On our second day in NYC we started tackling Anthony’s list of must sees. I still cant believe my little 8 year old wanted this for a vacation and to top it off had a list of what he wanted to see! On the top of the list was The Statue of Liberty, so we walked down to battery park and took the boat over.
The kids loved the boat ride, Aidan in particularly thought it was awesome that they sold food on board. Then once we got off they each got the talking tour radio’s that kept the little ones busy. Anthony was so happy to see everything!
Then we took the boat back and headed down the path to grab a taxi, but had to stop and see the men holding snakes! They let you hold the snakes and take a picture for $5. Anthony wanted no part of it, Aidan tried but was terrified, Lilly on the other hand was just excited to take another picture of herself and grabbed the snake.
For the second half of the day we headed over to the Top of The Rock, at Rockefeller Center. Anthony had talked about going to the Empire State Building, but after talking to Uncle, he told me this was much better so we needed to switch plans.
The little ones loved the elevator ride up and down, and also the laser light play room. Anthony loved that he could see EVERYTHING!
We walked through Times Square fairly quickly, the place was packed and with all the lights and hustle n bustle, Aidan was trying to run off and the closeness of strangeness was pushing him into meltdowns over everything. The one thing that made him happy was meeting Iron Man! These people dress up in costumes and hang out taking pictures with people, sounds cool huh?, ya until the pictures taken and you learn how rude they are about being paid for it! I figured ok no big deal gave the one I asked for the picture a dollar and tried to walk off, but the ones who jumped in the pictures (without being asked or mentioned) would be incredibly rude by Lilly’s pic I just paid them both to avoid any problems. I mean I have no problem tipping people for doing this. There obviously doing it for a reason, I had no problem paying $5 to take Lilly’s picture with a Snake in Battery Park but at least there the people taking the pictures are respectable and polite! Oh well, chock it up to experience, and either way the kids got to meet some characters and I got some cute pictures. Aidan’s exact words were “Mommy, when I grow up I be like Iron Man, He’s so coooooool!”
Once we made it through Times Square walked over to Bryant Park to relax a bit and put the kids on the classic Carousel. This park was the coolest, they had an ice cream area and a bar. The kids enjoyed the carousel and running in the park, I loved the feeling of laying on the grass surrounded by the city, the atmosphere was so amazing. This park became one of my favorite places in New York City!
Anthony has been asking for about a year now to go to New York, so in the last full week of Summer Vacation we finally made the 4 hour trip down there. He was so excited! He didn’t want to leave and insists he will live in New York City one day.
On Saturday we took the munchkins to Dylan’s Candy Bar
on Third Avenue. I though Aidan’s eyes were going to pop out of his head the moment we walked in to this ginormous candy store, with a huge bunny statue and colorful lollipop sculptures. I was nervous taking Aidan at the beginning, thinking we would surely face some meltdowns, but we had a really smooth trip.
There was three floors of Sweetness!
They had every type of candy I could think of, Antonio was loving there huge jaw breakers that looked like they could last a lifetime, I was in love with the mega candy buttons. The kids wanted everything, but we settled on these big pops, some pez dispensers, and taffy.
I was shocked at the reasonable prices! Going into any store in New York City, especially one known to be a tourist hot spot, I was anticipating $15+ lollipops but these big rainbow pops were 4/$10! This Place was amazing and we will definitely be back on our next trip.