Last weekend, our family headed back up to NYC for the day. It was a fundraising trip for our kids’ Science Olympiad team. Let me tell you, it is a great way to go, because you don’t need to worry about driving to and from the city. I am not big on driving as it is, and after watching some people drive, I could never make it in the city if I had to drive.
In any case, I wasn’t sure how the day was going to turn out because it started out kind of gray and icky. But, by the time we were halfway there, it turned into an amazing day! It was cold, but that was okay, I was dressed in layers.
Christmas In The City:
Initially, when we first got there, there was a tour of the 9/11 Memorial. We were there previously on our trip 2 years ago, so we were planning on exploring a bit on our own while the others went. Turned out that our bus driver decided he would take those not going to the Memorial straight to Midtown. So we hopped back on the bus, and headed out.
We made a beeline to our favorite pizza joint as soon as we got there. John’s Pizzeria is directly across from Phantom of the Opera, and makes killer pizza! And it is one of the few places my youngest son doesn’t complain about. So it is a double bonus. A great way to fuel up for a full day in the city.
After that, we went for a stroll. One of the first places we stopped was the New York Public Library. My youngest son loves Ghostbusters, so stopping at the library was something he really wanted to do. It was fun, and we enjoyed taking some time to look around.
And a nice bystander offered to take our picture as a family. Since I am usually taking the pictures, it was a nice change to be included. And nice to know that people out there care.
Once we were finished at the library, we continued to walk around. We had to stop at the Barnes & Noble so I could get my kids fraps. A funny side note? I was looking at the computer map to find the sports section, and some customer came up and started to ask me for help. Um, sorry, I am off duty today! My family thought it was hilarious, of course.
So, after that pit stop, we headed to Rockefeller Center. First stop? The Nintendo Store.
And, I had to see the tree.
For fun this time, we stopped in at Toys R’ Us in Times Square. What craziness! But we did get the last 2 gifts on our Christmas list.
After dinner, we walked around a bit before it was time to head to the bus. I loved the city at night, such amazing energy!
So, that was our little trip into the city. Christmas in the city is just amazing, and I am so glad that we got to go again. At least this time I didn’t feel so lost or so intimidated.
Would you enjoy Christmas in the city?