Things to do with Kids in New York City

There are many attractions and sites great for children in New York. We've attempted to list a few that will may be of interest to both younger children and young adults. Click on the links to find out more about each attraction and find out if it is right for your children. When you get to our detail pages you will find useful information about each attractions, links that will keep you up to date and a handy cross reference scheme that will let you know where you are in the city.

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Suggested Sights & Attractions for Kids and Young Adults

Other Family Activities Options

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
The Cloisters
Coney Island
Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
Governors Island
Grand Central Terminal
Greenwich Village
The High Line
Historic Richmond Town
Hudson River Park at Pier 25
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Jane's Carousel
Lower East Side
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Mathematics
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Museum of the Moving Image
New Victory Theater
New York Botanical Garden
New-York Historical Society
NY Public Library, Schwarzman Bldg
New York Transit Museum
Queens County Farm Museum
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Sailors Snug Harbor Cultural Center
South Street Seaport
Staten Island Ferry
Tisch Children's Zoo at Central Park
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Toys “R” Us
Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink
Wave Hill

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Kids Theatre Events

New York City Children's Theater presents
A.R.T./New York Theatres
502 W. 53rd Street (bet.10 & 11th Avenue) New York, NY 10019
phone: 646-250-1178 #8203; email:
02/18/17 - 03/05/17
New York City Children's Theater presents Love That Dog

Featuring the poetry of Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Walter Dean Myers, LOVE THAT DOG is a contemporary story about discovering the power of your own voice. Based on the book by award-winning author Sharon Creech.

Approx. 60 minutes. Best for ages 8 and up.
02/21/17 - 03/05/17
Please Bring Balloons

A 30-minute, interactive, multi-sensory theater experience created for our youngest audience members (great for the toddlers to Pre-K crowd!) Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons will be a fun and dynamic introduction to theater early childhood audiences will love. Best for ages 2-5 years old.

Kids Attractions/Activities

Free PopFit Kids Class Every Thursday at 'Summer in the Square'
Union Square
phone: 646.242.3510, email:

Starting June 16th, 2016 until August 11th, PopFit Kids is holding free classes every Thursday at “Summer in the Square” in Union Square. PopFit Kids is a mobile children’s fitness organization based in New York City where kids learn why ‘It’s Cool to Move’. The company’s mission is to get kids excited about physical activity and teach them that lifelong healthy habits can be fun! Their classes are for kids to engage in fun-plus-fitness with these high-energy circuit activities, agility drills, partner games, dynamic movements, and more while learning the benefit of the Fit Five: Cardio, Strength, Flexibility, Endurance, and Balance. Led by a team of certified fitness experts, the PopFit Kids “Fit Five” curriculum - Cardio, Strength, Flexibility, Balance & Endurance - inspires MOVEment while engaging children on the fundamentals of fitness.
Project Playdate
Project Playdate specializes in three hour drop off pajama parties for kids at locations around NYC. Includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time and so much more! Activity-packed pajama parties provide an enriching environment for children, 2-7 years old, to play and socialize with other kids. With a one babysitter to every three children ratio, their team can devote individualized attention to the needs and interests of each child.  Project Playdate gives parents some well-deserved time off by running safe and educational, social and engaging drop off playdates for kids. Proceeds donated to help young moms in New York City.

All events have the same contact info and cost:
PHONE: 516-807-0447
COST: $60 for the first child and $40 for the siblings

See the calendar of upcoming playdate events. Email Amanda at  for more information.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters the Musical  
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
248 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
(866) 811-4111
Dates: Opens June 13th, plays Saturdays and Sundays through August 30th.
Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come.
Kid-Friendly NYC -
Suggested three days of kid-friendly activities covering multiple New York City boroughs.

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