A historical landmark that is wonderful to share with your kids. Carvings in stone and bronze, including ornamental inscriptions, decorative flourishes, and sculpted oak leaves and acorns are seen throughout the terminal and are just exquisite. Adding to the majestic beauty of this building are the 68 shops, including a great toy store by the name of Kidding Around Toys http://www.kiddingaroundtoys.com and the 35 dining options. You will find Grand Central Terminal a great place to spend a few hours with your family
What a fun place for the kids regardless of the time of the year you visit. In the winter months, your family can rent skates and experience The Rink at Rockefeller Plaza. In the summer, you can catch some great summer concerts from The Today Show and year round you can visit The Top of The Rock observation deck which has a fabulous view of the city from 70 floors up. Try catching a taping of one of the many NBC Studio shows and be sure to enjoy the wonderful food and shopping that The Plaza has to offer. A real highlight for my 6-year-old was the Lego Store which had some great, one-of-a-kind collections including a Statue of Liberty Lego Mini figure.
Wow is all that I can say!! You can just sit in one spot for 12 hours and you would never get bored by all that you would see and experience. Every one of your senses is activated by a visit to Times Square. Bright lights, billboards, people from all walks of life coming and going, You could even get a chance to meet both Darth Vader and Dora The Explorer at the same time...I never imagined them being friends. The highlight for my kids was a visit to the Toys R Us( which closed in Dec 2015) right in the middle of Times Square—110,000 square feet of everything and anything your child could ever want including a full sized Ferris wheel. A must do for your kids!
Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460 718-367-1010
The Bronx Zoo is located in the Bronx, one of the Burroughs of New York City. It is the largest Metropolitan Zoo in North America with some 6,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the world. In addition to these amazing animals, the zoo also has some fun family attractions. Take a ride on The Dinosaur Safari, ride on a real camel, enjoy a movie in the 4D theatre, or ride the bug carousel. From May through October, be sure to take a ride on the Wild Asia Monorail!
Head down to Pier 83 to take the Liberty Cruise. A 60-minute tour out and around the Statue of Liberty. You can also choose from other cruises that take you around Manhattan Island or even a harbor lights cruise. It was a lot of fun showing the kids the Statue of Liberty and to talk about the history of Ellis Island. The moderator was also really funny and made it very enjoyable as well as informational for the kids. There are also boats that can take your family out to Ellis Island where you can climb the Statue. We opted for the boat ride as my kids are younger and we had had a long day of walking. Mom sure did appreciate the time to rest!
Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History is home to 45 permanent exhibition halls which host more than 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites and human cultural artifacts. Some of the impressive exhibits include the Fossils Hall located on the fourth floor and the Mammal Halls. What a dream for any budding paleontologists in your family! The Dinosaur exhibits are a true sight to see and be sure not to miss the Dinosaur Gift Shop on the fourth floor. Another fun tip for families prior to visiting the museum is to watch the movie “Night at the Museum”, which takes place at the American Museum of Natural History.
What a great way to see the park! They offer 20 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute tours. Their most popular is the 20 minute tour. The carriages are all lined up along Central Park Ave. What a great opportunity for mom and dad to take a rest!
Spend an entire day in Central Park! The Park covers 843 acres where your family can enjoy over 21 playgrounds, horse and carriage rides, a zoo, a mini-amusement park, the famous Central Park carousel, picnics, volleyball games and much, much more! My kids especially enjoyed the Heckscher Playground which is Central Park’s oldest and largest playground—restrooms, water fountain, lots of different areas for the kids to play. Great on a hot day as there is a water playground area for kids to run through. There are soft surfaces to play on in certain areas. http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attractions/heckscher-playground.html
What fun this was for my kids who love Eloise! Be sure to go visit Eloise, Weenie and Skipperdee at the Plaza. Stuffies, costumes, beautiful clothes, books and videos. Everything Eloise! They also have a room where you can sit and have a tea party. Lots of fun! If you really feel like splurging, you can book a room at the Eloise Suite on the 18th Floor.