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Three Girls In NYC

Our weekend in New York City started with the girl’s very first cab ride in the city. Now, they’ve been in cabs in other cities, but those rides did not prepare them for this experience.

As we zipped along the streets at breakneck speed, the girls sat there very quietly taking it all in. Keep in mind, my girls are not quiet children.

Once at our destination, the girls scrambled out of the car. Leela looked at me and said “Our cab man really likes his horn” and Shannon piped in with “Everyone in a car likes their horn here”.

And then they realized that they were in front of the American Girl Place and they practically dragged me by my camera bag into the store….

Now, I have a few things to say about American Girl Place. Of course your children are going to want to bring their dolls into the store. This sort of goes without saying. But there is a problem with this. Your girls will then have to take said dolls and packages all over NYC with them for the rest of the day.

Let me make that more clear. YOU will have to carry the dolls, packages, your purse, your camera bag, the kid’s hats/scarves/mittens and anything else you accumulate for the rest of the day. This is pretty much unavoidable and you might want to consider bringing muscle relaxants and Tylenol in your purse. You will need it.

Another observation. I told my girls they could choose one outfit for their dolls OR one small American Girl pet. Christmas is next month and their stuff is tres expensive. So, I thought it was a very reasonable expectation.

Well, after seeing the three floors of merchandise, telling your child that they can spend around $30 at American Girl is like telling a kid who visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory that they can choose one solitary M&M as their treat.

But I stuck to my guns even though we watched as parent’s carried out multiple shopping bags filled with dolls and clothes. It was a lesson in delayed gratification.

If you visit American Girl Place, I’d suggest visiting towards the end of your day. You’ll still have to drag the dolls around, but maybe by the end of the day the kids will be too tired to visit every level of the store. Maybe.

After American Girl, we visited the Hershey’s Store. Located conveniently right across the way from the M&M’s store, the Hershey’s store made my girl’s eyeballs pop out. Candy bars as big as their head, Hershey Kisses as big as a bowling ball and a machine that rained miniature chocolates. It was a lot for my cocoa bean loving offspring.

I had to temper the girls with “just choose one small thing” more for the impending sugar crash than the expense. I needed the kids to make it through an 8:00pm Mary Poppins show.

It was hard to steer them away from the M&M’s store. With thousands of lights on their ginormous billboard, it got their attention.

When they saw the towering tubes of self serve M&M’s in every color of the rainbow, I knew there was no going back. I was going to have to let them purchase $12.99lb M&M’s.

The only thing that gave me comfort was that they could take them to the show later that evening and most likely I would still be paying less than the theater treats.

I’m not really sure what the girls were more fascinated by in NYC. Certainly the lights were a hit. Everything seems just a bit more grand when illuminated by tons of sparkly lights. The ordinary becomes quite extraordinary.

But I think the highlight was the shows. We saw two. The first one, Mama Mia, I was a little concerned over it being too mature for them. However, my girls are very big fans of Abba music which clearly is my influence. Dancing Queen is a much loved song in this house.

So, I hoped that the more mature parts of the show would fly over their heads and they would instead enjoy the music. And they did. It was their favorite show of the trip.

We played the soundtrack for Mama Mia on the way home in the car and they sang along with it at the top of their lungs.

Once again, pack Tylenol.

If you get a chance to see Mama Mia, do so. It was incredible. The acting is superb and the music is just over the top incredible. It’s a not to be missed Broadway show.

Our second show, Mary Poppins, was also spectacular. It’s one of my favorite childhood stories. And even though Mary Poppins is more of a story from my childhood than theirs, I thought they would still love the magical story of that umbrella flying nanny!

The acting and music were fantastic, but the set was the most amazing thing. The way they changed scenes from the house to the roof tops was a sight to behold and the special effects made the whole story come alive in a very real way. And to see Mary fly over the audience had my daughters wildly clapping.

My girls really enjoyed the play, but they were starting to hit their wall at intermission. Or it could’ve been the sugar crash kicking in. A 2:00pm show would’ve been much better for my girls.

On Sunday we slept in for a bit, and then we made our way over to the event that was the reason for our trip. KidzVuz FashionTweenstas. An event that showcases all things tween.

