New York City – Children’s Adventures 1

New York City may seem daunting to visit with children, but New Yorkers are there with their kids all the time! So, read and also let locals help you learn the ropes. There are so many wonderful chances to enhance your child’s view of the world by coming to The Big Apple, that it would be a shame not to bring your kids (and a grandparents or two, if that helps you feel more comfortable).

In previous articles we’ve discussed child-friendly venues in depth at: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Sony’s Wonder Technology Lab, The Boathouse and Family Guided Walks in Central Park — to name a few. Here are more.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

First Friday: free admission from 5 – 8pm.
212 West 83rd Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. Tuesday-Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Closed Monday.
Strollers must be collapsible and must be left at coat-check (except for special needs kids).

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

No food in the museum, at all. You can return after a meal as long as you keep your admission stickers. You can take a deli picnic to Riverside park: 2 blocks west from the museum. Entrance is on 83rd street and it has a beautiful playground with benches.

If needed, there are nearby doctors and pediatricians on call for the Museum every day. Women are free to breast-feed their children in any part of the museum, but the 4th floor is quietest. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons are too.

See exhibits about: Playworks and Little West Side (both for babies – age 4), Adventures with Dora and Diego (ages 2-6), Gods, Myths and Mortals (6 and up). Playworks has Circle Time at 12:30 and 4:00. Kapla Block Party (5 and up). City Splash (open mid-April – mid-October). Special workshops may be available (5 and up); check when you arrive or 212-721-1223.

92nd Street Y:
Cooking with Kids is on the class schedule approx. once a month. 1395 Lexington Avenue (Lexington Av at 92nd St) New York. 212-415-5500. The Y is just north of the museum, above.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park:

Or, after the museum, continue west, to Central Park’s 79th Street and West Drive. For decades, the Swedish Cottage has been a destination for New York City children aged 3-9; there are marionette plays there, daily.

The Cottage, a model schoolhouse, was built as Sweden’s exhibit for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. In 1877, the park’s landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, moved the Cottage to its present site. Since 1973 this small wooden lodge has been the place which brings fairy tales alive for enchanted audiences. The current play is a new version of Peter Pan. During school holidays there may be more performances. Always check ahead.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Two performances at 10:30 a.m. & noon.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: one show at 1:00 p.m.
Reservations are required for all performances.
(212) 988-9093.
Subway: #1 or #9 to 79th Street; B or C to 81st Street & Central Park West or 6 train to 77th St & Lexington Avenue, entering the park at Fifth Avenue and heading west.
Bus: M79 to Central Park West

You and your children will find this is a magical visit to New York City. Make it a great day together.

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