New York City for Kids


Is New York City for Kids?....Absolutely! There is plenty to do in New York City for kids, making NYC the perfect vacation destination for the whole family. The following are just a few options for things to do with your kids in the big city.


Stores Kids Will Love

M&M's World

M&M's World in Times Square has three floors of colorful candy-coated amusement. We love taking visitors there, whether they're youngsters themselves or adults who are kids at heart. The colors alone are sure to lift one's spirits.

Don't miss the Wall of Chocolate, which is full of tall M&M’s dispensers. Your kids can grab a bag and fill up on the fun candies in any color or combination of colors they desire.

The store is full of M&M’s merchandise from purses to alarm clocks. Be careful, though. You’ll pay dearly for those adorable M&M's characters on a pair of pajama pants.

Also check out: FAO Schwartz


Museums Kids Will Enjoy

There are countless New York City Museums that offer great experiences for adults, and there is a decent selection of museums that kids can appreciate too. SR71-Black Bird at Intrepid Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Did you know there is an aircraft carrier docked at New York City? The Intrepid Museum is sure to wow any young crowd with a formerly active aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid, plus numerous air and spacecraft to explore.

This is truly a fascinating museum in New York City for kids. One would think this museum was created just for the enjoyment of kids and their dads.

The Intrepid Museum is full of hands-on activities that are both fun and educational. Kids will be thrilled to see sailors' living quarters and mess hall and to go onto a real submarine.

American Museum of Natural History American Museum of Natural History Exhibit

The American Museum of Natural History has lions, tigers, bears, and so much more!

Your kids will delight in the life-like exhibits that feature exotic creatures in their natural surroundings.

Besides animals in cool poses, there are a lot of interesting displays depicting everything from outer space to cultures from around the world.

Kids will be too busy being entertained to realize they’re learning about the world around them.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Have a high-tech kid who is into robots or wants to make movies? The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is hands-on, interactive, and free. Kids will be entertained for hours in this technology lab, which is as educational as it is a good time.


New York City Parks

Central Park

New York City has beautiful parks that are wonderfully maintained and well-landscaped. They are perfect family-friendly destinations.

The largest and most-well known park in the city is Central Park. It has vast open spaces and fun attractions that will keep the whole family amused. Wear your walking shoes!

The city also has numerous small parks scattered around Manhattan. One of the best ones for kids is Madison Square Park, which has family-friendly activities all summer. It has a nice little playground too.


Bringing Your Kids to New York for the Holidays

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Are you visiting New York for Christmas?

NYC is magical at Christmastime and captures the imaginations of both kids and adults.

For the classic holiday experiences, see the traditional Christmas Windows and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to make your New York City vacation unforgettable.

For an exciting outdoor adventure, consider ice skating in New York City. It is one of the greatest winter activities the city has to offer and it's a cool feeling to skate amid the tall buildings of Manhattan.

Perhaps your family will want to see a family-friendly holiday show. Two excellent options are the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. These two performances are captivating and heart-warming and will be memorable for both you and your little ones.

More Ideas...

There are plenty of other fun things to do in New York City for kids. Read Kid Friendly New York City Tips for tips and advice from other parents.

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