25 Things To Do With Your Kids in NYC

High Line Summer 2016

I always see parents on social media asking for recommendations about what to do with their kiddos when they visit New York City. Of course, this is a very broad topic and there are a ton of variables -- kids’ ages, personal interests, weather, proximity, number of days in the city, etc. There is no one size fits all but I’m excited to share with you some of the activities my family has enjoyed!

My personal top choices would probably be limited to museums, theatres, parks and activities that involve walking around and exploring the city. But at the same time, we are always open to ideas and having off the beaten path adventures. And now that the girls are getting older, they are starting to express their own preferences more often. That’s the beautiful thing about visiting the city - the options are endless!

Below I’ve shared twenty-five engaging and beloved NYC activities - many are popular recommendations amongst my friends and family. We have personally only explored a handful of these, but you’ll be able to choose what’s best for you and your family based on your personal preferences!

  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Children's Museum of Art (CMA)
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan
  • National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • New York Transit Museum
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Other Attractions
  • United Nations (UN Kids Tour)
  • Central Park: Lots to-do in Central Park -- Marionette Puppet Theatre, Belvedere Castle, Balto Statue, Zoo, Model Boat Sailing, and just good old picnics and park time!
  • Sea Glass Carousel at the Battery Conservancy
  • Bronx Zoo
  • High Line and Chelsea (Chelsea Market, art galleries, parks - We once had a great time at the Clement Clarke Moore Playground that we randomly discovered while in Chelsea)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 6, Carousel) or just a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Bryant Park Le Carrousel
  • Most obvious: Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Times Square, Rockefeller Center
There’s something in there for all age groups and interests - history buffs, art connoisseurs, innovation and adventure seekers, book lovers and more. While it can be in the best interest of everyone to have a general outline for the day, sometimes it’s equally as fun to not have an agenda.Walking around the city, exploring residential neighborhoods, Chinatown and other areas can lead to even better memories made. See where the day takes you, keep a positive attitude and just go with the flow!

Do you know any other kid-friendly, offbeat activities in New York City? Please do share as we’d love to know!

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