Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes greeted the season in style Thursday in New York, as they celebrated her birthday with dinner, a private trip to the FAO Schwarz toy store — where Tom entertained with handstands — and a late-night ice-skating adventure in the rain, according to People magazine.
People reports that while Katie spent the day shopping at such Madison Ave. boutiques as Barneys, Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, and Chloe, Tom didn't come out of the hotel until dinner time, whereupon he scored high marks with the bartender at the Post House steakhouse.
"He seems like a regular guy. He was very nice.," the bartender told People.
After the midtown feast with a group of about a dozen people, Holmes's pre-birthday celebration (she turns 27 on Sunday) continued at 5th Avenue toy haven FAO Schwarz, which was closed to the public by the time the Cruise contingent — consisting of Tom's parents, and his kids, Connor and Isabella — arrived around 9:30 p.m.
The toy store was ready for them, too: festooned with balloons tied to small white tiger dolls and 7-foot-tall stuffed giraffes, People reports.
In a scene reminiscent of the movie "Big," Tom and his pregnant fiancée performed on top of the store's giant piano — jumping, bouncing, trying to tickle out a tune on the ivories. At one point, Tom even did a handstand.
And Katie must have approved as she clapped and laughed before the couple embraced and shared a long, 30-second kiss.
The emporium also had a surprise in store of the birthday girl: cupcakes with candles, which she blew out with Tom's help. The party then moved downstairs, near the videogame area, and by 11:30 p.m., the pair were ready to move on, thanks to a caravan of four SUVs.
But the night wasn't over yet.
Despite some nasty rain with some sleet thrown in, Tom and Katie took to Central Park's Wollman Rink and skated, in between hugging and kissing.
They remained on the ice for about half an hour, according to People, after which Katie took refuge inside while Tom continued to skate a little longer.
Around 12:30 a.m., the group left the park and returned to the hotel — hopefully to get the mom-to-be into some dry clothes.