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Create Lasting Memories—Tips for Traveling with Kids in NYC
If you’re hitting the Big Apple with your family, you won’t be at a loss for things to do—NYC might be the city that never sleeps, but there are still plenty of kid-friendly activities to try. Although traveling with your children is rewarding and often exciting, it can also be challenging. If you’re planning a trip to New York with kids, consider our surefire tips for a fantastic vacation.
6 Family-Friendly Activities in Midtown East
Staying in Midtown East? You and your family have some great sightseeing ahead—even before you hit Times Square! This area has some historic architecture, escape adventures, a fantastic museum, and a veritable candy palace. Explore it with your kids with these fun-filled activities in New York City.
NYC's Immersive Theater for Kids: Pip’s Island
Welcome to Pip’s Island: The Lighthouse Rescue, the groundbreaking take on interactive theatre that hits all the right notes for parents and little ones—from cool concept and live actors to fun music and creative problem solving, all set against a propulsive storyline.
The World's First Museum for Kids: Brooklyn Children's Museum in NYC
Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum for children, founded in 1899, and is New York City’s largest cultural institution for families. This popular attraction in Crown Heights invites children to explore the world with hands-on exhibits and diverse perspectives.
Kids Become Firefighters at NYC's FDNY Fire Zone
Meet New York firefighting heroes and learn practical skills at the FDNY Fire Zone, located near Rockefeller Center! This educational experience gives your family a look into the life of a firefighter and empowers kids with information about fire safety. Stop by this attraction for a fun, fascinating presentation from New York’s Bravest.
Family Breaks in the Big Apple
If you’d like to visit New York but are worried about how to keep the kids entertained, don’t worry—there are numerous exciting and interesting activities for children and teens to enjoy. All you need is to do some forward planning to see which activities appeal to your kids and will fit into your schedule, and then you’re set for success in the Big Apple.
What to Expect at New York's New 'DreamWorks Trolls The Experience'
A world of rainbows, sparkles, and very big hair is coming to New York City as DreamWorks Trolls The Experience arrives in midtown. Sprawled across multiple floors, this interactive adventure will thrill fans of the movie Trolls and pretty much any kid who likes to dress up, bang on things, collect glitter, or dance.
Restaurants with Play Areas for Kids in NYC
If you’re in the city with energetic children, you might be looking for a place where they can play and you can enjoy a glass of wine and a plate of pasta. Below are six restaurants in New York with child-friendly play areas and activities like coloring to keep them occupied at the table. These restaurants provide kids menus too, such as mac ‘n cheese, mini barbecue sandwiches, and chicken tenders. Everyone wins!
Seeing Green: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 3 and Domino Park Are Now Open!
Nearly 20 years in the making, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 85 acres of waterfront property are now 90% complete. The park recently opened their lush lawn, Pier 3. Now all five of the park's piers have been successfully converted into space open to the public. With summer attendance off to a busy start, the picturesque waterfront complex will give Central Park a run for the money.
5 Activities for a Family to Do When Visiting New York City
The Big Apple is full to the brim with a variety of exciting activities on offer. While everyone knows about the wonderful cuisine, shops and Broadway shows that you can find in NYC, some people aren’t quite as sure of what they can do when travelling with a family in tow. If you are struggling to think of activities which will be fun for the whole family, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Kids Use Their ImagiNATIONS at NYC's National Museum of the American Indian
Entertaining learning experiences for kids abound at the new ImagiNATIONS Center at the National Museum of the American Indian, where a series of lively, interactive galleries awaits.
Weekly Family Programs This Spring at the New-York Historical Society
Bring your family to one of these rich cultural experiences, most of them free with museum admission, this spring at the New-York Historical Society.
Experience Exhilarating Family Fun at STOMP in NYC
Tap your feet, snap, clap, and move with STOMP, a signature New York City show. STOMP is a show made almost entirely with movement and everyday props, and it will have you bobbing your head along with the performers as they make rhythms in fascinating ways, from drumming on inner tubes to tearing newspaper to riding grocery carts to snapping lighters.
What to Do with a Tween in NYC
Ah, tweens. Sometimes they act like kids, sometimes they’re like teenagers and don’t want you anywhere in the vicinity—until they need dinner or laundry done. New York, happily, provides activities no matter which mood your tween is in. You may even enjoy tagging along.
Where to Eat with Kids Near National Geographic: Ocean Odyssey
National Geographic’s Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is sure to be a highlight of your family’s experience in New York. At this one-of-a-kind experience, you’ll walk through chambers full of ocean life, with dazzling images of seals, whales, and all kinds of fish! When you walk out, don’t wander around Times Square hungry, frantically searching on your phone for where to eat. Just go to one of these restaurants nearby, all of which are perfect for kids.
6 Amazing Toy Stores New York City
For most people, New York City is all about Central Park, the endless dining possibilities, and the sightseeing. But, if you’re traveling with kids, you know the importance of adding some kid activities to the mix-like visiting toy stores! Just like anything else in New York, the city offers a lot of great toy stores. Here are some all-time favorites.
Where to Eat with Kids Near Gulliver's Gate in Times Square
Just spent the afternoon exploring the miniature world of Gulliver’s Gate with the kids and now in search of some seriously good eats in New York's Midtown West? Grab a table at any one of these five great establishments and chow down. Perfect for parents and kids alike, these family-friendly restaurants are a great way to extend a Times Square outing with your loved ones.
Warm Up with Winter Fun in NYC
Don’t let the cold and snow throw you: January is a great time to be in New York. The city’s wealth of indoor attractions makes it easy to entertain and educate the whole family, with the added bonus of not having to deal with the crowds of warmer seasons.
What to Do at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo serves Brooklyn natives and families from around the world with a peaceful escape from skyscrapers and taxi traffic into the wonderful world of nature.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway: First Video
Hold on to your Oompa Loompas—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is making its Broadway debut and we’ve got the video to prove it! The footage here will get you in the mood for an incredible 2017 meeting of Broadway magic and Roald Dahl's most favored tale, which comes complete with Everlasting Gobstoppers, chocolate waterfalls, and, of course, a glass elevator.
New York for Families: Planning for Five Days
You’re here! You’re here! The five (four, seven, three) of you have arrived, and you’re going to take New York by storm. As long as you can do it with Sadie, Franklin, and the twins in tow. Where to start? Read on for our suggestions for the best five-day itinerary for families traveling to NYC.
Where to Entertain Your Kids During the NYC Summer
Nobody wants to be stuck with bored kids in the middle of a sweltering New York City summer, and luckily, nobody has to be! There are endless opportunities for exploring in the city and not just for adults! These seven activities below will thrill children of every age, and they’ll have mom and dad feeling excited as well. It’s really a win-win for everyone!
NYC's Best Water Playgrounds for Kids
If you’ve got little ones, then you know how quickly the hot summer heat can make your day more of a chore than you’d like it to be. This summer, beat the heat by visiting these amazing water playgrounds in New York City. Everybody needs to cool off once that coastal humidity starts taking over the outdoors, so why not do it in a space that’s as fun (and free!) as these ones are?
The Best Broadway Shows For Kids
The best Broadway shows for kids introduce children to the magic of live theater. With amazing visual effects, catchy singable songs, and time-tested stories, we're loving Matilda, The Lion King, Wicked, and Aladdin for theater for the little ones.
Spiders Alive! Returns to AMNH
Back for its second run at the American Museum of Natural History, the popular Spiders Alive! exhibit features 20 species of live arachnids, July 4 through Nov. 29, 2015.