Five Manhattan Attractions Your Kids Will Love
From ice cream museums to the largest dinosaur exhibit on earth, Midtown Manhattan is a dream destination for kids. Our family friendly tourist mecca offers a plethora of unique activities that your kids will love, and they’ll be sure to bring out your inner child, too.
American Museum of Natural History
The 150-year-old museum is the preeminent cultural, scientific, educational and cultural institution where your family can explore the world and known universe through interactive exhibits and mind-blowing artifacts. Some highlights include the massive dinosaur exhibit and the iconic 94-foot-long blue whale model. And events like Worlds Beyond Earth, with immersive visualizations of the cosmos on a futuristic planetarium, offer yet more fun for your kids.
200 Central Park West
Open Wednesday to Sunday; 10am to 5:30pm
The Museum of Ice Cream
Need we say more? This attraction offers 13 multisensory installations all dedicated to sweets and treats. Slide down the three-story Ice Cream Portal, take a ride to outer space in the Celestial Subway, dance through the Rainbow Tunnel or and jump in the city’s only Sprinkle Pool. To put a literal cherry on top, guides offer treats and festive surprises as you move through the museum.
Open every day except Tuesday; 10am to 5:30pm, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The 843-acre park in the middle of the island is our urban sanctuary that not only offers some of the most breathtaking trails, fauna and views but is also replete with events tailored for kids. Boasting a whopping 21 playgrounds, the Tisch Petting Zoo, model boat sailing, a nature observatory designed for kids and plenty more, your kids will never look at other playgrounds the same.
The iconic 20,000-square-foot store offers unique, high-end toys, with walls of Barbie dolls, a Build-A-Bear Workshop station, a racetrack for kids to play with cars, a space where a magician will teach tricks and a candy shop. While your kids are enjoying the playtime bonanza, you’ll be sure to have nostalgic fun with the walk-on piano keyboard, or you can check out the Top of the Rock observatory with amazing views from the tower’s peak.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Open daily; 11am to 8pm
Offering over 200 lifelike wax figures, here you can sit in a recreated Oval Office while gazing at an interactive exhibit of the world’s leaders or see your favorite A-lister actors, celebrities and sports legends up close. Besides the uber-realistic figurines, Madame Tussauds offers eclectic interactive experiences, including a Marvel Universe 4D film and a journey behind the scenes of famous Broadway Shows where you can score the music, get in wardrobe, create the magic and join the cast. (As a heads up, some of the extra interactive experiences need to be booked in advance, so visit their site to book.)
234 W 42nd St
Open daily; 11am to 4pm Monday through Thursday, 11am to 8pm Friday through Sunday