I recently took my kids to Chinatown for a few hours one rainy Saturday. While we had been to Chinatown with our kids a number of times for dim sum or dinner, this time our little excursion was like going to a foreign country. We took the subway and our first stop was dim sum (Oriental Pearl). There is something so great about the huge tables filled with kids, parents, and grandparents. Kids tend to be more adventurous on the eating front when they see other kids eating everything. Plus for the picky ones, you can order a plate of noodles off the menu. Then we wandered up Mott Street, where there are dozens of fish vendors, where lobsters in tanks and dried shrimp provide endless intrigue. Then there are the stores where aquariums and fish are sold, which are like mini-museums unto themselves. I think we spent 45 minutes in a single one. Then we ended up at Pearl River, where the boys were able to pick a $1 item–a bracelet for my older son and elaborately carved wooden fan (yes, $1) for my younger. It was a perfect day.