Day Four in NYC- Financial, Fashion, Food and Fun!

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Wednesday May 28, 2014 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, Travel

Trinity Root

Financial Tour This was by far the best day in New York and now the kids really want to come back. I planned the day with the kids interest and passions in mind. We started with a Financial Tour – The Wall Street Experience.  The tour was two hours and excellent. It included great revolutionary history in the tour. It included background information about what caused the financial crisis. I would recommend this tour even if you are not that interested in finances.  Cobey really wants to go into the New  York Stock Exchange and already working on this for the next visit.

We then headed straight for the 911 Museum. We only had a little over an hour and we did not have near enough time. Our friends went and stayed six hours. The museum is intense powerful and thorough. My only complaint was there was too many people allowed in at one time. Despite the crowd, people were quiet and introspective more so than any museum I have been to. The kids want to go back when we have more time to spend. This time we had to go for  Clare’s part of the day

Claire at Fashion Tour

I signed her up for a private tour with SEEK. We got on the subway going the wrong way but we made it to our meeting spots only a few minutes late. The tour did not disappoint. Our tour guide Liz started with giving us background about the fashion district and fashion history. Some of the history went along with our tour the day before at the Tenement Museum. After the history part, she then took Claire shopping. We went to a bead store, three trim stores and three fabric stores. Claire had a ball and we had the best guide.  Liz gave great advice and encouragement. They became instant friends.  The tour was a little over two hours and since we skipped lunch and it was now almost five,  we were starved. With advice from Liz, we headed to John’s Pizza. It was a great meal. They have gluten free pasta but I had a wonderful salad. The kids loved the mozzarella wedges and cheese ravioli. Cobey was disappointed with his wings but otherwise good meal. We then headed for Dylan’s Candy Bar. The Dylan’s Candy Bar was a very sweet ending to a great day.

Claire and Liz Dylan's Candy Bar

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Day on the other Broadway

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Sunday May 25, 2014 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner

On Broadway



We had a wonderful full day in New York today. Last night we joined up with Carolina Homeschoolers which was great to have someone else do the planning. The best part was joining up with our friends – the Johnson Family.  The theme today was Broadway. We started with a tour of the New Amsterdam Theater. The theater is beautiful and the history was interesting. The best part was when the  kids got to try on the props from past shows.  The next stop was a theater workshop where they learned part of a song and dance from the musical Aladdin which we got to see after lunch. The workshop and play were Claire’s favorite activities of the day. Cobey’s favorite part was lunch at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. This is a diner where the waitstaff sing the entire time. They are all trying to make it on Broadway.  My favorite activities were Aladdin Musical  and the tour of the theater. I thought the workshop was a great experience for the kids. We ended the day with Empire State Building.  We had a great day!



Claire at Empire State Building




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Day in New York City

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Friday Jun 15, 2012 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, National Parks, Travel, Uncategorized


We only had one day to see New York and I think we made the most of it. We started out taking a ferry to Ellis Island. The kids did the Junior Ranger tour there. They had a great audio tour geared to kids that gave a great overview of the building. We then went to the Statue of Liberty, where we first did a ranger-led scavenger hunt which did an excellent job of teaching the kids the symbols that are on the Statue of Liberty. We then did an audio tour that explained more about the statue. We had a quick lunch and then took a ferry over the Manhattan. We raced to make our ticket time for the 911 Memorial. The memorial is free but you have to get a ticket. Even with a ticket you have to wait in a line but it moves pretty quickly. The museum is not open yet but I am still glad we went. The memorial seems a perfect tribute. It is quite beautiful which cannot be conveyed in photos.  This event has affected me still after all these years and it gave me peace to see how beautifully and respectfully they memorialized this event. We then took the subway to go see the Empire State Building.  Bruce ended up taking the kids on the ride and up to the observation desk. The ride was an flying overview of the city.

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