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Activities and Resources for Manhattan Families and Kids

Find fun family activities in New York City, evaluate schools, and read advice on raising kids in the city.

Ice Skating in New York City --- Manhattan's Best Ice Skating Rinks
Go ice skating at New York City's best skating rinks in Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Bryant Park, and more.

New York City Public School Calendar 2012-2013
Read up on the 2012-13 New York City Public School calendar -- including holidays, recesses, and more.

Get Down at the New York City Dance Parade
Dance in the streets at the annual New York City Dance Parade.

Where to See Santa in New York City
Give your kids a chance to sit on Santa's knee and go over their Christmas list before the holidays.

Bike, run, walk, and have fun on a traffic-free Park Avenue during Summer...
Bike, run, walk, and have fun on a traffic-free Park Avenue during Summer Streets in New York City. Free bike rentals, free fitness classes, free tennis lessons, live music, and more.

Top Baby Names for Boys in New York City -- Most Popular Baby Names
A list of the top ten most popular baby names for boys in New York City.

Most Famous New York Parades
New York parades are the biggest, flashiest, and most exciting. Learn more about famous New York parades including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Halloween Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Gay Pride parade, Easter Parade, and more.

New York Easter Parade Photos
At the famous New York Easter Parade, see glorious easter bonnets parade down Fifth Avenue.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Featuring the Rockettes
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the famous Rockettes has been a New York City Christmas tradition for 75 years. Read a review of the new and improved 2007 Radio City Christmas Spectacular show.

Best Places to Take Kids in New York City: New York for Kids
Find the best New York City destinations to explore with your kids. Kids will love these educational and fun New York activities and places -- including museums, parks, toy stores, and more.

Guide to American Museum of Natural History in New York
Visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and explore the amazing worlds of the dinosaurs, outer space, and the history of the natural world. See the famous dinosaur skeletons, the giant blue whale and other animals, the Hayden planetarium and space displays, and much more.

Central Park Attractions
Check out the top attractions in New York City's 843-acre backyard, Central Park. Sights include the Central Park Zoo, the Great Lawn, Strawberry Fields, and more.

Take a Walking Tour of the Bronx Zoo
Take a walking tour of the Bronx Zoo and see photos of all of the animals.

Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park
Cute dogs in Halloween costumes were on parade in Tompkins Square Park in New York City.

Best New York City Swimming Pools
Nothing feels better than a cool dip on a hot summer day in the city. Here's a guide to the best swimming pools in New York City -- from free public pools to health clubs and hotels that charge fees. Find a pool for a nice cool swim in New York City.

Top Baby Names for Girls in New York City
A list of the top ten most popular names for little girls in New York City.

Stylish Maternity Wear for Manhattan Moms-To-Be
Manhattan moms-to-be don't have to rely on sweat pants and shapeless muumuus. In New York City, you can find fashionable and comfortable clothing for all nine months of your pregnancy. Dress your baby belly for the office, yoga class, and evenings out.

Top 7 Holiday Gifts for New York Kids
Find the perfect gift for your favorite New York kid. From babies to teens, we have fun holiday gifts for kids and parents that love New York. From baby onesies to New York children's books to NYC board games. Nurture that love of New York from an early age with these fun holiday gifts.

Tribeca Family Festival Offers Films and Fun For The Whole Family
The Tribeca Family Festival, part of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, offers great kid-friendly films and a free street fair. Featured family films include "Over The Hedge" with the voices of Bruce Willis and Steve Carell and a movie version of "Lassie" starring Peter O'Toole.

Go City Kids
The Go City Kids web site is an invaluable resource for Manhattan parents. It features directories of schools, family activities, kid-friendly restaurants, parks and playgrounds, and more. The experts at GoCityKids provide reviews and inside tips on navigating the city with your little ones.

Information on Manhattan's Best Public Schools
An independent guide to Manhattan's public schools, managed by concerned parents and children's advocates. Find reviews of individual schools, including test scores, class sizes, and more. Other resources include public school survival tips, online submission of requests and comments directly to school officials, and more.

92nd Street Y
The 92nd Street Y has many great classes and services for both kids and parents. For the kids, there are classes in art, music, and sports. The Y Parenting Center offers a variety of activities and programs for parents and children.

Manhattan's Top Private Schools
Get more information about the top NYC private schools serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Click through to school web sites to evaluate offerings and get application information.

Child Care Resources in Manhattan
Locate accredited child-care providers and after-school programs.

For Kids -- Fun and Learning Site from the Museum of Natural History
Kids can find cool games that teach them about dinosaurs, astronomy, marine biology and more. Check out the Fighting Dinosaurs from Mongolia and explore Mars.

NYC Parents' League
Join the League and access their school advisory services as well as other resources including babysitting referrals and other advice from their network of NYC parents.

Visit The Art Farm in the City -- Animals, Music, Art and Fun
Visit a farm on East 91st Street! The Art Farm in the City offers a petting zoo and animal care classes, along with a full schedule of other offerings. Birthday parties, summer camp, and Mommy & Me programs also available.

Junior Park Ranger Day Camp
The Parks Department sponsors a unique five-day day camp for 8-11 year olds. Kids will learn about nature, conservation and team-building in NYC's parks. An optional overnight camp-out is also offered. At the end of the five days, campers earn the title of Junior Ranger.

Easter in NYC: Easter Egg Hunts in Manhattan
The thrill of setting out on an Easter egg hunt is one of Easter's greatest pastimes. Here are Manhattan's best egg hunts for kids of all ages.

Sleepovers at the American Museum of Natural History
A sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History, running through summer and fall, is just the ticket for widening wee one's horizons.

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