Top Ten Things to Do with Kids in NYC

The High Line

The High Line is an elevated section of New York Central Railroad which has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway and “rails to trails” park. The 1.45-mile-long park runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center. Where else can your kids walk through a field of wildflowers or go on a bug hunt as cars zoom along the street below?

 

Central Park Zoo

In 1961, Senator Herbert Lehman and his wife Edith opened Central Park Zoo for children. It features many exotic animals such as snow leopard, sea lion, grizzly bear, and many more. Children can feed and pet certain animals from 10am-2pm within the Tisch Children’s Zoo exhibit.

 

American Girl Place

The first line of American Girl dolls was released in 1986. New York City has a flagship store located on Fifth Avenue. This delightful spot has American Girl Café where one can enjoy delicious food options, Doll Hair Salon where dolls get pampered, and the Truly Me Signature Studio (where owners create different shirt designs for their doll to wear). American Girl Place also offers birthday parties and item personalization.

 

Nintendo NYC

Located in New York City at Rockefeller Center is a two-story, 10,000-square-foot store that opened in 2005 prior to a 2016 renovation. Nintendo NYC sells a variety of video games, merchandise, apparel, hardware, and accessories. Some exclusive items include Japanese Mario plushies!

 

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

The USS Intrepid is one of twenty-four Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The USS Intrepid has since relocated to a permanent home on Pier 86. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum has nearly thirty vintage planes on the flight deck, a guided missile submarine, and the space shuttle Enterprise.

 

 

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar claims to have over 7000 confections- making it one of the largest selections of candies to satisfy any sweet tooth. They have many options for personalizing your own candy bin with whatever you want or choosing from the endless array of chocolates and other boxed treats. While the kids indulge in ice cream, parents can relax with a pink cotton candy martini!

 

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Bette Korman founded the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in 1973. Its purpose is to teach kids and parents about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Some activities include children taking care of baby animals, going on missions with Dora in the Cloud Forest, and cooking Latin American meals for a fiesta.

 

Madame Tussauds

In the heart of Times Square are over two hundred waxed figures of famous people dispersed on five different floors. Madame Tussaunds was a wax sculptor in 1761 and her legacy still lives on. The Museum opened in 2000 and welcomes millions of tourists every year.

Escape Room NYC

Located in Midtown and Downtown are two interactive games where teams have to work together in order to escape the room. The purpose of the Escape Room is to use your wits and to find clues to help solve the puzzles and get a key to your freedom. All thrill-seekers will enjoy a chance at escaping the room.

 

 

Chelsea Piers

The sports complex is located right along the Hudson River. They have activities such as a bowling alley, indoor ice-skating in winter, and a summer skate park. The Field House offers leagues and classes where children can participate in programs including batting cages, soccer fields, basketball courts, a gymnastics area, and even a rock wall.

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