New York is a city for movers, shakers and kids. 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 their knees.
Twp of the best places to take your kids are the majestic and incomparable Bronx Zoo the American Museum of Natural History. Watch them gasp at the sheer size of the gigantic 122-foot Titanosaur that recently moved in 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 Central Park and hop a ferry to Staten Island. 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 fly a kite. Central Park is huge so make sure to enter near the attractions that are on your family's must-see list.
Carousels bookend the city at Battery Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.
Below we have created something of an itinerary linking one neighboring institution with another such as the New-York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History, located at the same subway stop overlooking Central Park.
One word of advice: anchor sightseeing with a lunch stop ... kids are much more likely to step inside a museum and be receptive to an educational experience if they know rewards and respites are ahead.