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Things to do in New York City with kids

New York City …the city that never sleeps! 

Well, we hope you get YOUR rest otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy all the awesome places to visit with your family!  What shall it be today for you? 

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art?  The Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour?  The City Treehouse?…Wait…what’s that?  You haven’t heard of those?  Are we getting mixed up with our cities?  Actually, we’re not!  You see, while they are really fun and fascinating activities for the whole family to enjoy, icons such as the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building just make up one part of this incredible city. 

There are so many other hidden gems in New York City - you just need to know where to look (Hint - Family Days Out is a great place to start!)

New York City doesn’t have to be a budget breaker either.  Some attractions feature free entry on certain days, such as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Bronx Zoo!  

Now go grab that pretzel and bagel and enjoy!

An eye opening and moving experience at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City - on the site of the WTC. Great idea for things to do with kids in New York.

Home to the nation's largest fleet of privately maintained historic vessels: Stationary, Training, and Workhorses.

The Police Museum gives visitors an insider's look at the history and traditions of the largest police force in the country. Kids can test out sirens used in an NYPD patrol car, take their friend's "mugshot" in a police line-up.Baseball fans will di....

Fascinating permanent and temporary exhibitions, collections and programs showcasing the diversity of the Native people of the Americas in New York City

An art museum with a difference. Spend the day reading comics and looking at cartoons in this fun New York museum with a range of fascinating exhibits

Experience the thrill of a helicopter flight while flying past the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and many more of New York City's most captivating sights. Fun for the whole family and educational too. Children under 2 years of age and un....

Kids can be inspired at this fascinating children's museum of the arts in New York City, with art exhibitions, workshops and camps.

A food-tastic tour through the streets of Brooklyn taking you to the city's best pizzerias! A food frenzie on your family day out in New York City!

The New York Transit Museum is the largest museum in the USA devoted to urban public transportation history!

Explore Central Park in style with this bike rental company, offering rentals AND tours! One of the best fun family activities in New York.

An indoor children's play and learning center offering innumerable charming features ideal for kids under 8. Expect to stay all day!

With more sporting options than hours in a day, Chelsea Piers is a great idea for the energetic family!

Enjoy a one-hour behind-the-scenes guided walking tour of the World's Most Famous Arena. - Madison Square Garden!

The Empire State Building 86th floor observation deck offers impressive 360 degree panoramic views of the AMAZING New York City!

Fun, thrilling and entertaining ride based in the iconic Empire State Building- kids will love flying over the city!

That iconic attraction everyone must go and visit in NYC - the Statue of Liberty. One of the really fun family things to do in New York with kids. Hold that flame high!

Go behind the scenes of your favorite tv shows and movies! This is a bus tour with plenty of outdoor stops, and even includes some tasty treats along the way.

The centerpiece of Bryant Park's winter season, the 170' x 100' rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events and activities. Runs end of October to mid January.

Fun for the whole family as you come face to face with your favorite stars of music, film, sport, and history! Be a celebrity in New York City!

Kids of all ages can experience the mysterious, the weird and the wonderful at this NYC museum of worldwide oddities! One of the finest places for kids if you're looking for fun family things to do in New York.

Tour starts with a brief overview of the Organization and its structure, with the main part consisting of a visit to the primary council chambers. Multi media exhibits and photographic displays help keep it accessible for younger visitors.

Puppetworks has been a holiday tradition at Macys (Herald Square) since Macys built a puppet theatre especially for Puppetworks.

Experience the grandeur of New York in style with these cruise tours, with magnificent views of the world's best skyline and a close-up view of Lady Liberty.

Discover New York from 70 stories up! The high-speed shuttle sends you racing to the sky to enjoy dazzling multimedia history exhibits the city's only crystal-clear, 360 view point.

Go behind the scenes at the largest indoor theater in the world, right in New York City at Radio City Music Hal!

A state of the art fire safety learning center located in Rockefeller Center which offers classes and demonstrations in fire safety with hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations!

It's all about sea, air & space at this New York museum, dedicated to history, science and service - all related to the aircraft carrier "Intrepid"!

Will amaze your whole family with Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.

