2011 Summer Road Trip - Day 36

Thursday, June 30, 2011
We had a super long, super busy day today.  The kids and I got up and headed to Central Park once again.  Our first stop was the Central Park Zoo.  One of the first things we saw upon entering the zoo were these really cool eagle sculptures.  Both of the girls thought they needed their pictures taken with them.  After admiring the entryway we spent a leisurely two hours just exploring the zoo.  We saw snow leopards and sea lions, but our favorite exhibit was the polar bear exhibit.  That bear was a swimming fiend!  He just went back and forth, back and forth for at least thirty minutes!

The girls liked sitting under the eagle's wings.

She looks like such a lady!

Reese's favorite animal!

That polar bear swam forever!

The gate at the Children's Zoo was amazing!

My little baby turtles!

The lily pad walkway was fun!

Now my turtles are all grown up...

My pretty girl.

A crazy looking rabbit sculpture.

My sweet girls.

It's time to leave!

After visiting the zoo we walked through the park for a while and happened upon a puppeteer.  His name was Ronny Wasserstrom, and he had a Humpty Dumpty marionette the the kids loved!  He was really good at involving the kids in his show, and they were literally laughing out loud at some of his antics.

Put your foot in!

"Watch this, Jack!"

Mama's sweet man...

The kids loved the scarecrow, too.

I love seeing them smile like that...

After loads of fun in the park we met David for supper at Ellen's Stardust Diner.  What a hoot!  The reason we went to this particular restaurant was because a 12-year-old girl on the subway suggested it to us with a glowing review.  She said that she was excited because she was getting to go for her birthday later in the week.  Since she was so excited, we thought our girls might enjoy the place, too.

Katie and Reese were totally enthralled the minute we stepped inside.  We were seated immediately after we arrived.  They placed us in the upstairs section near the stairs.  The funny thing was that after we were seated the first person we saw was that same girl from the subway!  Katie went over to say 'HI' as soon as we saw her with her family.  What are the odds that we would be there on the same day at the same time?  Crazy!  We ordered our drinks and meals right away and then enjoyed the show while we waited.  One of the waiters even came up and sang to Katie.  He actually sat down in the seat with her!  She was thrilled!

Katie's special song...
We got our meals and fed Jack some of our food.  Since Jack is especially hard on dishes, we usually just put his food on the table in front of him.  One of the waiters (not ours) noticed that he was eating off the table and told us it made him "uncomfortable to see that baby eating like that" and brought us a glass plate for Jack.  It took about five minutes, but Jack crashed the plate on the tile floor and shattered it into a million pieces.  Haha!  We knew that might happen, and I did try to catch the plate, but oh well!  I guess the young waiter might have learned a little bit about babies!

I didn't get our waiter's name, but he was attentive and nice, so we were happy!  David ordered a Cobb salad, I had the meatloaf, Katie had cheeseburger sliders and Reese had mozerella triangles.  The food was OK.  Not great, not bad, just OK.  I did feel it was a little overpriced, but I guess you're paying for the show, too.  The wait staff sang tons of songs that we knew, and quite a few that we didn't.  Katie requested the song "Popular" from Wicked: The Musical, but unfortunately we finished our meal and had to leave before they got to her song.

Reese watching the show and waiting for her food.
Katie LOVED the singing.
My family outside the Stardust Diner.
Fun times!
 After dinner we headed out to Times Square to look around for a little while.  If you remember, last year we went to Times Square and missed a ride on the Toys R Us ferris wheel by just a few minutes.  I promised Reese at that time that if we ever came back we would ride that ferris wheel.  We made it to Toys R Us and did just that!  The kids were excited, and I actually got a picture of myself taken while I rode!  That's an unusual occurrence!  We also visited the Disney Store and played in there for a little while.

My family at Times Square
Katie in the Disney Store.
Jack and Mommy on the Toy Story ferris wheel car.
Katie riding the ferris wheel.
Reese on the ferris wheel.

David was pretty much done after visiting Toys R Us.  He'd worked all day that day, and had to get up early the next day, so we headed home.  It was a LONG day, but we had fun!  Gotta get some sleep so we can head off toward Maine tomorrow!