Visiting New York City with Kids
Some days it seems like the idea of “fun for the whole family” doesn’t really exist. This thought can be especially true when traveling, which has its own set of unique challenges even without children.
New York City might just be the happiest place on earth for you as an adult. In fact, it might even be a place you’ve dreamed of seeing your entire life. For kids, sometimes the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge lack the magic you feel when seeing them for the first time. As a parent, it’s up to you to keep “fun for the whole family” alive by incorporating some kid-centric activities in your trip. At a loss for ideas? We’ve got you covered!
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
New York is home to a few children-centric museums, but the Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first of its kind. It boasts hands-on, innovative activities and inspired the founding of 300 other children’s museums with a similar structure and mission: “to provide first cultural experiences for children and families that inspire curiosity, creativity, and lifelong love of learning.”
Brooklyn Children’s Museum has activities for children of all ages and sizes, including World Brooklyn, an indoor street with shops in which your kids can take on the roles of builders, bakers, shopkeepers, and more. This immersive exhibit allows your child to learn about how communities work and interact with others. The best part? It’s only five miles away from the Brooklyn Bridge, so you get to see one of New York City’s iconic wonders on the way.
The Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo is a sight to behold whether or not you bring the children along. The largest city zoo in America, the Bronx Zoo spans over 265 acres of land, so don’t expect to see it all in a day. For comparison, that’s almost ten times as large as Ellis Island, where the Statue of Liberty lies.
Though there are over 4,000 animals to see, the Bronx Zoo is about more than visiting our furry friends. They offer a 4-D theatre experience, a carousel, scavenger hunts, and special seasonally themed events. For those wanting to see as much as possible, or with limited mobility, there are options for cart tours and monorails to get through the park.
Nintendo New York
Formerly known as Nintendo World, Nintendo New York is the flagship store for long beloved Nintendo video games. Spanning over two floors, Nintendo New York is filled with consoles to try, games to peruse, and hard-to-find collectibles for purchase. Let your kids pose with their favorite characters as you relive your greatest hits with a touch of nostalgia.
Where can you find Nintendo New York? In the Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most famous landmarks. Throw in a quick walk down to Times Square, and you’ve just experienced two major New York City attractions while making it enjoyable for the kids. Let’s be honest: you’ll probably enjoy Nintendo New York just as much as they do.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
You know that moment of magic and wonder you experienced as a child watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Prepare to relive it when you step into Dylan’s Candy Bar. With lollipop trees, dripping chocolate shelves, candy embedded wallpaper and staircases, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a sight to behold even if you don’t buy any of the 7,000 confection offerings.
Dylan’s Candy Bar is just a hop, skip, and jump away from Times Square, and even closer to our next destination. Just remember not to be offended if your kids think Dylan’s Candy Bar looks like the Candy Crush game while staring blankly as you rave about Willy Wonka.
Last but not least, don’t forget Central Park. Central Park is on most travelers’ must-see lists when they head to New York City and is truly a location that has something for everyone.
Various historic buildings, gardens, and water features make for a lovely walk through the park. Numerous playgrounds are perfect for burning off the sugar rush from Dylan’s Candy Bar. Depending on the season, you can go sledding, skiing, swimming, kite flying, or whatever your heart desires. Can’t make it to the Bronx Zoo? Visit the Central Park Zoo while you’re there.
New York City might just be one of the last, magical places on earth where you can find fun for the whole family. So hit the streets, take the subway, or hop on a New York City touring bus and start making memories.