My daughter and I have continued to have some wonderful adventures throughout New York City this summer. For the first installment, click here.
Puppet Shows: One of the hidden gems in Central Park is the Swedish Cottage that houses a marionette theater. Throughout the year, the theater puts on a number of productions. We saw a compelling tale, Bessie's Big Shot, which was about a cow who wanted to be in a circus. *Spoiler alert-the cow accomplishes her goal. To learn more about the theater, click here.
Free Movies: There are free movies for children throughout the summer. Locations vary, but we went to see Rio 2 in Chelsea. http://www.bowtiecinemas.com/programs/kids-club/
US Open: Arthur Ashe Kids Day: "Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world, with chart-topping performers, celebrities and some of the best tennis players in the game coming together to celebrate the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The event takes place the Saturday before the US Open." (Source: www.arthurashekidsday.com)Ashe is one of my idols, so it means a great deal to take Camilla to this day that honors him. Learn more about Arthur Ashe.
Koronet Pizza (Manhattan, Broadway between 110th & 111th Streets): I decided to take Camilla to my favorite pizza place in all of New York City. Granted I have not consumed pizza in every borough, but this is my story, so I can embellish. Koronet is home to the jumbo slice, (pictured below) which has fed many a Columbia student over the years. I love this spot, so I thought it would be a worthwhile addition to our summer adventure tour. She loved it and couldn't get over the size!
Mr. Met: On our way to Koronet, we made a quick stop at the Citibank on 96th and Broadway. During the summer, Mr. Met has been visiting Citibanks throughout the city. Although I am not a true fan of the professional sports mascot, I thought it would be fun for Camilla, especially since she is. She gave him a big hug and wanted a picture. She did, however, ask if she could take a bat to his head because it was a baseball. Observant young woman.
Michael Jackson's Birthday Celebration
Spike Lee has organized celebrations of Michael Jackson's birthday in Brooklyn since he passed away five years ago. Since Camilla is a die hard MJ fan (look for my upcoming post on this), we had to make it to the event this year. It's a free, joyous, and truly wonderful celebration.
New York City remains a truly wonderful place to raise a child. The diverse experiences my daughter has experienced during her life to date are remarkable. Hopefully, there will be more to come.