Friday we went to see the Simpson’s Movie with ‘Neene and then went to La Caridad (Cuban-Chinese) for lunch. After that we walked up to Uncle Louie G’s for Ices and then went off to River Run park. It took Chandler and Mason, who are getting a little old for sprinkler parks, about an hour to get into the spirit of the thing, but the kids (without getting soaked [there’s that age reserve] ) had a grand time by the time we left.
Linda, because we were having a nice time in Manhattan, was looking for something else for us to do and thought of Mars 2112 on the northern reaches of Times Sq. So we walked the 30+ blocks down there and went in and had dinner. You have to enter on a wormhole time squashing ride to Mars, which the kids absolutely loved. The dinner was predictably bad, but they loved meeting the giant stuffies that live on Mars, and the décor (cave) and the theme (outer-space).
I’d have thought Chandler and Mason were too old, so perhaps it was good we stretched out the day to go there this year. They were kids having the time of their life. Next Linda suggested (because a good day should never end) the Ferris Wheel in the home of the Evil Giraffe (Toys-R-Us). Mercifully the ride only took four so I got to stalk them with the film camera (I sent the digital out for service) and again they hit gold when they got the Barbie-car on the Toys-R-Us Ferris Wheel. I joked when they got off that I had to pay a bribe for the Barbie car, and that I wanted them to have the little tikes toy car like we had in the courtyard in University Village.
Seeing the giant version of it brought back memories of when the kids were little and when they got older and could climb up over it and use it for a stepping stone to climb the trees in the courtyard. Man, those Little Tikes toys last. It was a major siege of Manhattan, and I wish that those people who populated the buildings 76-77-78 courtyard of Albany Village could all have been there with us, spending just one more day together.