What to Do in New York City With Your Family

New York City from balcony

guest post by Dan Patterson from CityPASS

New York City is renowned for some of the most unique and exciting attractions in the world. However, not all of them are exactly family or kid friendly. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do in NYC, though. In fact, there’s something for kids to enjoy, no matter what their individual interests. Whether they love their music or enjoy delving into the mysteries of science and nature, there’s something for everyone.

Music Fans

Carnegie Hall may have developed a reputation as the home of classical, stuffy music concerts, but the venue also puts on a weekend concert series for the whole family. These performances are a little more interactive and fun than is normally expected at such a fine concert hall, and tickets start at just $9 dollars (which includes a bunch of activities before the concert gets started).

While this series of concerts is perfect for everyone seven and up, they also put on CarnegieKids for an even younger audience. This is a free, 45-minute concert that involves music, play, movement, and a lot of fun.

Theater Goers

Broadway (and even Off-Broadway) shows aren’t usually the place to take the kids (with a few exceptions, of course). Still, there are plenty of unique venues all over town that cater specifically to families and kids. Puppetworks, for example, is a fun puppet show that presents renditions of popular fairy tales and other stories.

The theater is located at 338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street) Park Slope, Brooklyn. It only costs $7 for kids and $8 for adults, but it is suggested that you make reservations.

History and Science Buffs

There are plenty of New York museums that kids will enjoy. The American Museum of Natural History is the perfect place to take kids with very inquisitive minds. The Planetarium Space Show takes them out of this world while the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world is sure to bring them right back to earth. There’s a little something for everyone in this museum.

When I was growing up, the last thing I wanted to do on a visit to a new city was something that could be considered “educational,” but with all the interactive displays and impressive sights, your kids might just walk away not actually realizing how much they did learn.

Animal Lovers

If you want to create some memorable experiences on your trip, let your kids get up close to some real animals. The Central Park Zoo has been a popular destination for families for decades. Here you’ll find everything from polar bears and penguins to monkeys and parrots. They even offer special classes and camps to really make the experience something special.

For even younger kids, the Tisch Children’s Zoo (a sub-section of the Central Park Zoo) might be just the thing. There’s a petting zoo, hidden observation areas, and plenty of ways to play around just like the animals in the park.

Just Play

Coney Island is a great place to spend the day with the kids. It has more than 30 amusement park rides (including a famous roller coaster and Ferris wheel) and there is the well-known circus sideshow that offers family friendly performances during the week. You can easily spend a day here just playing around and enjoying the atmosphere.

Dan Patterson works for CityPASS. Use the New York CityPASS to get discounted admission to the top attractions in New York City including the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Met, Statue of Liberty, and more.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CityPASS.