Looking to spend a little quality time with the kids? Check out our top picks for places to take children in New York City. These New York destinations are fun and educational for kids of all ages and adults too. Whether you're a New York parent or hosting little visitors from out of town, you can't miss with these classic New York activities for kids.
Central Park is an urban oasis that offers lots of fun activities for parents and kids. Give your bikes or rollerblades a spin, go ice-skating during the winter
, take a boat ride during the summer, or frolic in the playgrounds. And don't forget to visit the Wildlife Center, where kids can see animals including monkeys, penguins, and polar bears. Little ones can even pet animals at the Children's Zoo.
A trip to the American Museum of Natural History is a fun and educational experience for New York adults and kids alike. The museum offers a wealth of amazing exhibits -- from dinosaurs to ocean life to outer space. Repeat visits never get boring with so much to see --- especially if your kid is currently in the dinosaur-freak or space-explorer stage.
Even cynical NYC kids will be awed by the spectacle at toy wonderland F.A.O. Schwarz. From the moment you walk in, you'll be dazzled by the giant clock and the toy soldiers and fairy princesses come to life. Your kids will be wowed by the huge selection of toys, including life-size stuffed bears and every doll you can imagine. They'll have a blast browsing and trying out the giant piano made famous by Tom Hanks in "Big." Just be prepared to drop a few bucks on a souvenir before the day is done.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan offers a fun, hands-on learning experience for kids. The rotating exhibits feature such kid favorites as Dora the Explorer, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Alice in Wonderland. During warm weather, the outdoor activity area lets kids splash around and learn about the scientific properties of water. There are even activities for the littlest kids ages 0-4.
The Sony Wonder Technology Lab has four floors of fun interactive technology exhibits -- all for free. There's plenty here to keep both kids and adults occupied for hours. Meet robots, play in the sound lab, travel through time, and even take virtual trips around the world and into outer space. Regularly-scheduled family workshops let kids create cool stuff like telescopes, musical instruments, and machines.