At the top of our ‘To Do’ list was checking out the Broadway production of “Spiderman Turn Off the Dark” so we booked that right away. Then, with lots of great suggestions from our friends, we laid out a 4-day schedule that only the amazing Spiderman himself could possibly manage - but we were up for the challenge. At the end of our NYC adventure, we were happily exhausted with tired little feet. (Tip: wearing Toms is not a good idea if you plan to attempt a marathon-level pace of sightseeing in NYC - owie!). But, let me just say, we had a phenomenal time together and were excited about all of the things we were able to see on this trip! My husband and I agreed that NYC is a fantastic and manageable place to visit with kids.
We got a super-sized taste of the Big Apple and we can’t wait for our next bite!
The photo summary below shares the amazing web of fun that we weaved...
DAY 1 - Broadway and About Town:
|Lucked up on great family rate at the InterContinental
Times Square! Can you tell that our kids love
staying in swanky hotels? :)
|Enjoying all the sights, sounds, & smells
via the first NYC Cab ride :)
|Their first look at Times Square and taking it all in.
|Couldn't pass by without riding the ferris wheel in
Toys 'R Us. All I can say is thank goodness they got the
Mega Bloks car or I would not have been permitted
to post this picture.
|A friend told us about Sony Wonder Technology Lab.
(Thx Becky!) Hands-on cool techno activities like having
fun with their own photo to project to a video board
(shown) and making a studio news report. Best of all,
it's Free! Just make a reservation well in advance.
|My "bootleg" photo while awaiting Spiderman.
(sorry Foxwoods Theater)
Fun family show w/amazing aerials - kids loved it!
Seats on Lower "Flying Circle" Balcony were ideal -
Spidey lands there a lot!
|Visiting the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero was a solemn
experience even for the kids. It was beautifully designed.
Free but reserve tickets in advance.
|Ended the first day with friends at Grimaldi's Pizza
under the Brooklyn Bridge. We all agreed it was the
most delicious pizza we have ever tasted! (Thx for
the tip, Smithwicks!) Plan to wait in line for a table.
DAY 2 - Museums, Central Park, and Shopping:
|By the end of the trip, our kids were pros at
maneuvering the subway - but we did have trouble
convincing our daughter that it wasn't a gymnastics arena.
|The weather was gorgeous so we grabbed sandwiches
for a lunch in Central Park. OK, we got popsicles too ;)
only made it through about 1/12 of the Natural
History Museum but what we saw was really cool! The
kids were hoping the creatures would come to life like
in the movie.
|Our little girl's dream-come-true shopping trip
on 5th Ave at NYC's American Girl Place.
|My husband couldn't resist a stop in the unbelievable
3-story M&M World store! He was just sad that I voted
down his idea of installing ceiling high dispensers like
these in our house :)
DAY 3 - Sightseeing and Sporting Events:
|View from the top of the Empire State Building is
breathtaking. A friend told us to visit here early in the
AM in order to avoid really long lines - it worked. (Thx
Anna!) My husband thought the upgrade for the audio
tour was well worth it.
|If you like Peanut Butter & Co flavors (Cinnamon Raisin
Swirl is our favorite), then it's worth the trip to the
Lower East Side for some yummy sandwiches at their
restaurant. I had the "Jerry Seinfeld" - bagel topped
w/PB, honey, and cinnamon.
Enterprise Space Shuttle had just 'landed' for
exhibition at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
Always humbling to be this close to a shuttle.
were excited to go to a baseball game in
the new Yankees Stadium. It was super easy to
get there on the subway!
|Amazing stadium, exciting game, and awesome fans!
Great family outing! Go Yankees!!
DAY 4 - Our NYC Finale:
|Lady Liberty is awe-inspiring up close.
She is currently being restored so we weren't
able to tour inside, but there was plenty to
experience walking around the base of the statue.
|While at the Statue of Liberty, we picked up the
free audio tour at the entrance. Even our
youngest found it informative.
|Our son is very intrigued by Wall Street so
it was fun to make a stop by the Wall Street Bull
(along with a huge crowd of other tourists).
|The Ellis Island museum brought history to life
for our kids as their school studies have included
a detailed Immigration simulation. Also, they were
curious to try find information on their great-grandfather
who came to America through Ellis Island.
|A final bite at Doughnut Plant in the Lower East
Side left us with a sweet taste of the Big Apple!
Gourmet flavors galore such as Creme Brulee.
(Thx for recommending, Mary!)
final ride to the airport.
The kids could hail a cab with the best of 'em
by the end of the trip.
The unanimous decision from our family... We ♥ New York!!