Sunday, March 21, 2010
Trip to NYC
We've lived twenty miles from the Big Apple for eight months now, and we finally decided to make a trip into the city. I recently purchased a book with 50 fun things to do with kids in NYC, and inspired by that, I suggested we head to Central Park, where there were three fun things for kids to do that I thought looked really exciting. As you can see from the above photo, Eva wasn't so excited. She slept almost the entire time at Central Park.
Because it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Central Park was absolutely jam-packed. One of the three things we'd gone to check out was closed, and we never made it to the other two. Honestly, the whole train-subway thing was a little exhausting; it took us over an hour of total travel time.
Fortunately, there was a whole lot of entertainment to be had at Central Park. There were dancing rollerbladers, a gymnast balancing her entire upside down body on one hand on a pedestal, a few remaining piles of snow (it was 75 degrees, mind you) where people were playing, huge rock formations that Maia and I climbed up, people spray-painted metallic colors pretending to be statues, showy ultimate frisbee players, and so on. So even though the carousel was closed and there was a line for the swings, we still had fun. While we were looking for Belvedere Castle, Maia spotted a stage and couldn't resist going over to try it out. Nearby was an African drum performance. The result is the above and below videos, where Maia is dancing to the drum rhythms.
It was during this that Eva woke up, pictures below.
And shortly after this, Jeff said we needed to get going so we could get the 6:11 train back to New Jersey. So we headed back out of the park, onto the Subway, back to Penn Station, and onto our train home-video below of Eva looking out the window.
It was a lot of work for a short trip, and even though Maia enjoyed it, I think that in the future, we'll just go down the shore. We like that better. This small-town girl prefers the beach to a big city.