In our home, I like to make birthdays very special for each person. Usually this means spreading a few activities throughout the week of the person’s birthday, in order to keep the celebration going a bit longer. The most recent one to enjoy this special treatment was Karla. On the day of her birthday she had birthday cookies to bring to school, cupcakes to share at daycare, and a birthday dinner with her dad and brother at a restaurant of her choosing. The birthday gifts, cards, and calls from family and friends spanned for a few days. During the weekend she had a costume party at home, with guests mostly consisting of school mates. I thought an appropriate way to top off the celebration was taking her out on one of our special one-on-one outings we call Special Dates.
She wanted to watch the new Adam Sandler movie, Jack and Jill. I usually wait until movies are showing at the discount movie theater to bring my kids – movie tickets are ridiculously expensive nowadays, but seeing this was a special occasion we headed to the matinée at the Providence Place Mall cinema.
Providence Place Mall is right at the heart of Downtown Providence. It’s establishment was part of the renaissance period the city went through beginning in the early to mid 90’s. Another icon of this period, Waterfire, is right across from Providence Place. The Mall is considered upscale, and it is home to about 180 stores, including several restaurants. Some of the companies showcased include Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Coach, The Apple Store, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, J. Jill, Ross-Simons, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Dave & Buster’s among others.
After having a good laugh at the movies, we had lunch at the food court. The agreed upon restaurant: Johny Rockets! Here we ordered a couple of burgers and fries and we shared a delish strawberry milkshake.
Since a trip to the mall is not complete without some retail therapy, I took her to Claire’s, a somewhat affordable accessories store with a juvenile theme. She picked out some gloves and hair accessories and we were good to go.