|Hanging in the hotel!|
The next morning we got dressed and all met down in the lobby for the FREE continental breakfast (another hotel perk!). After that it was time to head out and catch the subway into the city. My mom has never been to NYC before so this was a huge treat for her and we had plans to hit Time Square before going to the theater for the show.
We got off at Grand Central Station to show the boys the famous landmark in some of the movies they have seen.
We also walked by the public library to show them the big lion statues!
After some quick site seeing we needed to grab some lunch. We decided to get some burgers at the Shake Shack! Charlie and I had met for lunch here when we came during his conference so we knew it would be yummy and fast! We still had one quick stop to Times Square to make before getting to the theater.
After lunch we headed into Times Square. My mom had never been before so I felt like Ed Asner's Santa from Elf when he was explaining the rules of the big city to Buddy! "Mom, there will be people dressed up as different characters...do not take your picture with them...they just want your money! It's not FREE!" Ha! She was in awe and can now cross another one off the bucket list!
So then it was time to get ready to go to the theater! The boys were so excited and I was excited to see their faces when they walked in!
The show was everything we hoped it would be. I had seen it in Boston before, so I knew what to expect but watching the boys faces when they saw the opening scene of Circle of Life was the BEST! Especially David, who will be attempting to walk on stilts as a Giraffe in his second round of being in the Lion King, Jr.
|First NYC subway ride for Grammy and Shaun!|
|Grand Central Station|
|Grammy enjoying the city so far!|
|Grammy and Omi enjoying their milk shakes and burgers!|
|Charlie and me too!|
|Me and my Mom!|
|It was the boys first time here too! They had been to Rockefeller Center and FAO Schwartz before, but never Times Square or Broadway!|
|Shaun, Auntie Kristin, Grammy & David|
|Charlie, Evan, GG & Omi|
|Shaun is so ready for the show!|
|After the show!|
|What an amazing experience!|
|Dinner at Mama Mia 44sw!|
The hotel was near the Bronx Zoo so after a quick breakfast, we packed all our things up and headed out. The weather was going to be much cooler than the day before in the city so we bundled up a bit more. The boys had a blast at the zoo and we ended up staying until close.
After some walking around and seeing some of the animals, we had some lunch and then the boys got a ride on a camel.
That was the last thing of the day. The boys quickly stopped at the gift shop and then it was time to head out. The plan was to try and get out of the city as quickly as possible and then find somewhere to eat in CT. We managed to find a Cheesecake Factory near a mall and got our dinner and dessert before saying our goodbyes to everyone. We hit some construction traffic, but otherwise it wasn't an awful ride home. We made it home at midnight! We were so exhausted but the trip was totally worth it! I can't wait to take the boys to another show!
|Ready to see some animals!|
|The boys got a kick out of the peacocks|
|Grammy and Omi in the Butterfly Pavillion|
|Evan was too nervous to go alone, so Dad was the hero of the day!|
|We never have to worry about losing Grammy?|
|We got to the tiger area in time for a feeding demonstration! It was cool to see the lion up close like that.|
|Taking a ride on the Bug Carousel!|