Two days after reaching a divorce deal with , in which , 33, gets primary physical custody of the couple’s daughter Suri, the actress and her 6-year-old enjoy communing with wildlife at New York’s Central Park Zoo on July 11.
It’s all about freedom on July 4: A newly independent Holmes and Suri spend the holiday with a little shopping in their new hometown – Manhattan. The following day, Holmes took her daughter to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, then watched as Suri played doorman at a Wonderland-themed restaurant on the Upper East Side.
For Suri and Mom, confections and smiles rule the day as they spent July 3 indulging in one of their longtime favorite treats – ice cream! – at Sundaes and Cones in the East Village. Cruise, who had originally planned on celebrating his 50th birthday with his wife of five years in Iceland where he’s shooting Oblivion, instead spent the occasion at home in Los Angeles with his teenage children from his marriage to .
With speculation that her husband’s Scientologist beliefs played a major role in her decision to end the marriage and reports she’d been meticulously planning the split that blindsided Cruise, Holmes and Suri look carefree running through Manhattan on June 25.
Suri and Holmes display a shared mother-daughter sense of style as they saunter down the streets of the Big Apple on June 24. A little over a week later, Holmes made a fashion statement no one could miss the significance of: She stopped wearing her wedding ring.
Carrying a Hello Kitty backpack and pushing a toy stroller, Suri looks up to mom for direction as the pair take a long nighttime walk from Midtown to Union Square on June 20. Holmes swiftly moved into a new downtown apartment with Suri not long after filing for divorce.
Holmes and Suri take a break from the summer heat and busy streets with sugary delights at Jacques Torres Chocolatier on June 14. Two weeks later, Holmes announced her split from Cruise, who had just proclaimed his happiness but told PEOPLE not to expect any more Cruise kids.