A century ago, BBG's founders had the vision to transform a city ash heap into a premier botanic garden in the heart of the borough. Since the Garden first opened its gates to the public, it has been a vibrant place for education, research, world-cla....

When you think of New York in the winter time, you can't go past the iconic outdoor ice skating experience in Central Park. A great experience for the whole family.

Youngsters can meet a host of domestic and exotic wildlife from all around the world at Prospect Park Zoo! - A great idea for things to do with toddlers in Brooklyn

From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat encounter fascinating animals from all over the globe in Central Park!

Tours and rentals to see New York City in style - and by bicycle! Great guided tours for those wanting to learn more about this great city!

Interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops, and natural science specimens - great child friendly place to visit if you're searching for fun things to do in Brooklyn

The theatre was at one point the United States' largest theatrical screen measuring 100' by 80'.

Through innovative multi-media technology, Jewish history, values and culture come to life with child friendly hands on exhibits, and even a miniature golf course.

New York's American Museum of Natural History has 45 permanent exhibition halls including Dinosaur Halls, Ocean Life, & Human Origins!

Featuring Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and a Digital Dome Projection System, the Planetarium offers a varying range of fascinating shows, guides and spectaculars using their 3D star atlas.

With a permanent collection of over 2 million works of art, you know New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is a fabulously creative day out!

A fun Manhattan children's museum spanning 5 floors of discovery and learning, with experiences for kids in arts, sciences & humanities!

An iconic New York museum, the Guggenheim features special exhibitions & smaller galleries devoted to Impressionism through contemporary art.

The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art & Jewish culture from ancient to modern times.

Let imagination and creativity run wild at this New York craft studio, with a walk-in craft section, and seasonal workshops!

A fun, colorful indoor playground and arcade for kids inc. 3 levels of mazes, tunnels and slides. One of the really fun activities for kids in New York.

Indoor bounce fun in Brooklyn, with open bounce sessions and super fun birthday parties! A great day out for those active little ones!

An interesting museum featuring exhibits that have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some!

Kids n Action offers a wide range of real and adventurous indoor rides for all ages, including an indoor roller coaster!

Find out what on earth wild parrots are doing in Brooklyn? Join Steve Baldwin on his scheduled tour of Brooklyn where you can find out all you ever wanted to know about Brooklyn's parrot population!

Open play bouncing and birthday parties at this fun New York indoor play center, with bounce houses, gym and toddler area

Embark on a voyage through time & experience the life of Staten Island's first inhabitants, the Lenape!

Riverside Park is over 330 acres of beautiful parkland in New York City, with playgrounds, water features and walking tracks.

Staten Island Children's Museum features interactive exhibits & creative workshops offer with hands-on fun that nurture children's curiosity & creativity.

Expore 83-acres of park-like setting, with gardens, museums, theaters, educational opportunities, and seasonal festivals!

New York science fun with more than 450 interactive exhibits, teaching kids all about the STEM subjects, whilst having a great time!

The biggest “little” zoo in America, the Staten Island Zoo showcases more than 1,100 animals nestled in a beautiful eight-acre park. One of the top things to do in New York with toddlers.

A beautiful zoo with a feel of a national park, in Flushing, NY. Naturalistic settings offer great animal experiences, all native to the Americas.

48 state of the art bowling lanes in Staten Island, where the family can enjoy laser challenge, cosmic bowling, parties, and pool tables!

Boardwalks, beaches, rides....iconic Coney Island has something for the entire family, with the fun Luna Park too! One of the best Amusement Parks in New York.

A great New York Aquarium with over 8,000 animals from all over the world, and great conservation learning experiences too!

From roller-coasters to go-karts, to live entertainment and boardwalk games, beachfront Coney Island in New York has it all!

The world's largest urban zoo with world-class exhibits featuring massive crocodiles, majestic tigers, inquisitive gorillas & more at Bronx Zoo!

Fun indoor play on Staten Island with imaginative play, 3 levels of play structure, kids village, rock climbing, and more! Great for younger kids.

Queens County Farm Museum, from 1697, occupies NYC's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland & is the only working historical farm in the city!

Kids aged 3 to 12 can immerse themselves in this fun indoor LEGO based play center, with rides, soft play and 4D movies! Great LEGO fun in New York!