The Children’s Place was one of the sponsors and Shannon really enjoyed dressing their mannequins with all of the products in their new line.

Shannon is at the age where she is particular about what she wears to school. Watching her fuss over which accessory should go with each outfit made me think that I might have some responsibility for her fussiness. Clearly this apple tart is made from the same ingredients as the mama apple pie.

While Shannon gravitated towards the clothes, Leela enjoyed checking out the whimsical pillows and sticker books from iscream. I’ll tell you a little bit more about their products closer to the holidays. They have some super fun products for kids!

But the highlight of their day was getting their hair done with Fashion Angels Color Rox Hair Chox. I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled at first with letting them get their hair colored. Even if it was with temporary color that washes right out.

I thought it was going to be messy and and end up all over their clothes. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t messy at all and how easy it was to clean up.

The girls just loved the colors and how simple it was to use. I appreciated that it washes out easily and doesn’t stain clothing. And at $11.99 for a box of 5, I’ll be stocking up on these for birthday party gifts.

We wrapped up our day by filling cups with candies from the jelly bean bar. The perfect thing to do before a four hour drive home. Hence, the singing along to the Mama Mia soundtrack at ear splitting decibels, complete with dance moves. My punishment for letting them partake in Hershey’s chocolates, M&M’s and jelly beans all within 48 hours.

Today we start a sugar fast until Thursday.

That was our weekend. A weekend of widened eyes and expanded understanding that the girls are part of a world much greater than the small town they live in.

Even though I still think they are a little young to understand all that they saw, I’m sure they will remember that we experienced it together. And that is the most important thing.


  1. Holy hannah Melanie! What a fabulous Girls’ Weekend in the Big Apple! It sounds and looks like your young ladies took a big bite in their adventure filled days! Wow, two shows and a special event on top of Times Square, American Girl store! i am very jealous; i love visiting NYC!

  2. Patricia N. says:

    Wow! You’re weekend was certainly filled with excitement. So glad you had a good time. I think it would have been a good idea to bring one of those baskets on wheels like I used when I was teaching, although I wonder if it would have really gotten in the way walking through the busy streets of NY.

  3. Your girls are absolutely adorable! I know that they will never forget this trip to NYC! Mama Mia is the best! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. *tears squirting out my eyes* Melanie….what a GIFT you have given to your girls. Just reading your blog posts has left an impression on my heart, so I know that your girls will cherish these memories forever. You are an awesome mom and your kids reflect that. So happy you all had a wonderful time in NYC. I had a wonderful time living through your eyes for a moment. Thank you for sharing.

    • Awww Krista, you always have the nicest things to say. Thanks for following along on our journey. I love sharing it with you. 🙂

  5. I too carried my daughters American Girl doll around New York City & after losing her camera (thank goodness it was a cheap one) we decided to put the doll in her backpack! To this day she says “mom we should have never taken my doll along”! My thoughts from the beginning! But we had a blast anyway!

    • I was certain I was going to lose a doll or a camera myself. I had a nervous tic by the end of the day. Oy. I think next time we’ll do as you did and bring a back pack. Wicked smaht, as they say here in Boston. 😉

  6. What an amazing bonding experience!!!

    • Jackie- It was very much so a bonding trip. We enjoyed it. And I missed answering a question of yours last week. You asked how I know about all of the conferences. Twitter. I just watch what my peers are chatting about. Eavesdropping at its finest.

  7. Such fun! I love the shoes you girls are wearing btw! And Leela looks do grown up in that iscream picture!

  8. Sounds like such a fun girls weekend. I’ve seen Mama Mia 3x and love it. I agree your kids are too young to figure anything out.

  9. I am totally jealous of their awesome hair!

  10. We are taking our girl scouts – (ten year olds) next September and the top of their wish list is the Hershey and M&M stores! I hope Mama Mia is still playing… that is my show choice!! Love the pics!!

  11. That is the reason why I haven’t been to the American Girl store with my girls. I just know it would be too hard on our budget, too hard to stick to a budget, and too hard to tell them not to go over our budget.

    I don’t think any talks beforehand would change that. They receive the catalog in the mail and go bananas over every page.

    Wow, what an adventure all of you had! They will remember that weekend forever. Amazing.

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