We arrived in NYC on Sunday, after a long flight.
We've been having a great time. I'm here with my 3 kids (15, 12 and 6). It's not easy keeping a teenager, a preteen, and a kindergartener interests all going at the same time. Usually they have 3 different ideas of what is "the" thing to do. But it's all been working out great.
I've realized that the thing to do is to keep moving ... not lingering. We went to MOMA and the Met, and didn't linger at all. At MOMA we strolled pretty quickly through the exhibits, but if you move along no one gets bored and everyone eventually finds what catches their interest. My 15 year old loved the architectual models, while the 12 year old really got into the industrial designs, and the 6 year old became really riveted by the "famous" pictures she had seen in the books, like "Starry Night", etc. I don't think we spent more than an hour, but it really worked. We did the same thing at the Met. We walked through most of the major collections, but the quick pace kept the interest going. Everyone of course loved the Egyptian collection, and my 12 year old was really into the Coco Chanel exhibit.
We also went to Dylan's Candy and FAO, so that the younger ones could buy gifts for friends back home.
We've been eating at "fun" places, rather than anyplace fancy. We went one night to Ruby Foo's on the upper west side. It was really a fun place. Food was okay, not great. But we met up with 2 other families that we know well, and so we were 13. It was just perfect for a large group. We went to an Indian restaurant Chola, which is very over rated. It's okay but nothing like the reviews. I'm going to post in the forum asking NYkers for their advice on another great Indian place. The kids loved Brooklyn Diner. I thought the food was going to be bad, but it was actually really good. We went there after a show, so it was 11PM. But the staff were really friendly, especially to the kids.
My 15 year old son and I saw Avenue Q. It was cute, but not great. Several people told us how good it was, so we had high expectations, but it was just okay. BUT DON'T TAKE ANY CHILDREND UNDER 15!!! IT IS VERY ADULT MATERIAL. Last year, we saw Raisin in the Sun and Wicked, which we thought were much much better. We are seeing Julius Caesar tonight. So we're excited. It's gotten mixed reviews, but how can you go wrong with Denzel Washington.
My 12 year old and 6 year old were so excited to see Little Women. They had tickets and went to the Theatre only to find that the show has been cancelled. So if you are booking tickets way ahead, make sure it is a show "with legs". Obviously, LW didn't make it. But they have great tickets to Wicked and they are SO EXCITED. They haven't seen it but they've heard all the songs. I'm sure they'll have a great time. Like I mentioned, my son and I really enjoyed that last year.
We still have a few more days, and we still have more to look forward to . We are going to the Natural History Museum. The kids want to walk around the Village/Soho. We are going to a Mets Game. And the girls are going to Wicked.
If anyone has any suggestions for us, we'd love to hear them.