Everyone knows that in New York City, there is never a short supply of things to do, if you’re an adult that is. Kids can be a little trickier, if you don’t know where to look. The bars, concerts, and restaurants you frequent on your own may not be as kid friendly as you are. Whether you’re a new parent, have your nieces/nephews visiting, or your friends are starting to pop them out faster than you can keep up, it’s time to find some activities that will please the kids as much as it will entertain the adults. Here are eight great ideas to get you started.
- See a Broadway show. The Lion King, Matilda, School of Rock, Aladin, Hamilton; there’s a ton of kid friendly shows to choose from that adults will be equally entertained by. Keep an eye out for discount tickets, so the whole family can go.
- Take a Disney themed walking tour. Walks of New York, in partnership with Disney Theatrical Group, offers Disney on Broadway: Behind the Walking Tour. It’s a two-hour tour that takes guests through the history of Disney on Broadway. It’s ends with a chance for kids to play with props and costumes featured in several Broadway musicals including Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King.
- Spend the day at Coney Island. This three-acre amusement park features 19 kid-friendly rides in addition to more extreme thrills like the infamous Cyclone. Afterwards, grab lunch at the legendary Nathan’s Famous before heading over to the nearby New York Aquarium, Coney Island Circus Sideshow, or just hang out on Brighton Beach.
- See your favorite celebrities, in wax. Madame Tussaud’s in Times Square has nearly 200 lifelike wax figures. You’ll see Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Nicolas Cage, Hugh Grant, Oprah Winfrey, and many more. For the kids there is Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and a ton of other pop stars.
- Walk along The High Line.The High Line is a two-mile park built on an old train track above the streets of Manhattan, complete with gardens, lounge chairs, dance performances, art installations, and amazing views. Local vendors sell light fare and souvenirs while musicians perform whenever the weather is allows. Depending on the season, you can also find art classes, lawn parties with storytelling and musicians, nature lessons, and construction classes.
- Explore Riverside Park. Alongside the Hudson River is Riverside Park, a path filled with beautiful skyline views of New Jersey, picnic areas, kayaking rentals, and playgrounds. The path can be walked or biked with ease.
- Take the Roosevelt Island Tram. Kids and adults might remember the scene that took place on the Roosevelt Island Tram in the movie Spiderman, where the passengers get saved by the hero. Your ride will be far less death defying. The tram departs every 15 minutes from Second Avenue and 59th Street, and rides high above the East River for the price of a subway ride. The ride is short, but once across you can take a stroll around Roosevelt Island before heading back over on the Tram once more to capture a few great photographs.
- Get a CityPASS for great savings and plenty more fun ideas. CityPASS gives you reduced admission to some of the city’s best attractions including the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Ellis Island, Guggenheim, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. You’ll save 41 percent compared to combined regular box office prices, and passes are valid for nine consecutive days.
There’s a ton more for kids to enjoy in the city, but this is more than enough to keep you and the kids entertained for a few long weekends. There are always new shows, fairs, and seasonal classes taking place, so keep up with new things to do as they pop up. New York City can be a great place for everyone, young and old, you just have to know where to look.