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The Museum Of Ice Cream & Volunteering In Harlem

by Nellie

Happy Monday Friends!!

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As I mentioned last Friday, I had a super busy week last week, but thankfully the events included visiting beautiful harlem and some delicious ice cream. 🙂

I’ve mentioned before that I am a Team Leader with New York Cares–I’ve been a team leader for over 9 years, I’ve volunteered at schools, parks, and even juvenile detention centers. Volunteering is one of my favorite things to do and it really is a nice way to meet new people while doing awesome things for the community.

Harlem’s Back To School Bash with New York Cares


I took a break from volunteering weekly a few years ago at a pantry because it had become impossible to go all the way uptown every Saturday when Jacob was an infant. (Hello, mom guilt!) Now that the kids are much older and I have more free time during the day, the opportunities to volunteer are really endless! The first thing I registered for was a Back To School Bash in Harlem with food, dance contests, spelling bees and free backpacks FULL of supplies for kids!


As a New York Cares team leader I am responsible for being the liaison between the event planners and the volunteers. At this particular project we were responsible for the arts and crafts section so the kids could come by and get creative!

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The best part? The lanyard! I was immediately thrown back to the late 80s where I sat on the block and made lanyard designs for days and days. We used to make designs like “the box”, “cobra” and “chinese staircase”. Just weaving the strings with my fingers brought back so many happy memories. My friends and I were experts back in the day so teaching the kids today was super easy. They even taught ME some new tricks and it was so nice to see as I really thought that it was a lost art.


The kids also had construction paper and markers and bubbles, of course, don’t forget the bubbles.

My crew was a really awesome one. There were a lot of laughs and good times. It really never ceases to amaze me how so many strangers can come together for a good cause and have a really good time together. I am SO excited to be back team leading for New York Cares and I can’t wait for my next project (soon!).

Ice Cream Museum


My best friend got me a ticket to the sold out Museum of Ice Cream. I really didn’t know what to expect but since everything in NYC is so overhyped, I had to at least see the temporary show while it lasted.

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We waited for a good 25 minutes before they let us in–it was like waiting on line for a club, except I was NOT in heels, and I am no longer 23 years old. When we finally got in we were treated with a yummy purple ice cream from the Chinese Ice Cream Factory. Never have I ever eaten a purple ice cream and I was very impressed.


The museum had a few sections. One where there was a clear edible balloon of sugar and cute lights and artwork made of ice cream. There was also a weird section where we had to scoop ice cream and pile it high on an ice cream mountain.

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There was also a chocolate section with an abundance of free Dove chocolates and of course the sprinkle pool. I did not step foot in the sprinkle pool because I was irrationally grossed out by people putting their feet into perfectly edible sprinkles, but the bestie went in!

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It was a super cute museum, it took about 20 minutes (or less to get through) then we celebrated my bestie’s birthday with Dos Caminos. I took no pictures of the food, I was present with her, but trust me when I say it was delish! Hands down one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in NYC.

Would you ever visit the Museum of Ice Cream? Would you take a dip in the sprinkle pool? What was your last volunteer project?

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CARLA August 29, 2016 - 5:30 am

Ive been nagging all my nyc friends to go for me—or to buy me and the 10 year old plane tix so we can go with them.

Allie August 29, 2016 - 5:46 am

I love that you have so many amazing volunteer opportunities! It really is great what a group of strangers with a common goal can accomplish. And, the museum of ice cream was SO hyped (as you pointed out) and seems less than stellar. Oh well. And no, I would absolutely not be wading in sprinkles. Ewwww.

Janine HulDie August 29, 2016 - 7:44 am

Ong, the museum looked awesome and definitely am jealous of the purple ice cream!! That said I also am finding as my kids are getting older and when they are in school with more time on my hands and what better way to spend it than by volunteering and giving back?! Happy Monday, too!!! 😉

kita bryant August 29, 2016 - 8:05 am

I don’t know about the dip in the sprinkle pool but I love this! I have never heard of an ice cream museum. I like ice cream but don’t love it but I would still visit!

Kimberly G August 29, 2016 - 8:34 am

I love New York Cares! I used to volunteer with them weekly when I lived on Roosevelt Island. Now that I live in Stamford I can’t volunteer as much and i miss it!

Joi August 29, 2016 - 9:43 pm

That looks nice but you said sold out, I was wondering about going. I’m coming there in a couple of weeks. I need to email you.

Yes to getting in the sprinkle pool!

Nellie August 29, 2016 - 9:44 pm

Yay!! My Joi is coming to NYC!!!

Tamara August 29, 2016 - 10:17 pm

I really wanted to go but it was sold out a lot and we had our big trip. And now it’s pretty much too late. Perhaps I’ll catch it in another city! The sprinkles pool looks like it was cool in the beginning, and then got grungy! Unless they change it out a lot?

Terri August 30, 2016 - 7:15 am

You had me at purple ice cream! Seems like the ice cream museum is a must-see.

It’s so nice to see you enjoy volunteering. I absolutely love volunteering and hope to instill that love in my son. Unfortunately, since he’s been born I haven’t had any time to give back. I wish there were more opportunities to volunteer for mothers of infants. In time, I hope I can get back to my community service work.

Leslie September 6, 2016 - 11:16 am

It’s SO hard to volunteer when you have littles. I totally get it. But even doing something small is better than doing nothing at all, right? The Museum of Ice Cream exhibit looks incredible. But wading around in a pool of sprinkles definitely makes me sad. Think of all the cookies and cakes those could have been on!

Nellie September 8, 2016 - 10:02 pm

YES!! Like, don’t people realize that sprinkles were made to be consumed? What is this world that we waste sprinkles?!


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