Diane Cohen/Fame
People Staff
August 27, 2010 01:00 AM

After taking care of some unusual household chores, Kate and her eight are heading to the Big Apple.

In a new Kate Plus 8 special, Kate Gosselin takes twins Mady and Cara and her sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Aaden, Collin and Joel to New York City by train for some sightseeing, including a trip to the Statue of Liberty, Chinatown and Times Square.

While riding in a double-decker bus, Kate decides to stop to get ice cream – cookie dough, cookies and cream, vanilla or chocolate? – for the kids. Well, it’s been a hot summer in NYC, and after scooping up eight cones, Kate, with production assistants Danny and Clark trotting in her wake, sprints in heels back to the bus as the ice cream melts. “It instantly started … streaming down our arms, dripping off of our elbows and I thought, we will run or we will be handing the kids puddles.”

The new Kate Plus 8 airs Monday (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.

If you can’t get enough of adorable multiples, you’re in luck! Right after Kate Plus 8, TLC will premiere a new series, Quints By Surprise, starring Casey and Ethan Jones and their children. Their story may sound familiar to Kate Gosselin: “They had the perfect life in Texas, a great job, a dream home, and a beautiful six-year-old daughter named Eliot,” reads a description of the show from TLC. “Then they decided one more baby would complete the package. But instead of one, they got five! Now the Joneses are learning the ropes in a new kind of life with their newborn quintuplets that were not part of the plan”

In a clip from the first episode, Casey and Ethan struggle with the decision to sell their home in order to downsize so they can afford their bigger-than-expected brood. But getting a house ready for the market while attending to five crying babies won’t be easy.

Quints By Surprise airs Monday on (10 p.m. ET) TLC. –Aaron Parsley

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