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Seeing the Sights Aspie Style

central parkSince we are in NYC anyway, the boys have asked to see the sights.  Their idea of seeing NYC completely revolves around their interests and favorite movies.  Yesterday, we took a trip to central park in order to seek out Belvedere Caste.  Little Man (9) wanted to see where the Smurfs beat up Gargamel.

On our way to the castle, we of course, had to stop to climb the trees!  What else would we do?  And, Yes, I use the little leashed back packs to take five boys to central park!!  Especially since the Tot is a runner!!


climbing treesWhen we finally found Belvedere Castle, the little man (9) was a bit perturbed.  He was upset that the castle was closed, and that he could not find any smurfs anywhere!  When we left the park, we headed over to Times Square and ate McDonalds of course (because what else would we eat even 700 miles from home) sitting outside watching the world go by.  The Tot loved watching all the “TV’s” (lit-up billboards), and was stalking a dancing red dragon and Iron Man.

The little man still was not ready to leave Manhattan though because he HAD to see the Empire State Building.  We drove down 5th avenue, and I thought it was going to be a problem that we could not go inside, but he was OK with that.  After all, only Demi-gods are allowed in!  He was extremely happy that he had found Olympus!

Our outing was not without meltdowns and madness but overall we had a very nice, if not exhausting, time in the city.  What to do today???belvedere castle

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.