Friday, July 1, 2011
Today we had tickets to the Harry Potter Exhibit at Discovery Times Square. The kids and Mark are very big fans and so this was something they were looking forward to. After the hotel breakfast we walked the few blocks to the museum and went in. They don’t allow pictures so unfortunately there won’t be any, but what they had was a lot of the original props and costumes from the movies in a very nice set up that made you really feel you
were inside Hogwarts, etc. We had paid for the audio tour here but it was mostly a waste of money, just an FYI. Their costume designer would just say things like “I wanted Ron to look like he was wearing hand-me-downs” etc. We spent a couple of hours going through the exhibit and then what seemed like another hour in the gift shop and we left with a bunch of things including reproduction wands for each of us (so practical!). I got Luna Lovelace’s, Mark got Sirius Black’s, Genevieve got Hermione’s and Charlotte got Ginny’s. What we are going to do with them now I have no idea, but they are very pretty.
After this museum we took the subway uptown to the Museum of Natural History. Once we got there we were hungry so we decided to take Fischbach’s recommendation and go to the Shake Shack as it was nearby. When we got there the lines weren’t too bad and we managed to get a table too. The hamburgers were very good, as was the shake. After lunch, we walked back to the hotel and passed Berkley Girl, a tween boutique. Finally! Genevieve tried on a bunch of things but the clothes were a little too “fashion forward” (and expensive) for us. She did, however, get a headband that became her staple accessory during the trip.
We got to the museum and went in. We walked around the exhibits, but the girls just weren’t really that into it, and Mark’s foot was really hurting him, so we didn’t stay as long as we thought we were going to. We did get this classic photo of the girls with Dum Dum, though.
We took the subway back to the hotel and rested up a bit before dinner at Carmine’s, where we had a reservation at 5:00 (early we know but it was either that or 9:00 pm). Unfortunately, we were still all a bit full from lunch so we couldn’t eat as much as the Carmine’s portions demand, but it was still good. And a New York experience too. On the way home we were able to confirm what Genevieve’s friend had told her before we left on our trip – there are more taxis than cars on the streets!