What are the best things to do with kids in New York City?

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There are so many great things to do with kids in New York City. FAO Schwarz, South Street Seaport, Central Park, The Bronx Zoo you and the family will have a ball in New York. Here are our top picks:

Who can resist the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall? Adults and kids alike will get a kick out of the popular Radio City Christmas Spectacular. For many, it's an annual tradition. The event sells out quickly every year for a reason - it's just plain holiday fun. So buy tickets in advance if you're going to be in town around Christmas.

Part mall, part historic landmark, South Street Seaport has a little something for everyone, including shopping, restaurants, views of the harbor, events and programs. It's the South Street Seaport Museum, however, that really captures the spirit of the former commercial and transportation hub. The museum boasts an extensive collection of luxury liner memorabilia; visitors can see a scale model of the Titanic and a vast collection of cigarette cards, china, medals and tea sets from other cruise ships of yore. The site also features a re-created working paper press that makes cards and stationery to order, printed on 19th-century treadle-powered equipment.

The zoo is the largest urban wildlife conservation park in the country, boasting 265 acres for more than 4,000 animals to roam. Much of the New York zoo's land has been made into special habitats suited for its diverse variety of animals, including gorillas, lions, gibbons and grizzly bears. Take a 20-minute monorail ride along the Bronx River and soak in the surroundings of the Wild Asia portion of the zoo with tigers, elephants and rhinos roaming nearby. An interactive children's zoo lets kids check out animal homes, try on simulated claws and paws, and get their picture taken with chickens.

Make like Tom Hanks in Big and dance on the piano floor at the 50,000-square-foot playland that serves as the flagship for the world's most famous toy store, FAO Schwarz. The oldest and swankiest toy store in the country moved to its Fifth Avenue location in 1986, where three floors are stuffed to the rafters with plush stuffed animals, dolls, toy cars and books. Kids can even create their own playthings at toy factories dedicated to Hot Wheels, Madame Alexander Dolls and Barbie.

Take your kids to Central Park to frolic on the playground, bike, ice skate, rollerblade or any other outdoor activity you can think of. The most frequently visited urban park in the United States, Central Park spans 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan, creating an oasis of towering trees, tranquil lakes and budding blooms in the midst of New York's concrete jungle. There are 19 themed playgrounds, the zoo and petting zoo, the Carousel and the storytelling hour at the Hans Christian Andersen statue. In the winter months, Wollman Rink is a gorgeous spot to enjoy warm mugs of hot chocolate.

Here are five great things to do with kids in New York City:

Visit Max Brenner The Bald Chocolate Man restaurant.

Visit FAO Schwartz for the toys and Toys"R"Us for the Ferris wheel.

Take a private tour of the American Museum of Natural History.

Visit the super costume store "Abra Cadabra."

Stroll Victorian Gardens in Central Park in the summer.

Go to the Bronx Zoo.

Have a sundae at Dylan’s Candy Store.

When traveling with children, the five best things to do are take a Circle Line boat tour, visit the Central Park Zoo, explore The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, head over to Times Square to see a Broadway show or treat them to the wonders of FAO Schwarz toy store.

One of the best ways to get around is by taking a double decker bus around Manhattan. When travelling with children, get on this bus for a fee and have the driver drop you and your family off at the following destinations:

The Intrepid

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Helicopter tour of the city

The Museum of Natural History Central Park (including a carriage ride)

The five best things to do with kids in New York City are:

1. Hop on a horse at Central Park's carousel.

2. Rent a model sailboat at Conservatory Water, afterward check in with Alice and her friends, of Wonderland fame, at the pool's northern end.

3. Catch the marionette show at the Swedish Cottage for old-fashioned children's theater entertainment.

4. Stare down Tyrannosaurus rex and the rest of the dinosaurs in the amazing Fossil Hall at the American Museum of Natural History. Can you find the mummified dinosaur eggs?

5. Look back at one of the greatest views of Manhattan by walking back into it from the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge (don't forget to have some pizza first at Grimaldi's).

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  • Thomas Bodenski, New York, NY, USA
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