New York is full of places to take your children if you have custody for the day. New York City (NYC) is full of fun activities and attractions for kids and teens. From parks, museums, and restaurants to large toy stores. Here are 3 of our recommendations for where to take your children for a fun and relatively inexpensive day trip.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is an icon of NYC. It’s a huge building packed with exhibitions representing people and animals throughout the ages. The museum also has unique features like an IMAX theater and a planetarium as well as special visiting exhibits. Likewise, when you get hungry or feel like buying a souvenir, the museum has places to eat and shop. It’s easy to spend all day looking and individual exhibitions, especially the dinosaur wing. Tickets start at $23 for adults and $13 for children ages 2 to 13 years of age. The more expensive tickets come with admission to a special exhibition, film, or space show.
Central Park Zoo
The Central Park Zoo at Fifth Avenue and West 64th Street is a real treat for kids who love animals. In the section geared toward young kids, the Tisch Children’s Zoo, you can feed African pygmy goats, see Vietnamese potbellied pigs, and visit Patagonian cavies. If you finish visiting all the animals early, the kids can burn off some energy in the playgrounds in Central Park. Central Park is also full of beautiful trees, and people can usually find vendors selling delicious salted pretzels and hotdogs. Tickets start at $18 for people 13 years of age and older and $13 for children ages 3 to 12. Children ages 2 and under get in for free.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) opened in 2011 and offers a 10,000 square-foot museum and hands-on art-making experience. It features professionally curated exhibitions and was inspired by the museum’s international collection of children’s art. At the museum, kids ages 0 to 15 work with teaching artists to create art, including drawings, sculpture, sound art, textiles, and stop-motion animation. If your child is artistically inclined, he or she will love to experience everything the museum has to offer. Tickets are pay as you wish on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m., but on every other day admission is $12 per person for everyone over the age of 1. Those under the age of 1 get in for free as do CMA members.
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