What to do with kids in New York

What to do in New York with kids

Looking for what to do in New York for kids? For children of every age, there is a lot to see and explore. Some people think that New York is not a city for children, but my two little kids enjoy themselves there just fine.

You needn’t be afraid to take your children to New York: Manhattan is very safe. Additionally, Manhattan is very pram friendly: all pavements have ramps, you won’t find any small cobblestones and many subway stations have a lift. Putting the pram in the back of a taxi is pretty normal too. So children: Welcome to New York!

Prices go up in March, order your Day Pass for kids today! Now up to 34% off Kids Day Pass. Use code “ERICOFFER”.

Personal Tips:

  • Are you planning on visiting attractions? Schedule a maximum of three a day.
  • Opt for a subway or taxi when you need to travel far.
  • Prepare your children for the long queues at attractions.
  • Combine visiting attractions with a (lunch) break. For example, taking a boat tour is an attraction but also a moment of rest for the children.
  • Visit one of the best observation decks in New York for a fun experience.
  • Schedule ‘inside activities’ such as visiting museums, sports games, Broadway musicals for kids or shopping so that you needn’t always be outside if it is very hot or if it rains.
  • There is no hooligan culture in New York; visiting a sports game is fine for the children.
  • Have lunch outside whenever possible. In the park, for example, there are lots of exciting things to see – which is a lot nicer than eating inside in a hotel or a restaurant.
  • Consuming alcohol is prohibited for those under 21. This also means that those under 21 are not welcome in clubs and bars (such as rooftops bars).

Below you will find a list with ideas for things to do in New York with the family.

What to do in New York with kids - SPYSCAPE What to do in New York with kids - Madame Tussauds

Child-friendly Attractions

Attraction Age Duration
Central Park Playground 0 – 12 years 1 – 2 hours
Bleecker Playground 0 – 8 years 1 – 2 hours
Union Square playground 0 – 12 years 1 – 2 hours
Madison Square playground 0 – 6 years 1 – 2 hours
Zoos Age Duration
Central Park Zoo 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Bronx Zoo 2 – 16 year 3 – 5 hours
Queens Zoo 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Prospect Park Zoo 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Coney Island: New York Aquarium 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Attractions Age Duration
Hop on Hop off bus tour 0 – 12 years 1 – 2.5 hours
Empire State Building From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
Top of the Rock From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
Edge From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
Summit From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
Times Square in the evening ALL 1 – 2 hours
Roosevelt Island Tram From 3 years 1 hour
Brooklyn Bridge From 8 years 1 – 2 hours
Jane’s Carousel ALL 2 – 3 min
Boat tour around Manhattan ALL 2.5 hours
Whale Watching ALL 3.5 hours
Speedboat tour 12 – 18 years 30 mins
Statue of Liberty From 6 years 4 – 6 hours
Coney Island From 6 years 4 – 6 hours
Governors Island ALL 3 – 4 hours
Children’s Library 1 – 12 years 1 – 2 hours
Cinema 42nd Street From 4 years 2 – 3 hours
Superheroes Tour From 12 years 3.5 hours
Theme Parks Age Duration
Luna Park ALL 2 – 4 hours
Deno’s Wonder Wheel ALL 1 – 2 hours
LEGOLAND New York 2 – 12 years 5 – 8 hours
Nickelodeon Universe ALL 2 – 4 hours
DreamWorks Water Park ALL 4 – 5 hours
LEGOLAND Discovery Center 3 – 10 years 2 – 3 hours
SEA LIFE Aquarium ALL 1 – 2 hours
Museums & Experiences Age Duration
Intrepid Sea, air and Space Museum From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
American Museum of Natural History From 2 years 2 – 4 hours
The Metropolitan Museum of Art From 6 years 2 – 4 hours
SPYSCAPE From 10 years 1 – 2 hours
Madame Tussauds ALL 1 – 2 hours
Museum of Ice Cream From 4 years 1 – 2 hours
Sloomoo From 3 years 1 – 2 hours
Sports & Activities Age Duration
Cycling in Central Park From 1 year 2 – 4 hours
Cycling in Downtown From 1 year 2 – 4 hours
Yankees (baseball) From 4 years 3 – 4 hours
Knicks (basketball) From 4 years 2.5 – 3 hours
Rangers (ice hockey) From 6 years 2.5 – 3 hours
New York City FC (soccer) From 4 years 2 – 3 hours
Ice Skating (Oct – April) From 4 years 1 – 2 hours
Bowlero (bowling) 4 – 18 years 2 – 3 hours
Broadway Age Duration
Lion King From 6 years 2 – 3 hours
Wicked From 8 years 2 – 3 hours
Aladdin From 6 years 2 – 3 hours
Harry Potter  From 10 years 3.5 hours
Food Age Duration
Dylan’s Candy Bar 5 – 16 years 1 hour
Serendipity 3 (order frozen hot chocolate) 6 – 18 years 1 hour
Alice’s Tea Cup 6 – 18 years 1 – 2 hours
Pizza Tour to Brooklyn 8 years and up half day
Dinner Cruise From 8 years 3 hours
Themed Restaurants ALL 1 – 2 hours
Shopping Age Duration
American Dream Mall ALL 6 – 8 hours
Woodbury Common From 12 years 6 – 8 hours
American Girl Store From 4 years 1 – 2 hours
Build-A-Bear ALL 1 hour
CAMP 3 – 12 years 30 mins
Nintendo Store New York From 4 years 30 mins
Sports stores ALL 1 hour

 

Did you find this article useful? Let me know!

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies and the Privacy Policy. Find out more here.