Since our vacation club, G2G Collection, has two bedroom apartments in the Big Apple that are well-suited to families, we are constantly asked what are the best places to go with kids in New York City? So, we have compiled our Top 10 list of places to go and things to do in the Big Apple, including some personal reviews of some of the places on the list. Enjoy!
1. Bubbles: There’s an Off-Broadway Show called Gazillion Bubbles that is a huge hit with children ages 2 to 10. If your kids like bubbles (and what kids don’t?), they will enjoy seeing this Guinness Book of World Records holder blow enormous bubbles (bigger than multiple small children), bubbles inside of bubbles, bubbles with smoke in them, and, of course, a gazillion bubbles flying at you in the finale.
2. Fuerza Bruta: This is another Off-Broadway show that has quietly been amazing spectators since 1998. This will be a big hit with older kids and young adults. We took our 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son and they both LOVED it. The easiest way to explain it is like an Argentinian version of Cirque du Soleil where you’re standing in a room (note that you will be standing and moving around the room for about 90 minutes) and watching the show go on all around you, including above you. The South American music is loud and fun, creating a club-like atmosphere. It’s definitely a worthwhile experience, and your kids will take some really cool photos.
3. Candy and Chocolate: What is a vacation with kids without sweets? New York City has some of the best candy stores and chocolate restaurants (yes, restaurants) in the world. For candy, there’s no better place to go than Dylan’s Candy Bar, at 1011 3rd Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets. For dessert, go to Serendipity 3 at 225 E. 60th Street between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. Try their world famous frozen hot chocolate. But make sure enough people are wanting dessert, as they do have minimums. For dinner, check out Max Brenner’s, where you can get chocolate put on anything. And I mean anything.
4. The Ride: This is a great way to kill an hour in the city with kids of any age. Go to Times Square, across the street from Madame Tussauds on 42nd between 8th and 9th, and buy tickets for The Ride. It’s a bus tour of midtown unlike any other you’ll experience. It’s fun, funny and very different. Again, my 10 and 13 year-old’s loved it, and have even gone multiple times.
5. Riding Bikes: Renting bikes with your kids and riding through Central Park is a great way to get some exercise while seeing a very beautiful and different part of the city. This is an inexpensive and fun way to spend an hour or two with your kids outside of the normal confines of the concrete jungle.
6. Celebrities: While you may be lucky enough to pass a famous person on the streets of NYC, one surefire way for your kids to take pictures with their favorite stars is to visit Madame Tussauds on 42nd Street between 8th and 9th. Go right up to the wax figure of Bruce Willis – I mean within inches – and you’ll see that he looks 100% lifeflike. There’s also a Marvel 4D movie that your kids will want to see there.
7. Learning: While there are so many world class museums in New York City, the Museum of Natural History is one of the best for kids. Of course, many will be familiar with it from the movies “Night at The Museum,” but the Hayden Planetarium and the Dinosaurs are super cool for kids and adults alike.
8. Baseball: There’s nothing like seeing a great baseball game in New York, whether you venture out to the Bronx to see the Yankees play at the new (or newer) Yankee Stadium, or you take the subway out to Queens to the new Citi Field to see the Mets play. At Citi Field, you can even enjoy some Shake Shack while you watch the game.
9. Toys: What kid doesn’t want to go to a ginormous toy store in New York? While FAO Schwartz is no longer, you can still take them to Toys ‘R’ Us, with many levels of toys, books and games for kids of all ages (or adults who want to be kids again).
10. Broadway: Last, but certainly not least, there are always great Broadway shows for kids, from the always popular Lion King to current hits like Matilda and Aladdin. We recommend getting tickets for all Broadway and Off Broadway shows on Broadway.com.
Well, there you have it. While there are literally thousands of fun activities and places to go with your kids in New York City, these are our 10 favorites. And if you’re looking for a place to stay with a concierge to make a customized plan for your family in NYC, G2G Members pay $350 to $500/night for an 1,100 square foot, 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment, but they have also paid to join a private club that affords them lower nightly rental rates. If you would like more information on how to stay in one of these NYC luxury residences, please call us at 678-506-2700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.