Monday, December 31, 2012

new york city day three

We had plans to sleep in again but after our super late night on the town it was hard for everyone to get up; we got up around 9am and were out the door by 10am.  We headed to the subway to catch a ride to the American Museum of Natural History-- there's a stop on the lower level which makes it really convenient.

The kids were really excited because it's the museum from "Night at the Museum".  While the interior was all filmed on a sound stage, the exterior is the actual museum.  We didn't get any pictures of the outside since it was pouring rain, but we did go look at the front.

museum of natural history
We made our way up to the fourth floor to check out the Dinosaur Wing where the Tyrannosaurus Rex was the favorite.

nat hist
We also did the "Journey to the Stars" show at the Hayden Planetarium-- a big hit, especially with Nick!

After the planetarium everyone was starting to get hungry so we walked over to Shake Shack for a delicious lunch of burgers, fries, and shakes.  Then it was back to the museum (in the pouring rain) to check out the Hall of Mammals.  Nick talked non-stop on the drive to NY about how reindeer that can't fly (as in not Santa's reindeer) are the same as caribou.  He was excited to see the caribou display at the museum and to confirm that he was in fact, correct.

After we saw the mammals we decided to call it a day at the museum.  There was sooooo much that we didn't see that we will definitely have to make another trip there (or five!).  We hopped on the subway from the lower level and headed back to Times Square.

Our next stop was the TKTS booth in Times Square to see what deals were available for theater tickets.  The original plan was to go see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall but once the kids were in line and realized that we could get tickets to Spider-Man, they made their opinion known.  The line moved quickly and before we knew it we had six tickets to that night's showing of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" at the Foxwoods Theatre.

We had a few hours before the show so we went up to the room to get cleaned up and ready for the evening.  The kids had fun playing with their toys from the day before and relaxing before we had to go to dinner.  We walked over to Baja Fresh for a quick dinner before making our way into the Theater District for the show.

We love Baja!!  :)

We arrived at the Foxwoods Theatre about 6:30pm and didn't have to wait too long to go in.  We made sure that everyone used the bathroom (Lexie commented that it was the first place in NYC that we didn't have to wait in a line!!) before going to our seats.  Once we sat down and got the boosters (so that the kids were sitting at adult height) situated, we went over theater etiquette one last time before the show started.  There were no photographs allowed inside the theater so unfortunately, there aren't any of the kids at their first Broadway show.

SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark

A montage of Spider-Man :)

The show was AMAZING!!  Everyone was on their best behavior and did a fantastic job being quiet.  I think they definitely got bit by the theater bug though as they're already planning which show to see next.

We made a quick stop at Coldstone for a late night snack and then headed back to the hotel to try and get some sleep.  The kids were wired from the excitement of the night but fell asleep surprisingly quickly!  A great end to another great day in the city.

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