New York City for Kids

By – Updated May, 2014

Essentials

The 17 Best Things to do in New York with Kids

1. The Empire State Building

View from the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
Open every day, 365 days a year rain or shine. 8am to 2am. Reviews.

2. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum on an aircraft carrier on the Hudson River.
Spring/Summer Hours: (April 1 – October 31) Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00pm. Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10:00 am – 6:00pm. Fall/Winter Hours: (November 1 – March 31) Daily (including Holidays) 10:00 am – 5:00pm. Reviews.

3. Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Kids having fun at Sony Wonder Technology Lab.
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays. Reviews.

4. Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Children's Museum of Manhattan.
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Reviews.

5. Natural History Museum

The Blue Whale at the Natural History Museum in NYC.
Open daily from 10 am – 5:45 pm. Reviews.

6. Brooklyn Bridge (Pedestrian & Bike Promenade)

Brooklyn Bridge walk and bike path.
Open 24 hours. Free. Reviews.

7. Toys R Us Flagship Store Times Square

The Toys R Us flagship store and amusement park in New York.
Sunday – Friday 10am to 11pm, Saturday 9am to 11pm. Reviews.

8. The Highline Park and Walking Path

The Highline pedestrian and bike elevated path in Manhattan.
Open everyday 7am to 10pm though this can change with the seasons. Reviews.

9. New York Transit Museum

A miniature Grand Central Terminal at the Transit Museum in New York City.
Brooklyn. Tuesday – Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Reviews.

10. New York Hall of Science

Fun thins to do at the New York Hall of Sciences.
Queens. April 1 – August 31: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm. September 1 – March 31: Tuesday – Friday 9:30am – 5pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm. Reviews.

11. Dylan’s Candy Bar

Treats for kids at Dylan's Candy Bar.
Sunday 11am – 9pm. Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm. Friday & Saturday 10am – 11pm. Reviews.

12. Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry with view of the Statue of Liberty.
Departs every half hour. Reviews.

13. Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Teenagers at the Brooklyn Kids Museum.
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm. Reviews.

14. Bronx Zoo

Monkeys at the Bronx Zoo.
March 23 to November 3: Monday-Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Weekends & Holidays 10:00am – 5:30pm. November 4 to April 4: Daily 10:00am – 4:30pm. Reviews.

15. Discovery Times Square

Lego exhibit at the Discovery Times Square museum.
Sunday to Tuesday 10am – 7pm. Wednesday and Thursday: 10am – 8pm. Friday and Saturday: 10am – 9pm. Reviews>

16. Museum of the Moving Image

Projector at Museum of the Moving Image
Queens. Wednesdays–Thursdays: 10:30am – 5:00pm. Fridays: 10:30am – 8:00pm.
Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 am – 7:00pm. Reviews.

17. Museum of Modern Art

Photography exhibit at MOMA.
Friday 10:30am – 8pm. Saturday to Thursday 10:30am to 5:30pm. July 4–August 29: Thursday open until 8:00pm. Reviews.

The Best Playgrounds in New York City

Playground in New York City

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