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Time Out Kids' blogger series: Alicia Harper of Mommy Delicious

Alicia Harper of Mommy Delicious tells us about her day trip to Field Station: Dinosaurs with her son.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Field Station: Dinosaurs with mom blogger Alicia Harper


To say that life as a single mother in New York City is busy is an understatement. There is always a work commitment to fulfill, a deadline to be met, other responsibilities that I’m expected to attend to…and no co-parent to pass my 5½-year-old son Aiden off to.

But that doesn’t stop me from allotting time that’s just for Aiden. We connect and bond by immersing ourselves in the culture of New York City and by planning special excursions, like last weekend's trip to New Jersey's Field Station: Dinsoaurs.

To get there, Aiden and i took the New Jersey Transit from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction, New Jersey; the train trip took about ten minutes. From there, we took a cab ($10) to the 20-acre outdoor walking attraction, which was approxmiately five minutes away. So, in total, it took us about 15 minutes to travel 90 million years back in time—a concept Aiden thought was pretty epic.

Whenever we venture out into a new experience, I usually follow Aiden’s lead while giving him the opportunity to explore, experiment and learn freely. At Field Station: Dinosaurs, it was no different. Upon entering, we were given a Commander’s Pass, which we had to get stamped as we traveled through different expeditions—quite akin to an actual passport. We were also given a Trail Map, which listed the expeditions for that day. In addition to the main attraction—the animatronic dinosaurs—the park also hoffers story times, concerts, a 3D movie and a fossil dig site.

I followed Aiden as he moved along the trail, going from dinosaur to dinosaur in order to see which one was the true T.Rex (his favorite of them all). He stopped and paused at each one and told me whether they were herbivores or carnivores. “Mommy, if they have long, sharp teeth, then that means they eat dinosaurs. If they have small teeth, then they eat grass. Did you know that?” (Why yes, Aiden. I did know that. But thanks for the information anyway!)

I’m not going to lie—I’m no dinosaur whiz. That's why I really appreciated the bulletin board next to each dinosaur showcasing the correct pronunciation of the dinosaur’s name, the time period in which they lived, the geographic location they resided in, their size, and their diet. This was a great “cheat sheet” for answering any questions Aiden had.

Aiden was singing the praises of Field Station: Dinosaurs the entire time and said “This is so cool!” more than once. It was a really nice way to spend our Saturday afternoon, and Aiden is already asking me when we’ll be able to go back to Dino Land. Needless to say, I definitely scored points with him for this outing.

Alicia Harper, MA, EdM is a 20-something single mother living in Brooklyn. Her life is filled with all things pink and sparkly, except for the one bit of blue—her rambunctious 5½-year-old son Aiden. Harper is the Dean of Students at a charter school and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, HowAboutWe.com and other publications. Read more of her work on her blog, Mommy Delicious.


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