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Things to Do in New York City with Kids Featured

Discover the latest things to do in New York City with kids. 

by Sara Kaufman

The same place can offer very different experiences for different visitors. It all depends on whom you're with sometimes. Well, if you're travelling with kids, then you know that there are more than a couple of considerations. To make sure you have a pleasant experience, you will probably consider things like safety, convenience and kids-friendly environment. Going out with children is no easy task. And if there is anything that can help to make it easier, all the better. Luckily, visiting big cities with kids has its advantages. The main attractions have all the facilities and services the little ones might need, from changing stations in the bathrooms to guided tours with “short breaks” (you know what I mean). Travelling with little kids in the Big Apple? No problem, we've got it covered. 

American Museum of Natural History

The Museum offers a variety of educational and fun experiences for children and families suiting a range of interests and skill levels, from classes for young children and their parents about the wonders of science and nature, to events such as festivals, talks, tours and drop ins. You and your little ones can participate in hands-on activities in the Discovery Room and in the Sackler Educational Lab, interact with scientist, discover amazing creatures, dinosaur fossils and remote galaxies.

museum of natural history© Chris Ford

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Intrepid – sea, air & space museum complex

All aboard… the Intrepid! This fun, interactive and experimental museum represents the perfect place for kids: a combination of excitement and education. The Exploreum, a fully interactive exhibit space designed especially for families and kids of all ages, is one of the most visited areas of the museum: it encourages visitors to climb in an actual Bell 47 helicopter, navigate through an interactive submarine and steer the wings of an airplane. On top of a wide range of lectures and classes, the Intrepid also organizes the – very popular – “Operation Slumber”: an overnight inside the museum, with squashy sleeping bags and dusk-till-dawn adventures.

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Central Park

And of course you can’t keep children away form the world’s most famous park! The quantity and variety of activities which both children and adults can enjoy in this vast, centuries old urban green, is pretty much never ending, form the zoo to the open-air theatre. Stop at the famous Central Park carousel, rent a bike, row row row your boat on the park’s lake, enjoy a ride on one of the multiple horse carriages. And don’t forget to do what locals and visitors of all ages have always enjoyed best, getting lost among the ancient trees, romantic bridges and pebbled paths.

central park Mathew Buchanan© Mathew Buchanan

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The Vessel

On march 15, 2019, New York celebrated the grand opening of Hudson Yards — the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States — including a wealth of offices, residences, and retail outlets. Its focal point and centrepiece is a publicly accessible structure designed by Heatherwick studio, known as The Vessel, which happens to be the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western emisphere. The structure is a spiralling, escher-esque maze comprising 154 flights of stairs that ascend skywards and 80 landings. Visitors can climb the giant honey-comb like sculpture, enjoying sweeping views from its heights and an unprecedented socializing experience on its landings. Although The Vessel has not been designed for kids primarily, it does offer them a mind-blowing experience, the mesmerizing sight of the sculpture is a real treat and scaling the maze is in no-doubt fun, a new approach to experiencing art. "We've never designed anything like this before, and we'll probably never design anything like it again," said Heatherwick Studio group leader and partner Stuart Wood.

the vessel Frawolf77© Frawolf77

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