Open bounce fun, themes, and birthday parties galore at this New York State indoor bounce center!

The Park’s 278-acres include a swimming pool complex, arboretum and 2 picnic areas. The remainder of the park is heavily wooded with a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails fairly well spread for all ability levels.

Long Island Childrens Museum is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups with exhibits covering a range of topics to educate and grow!

A relaxing and nature filled day out for the kids on this 33-acre nature center with trails, animals and indoor environmental education center.

Kiddie rides, family rides and thrill rides all waiting at this fun New York amusement park, with events, entertainment, and plenty of family fun!

An indoor aerial adventure at the world's tallest indoor ropes course!

An exciting indoor activities spot in Rockland County, Turtleboo has soft play, rides, arcade, ballocity and more!

Animal fun, train rides, fun events, and a famous fall festival, all at this great family farm experience in New York State!

7 acres of challenging aerial forest park perfect for those active kids over 7 years! Bridges, ropes, zip lines all make up part of this canopy adventure in Long Island.

A look into the life of one of the richest men in the world at this fascinating museum, mansion and planetarium!

Family fun with an 18 hole, indoor Monster themed, Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf in New York!

Bounce the day away with this New York State indoor trampoline park, with open jump, foam pits, dodgeball, basketball, and so much more!

Snow fun in New York where the kids can enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and fun events!

It's animal time! Kids can stroll through the historic farm, visit with the cute animals, and enjoy nature on this New York farm with the family.

A great New York state park with hiking, biking, and ski trails. With a zoo, museum, ice skating and swimming, it makes for a very fun family day out!

A multi-level indoor playground for kids of all ages, with slides, tunnels, and a ball blasting arena! Indoor New York fun for those active kids!

Unique adventurous air boat tours across the everglades of Florida - with amazing wildlife (and kids to drive the boats themselves!)

Great parties, themed bouncing and open bounce sessions at this New York State indoor play center for kids of all ages!

Kids over 7 years can enjoy these fun real-life adventure games to solve puzzles, find clues and escape!

Great kids fun in New York State with Tiki Action Park, with go-karts, mini golf, and arcade, and so much more!

Great open play in New York State with tunnels, slides, treehouse play, towers, bouncers and preschool play areas!

Escape Room Long Island give the family a chance to find clues and solve puzzles, to complete the challenge and escape!

Waterpark fun in New York, great for all ages - especially those little ones! Amazing family fun for your day out to cool you down!

Hundreds of animals, most from the rescue program, at this New York zoo, as well as playgrounds, puppet theater, a train AND a FREE pony ride!

Explore a fun zoo and game farm with hundreds of animals, both exotic and indigenous, with plenty of interactive areas for kids too!

Farm fun with slides, hayrides, trike tracks and more in New York State!

Water fun for the family in New York State with pirates, aliens, and even dinosaurs with the thrills, waves, drops and splashes you LOVE over summer!

Series of large and intricate interactive exhibit rooms with learning through play design ideal for curious kids. Newest features include a Baby Park just for the smallest guests, plus a giant construction zone The Imagination Playground!

Prepare for a voyage of undersea discovery at the only public Aquarium on Long Island, with Shark Dives, tropical fish, stingray feeding & more!

About the Sullivan County Visitors Association: The SCVA is a membership organization established in 1997 to promote the Sullivan County Catskills as a tourism destination.

A fun and interactive museum showcasing what makes the East End special, with emphasis on those who call it home! Great learning experience for kids in New York!

The Delaware and Ulster is an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides through New York's legendary Catskill Mountains.

Montauk Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark commission by George Washington. Features an interesting museum & opportunity to climb the tower

A fun and family friendly day out in a natural setting, with rivers, slides and thrills all in the one fun New York water park - including the worlds longest water park zip line!

A family friendly RV park in New York State farm country, with boat rentals, nature trails, fishing, and day camping!

A super collection of fun activities for the whole family, including Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, and Rock Climbing!

All things baseball at America's first and only kids' baseball training camp that was designed with the entire family in mind!

Family fun adventures on the Unadilla & Susquehanna Rivers for you perfect outdoor adventure! Canoes, kayaks, nature, fun, even camping - what a great New York State family day out!

