Times Square: The Truth

 Yesterday while in Times Square, we spent a ton of time outside on our scooters. But really, we spent most of the day at Toys R Us. I wanted to poke my eye balls out.

But then again, twice (twice!) Owen told me he was having the best day ever. Once while he gazed into the T-Rex eyes in the Jurassic Park section of Toys R Us. And another time when he was looking at the Lego sculptors. Ella had her moment as she road a display bike around the store. With the wind blowing in her hair, she exclaimed, "Oh, I want to live in the country!" Oscar didn't want to get out of this display Cadillac Escalade Power Wheels car. He kept opening and slamming the door shut like a tough guy.

We were there so long, we used the restrooms twice. All I can say is that I absolutely surrendered to my kid's demands to play in a cheesy toy store all day long. I didn't take any pictures because I was sure that there was noway I was writing about this on the blog. Nothing looked photogenic. Just a lot of plastic molded to look like different things. I was planning on taking pictures when we went outside to the large red staircase in the middle of Times Square. I tried to build it up: Look at the view kids! The lights?! All the people! But all I got were bored eyes and Owen's constant demand to check out the massive Disney Store.

So we walked down the stairs that I thought were relatively cool and headed to the Disney Store. 
But this time I took pictures while I wrote this post in my head.  


  1. I just found your blog and I love it! Can't wait to read more. We were just at Times Square with our kids and I can relate to the desire to poke your eyes out. Not exactly fun for mommy!

  2. I H-A-T-E Toys R Us. My kids don't know it exists yet and I plan to keep it that way as long as possible. Same goes for Disneyland. I sound like the Grinch, don't I?

  3. Annie, I agree... as much as I would love for our sons to 'see' the city they live in they're just kids. My pet hate as a parent trying to get things done are those coin operated kiddy rides inside the shopping malls.

    Sharon, I've taken our sons to Toys R Us in areas around Sydney and nowhere can they play with the toys like you described.

  4. SO true, the things kids love, reminds me of a plane trip with my then 1 year old son, i sourced all these cool toys, wooden educational toys, books, i had a bag full of tricks. he played with the vomit bag the whole time, the whole time! it was a hit.

  5. I absolutely adore this post! I am a Mom of 2 boys in the City, so I love reading about your adventures. Mine are still little (4 months and almost 2) but I can only hope to have a day like this in a couple of years! I never would have thought to scooter through Times Square. Perfection!

  6. This post reminded me of a memory from when we were kids. One of the most magical times were when mom and dad would take us to Toys R Us and let us pick out anything we wanted at the end of the year for having good grades. We must have had a spending limit, but for me this was just so exciting. ha!

  7. I know...but with kids, you just have to ride that S...L...O...W...ferris wheel at least once, and wait in the longest line to ride that S..L...oh wait, I already said that. :)

  8. WOW--is Times Square always that busy? I bet that sounds pretty silly to a New Yorker;) But seriously I love these pic's since I have never been to NY and can so totally relate to just caving and letting the kids have a hay day somewhere when I would much rather be elsewhere....but like you said then you would hear whining and crying as their eyes glaze over....and that might lead to what I call a "breakdown" in public...which I am not fond of;)

  9. When your boys are big and too-cool-for-school, they won't believe what little shoppers they were :)

  10. I get this feeling all the time..."I can't blog about this." And, "The only way I can stomach another big box store is if I zone out and write a blog post about it in my head."

  11. I feel your plastic fantastic pain! With my just turned 11 yr old let me tell you there is a light at the tunnel's ned - struck me recently we don't even glance at stores like that anymore - probably not for a couple of years at least. All 'good' things come to an end -! However - and you knew that was coming - we are now facing the challenging realities of texting and Skype. Jury is out on which era was more mind numbing!!!!!!!

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