Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade & the American Museum of Natural History

On Wednesday afternoon I surprised Henry with something...

We were going to...


And instead we went and saw:

The giant Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are blown up on 77th and 81st Streets in Manhattan, the streets that surround the American Museum of Natural History, so we went to the museum in the same trip!

The beautiful origami tree was up

We walked through the human science exhibits, which Henry took a strong interest in.  He was fascinated with the human bones.

After a few missed calls and lots of walking around, we eventually met up with Henry's buddy Jack to see the dinosaur bones.

Joe was also off work by this time and joined us.  We naturally found ourselves in the space exhibits, we all really enjoy this part of the museum!

The next day, of course, was Thanksgiving.  Joe went into Manhattan pretty early to try and snag us a decent spot for the parade and he succeeded!  We had a nice spot in Central Park where we could SIT (*key with a 4 year old!), see the balloons and much of the happenings on the ground as well.  And it wasn't too horribly packed!  All in all, it was a very good spot.  Here are a few highlights.

It was very neat to see these giants float down the street!  After the parade we made our way back to Queens, got lunch at a local restaurant and had an enjoyable lazy afternoon.  Dinner rolled around and we ate random leftovers and peanut butter sandwiches and scurried out the door to go see The Muppets in the movie theater...which was FANTASTIC!!

All in all, it was a non-traditional Thanksgiving.  Not one bit of turkey was had, but we were together, and we enjoyed it...and that is what matters most!

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