10 Best Things To Do With Kids In New York City

When FAO Schwarz closed, it was the end of an era. Jet setting parents the world over wondered: what were they going to do with the kids in New York City?

Luckily, New York is a city for movers and shakers. And who moves and shakes as much as children? Kids have the energy to keep up with the frenetic pace of New York, even if the same level of activity can bring an adult to exhaustion.

Quite possibly one of the best places to take your kids is the American Museum of Natural History. Watch them gasp at the sheer size of a T. Rex and brontosaurus skeleton, in the world's largest dinosaur collection. They can even join a sleepover complete with fossil finding by flashlight and cots for the kids who want to live out the movie Night at the Museum.

It is also a must for every family to take a stroll through parts of Central Park. Grab a hot dog from one of the many vendors, find a grassy patch and enjoy the oasis. Let your kids run free, go to the zoo or make a plan to go to the carousel for some great photo opportunities. Word to the wise: Central Park is huge so make sure to enter near the attractions that are on your family's must-see list.

Is that an early bedtime we hear? Here's hoping.

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Grab a book or a hot dog and head into this oasis within a busy city. Walk, take a pedicab, rent a bike or even ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park's 843 acres. Attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, carousel, various statues,...  Read More

"I'm bored," said no kid ever at the Children's Museum of the Arts. This nonprofit brings hands-on art programming to young artists from 10 months to 15 years. Kids can get their hands dirty with a variety of mediums, including a clay bar,...  Read More

The largest urban zoo in the world, The Bronx Zoo is an exciting place to view over 4000 animals (600 species) in large, realistic reproductions of natural habitats. Themed exhibits include Wild Asia with free-roaming tigers; Jungle World, an...  Read More

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