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A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson tells us about her family's special night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie

Photograph: Marielle Solan

A Mommy in the City's Lauren Jimeson and her daughters at the Met's Midnight Menagerie


When I moved to New York City from Florida, one of my biggest fears was raising a family in the city. I grew up in a small suburban town with no real experience of what a big city was really like. Now I had to raise my own family in a big city that I had only visited a handful of times and was far away from my comfortable suburban town.

It’s been nearly three years since our big move, and in that time I’ve fallen in love with the history of the city. I’ve told my husband numerous times that I am so jealous of our children’s childhood because they are surrounded by so much culture.

We try to take advantage of all of the educational and cultural aspects that New York City has to offer. At least once a month, my husband will take our oldest daughter, Harlan, to one of the city's many museums—it’s become one of her favorite things to do on her “dates” with her daddy.

She’s grown to love the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They never get through the museum in one day because of the large space, so every time they visit she gets to see something new. She comes back telling me about the paintings that were her favorite or the statues that were so much taller than she was. She’s able to see these incredible historical artifacts within walking distance of her home.

This week she saw the Metropolitan Museum of Art like she’s never seen it before; in her pajamas. As a part of the Met Family Circle program, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Pajama Party (this year called "Midnight Menagerie") is an event held once a year in the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. Kids of all ages join in their favorite pajamas for fun art projects, sing-alongs, live entertainment, and “breakfast for dinner.”

Harlan was so excited to attend the animal themed pajama party. The gorgeous space was transformed with tables, art stations and a dance floor for the kids to have fun. We moved from station to station making blankets, drawing animals on her very own backpack and even creating a butterfly mask.

All of the crafting made her hungry so we made our way over to the breakfast buffet which was full of some of our favorite morning items including waffles, french toast sticks and quiche. I brought my one year-old daughter, Avery, along with us for the fun and the food was the perfect size for her to carry around and nibble on.

Although the space was absolutely gorgeous, many areas were roped off and I constantly had to keep an eye on Avery so that she wouldn’t go near the water that surrounds the Temple. She had a great time singing and dancing along with her big sister, but wasn’t quite old enough to really enjoy all of the activities that they had to offer. We concluded our afternoon pajama party with fun kid-friendly live music from Suzi Shelton. The girls danced and sang along to the tunes all while pretending to be slithering snakes on the ground or jumping kangaroos.

As we returned home, Harlan could not stop talking about all of the new friends that she made and the crafts that she couldn’t wait to hang on the refrigerator door. I hope she realizes how lucky she is to be able to regularly visit such an incredible museum that sits right in her backyard. I know I do.

One last perk about going to a pajama party before bedtime—no need to get the kids changed for bed when they get home.

Lauren Jimeson is a freelance writer and founder of A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles what it's like to live in New York City with a suburban mentality.


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