I recently got the chance to take Aidan to New York City all by himself for something really special. Just he and I, the two of us, together on a train without his little brothers or his big sister – not even his Daddy. To me, this was a once in a lifetime experience for the two of us.
By chance, I came across something really cool in one of my blogging Facebook groups about the opportunity to be a part of a Good Morning America segment with Wimpy Kid Series author, Jeff Kinney. When I read the words I immediately thought of Aidan and how much he would enjoy this. Then the mother in me, the realist, started speaking to me.
“Really, Anne? Does he need to do this? Do you need to do this? Skip school? Spend money and go to NYC? Will you drive? Take the train? Isn’t it too much of a hassle?”
These were the voices in my head.
“Yes. Go. This is a chance of a lifetime! He’ll love it. You’ll love it. You can have some quality time together, just the two of you. Plus, it’ll be so much fun. The kid LOVES Jeff Kinney and his books. When is an opportunity like this ever going to happen again?”
I sent an email to the segment producer, with a link to a recent blog post I had written about meeting Jeff Kinney at his new bookstore in Plainville, MA. I immediately got a response saying, “Great! See you at 7:30 AM Monday morning at the side doors of GMA on Broadway.”
After getting the YES, it was really hard not to listen to that second voice in my head. We’ve got to do this.
So we went. We hopped aboard Amtrak super early on Sunday morning and were in Manhattan by 11 am. We had gorgeous weather and got to explore bits and pieces of the city. Yes, Good Morning America would be super cool, but so wouldn’t being able to tour around NYC with my seven year old little boy together. Where would we end up? No stroller , no other hand to hold on tight to – Just Aidan and I and a big city.
“Can we go to Toys “R” Us? Can we stay in a hotel? Will we ride in a Taxi?” These are the things Aidan was most excited about.
He called the shots. I made suggestions. I followed his lead. No one else could change our minds because it was just the two of us. No one else mattered and we totally bonded. He wants to eat at TGI Fridays? We’ll eat at TGI Fridays! He loved being in charge! But I also took him to Shake Shack!
I would recommend a one-on-one trip like this to any mom or dad looking to create some super special memories with their kids. In fact, I cannot wait to go back and do it again with Emily on her own. Then Owen and eventually little Andrew when he’s big enough. The truth is, we couldn’t really do it as a family unit. There are too many of us, the hotel rooms we want are too tiny and it’s too hard to navigate the crowds of Times Square with four little ones all at once. This trip was just perfect.
Things to do in NYC with a 7 Year Old Boy
- Visit Times Square
- Visit Central Park
- Go to the top of the Empire State Building
- Visit the American Museum of Natural History
- Visit the world’s largest Toys “R” Us
- Visit Bryant Park
- Eat Out
- See a show
- Get a great deal on a NYC hotel in Times Square using the App Hotel Tonight
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Jeff Kinney is an amazing guy, by the way. Not only did we get another signed copy of his book during the meet and greet, but he also sent Aidan a signed copy of his newest book on the day it came out! You can get your own copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School here. Aidan finished it in just 24 hours! He says everyone should read it!
I’ll never forget this trip to New York City with Aidan as long as I live. I really hope everyone gets to do something like this one day. We definitely bonded in NYC. We did it and we did it right.
Have you traveled one-on-one with any of your kids? Where did you go?