Visiting NYC with Kids

Everyone who visits New York at least once falls in love with the city. One can find here absolutely everything: culture that reflects different nations of the world; art which goes at times beyond imagination; shopping; night life; delicious food from various cuisines. Each person can discover his or her own New York which is the most beautiful thing about the city.

Be sure to take a ride on the Cyclone at Coney Island if you visit the New York Aquarium.

Be sure to take a ride on the Cyclone at Coney Island if you visit the New York Aquarium.

When you go to NYC with kids you might be confused about how to keep them busy and interested. Most of sights and places in the city can be exciting for both parents and children. However, there are some places that will make the New York experience for kids unforgettable.

When you come to any big city with children, it is always a challenge. Where to go? What to see? Will they like it? Will you like it? You want this trip to be perfect for you and kids. After all it is New York we are talking about!

And as it is New York, it has a lot to offer.

Museums

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

This is a place where not only children but any adult will feel excited and fascinated. The main idea of CMOM’s programs is to teach during the game. Be it discovering Ancient Greece or going on adventures with Dora or Diego, it has the aim to educate. Children learn to solve problems on their own; work in team; develop their math or language abilities. The CMOM wants to inspire children, implant the love to education and learning while using a game as a tool to reach out to the kids.

Visiting this museum could be a great experience to you and your kids.

Visiting Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday, 10am – 7pm (till January 9, 2011)

Admission Fee: Children and Adults – $10, Seniors – $7, Babies under 1 year – free. The first Friday of every month – free admission from 5pm to 8pm.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

If you and your children are fascinated by the technology and interactive communication, Sony Wonder Lab is the place you have to visit.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology explained to kids? – Yes!

Designing your own kaleidoskop? – Yes!

Computer for the youngest ones? – Yes!

And it’s all free. Yes, the admission ticket for Sony Wonder Lab is free. You just might want to make a reservation first to be sure you get in on the day when you visit NYC.

Visiting Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

Of course, there are other museums that can be interesting to kids. Among them are the American Museum of Natural History, Ellis Island, and the New York Hall of Science to name a few.

Wildlife in the Concrete Jungle

Central Park Zoo

Who hasn’t heard of Central Park? It is one of the trademarks of NYC. It sure should be on your to-visit-in-NYC list. And while you are on it, we suggest you visit the Central Park Zoo. Sea lion pool, polar circle, tropic zone, snow leopard exhibit: these are just a few attractions in this place. Mammals, birds, reptiles are present in the zoo. An interesting exhibit is the Tisch Children’s Zoo which can be an interesting experience for your child, a chance to mingle with animals and birds, feed and touch them.

The sea lion exhibit at the Central Park Zoo.

The sea lion exhibit at the Central Park Zoo.

Visiting Hours: Open every day
Summer (March 27 – October 31) Mo-Fri: 10am – 5pm, weekend and holidays: 10am – 5.30pm
Winter (November 1 – April 1) 10am – 4.30pm daily

Admission Fee (including entry to the Tisch Children’s Zoo): Adult – $12, Children (ages 3-12) – $7, Senior (65+) – $9

New York Aquarium

The modern New York Aquarium at Coney Island, Brooklyn is over 50 years old and presents over 350 species. What (or who) you get to see there: pacific walrus, sea otter, sea lion, giant pacific octopus, tiger shark, sea turtles, and many more. There are a number of exhibits during the year.

Visiting Hours: Open every day
Summer (May 29 – September 6) Mo-Fri: 10am – 6pm, weekend and holidays: 10am – 7pm
Fall (September 7 – October 31) Mo-Fri: 10am – 5pm, weekend and holidays: 10am – 5.30pm
Winter (November 1 – April 1) 10am – 4.30pm daily

Admission Fee (including Planet Earth 4-D Theater experience): Adult – $17, Children – $13, Senior – $14

NYC Toy Stores

When it is about children you should not forget about toys. NYC has a lot to offer here too.

FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz is a legend in the world of toys. This is the oldest toy retailer in North America. For almost 150 years thousands of children and their parents have been coming to the store to admire an unequaled assortment of toys. After Toys “R” Us acquired FAO Schwarz in 2009 the store in the 5th Avenue remains the only one operating under the name FAO Schwarz. Even if you do not plan shopping there visiting the store can be one of a kind fun experience for both children and adults.

Store Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Toys “R” Us

There is a number of Toys “R” Us stores in NYC but you should not miss the one in Times Square. This store has a huge Ferris wheel inside the entrance that you can ride on! The store itself is large and has a great number of attractions apart from the Ferris wheel. Some of them are the Jurassic Park’s T-Rex, Barbie’s Dollhouse, electronic games zone, and others. You can spend the entire day in the store and still will feel that it is not enough time.

Toys R Us at Times Square, NYC

Toys R Us at Times Square, NYC

Store Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Of course, NYC has a lot more to offer to parents than just toy stores, zoos, and museums. It is impossible to cover all the attractions in one article. There is a number of parks you can visit, a variety of sightseeing tours you can book. It is also possible to find family friendly shows on Broadway. There are things you can do with toddlers; activities you can suggest to your teen son or daughter. And the best part is that you can jump along and enjoy it as much as your kids do. All you have to do is to reveal a child within yourself.

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