|Heading to the Big City!|
Big Girl has a summer birthday, and since she was one year old, it has been a tradition to go on some sort of day trip on her actual birthday. We have been to zoos, aquariums, American Girl stores and more for her big day. This year she wanted to go to New York, particuarly to the American Girl store and LEGO shop. We took her to American Girl in NYC for her 5th birthday, and that year we had her birthday lunch in the cafe. This year, we were not going to have lunch there, but she wanted to shop and see all the treasures from the catalog in person.
|Posing with "Girl of the Year" McKenna outside American Girl NY|
American Girl is just a few blocks from Grand Central, so we headed there first. It was not crowded, which was a blessing. We walked around the several floors of displays and enjoyed looking at all the adorable doll merchandise.
|Molly doll display|
|Julie's new car|
|Molly's kitchen display -- can I live here? Totally my style.|
Big Girl may be 10 years old now, but she loves her American Girl stuff. With her birthday money, she picked out a pair of pajamas and a dog for her McKenna doll, a book on Internet safety, and we offered to get her the cute flute set for her doll, since she is taking flute lessons when school begins.
|The new treat counter at American Girl New York -- no reservations necessary.|
|Giant LEGO dragon over Giant LEGO NYC complete with LEGO Rockefeller Center -- impressive model!|
(FYI, LEGO fans/moms: The Choose-A-Brick wall in the Natick, Mass. LEGO store is actually much better despite it's small size. And the Natick mall with LEGO is actually where the Boston American Girl is located. And it's right off the highway, with free parking...)
|Disappointing Choose-A-Brick wall, with fake displays :(|
After taking a quick walk around Rockefeller Center, staring into the Today Show studio (and lamenting how my Matt Lauer is in London right now -- :( sniff!) we made our way toward Broadway and Times Square to this:
|Big Girl on Broadway|
|Singing waiters, all the time -- it's like dining in a "Glee" episode.|
After lunch, we walked through Times Square to visit the Disney Store, of course. Any possible Disney fix is a necessity! The store was great, so big and a perfect place to shop for little ones. If it was closer to the holidays I think I would have stocked up on some special things, but I didn't have the extra cash to get anything right now.
|The Ferris Wheel at Toys'R'Us in Times Square -- huge, huge, huge!|
|Hanging on for dear life, five stories up...|
|Toy taxis for the twins!|
At home, it was time for cake and singing with siblings, who had practiced their "Happy Birthday" songs all day with their grandmother...
|Time for ice cream cake, candles and singing!|