Like many families, we take our children’s education seriously. So when we were planning a trip to New York for our middle child, Creagh, we scheduled visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and Chinatown. Then, the subject of Disney musicals came up. “Take Creagh to a show!” the grandparents suggested. “You mean like the Picasso show at MOMA?” we responded. “No, a Disney musical—like Mary Poppins. She’ll love it,” they urged.
“Hmmm,” we replied. Our trips to New York with the kids always focused on the cultural and educational highlights of the city. These were all the things our kids missed out on by being transplanted from Manhattan to a much smaller city when they were very little.