NYC Favorite Things - Family Adventures

We moved to New York two years ago seeking a new adventure for our family. There was so much that we wanted to take in and experience during. While we had high expectations for this season of our lives, we had no idea how great it would be and how much it would grow us. In the next couple of weeks I’m going to share some of our favorite things from New York hoping that they might give you some ideas when you’re in the city as well as just an exercise for our family to celebrate this season and the incredible experiences we have had. Here were some of our favorite adventures over the past 2 years:

  • Tonight Show

    • We had a blast attending the Tonight Show Monologue and then the actual recording of the Tonight Show two different times. We love Jimmy Fallon and the Roots and this was definitely one of the greatest highlights of our time in the city. It was also great to reconnect with my old friend, Mark Kelly.

  • Yankees Games

    • My wife got me incredible tickets in the Audi Club at Yankee Stadium for my birthday against the rival Red Sox. It was an incredible and unique experience at Yankee Stadium. I also got to attend the Astros - Yankees one game playoff with my father in law where the Astros made it into the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

  • Spurs at Barclays Center & Madison Square Garden

    • It was so fun to get to see our Spurs play against the Nets at Barclays and against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Both were great experiences and shocking to see how many Spurs fans were in New York City!

  • Sledding in Prospect Park

    • One of our favorite adventures only cost $5! We picked up a round plastic saucer at the hardware store and found hours of entertainment sledding down the hills at Prospect Park after it snowed.

  • 4th of July Fireworks

    • Last year we attended an event right along the East River and got the watch the 4th of July fireworks up close. I’ve never seen a fireworks show that was so spectacular (including Disney World). I’ll never forget Emery (our 5 year old at the time) screaming at the top of her lungs: “That’s what I’m talking about!!!” This year we just went on our roof and took in this exceptional fireworks show with our neighbors.

  • Christmas Department Store Windows

    • Every year one of our highlights has been taking an afternoon/evening to tour and rank the different department store windows during Christmas. It’s hard to find a higher level of creativity anywhere!

  • New Year’s Eve on our Roof

    • The past 2 years we took in New Year’s Eve in our apartment with our housemates. This past year we put the kids to bed early and went on our roof to watch fireworks all over the city. It was an incredible experience! Cold, but incredible!

  • Luis Palau in Central Park

    • Jesus isn’t a name you hear often in New York City unless someone is cursing. While we have experienced tremendous God moments in the city, the most moving was likely Luis Palau preaching the gospel to more than 60,000 people gathered in Central Park. It was an incredible event for our family to experience together!


A Few Other Favorite Adventures:

  • Mets Game on Father’s Day - got on the field where our kids ran the bases!

  • Toby Mac in Times Square - unexpected while passing through we heard a recognizable artist putting on a concert in the middle of Times Square

  • Joel Osteen sold out at Barclays - was great to see an old friend who works closely with the Osteens


Katie had one adventure she also wanted to mention: New Kids on the Block with Boys 2 Men  at Madison Square Garden with her sister. I wasn’t there, but for some reason this was a highlight of Katie’s.

Each adventure brought our family closer together and led to our falling more in love with New York City. While this blog series is an exercise for us to recap this season, I hope it does 2 things for you:

  1. Gives you some ideas of some things to do next time you’re in New York City

  2. Pushes you toward creating new family adventures wherever you might be