We returned to our hotel, finished packing and took our luggage to the lobby for it to be stored. We needed to check out of our room, but we still had one more major museum to hit before we were ready to leave town. We headed to the West side of Central Park to visit the American Museum of Natural History.
The girls were prepared for this visit. The week before we went on our New York City trip, we watched Night at the Museum for our Friday night family movie night. Once in the museum, the girls began looking for anything they could find from the movie. The number one thing the girls wanted to find was Dexter--the menacing monkey that comes alive at night from his display in the museum. After much looking through the African animal displays (which are on two floors), we finally found Dexter and the girls were quite happy.
At this point we left New York, but we did have one more stop to make. Due to rain and scheduling, we had given up on seeing the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park. But the girls really wanted to see Lady Liberty. So we drove to Jersey City and made our way to Liberty State Park. When I found a good view, I pulled into a side parking lot and woke Clare up, who had rather quickly fallen asleep in the car. Meg, Clare and I stepped out of the car and enjoyed the New Jersey view of the Statue of Liberty. We then got right back into the car and began listening to Stuart Little as we drove back home. What a wonderful trip it was.