Sunday, March 9, 2014

6th Birthday Getaway: Scenes from the Big Apple

Hope’s 6th birthday weekend coincided with the end of my husband’s school break and the beginning of the girls’ school break so we decided to skip the traditional birthday party and plan a little NYC getaway. 
We were surprised by the lack of snow in Manhattan and the temperatures were balmy (above freezing !).   Our seat sale flights were to Newark, NJ airport. I was a little concerned about the transfers into Manhattan, but they turned out to be very economical (kids ride free on both the train and the airport express). We made our way around the city by subway or foot.
There are so many things to see in New York. Here are some of our favourite moments.
The Big Piano, above, and the Muppet Workshop, below – both at FAO Schwarz.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
Sampling many of New York’s hot dogs
Dinosaurs and butterflies at the Museum of Natural History
Cinderella on Broadway complete with Carly Rae and Fran Drescher.  The girls loved this production. 
Birthday dinner at the American Girl Cafe.
One of Hope’s special birthday requests was to see the green lady.  We took the ferry to Liberty Island.  Monument and crown access tickets were sold out, but we were able walk around the Statue of Liberty and explore the small island.  The photo looks chilly, but it was quite sunny and around 8 degrees C.
It was such a fun mini vacation and a memorable celebration.  We  left the city wanting to visit again soon.
Happy 6th Birthday dear Hopie!


  1. I'm jealous!!! What a fun birthday - one she'll never forget, I'm sure!!!

  2. What a wonderful trip for your girls! Such a special place to celebrate a birthday too! Your pictures are wonderful. NYC was always a favorite trip. We haven't been since Josie's adoption. I can't wait to go back again.

  3. Happy 6th Birthday to Hope! What a nice celebration. You really do take wonderful photos - I wish I had been into photography when my children were younger :)

  4. Who wouldn't enjoy a NYC getaway for their birthday? Fun, fun, fun! Happy 6th birthday to the birthday girl!

  5. You always have the most amazing trips to celebrate life!! And it sounds like a lot of fun - you certainly had a full agenda :)
    Last but not least, Happy Belated Birthday to Hope!

  6. Fantastic! We never miss FAO Schwarz (even before we had kids :) What a fantastic way to celebrate. So glad the girls had such a great time!

  7. wow! what a perfect birthday trip! you really packed a lot into that weekend. Looks like a lot of fun. what a lucky little birthday girl!

  8. What a great way to spend a birthday!


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