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    New York For Kids

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    New York City has endless possibilities for entertaining young children...

    Central Park is a great place to let kids run off the energy that builds up while they're sitting in an apartment or a strange hotel.

    For a stay of only a few days, you probably won't want to trek up to the Bronx, but if you'll be in the city longer you have to get to see the Bronx Zoo. It's an all day walk. Bring a picnic basket and have some sandwiches across the street in the Botanical Gardens or stop in at one of many places to eat in the Zoo.

    While the Zoo in Central Park is a second runner-up to the Bronx Zoo, it is definitely one of the best in the country - and the Tisch Children's Zoo there has never disappointed any kids I've known.

    Try to arrive early - there is an animated clock that plays music and has characters that dance around every half hour - a definite must-see for the kids and very nice for the adults as well!

    Face painting, balloon sculptors, clowns, puppet shows and other child friendly performances are provided by local street performers as you approach the entrance of the Children's Zoo.

    If you can get someone to direct you to the carousel - it is worth the hike!

    It's an old fashioned merry-go-round with wonderful painted ponies that still go up and down!

    On the corner of 58th you'll find FAO Schwartz - a toy store put together from every child's imagination. The store has closed, but the huge statue of a Teddy Bear in front is still a great photo op for families.

    A little further uptown, you'll find the Museum of Natural History. The dinosaurs, the mummies and the Indians make this the perfect kid's place to explore. The Planetarium also has a great show for older kids.

    The Staten Island Ferry should definitely be on your list. The price is great - it's free! Forget about waiting for hours and dealing with crowds to see the Statue of Liberty - this ride floats you close enough to say hello and get some great pictures. It's also one of the best views of the skyline. You'll need to get off in Staten Island and return for the ride back to the city featuring a great view of the world's most famous skyline

    The ferry is not far from South Street Seaport - with the tall ships available for touring, this should be squeezed into your schedule!

    The Hudson River - on the West Side - is the home of the Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum. You actually get to go aboard and climb around the inside of a huge aircraft carrier and a submarine.

    The Empire State Building is probably already on your grown-up list of things to do. Great - the kids will love it too. The lights are changed for various commemorations... Here's the schedule so you can impress everyone with your worldly knowledge!

    Don't leave the Empire State Building without visiting the New York Sky Ride.

    We could keep on going...

    • The libraries are great places to let kids explore
    • Every Borders or Barnes and Nobel Bookstore has a children's section where browsing is encouraged
    • local parks
    • Chinatown
    • art museums
    • so much more...

    Scout around your neighborhood to see if you can find a playground like St. Vartan's Park - most New York City areas have them. But be prepared to have a hard time getting the kids to leave and go anywhere else ;-)

    Have a great trip - take plenty of pictures!!


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    Also take a look at some of the links, resources & articles available both here, and around the Web, for ideas about how to keep the whole family traveling happily through the city...


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