I started my day with a walk. While outside, I could see it was going to be an amazing day. I came home and was greeted by my husband with, “So what adventure are we going on today, babe?” One would think that with such beautiful weather in NYC finding something to do would be easy. But it’s not. One of the things that I love so much about NYC is that there is always tons to do, especially on days like today.
At first I thought it would be great to take part in Green Fest at the NY Aquarium and then hangout in Coney Island. But my husband wanted no part in anything that would require being inside even if only for a short while. He wanted this to be an outside adventure.
So after reviewing my list, we decided to go to the Children’s Carnival going on at the Queens County Farm. The drive to Glenn Oaks reminded me of our many drives to the beach and I couldn’t wait for those days to come.
Though we had planned on leaving sooner, it is impossible to leave the apartment quickly. It seems that everything just takes so long with these boys (including the 11-year-old whose life support system seems to be attached to his video game system)!
Needless to say, we arrived and the line was long!
Fortunately the lines moved quickly because my “city boys” were getting annoyed with the little bugs flying around. Once in, we started getting really excited about all the rides. Unfortunately, the little ones weren’t skilled on waiting on line right away and there were plenty of those, again with pretty long lines. At one point my 2.5 year old thought he would try to squeeze his way through the bars of the gates and get on the ride.
Once my 11-year-old, hubby and I managed to figure out what worked to keep them entertained while they waited for the rides things seemed to move a bit more smoothly.
The great thing about the carnival is that it had a lot of rides for my little ones. My 11-year-old wasn’t left out though; he found fun things to do as well, especially in the games section.
There was so much to do! I was amazed the boys lasted as long as they did. The sun was pretty hot and there were a lot of people. But everyone was pretty nice.
After all the rides and standing on line, and waiting, and more rides all under the hot, bright sun, it was no surprise that the little ones started breaking down and crying.
We decided it was time to refuel with some carnival food. Ah, carnival food! Sooooo good. I indulged in a gyro with the works, while the boys and hubby had chicken, fries, and some crab sandwich. My oldest stood in line for what seemed like 20 minutes waiting for the perfect funnel cake and the little ones cooled off with an ice cream treat.
After getting ice cream, the boys became a bit happier, so they ventured onto the quieter, less crowded side of the carnival, the farm. The farm itself has such wonderful history, and it’s definitely worth making the trip to continue to preserve it and maintain it. The kids didn’t take part in the hay rides going on, but they did get to say hello to a few chickens and cows, and a duck. The 2.5 year old even wanted to share his Spongebob ice cream with the cow, who looked more than willing to accept!
We started making our way out, but not before stopping into the green house and browsing through all the goodies in the gift shop. I was tempted to buy a plant or two, but I lack a green thumb and thought it best to spare the poor plants the misery and agonizing death they would surely experience under my care (or lack there of).
It was a fabulous day spent at the carnival and we got plenty of outside time! By the time we made it home, all 3 boys were fast asleep, which is always a sign of a great time.