Monday, April 9, 2012

We Love the Big Apple

We spent a long weekend in NYC at the end of March. Benjamin & Daniel have been asking to go to back to New York since we visited last Christmas. We stayed at the New York Palace Hotel and loved it there. Look at the view of St. Patrick's Cathedral from our room! The hotel also had a cute little courtyard complete with tables and chairs and tiny trees lit up at night.

Our first stop was FAO Schwartz where the boys picked out all NYC vehicles...small police vehicles, taxis, and a Statten Island Ferry.

We sat in the little square and people-watched. Ben and Dan were excited to see this woman carrying a Pac Man bag and insisted on taking a picture of it:

Then, we walked to Central Park and spent hours meandering through and stopping at a playground to play.

The flowers were beautiful!

Later that night, we went to Top of the Rock.

Rockefeller Center

On Saturday morning, we took a Circle Line Cruise around the Statue of Liberty then back.

After the boat ride, we headed to the top of the Empire State Building then for lunch, we met my friend Katie at the famous Serendipity Restaurant.

Their menu was huge!

Their frozen hot chocolate is to die for!

The boys enjoyed their special treat from Katie while we were at Make Meaning, a creative place just for kids on the Upper East Side.

Ben and Dan chose to make soaps. Here they are using letter cookie cutters to cut pieces of colored soap to fill their soap molds. They even got to choose their own scent for the soap and chose birthday cake!

On Sunday morning, we headed over to the Museum of Natural History. We thought the boys would love the planetarium, as they are obsessed with outer space currently...but it proved to be a bit scary and loud for them.

They enjoyed looking at the fake planets and info. outside the planetarium, though and were psyched to get a spaceship toy from the gift shop.

Since this was the end of our little trip, the other exhibits weren't quite as exciting as they might normally be...we were all pretty tired!

We headed over to Carmine's for a delicious Italian lunch then headed home to Jersey. The boys kept saying New York is so much better than New Jersey. They were sad to say good bye! Looks like some small day trips via the train are in our current future.

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