Let’s talk about Lucy’s experience in NYC this time around. Because NYC with a child with special needs is different from the NYC we’re used to running around in.
First of all, I have to say this girl is a rock star. We had some tricky moments for sure. But for the most part, this girl braved those streets like a champ.
And sometimes those streets aren’t the easiest to maneuver I tell you!
As we go into more unchartered territory with Lucy’s vision loss, I’m always up for tips and tricks from those who are on a similar journey. Please share if you have some. To some it may seem pointless to bring a girl to NYC who cannot see very well. But when one of your best-friend-sisters lives there, along with her husband who is a rockstar himself in Lucy’s eyes (and ours too), it creates a pretty nice avenue to have a little adventure outside of the “known” she is surrounded with at home.
And it’s fun to see her glow with happiness when she gets a new thing she’s done under her belt.
Museum of Natural History
Lucy perked up for sure at the Museum of Natural History. I mean, animals are her favorite, especially the lion.
The polar bear there was pretty cool to her as well, since we always call her a “polar bear.” That girl doesn’t really get cold and insists most of the time on wearing shorts in the middle of the winter.
The rest of us loved that place too.
It’s a tried-and-true NYC favorite.
Loved the cool new Gilder Center and basked in that for a while.
The stars and space are so incredible, and I love their exhibit there.
Lu was perhaps mostly excited about the ice cream truck that stood outside the museum when we were done…ha!
Harry Potter Mania
Along with The Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy is an on-and-off huge Harry Potter fan. She has read those books multiple times as well. And as luck would have it, Elle has read them multiple times too. So, since we had our two Harry Potter fans in tow, we decided what better time to see Harry Potter on Broadway.
But let’s back up, because first we decided we better do the “Harry Potter Experience.”
Harry Potter Experience
Not sure I’d totally recommend this place, but Lucy did really love it so that made it fun.
Then we caught a quick bite to eat after standing in a huge line…
And made it to the show.
Harry Potter on Broadway
See those people of mine down there?
I love them.
And after the show? Icing on the cake that they gave out free Chip City cookies and Lucy got to meet a couple of the actors.
Jackpot in every way:)
I was told recently by an instagram follower that there are special helps for kids like Lucy at most broadway plays, so we’ll have to look into that for next time. For now we were able to get good seats and she sat by her fellow Harry Potter lover to explain a lot, which made her eyes shine.
NYC bagel hunt
I should have saved Lu and Elle’s “best NYC bagel hunt” for this post too:
(FYI, these pictures are taken on multiple days, but Lucy had fallen in love with a new sweatshirt from Claire and always wants the same hairdo so sometimes it’s hard to tell:)
Lucy loved the sunsets, was such a good sport waiting for restaurants to let us in:
We happened to walk past the spot where John Lennon was killed right on his birthday, and went to Strawberry Field in Central Park to see the gathering singing his songs in his honor:
We did so many other things too…some of which I still need to add into the last post.
But to wrap up this one, there’s nothing like the stars in your daughter’s eyes when she gets to have a new experience.
One of those experiences that is becoming more and more difficult for her to have.
So grateful for this time we got to have together in NYC.