NYC, a big city that it is, can be a bit overwhelming when you have very few days and a lot to choose from. If you’re a family traveling with kids to New York, I suggest that you cover a few places and do them well enough to fall in love with New York.
While walking on the streets, especially the 5th Avenue and Soho is the best way to explore the city, I’d still share my list of things to do in NYC. Here you go!
- Cool Mess : I have a 4-year-old girl who loves cooking and if it is her favorite food, desserts then it surely is an icing on the cake. We churned some mouth-watering, creamy ice cream together and this was the best thing we did in NYC. You can find more details about making a booking etc here. It made for a good evening activity for us as a family where we had someone give us instructions and ingredients along with a churner and some fancy m&m’s , brownie chunks and strawberry toppings. You have a good list to choose from. It was a delight to watch my daughter make her own ice cream and patiently watch it churn while she delicately threw in the m&ms and small bits of brownie in the churner. We absolutely loved the experience and would recommend this place to you guys 🙂
- Juniors Cheesecake, Times Square : Times Square is our favorite spot. The buzz, the lights , the Disney store, the m&m’s world, the dollar stores, the christmas decor and many more stores that line up the streets – you really can’t resist the liveliness at this place. My girls would refuse to sleep with such big lights around them. You can’t miss having cheesecake and when you’re in New York, you really can’t! For this, we loved Juniors cheesecake and cafe at Times Square. It’s the best I’ve ever had. We relished their fish and chips and salads too.
3. Central Park – A 36 – acre green oasis in the centre of the concrete jungle. We enjoyed our walks, the carriage ride around the park and the fresh air here. The art work you get outside the park can also make for good souvenirs to take back home. The zoo here was a great excitement filled tour for my daughter cos she got to see the owl (she read about the owl in Gruffalo book by Julia Donaldson). The penguins and the bear also caught her attention. The park is huge and has many things to do like visiting the petting zoo where the kids can get up close with the animals. There is also ‘the Alice in wonderland’ set up with statues which can be an attractive visual for a story you could tell later. Since the park is stretch over so many acres, we found it impossible to cover everything. A good thing I did was that I picked up a story book ‘Come to central park’ from the souvenir shop. I think it is a good addition to our book shelf and we’ll recollect our memories by reading this book. You can buy this book here4. Children’s Museum of Manhattan : If you’re exhausted and your kids are not then this place is your savior. My crawler baby had a good time in her play zone while I sat on a couch and watched over her. My older girl enjoyed her music and dance session at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. You can head to Cafe Lalo for a meal soon after – good food here! More details about CMOM here! 5. The Halal guys : This food truck on the West 53rd Street, outside the Hilton is beyond delicious. It is comfort food with chicken, pita, lettuce salad and some rice or a wrap like a gyro or shawarma. Caution : The hot sauce is really hot so you’d want to be a bit careful. A big hit for the asian taste buds. You can check then out hereWhile the city has endless number of things to do, these places stood out for us among the many places we covered in the hop on hop off tour. So that was my list that you could use if you travel with 3 days with two or more kids 🙂 Writing down this post makes me feel like hopping on a flight and going to NYC again 😐 Stay blessed NYC and safe travels 🙂
About the author : Apart from being a blogger at Mommy Mojo, Moina is a full time mom to her girls. She enjoys their childhood and her roller coaster ride of motherhood through creative activities like art and craft, movement, cooking, traveling and gardening. If she isn’t doing this, you’ll find her hanging out with her friends, painting or cooking a delicious meal for her family.