We woke up on Saturday morning, nice and early thanks to our early riser. We got dressed and headed out to find some breakfast. We had bagels and some yogurt and of course, coffee!
We had time to kill before we were ready to begin our day, as most of the museums and things we were interested in didn't open until 10AM. We wondered around Times Square for a little bit, and found our way into the Disney store. When you ask M now, three weeks later, what she enjoyed the most about NYC, the "Anna and Elsa Store!" is what she'll tell you! She was in heaven walking around and looking at everything! (And the Easter Bunny may have found a really cute Frozen swimsuit coverup that she knows M will go bananas over when she sees it in April.)
From here, we ventured to the subway (a pretty cool experience for a two year old!) and we traveled to the Museum of Mathematics, or MoMath as they call it. This is a new museum in town (opened in 2012) and several of J's colleagues told him about it and said it's great for kids. We read online that it's geared toward 4th through 8th graders, but children of all ages and adults will enjoy it too. As a former 4th and 5th grade elementary math teacher, I think that's a great description. M definitely didn't understand a lot of the things she saw, but she had a ball exploring and doing all of the hands on activities. I would love to bring a class here for a field trip. It was filled with so many cool exhibits and activities for kids that would be great visual learning opportunities for them. If you have kids and you're visiting NYC with them, it's worth a trip here! We had a ball!
I love this picture of the two of them!
It was really just so much fun! And M still loves talking about the things she did here.
From here, we left and walked a few blocks to meet J's cousin and his wife for lunch. They live in Brooklyn but came in to meet us. We always love catching up with them, so we were glad we got to sit down and catch up for an hour! After lunch they walked with us to the LEGO store where we played and took in the impressive LEGO buildings.
Around the time we left the LEGO store, it was starting to snow outside, and it was snowing hard! This was the first time M really got to experience real snow that she would remember. It was fun walking back to the subway and our hotel in it!
We made it back to our hotel and J put M down for her nap, and I headed out to go stand in the TKTS line for tickets for a show for that evening. My sister offered to come babysit for Maggie that night while we went out (love you Lindsay!), and so we figured we'd try to see if we could go see a show. The tickets go on sale at 3, so I went and got in line at 2:30. At that time, the line had started, but I was maybe only 100 people back, so not too bad! I stood in the snow for half an hour debating what to see and crossing my fingers that my choices would still be available when I got to the front of the line. I was going back and forth between Cabaret (with Alan Cumming and Emma Stone) or If/Then (with Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp) as my top choices, and my third option would have been Kinky Boots. When I got to the ticket booth, Cabaret was sold out, which made my choice easier, so we got tickets for If/Then.
I headed back up to the hotel, where we all napped and rested until I decided to finally wake M up at 5:30 (the big weekend had caught up with her!). J went out and got her and Lindsay Chipotle for dinner, and when Lindsay arrived we headed out for our night out. We found a little sushi place not far from the theater where we sat at the bar and had a quick meal. Really good food, but I have no idea what it was called!
We headed to the theater at quarter till eight, and got there in just enough time to find our seats.
The show itself was just....okay. It wasn't bad by any means, but there are so many other great shows with better music, better stories and better dancing. BUT....the performances were fabulous. Idina was Idina. She was spectacular. Getting to see her live and on Broadway was kind of like a bucket list moment for me. I know she's not everyone's favorite, but I was in awe every time she sang. Also, being a big RENT fan from my high school days made it super cool to see her and Anthony Rapp on stage together again. He was also fantastic.
Idina was nominated for a Tony for this role and she performed at the awards last spring. This was the ballad that her character sang at the end of the show, and my word, that woman can sing.
Okay....enough fan girl talk! On Sunday morning, M took in the views from the 32nd floor. ..
We met up with Lindsay for brunch in her neighborhood at a diner, and for the first time since we had arrived in NYC, it was actually really nice outside! After three days of extreme cold and snow, the sunshine felt nice! We said our goodbyes to Aunt Lindsay and headed back to our hotel. We stopped by the M&M store (which M called the "Treat Store" since that's what we've called them since potty training last fall). She loved this goofy store. They had an item for everything you could think of with an M&M on it. She didn't ask for any of it until the very end....she found a butterfly container with different color M&M's inside, and looked at us and in a very matter of fact fashion said, "I'm gonna take this home with me." So that was that! She's still slowly working her way through those M&M's at home and I think I may need to replenish with new ones when these are gone, because she loves that darn butterfly. Nothing like a good souvenir!
We flew out later that afternoon and safely made it back to Charlotte (no sitting on the tarmac this time, wooo!) just in time for the Oscars where we both were impressed to see Idina on stage after just seeing her the night before!
And there you have it! Our first successful big trip with a toddler and a very different trip to NYC then ones I've had in the past. I'm looking forward to more family adventures like this one.