Approximately number 13 on my bucket list would be to stay in a hotel that completely overlooks Central Park without any obstructions. Well… CHECK!
Yes, it was excessive. Just a little. But dang, it was worth it!
The Dietrich boys painted the town red! Our weekend started with a trip to The American Museum of Natural History which itself could have taken up an entire day if my boys were that patient. When researching fun things to do with the kiddos in NYC, I saw that there was a limited time exhibit dedicated solely to the T-Rex! Bingo! From the moment we started the walk through, Bennett was engrossed by every little detail surrounding the ideals of this no longer existent predator. There were sculptures of how scientists believe it was created, what it looked like as it transformed into the beast we know it as today, there were interactive tools that kids could enjoy to learn more, there was even a 3D video-like imagery that took up an entire wall (think maybe 2 times as big as a movie theater screen) of a T-Rex and baby stomping around the woods, breathing heavily, grunting, and staring at you directly like it was there in real life… yep! That’s what we saw! It was so life-like, Remy flipped the ‘F’ out! He was so scared! Poor guy, it kinda ruined him for the rest of the museum.
We moved on to the entire dinosaur wing, which is the largest dinosaur collection in the world (by the way), where Bennett had to see the Stegosaurus which is his current favorite dinosaur. We also got to see the newest member to the museum, the Titanosaur, which was discovered in Patagonia, and the cast of this dinosaur is 122 feet long! It’s only been there since 2016, go check it out next time you are in New York!
On Saturday we spent majority of the day in Central Park. The boys loved climbing all the big rocks and staring out at the skyline. We rode the Carousel, which they absolutely hated. We then moved on to the small, but fun (!!) Central Park Zoo. Our favorite thing to see was the penguins. They were SO interactive! They loved coming up to the glass window and diving right in front of everyone, they really put on a great show for us!
To top off the trip we had a late lunch at Serendipity 3 where we indulged on the frozen hot chocolate (the best!), then moved on to Dylan’s Candy Bar where Bennett got a cotton candy bigger than him!
We had such a great time and did more than I thought we would! There’s just something about doing all the kid things in NYC that is just SO.MUCH.FUN. Seeing and experiencing everything new to them is what makes patenting the best! I don’t know… now that I have my sons, I feel like I have such limited time to share with them. I want to show them the world! We are not promised tomorrow, take the trips now! Who cares if they are wearing the latest designer outfits and who cares if they miss so-and-so’s 3rd birthday? Make the sacrifice, plan the trip, and go. There’s nothing more educational than traveling. I promise. Someone once asked me, “Why do you travel so much? Do you not like being home?” It really took me aback a little bit and made me judge that person slightly (if I’m being honest)… my response was probably something like…. “uhhhh… because we love it… and it’s awesome!!” but really, I felt happy in that moment with this person, because it’s not every day you get to try to influence someone to travel more :)
Anyway, that’s my daily rant for now! WE LOVE NYC! Gotta go pick up my little rugrats from escuela!
P.S. Guess who’s turning 4 years old on Wednesday?!?!?!?