A Princess in New York part 1

What does a Princess do when her school lets out for a generous Spring Break? You jump on a train and head off on adventure…with Mama and Baba in tow of course. My Hero and I have enjoyed several NYC getaways during our marriage, but this would be the first kid-centric trip to the city. We knew what we enjoyed doing there did not always translate well into kid interest without a little tweaking. So with a little research we uncovered several kid options of our favorite activities.

Part 1 The Theatre

I love the Theatre. Our adult trips often included a trip to the USO or reduced ticket outlets to just experience what they happened to offer. If it was terrible, you never felt bad about just slipping out at intermission when the financial investment was so low. Yes, there are great musicals on Broadway that could spark an interest in the Princess, but her wiggly nature and tendency to break down at very tense or loud moments would make the experience a bit unpredictable, which could lead to a very expensive endeavor. To avoid this predicament we found some shorter, more young child friendly…and cheaper options. We spaced them out a few days and followed each with a downtime activity. To say they were a hit would be an understatement!

The Paper Bag Players was one of several smaller children’s Theatre options. They are celebrating their 60th Anniversary this year. The venue was small but large enough to give the experience of a real theater. The show was a series of short skits with lively characters and moral lessons. Wiggles and laughter was strongly encouraged!

The simple sets and engaging performers really made it fun!

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is tucked away in Central Park. It can be a little harder to get tickets because the venue is smaller. The show was lovely and held the interest of the Princess the entire time…she is still talking about it. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a professional marionette company perform. Isn’t the Theatre beautiful?

And to follow each experience a sweet treat to enjoy

A frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3…

And a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar…3 levels of yummy goodness!

Stay tuned for Part 2…

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9 thoughts on “A Princess in New York part 1

  1. Oh, my!

    I grew up in New York City, and lived there (or in the immediate area) until last year. And I saw the Paper Bag Players when I was her age! They are wonderful aren’t they?

    And good for you – finding performing arts geared for her age. The city has so many activities that are great for children, and not everyone realizes that!

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  2. How cool that she got to experience NYC! I remember taking my kids to a professional puppet show when they were little and they were entranced like your princess! A train, and all the rest — so fun. We have visited Dylan’s Candy Bar in Chicago and I’m SURE she loved it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo kathleen

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  3. What a grand adventure! My kids all like cities more than I do. They will likely all end up living in an urban area as adults, while I dream of a country cottage! Suburbia has been a good compromise. Either way travel is always good for enjoying one another and learning!

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  4. One of my favorite memories of New York City is getting to the Phantom of the Opera with my grandparents. My grandmother made quite the day of it and we had such a wonderful time together. How fabulous to start your daughter out with smaller and age appropriate shows; what a surefire way to make a theater goer out of her.

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