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One week in NYC with two kids age 6 & 8

Hello, looking for suggestions on things to do with kids when in NYC next June for a week, including kid friendly eating places and evening activities. Thank you! 

6 Answers

answered by
Diane from New York City

Don't know if you have boys or girls but the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History  are always a hit with kids, the Bronx Zoo is amazing, American Girl Place great for girls, Alice tea cup great place to " do" a tea party for lunch with kids. Lots of great shows. Alladin, Lion king both great with kids. Madame Tussauds New York might be good if your kids are into pop culture. Take free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Central Park is great place for kids to run around or see the zoo ( not as good as Bronx Zoo) 

There is every chain store type of food if you are on a budget and looking for familiar kids foods. Giant Toys"R"Us/Babies"R"Us in Times Square to visit. Enjoy!

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  1. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  2. Bronx Zoo (attraction)
  3. American Girl Place (attraction)
  4. Madame Tussauds New York (attraction)
  5. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  6. Central Park (attraction)
  7. Toys"R"Us/Babies"R"Us (attraction)
  8. Times Square (attraction)
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answered first by
Sean from Hudson Valley

The city is a great place for families.  Children have a ball.  I know I did, and I grew up only about an hour's drive north.

The Staten Island Ferry is a fun, short boat ride for everyone. So is the Ferry out to the Statue of Liberty

I remember the biggest thrill of my first visit to New York was riding on the Subway. Funny thing is, it was a thrill for many of my adult friends from Boston too. It's funny, because Boston is a city with it's own subway system. The good thing about the subway is it opens up the entire city to you. Plus it's usually quicker, and definitely cheaper than a cab.

I don't know if you have anything like it at home, but something that is fun for all, and free unless you decide otherwise, is a stroll through Chinatown New York. Just walking through can be great fun.

The USS Intrepid is fun for kids of all ages. It's docked at pier 86, on the west end of 46th St.

As far as museums go, I heartily recommend the Tenement Museum, 97 Orchard Street, in the lower east side. This 1860's building is set up to reflect the various immigrant groups the settled in that area throughout the years. Each apartment is setup to reflect immigrants of different origins, and costumed actors recreate the day to day lives of these people. The ground floor is set up as a business from the past. There are walking tours of the neighborhood, as well as various events throughout the year. Highly recommended!

Depending on the weather, the American Museum of Natural History is a good time. Since it's usually a lengthy time commitment, and an indoor venue, I'd recommend it if the weather is either cold or inclement.

I also suggest the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Yes, it get mobbed with tourists, but it's historic, impressive, and breezy relief on a warm day.

Also, if you're in lower Manhattan, you'll be close to Katz's Deli. Located on the corner of Houston and Ludlow). This is one of the last, true deli's in New York. The wall is covered with photos o thevarious celebrities who've eaten there. Also, it's where Meg Ryan's famous scene from, "When Harry Met Sally" was filmed; but I don't suggest you show the youngsters that film, just yet!

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  1. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  2. Statue of Liberty (attraction)
  3. Chinatown New York (neighborhood)
  4. USS Intrepid (neighborhood)
  5. Tenement Museum (attraction)
  6. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  8. Katz's Deli (attraction)
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answered by
Emre from New York City

You should go to American Girl Place

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answered by
jessica from New York City

Central Park S is the best place for kids (rent bikes or carrage) , Chelsea Piers for bowling and other activities.

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answered by
Dave from Houston

Probably the best thing to do with kids is to ride the subway down to the tip of Manhattan where you can board the Staten Island Ferry. It is always fun to get out on the water, but this ferry ride is special because they'll get to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island  up close. You'll enjoy it too and get a chance to give them a history lesson. The price is right too.

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  1. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  2. Statue of Liberty (attraction)
  3. Ellis Island (attraction)

answered by
Sharyn from Pittsburgh

Quite a few yrs. ago took grandsons 6 & 8.  At that time - we went to see Cats, did the Empire State Building. (too long a line for them, but loved it once we got up there), took boat trip & over to Statue of Liberty (again, lines too long & was too hot). Battery Park & the boats you could tour. Several of the museums are great for kids.  We stuck with chain restaurants for eating. Hung out in room(frig & Microwave) in evening after long hot hot days.

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  1. Empire State Building (attraction)
  2. Statue of Liberty (attraction)
  3. Battery Park (attraction)

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