Family Friendly New York City
Often times, vacationers forget that New York City is a town full of families! Make sure you keep this in mind if you are considering a vacation to the lovely Big Apple. The entertainment possibilities for children in New York City is beyond belief! After all, it only makes sense that with so many families living in this city that there would be an assortment of family oriented things to do and sights to see.
To start with, there are 5 zoos in New York City - some of them better known than others. The five zoos are Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Bronx Zoo, and Staten Island Zoo. Each zoo has something slightly different to offer than the others and if you have a true animal lover in your family there really is no harm in stopping by all of them.
If your child loves acting and drama, New York City is the perfect place to visit! The city offers many theatrical productions that will allow them to pursue their interest in drama. Consider one of the following:
The first is geared towards girls and is American Girl Place. You can enjoy dining, shopping, and theatre while spending a day with your special little girl.
The Manhattan Children's Theatre produces several high quality shows for children and families throughout the year at reasonable prices (season tickets are also available for those who live nearby).
The New Victory Theater offers a different type of theater experience for families to enjoy.
The Paper Bag Players are a must see experience. They offer a different type of theatre for children that encourages audience participation that gets your children involved in the dramatic process.
If you have the time you should also check out TADA! Youth Theater in order to show your little one that even children have talents which need to be explored and can make a difference not only in their own lives but also in the lives of others.
In addition to the great activities mentioned above, there are several children's museums located in New York City in addition to other museums that offer exhibitions that may be of interest to your children. The following museums are well worth checking out even if you decide to seek entertainment elsewhere:
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Staten Island Children's Museum
Children's Museum of Manhattan
FDNY Fire Zone
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
New York Hall of Science
Queens County Farm Museum
Ripley's Believe it or Not! Times Square
There are many more museums in the city that may provide plenty of family entertainment and education but these are some of the most kid-friendly museums in the city.
Shopping! Yes shopping, is a fun and often educational process that often gets overlooked or even ignored when it comes to children. However, it would be remiss to mention great family things to do in New York City without mentioning some of the wonderful children's retailers that abound in this city. You should definitely consider a visit to Books of Wonder while in town. It is aptly named as it brings back those books that held such wonder for us as children and gives us the chance to share those books with our children. They have old and rare books as well as many excellent current book selections.
New York City is also home to the largest Build-A-Bear store in the world, which will make the bear lover in your family's eyes light up with glee. And let us not forget, there's also FAO Schwarz, which is a toy store unto itself and almost worth the price of the trip to NYC alone. Old and young kids alike will enjoy spending an afternoon here.
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