Beautiful riverfront camping in upstate New York farm country, with an old fashioned atmosphere and the perfect place for kids to enjoy nature!

A cultural family day out in New York State with exhibits and collections covering all forms of art, photography and artifacts that reflect the wonderful history of New York.

Over 22 thousand feet of playspace featuring 30 play and learn interactive exhibits from painting and performing to dentist's surgery, ambulance and emergency room, giant bubble and story garden.

Binghamton Zoo in Ross Park offers a conservationist zoological experience with naturalistic enclosures home to animals from all over the world!

Discover the wonder and mystery deep underground, with Howe Caverns - and amazing natural wonder in New York State. Tours, zip lines, ropes course, and lots of adventure!

A fascinating journey into a prehistoric passageway that used to host American roadside travellers and explorers way back in 1928 and beyond! Tours available which finish at an 100ft waterfall!

Rollerskating, miniature golf, waterpark with slides, laser tag and arcade.

Features include mini golf featuring the world's longest hole; bungee jumpster ride; climbing wall; water combat game; aeroball and batting cages.

Offers a selection of varying inflatables from obstacle courses, slides and mazes to classic bounce houses and character specials.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum honors and celebrates the history of baseball & iconic players, with exhibits to inspire and educate

Visit the LARGEST zoo in upstate New York, with over 500 animals across 80 acres! Amazing animal fun for the whole family.

250 hands-on exhibits inside and plenty more outside at Sciencenter, with science based play and learning, plus mini golf too!

Explore Earth and its prehistoric past—from the tiniest trilobite to the mighty mastodon—through displays, hands-on fun, fossils, & science-inspired art.

Over 30 rides and attractions which will give the entire family those theme park thrills! Great New York family fun!

Create family memories with an old-fashioned twist at this throwback to the Wild West in New York State!

Magical fun just for those little ones, with kiddie rides, trains and forest adventure!

Explore every facet of glass with more than 35 centuries of glass artistry, hands-on science areas, and watch live glass demos! Free admission for kids!

Cool down in New York at this fun water park, with over 35 water slides and attractions at Water Slide World!

A fascinating and fun look at the life of L. Frank Baum, as well as fun artifacts from all things "The Wizard of Oz" related!

We offer numerous cruises on our 3 cruise ships that range from 1 hour to 4.5 hour trips and take you around the different parts of Lake George. Visit our website for more information.

Be warned the House of Frankenstein is not just another Wax Museum. It features your favorite "monsters" and creatures - and there is no turning back!

A historical (and FREE!) family day out experience in New York at the Fort Stanwix National Monument that played a vital role in US history.

Learn all about the boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of learning to be had!

Recreated mid-1800s village focused on the Erie Canal, which offers packet boat and narrow gauge train rides. Among the buildings such as a church, one room school, tavern and other buildings are a Museum of Cheese in a former cheese factory, a carr....

14 acres of animal fun at Wild Animal Park wth domestic & exotic animals, plus feedings, birthday parties & more in New York State!

More than just an observational zoo, this fun New York State discovery zoo is aimed at giving kids an engaging and interactive animal experience!

Fun midway rides, with mini golf, bumper boats, slides and more fun on the shores of Sylvan Beach! Great family fun for the kids - with ghost tours too!

The Marion County Museum was dedicated and opened to the public during the Old Settlers Celebration in August, 1961. Leslie A. Powell, society president and Al Riffel, Vice President were in Charge of the ceremony. The Centennial Time Capsule was sea....

A journey into the world of art in this Syracuse art museum, with American sculptures, paintings, drawing and ceramics.

A fascinating Syracuse museum where science is learnt through imaginative, experimental and physical play. Plus flight simulators, planetarium & IMAX theater!

Once just 4 acres, this Syracuse zoo is now home to 700 animals across 43 acres! Great animal fun for the whole family in New York State!

40,000 feet of amusement park for the mind in Syracuse, with educational entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits that spark the imagination!

High standard indoor karting, for over 48". Arrive and Drive available.

Combat fun with lasers at this great Laser Tag center for those active kids in Syracuse!

New York's own Surf City Family Fun Center has a ton of fun activities for kids to spend the day with, including Go Karts and batting cages, as well as a large indoor play center.

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