Today we met up with a bunch of homeschooling friends to go see the King Tut exhibit in Times Square. It was a beautiful, unbelievable display of over 100 pieces. The Discovery Times Square Exposition was a darkened, dramatic maze of about 10 rooms that began with Tut's great-grandparents, then his father, then the rooms dedicated to the boy king himself. Black-and-white photos from the 1920s were enlarged and showed the original excavations. It was so cool to see the piece in the photo was the one that you were looking right at. We saw many shabti (small statues that were to do labor in the afterlife), jewelry, small chairs, alabaster containers where innards were kept, makeup and fragrance jars, and the crown, necklaces, and dagger that was placed with King Tut when he was mummified.
Afterwards, we all walked around Times Square and visited the new M&Ms Store. It's a huge store with 3 floors of everything M&Ms. On our way to go eat, we happened upon The Naked Cowboy and took a bunch of pictures with him. He's a NYC busker who wears only white briefs, cowboy boots, and a guitar. 10,000 people a day stop to take a picture. Then we had a fantastic lunch at Bubba Gump's right on Broadway. We 7 adults were at one table and our 15 kids were at 2 other tables. I had a blast with everyone and the prices were really reasonable - not bad for Times Square.
We said our goodbyes and the kids and I headed across the street to the big Toys R Us. Almost every time we're in Times Square, we just have to visit that store. There were a lot of toy demonstrations going on - everything from a motion-detecting hover craft to Squirmle. A guy dressed up as Iron Man was there and the new Candyland section was all redone. J found her way into the big Barbie Dreamhouse again and W was floored at the number of Nerf guns they had, lol.
The subway home was quick and we are all exhausted from a really great day.