined that 3 p.m. on Tuesday is the absolute best time to buy an airplane ticket, and weekends are the worst time. Why? Well, as the week goes on, planes fill up, and most people think to put off travel plans till their workweeks are almost done. On the weekends, airlines themselves may not have as big of staff and prices will automatically jump up as tickets sell. When the airline sales agents are back in their offices on Monday, they may lower their prices to adjust a human-determined market reality. Which leaves Tuesday afternoon — long enough for the airlines to lower expectations, but early enough that demand hasn’t upped the price right back up.

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