Finally, you’re going on a vacation without the kids. Let’s not get it twisted because family holidays are special. In fact, New York itself is an amazing place to visit because of the range of activities. For inspiration, take a look at this Thirty Minus One post about traveling to NYC as a family.
Anyway, that’s enough about the kids because this is a special occasion. You and the partner are going to enjoy the adult side of the city. Cue a wolf whistle. Actually, it’s a myth that couples want to enjoy a good meal and wander around the museum of sex. Because the little ones aren’t around doesn’t mean we don’t want to unleash our inner child. Now is the best time because you won’t humiliate them to the point where they’ll literally die from embarrassment. Teenagers know this isn’t a thing, right?
If this sounds like a fantastic way to spend a vacation, then you’ve come to the right place. Below are the sights and sounds which will help you unwind like it was 1966.
The Group That Shall Not Be Named
Whisper it quietly if you want, but are you a massive Potterhead? Did you lose your ish when the books were finally over? Is the whole thing a part of your adulthood as much as it is the kid’s childhood? Plenty of grown-ups relate to the world JK Rowling created many full moons ago. It’s not essential to be an 11-year-old boy with a scar on his to get an invite to Wizarding School. The Group That Shall Not Be Named is a huge Potter fan club which meets up in New York once a week for activities. So, you can get your Quidditch on and run around with a broomstick between your legs or enjoy a butterbeer. Either way, there is no better opportunity to feel a part of the Hogwarts community, especially if you are in cosplay. Who needs dress robes?
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz is a major part of millions of peoples’ childhoods. Those from a previous generation will remember the feeling when Dorothy got whisked away and made friends with a Motley crew of metal and straw. Even worse, they’ll still know the fear when the wicked witch tries to scupper their plans. The Wizard of Oz is a cult classic for a reason. So, why not experience it again but through your adult eyes? The Gershwin Theater in NYC is home to the musical Wicked which is an onstage production of the movie. Granted, it won’t have the same impact because the impressionable child is gone. But, it will bring back memories while playing to your grown-up side. All you have to do is follow the yellow bricks.
Coney Island Raceway
To be honest, everything in Coney Island will make you well up with emotional memories from the past. From the teddy bear grabbers to the dodgy carnies with pellet guns, it’s a sign of a bygone era. Don’t cry though because there’s still plenty of fun to have even thanks to the go-kart raceway. Karting is the epitome of childhood games – racing in a motorized vehicle without a license. But, adults can’t deny the thrill of speeding around a racetrack with 23 other competitors in tow. Even as a fully-licensed motorist, it’s pretty exhilarating.
Stress-busting Adult Coloring
Kids spend hours and hours with coloring books trying to stay inside the lines. Adults are above it now, but we shouldn’t be because it’s an excellent way to de-stress. Sit down and pick your weapon and get to making vivid pictures. There isn’t anything easier in the world, and it’s incredible how much fun you can have with crayons. Aren’t grown-ups supposed to be mature?! Well, there is wine involved in this stress-busting session, so it is pretty adult. And, it’s for ladies only so you can drop your man off at the door. Even without the kids, he will get on your nerves which is why “me” time is necessary. You do you, girl.
Think back to the times when you were young lovers – did you go to the arcade? Lots of couples end up playing pinball or air hockey and staring into each other’s eyes. Sure, it’s a bit nauseating now because you’re old enough to know better, but intimacy is essential for every couple. Without it, it’s hard to keep the spark alive. Roaming around the hundreds of arcades in NYC will bring the romanticism flooding back. How cute.
Which one out of the list sounds like the most fun?