1 The New York Transit Authority is a public benefit corporation responsible for all the transportation in New York State. It oversees the New York City Transit Museum, which has been around for nearly 40-years. Deputy Director, Regina Asborno, was a great help with all preparations. http://www.mta.info
2 The museum is housed inside an old IND subway station. The Court Street stop closed down in 1946 because of decreased use and its close proximity to other stations.
3 Part of the museum is interactive, where children could go through turnstiles, buy tickets, board a play bus, etc. The museum also displays a lot of vintage signs to teach young children about transportation.
4 These were vintage subway car signs.
5 The MTA's signage and map designs gave us great inspiration for the party signs. We made several party signs using subway line names.
6 The museum was originally opened as a temporary exhibit to celebrate the United States Bicentennial, but due to popular demand it has remained open all these years.
7 Jude was so excited to show me around the museum.
8 We prepared about 35-gift bags with fun treats associated with New York City transportation.
9 The gift bags came stocked with a hard hat, a subway map, an MTA themed temporary tattoo by Tattly, and some travel ready cupcakes and cookies by Sweet Dani B. http://sweetdanib.com http://tattly.com
10 Here are the contents of one of the gift bags. The map from Fathead included the five boroughs of New York City. All the items were huge hits with the children. http://www.fathead.com/
11 The birthday cake made by New York City's Baked was decorated to replicate a subway map. This section shows part of downtown Manhattan. https://www.bakednyc.com
12 These colorful serving trays resemble school lunch trays. They were perfect for the party's color scheme, and since they were made of metal, were extremely durable and child friendly.
13 Both the children and the adults enjoyed the event. (Photo by Mike Krautter)
14 In the party space provided, we set-up a refreshments table with healthy snacks, and our favorite pizzas.
15 This tablecloth is a map of the subway system as it appears today. There are subway maps dating as far back as 1904 when the first subway, the IRT, was built.
16 Many of the colors in this birthday garland were matched to the colors of the subway lines.
17 Here is a top view of the cake made by New York City's Baked. It was so creative.
18 The cake was delicious.
20 Here is one of Sullivan St. Bakery's pizzas. It was delicious!
21 Alexis also prepared stalks of fresh vegetables in fun cups for the children. Jude and Truman love these snacks.
22 The sliced veggies matched the party's color scheme so well, too. Peppers, carrots, pickles, celery - all delicious, organic and healthy.
23 We did the same with the fruit - slice them up and put them in these fun cups. These were great snacks for the kids.
24 For the adults, we brought along some of my line of healthy iced coffees by ULIVjava. https://ulivjava.com
25 IND stands for Independent. It was the last of three New York subway systems to be built. The city named it IND because it was built to be separate from the two other existing lines.
26 Everyone had the opportunity to walk around the decommissioned station and see all the vintage signs and platform furniture. (Photo by Mike Krautter)
27 There were several vintage turnstiles that showed how they changed over the years. (Photo by Mike Krautter)
28 The museum includes an old subway car visitors can go into and explore. The kids loved learning about the history of New York's public transportation system.
29 Here I am in one of the old subway cars. I greatly enjoyed the party and found the museum very interesting.
30 The lessons given to the children were very interesting, and informative - the kids listened so attentively. (Photo by Mike Krautter)
31 Aside from the trains, there were busses - different kinds of public transportation busses that the children could board and examine. (Photo by Mike Krautter)
32 The children were even able to sit in the driver's seat and pretend to drive. (Photo by Mike Krautter)
33 The gift bags were all lined up and ready to be distributed at the end of the party.
34 The stroller parking was cleverly located in front of a display of vintage "exit" signs.
35 Truman and I headed out together. I love spending time with my grandchildren!