Last year, we participated for the first time in this “Kids on Broadway” promotional event, where a child can attend a Broadway show for free (for a participating musical) when an accompanying adult purchases an adult ticket. Last February we had dinner at a Cuban restaurant, and saw On Your Feet. Good time, but didn’t like the the late night dash to NY Penn and the 90 min local train ride home on a school night. We didn’t arrive until midnight.
This year, we decided to do it again, but give it to the kids as a Christmas gift. In addition, I booked us a hotel room at the Intercontinental Times Square. The plan was for me to take two days off, and we could have a more relaxed night instead of running to catch a late night train.
Of course, I ended up having to work the morning the day after, so sometimes best laid plans don’t always work out.
There were some other mothers from our town bringing their kids to see Wicked and School of Rock Tuesday night as well, but they had their own separate dinner plans. They were all also driving back home that night.
In any case, we had a good time overall. We drove up to the Secaucus train station, caught the next train, and we cabbed it up to the hotel on 8th Ave & 44th St. I opted for the City View room category, and we ended up with a room on the top 36th floor with nice views of NJ and uptown.
We walked to Natsumi for a nice sushi dinner, then walked a few doors over to the Gershwin Theater. Huge theater. The show was good but it felt a little light and fluffy. If you’re a tourist, I think it is fine. Big production, light entertainment, etc. Afterwards we walked over to a nearby Junior’s on Broadway (or 7th Ave) for some late night cheesecake.
In the morning, I ran out early and took the subway to the office for in-person meetings. Around 11:30 am, I left again and met the rest of the family for lunch at Dos Caminos on Park & 27th, along with old friends Regina and Rick, who I worked with at NY Life. Nice lunch, should have taken a group picture.
We meandered the rest of the afternoon, then took a late afternoon train back to Secaucus to pick up our car. Great little NY family getaway.