Family trip to NYC was by all means a huge success. While it takes a couple of days for the kids to get used to the time change, it makes for later nights to explore and a couple of nice, lazy mornings of sleeping in (or Mama twiddling her thumbs while waiting for the kids to wake-up). If you’re planning a trip to NYC with the kids, Mama has a list of 10 fabulous things to do with them…rain or shine! We plan on going on one of the NYC bus tours this will be fun for the kids and the parents. There are so many sights to see.
10) Explore Central Park — covering over 240 acres and 6 miles, you can’t miss the “park.” If it’s a beautiful day, you’ll see the natives having a picnic or sunbathing. If it’s cold outside, you’ll see them bundled up taking a quick walk or running through the rain. It’s one of the most beautiful areas and there are so many things for kids to see and touch. The playgrounds are plentiful and food vendors are every few steps for a quick bite and cold drinks. Make sure you stop off to see the lake which is full of turtles and take a spin on the Carousel.
9 and 8) Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan — by far Lily-girl’s favorite museum of all of them we’ve been through over the years, it’s definitely a must-do for kids 6 and under. They can explore four floors of exhibits, join in circle time with stories, songs and art projects, and just be a kid! The main attraction is the second floor which is dedicated to Dora and Diego and their sidekicks Boots and Baby Jaguar. You’ll even find yourself singing along and dancing! If you have time, make sure you stop in to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum too. The Brooklyn museum has a great discovery area for toddlers and offers a different view to city life.
7) Have brunch at Bubby’s — one of Mama’s favorite restaurants in the city because it’s so kid-friendly (meaning it’s so LOUD that even if you’re kid is screaming at the top of their lungs, you still can’t hear them), delicious food and a great location. With a kid’s menu so delectable that even Mama wants to order from it, Bubby’s will please everyone in the family. Don’t forget to stay for dessert — the pies are to die for and order it a la mode with homemade vanilla ice cream! Mama has been to the Tribeca location twice but the Brooklyn restaurant has amazing views of the Brooklyn bridge and has a kid’s play area.
6) Take a ride on the indoor Ferris Wheel at Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square — yes, it’s cheesy and pricey but the kids will love it and so will you. The $4 per ticket goes to charity and it delights even the fussiest of kids. Go ahead, take a ride and a picture!
5) Stop for a spot of tea at Alice’s Tea Cup — after all your adventures in the park, take the kids and your weary feet for a rest and a cup of tea at one of the cutest little places in the city. Alice’s Tea Cup offers a yummy selection of teas, sandwiches, scones and salads for adults and the Wee Tea is perfect for hungry tots!
4) Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry — just don’t get off! The ferry is a double decker boat that is FREE and gives you some of the best views in the city. It’s about a 25 minute ride to and from that leaves from Battery Park and you’ll pass the Statue of Liberty on the way. Definitely don’t forget your camera on this outing.
3) Go ahead and visit Dylan’s Candy Bar — the kids will be beyond thrilled and will deem you the coolest Mama on the planet. Eat what you can and then buy a lollipop or two for the folks back home too!
2) Go skating — if it’s late fall or winter, take the kids for whirl around the Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park or Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink (opens mid-October every year). If both of those rinks are out of season, take a ride to Chelsea Piers and visit The Sky Rink. A great activity for the whole family!
1) Ride the subway — while it may not be a novelty, it is the ultimate NYC experience to ride the subway. Take it one stop or ride it to the end of the line, either way the kids can say they did it — one for the bucket list.
What would you add to Mama’s list?