The New York City Kids Guide
It may have a reputation as being a concrete jungle, but New York City is packed with incredible, kid-friendly delights and adventures. These are the crowd pleasing spots for little ones.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side | 212.535.7710
This beloved institution—reigning supreme on NYC’s Upper East Side—has been shepherding millions through its halls since 1880. You’ll find some of the art world’s most iconic pieces, as well as important artifacts from ancient to modern times. It’s also home to the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, which dates back to 15 BC.
Museum of Mathematics11 E. 26th St., Nomad | 212.542.0566
While the name might invoke childhood memories of fear and loathing for the subject, this super interactive museum might inspire an affection for math. It revolves around hands-on rides and activities that employ mathematical concepts to function—a tricycle with square wheels that rolls across a track, a chair that drifts across a pool of acorn shapes—meaning that a few hours spent here will be both fun and insightful.
American Museum of Natural HistoryCentral Park West & 79th St., Upper West Side | 212.769.5100
Just across the street from Central Park, this sprawling space—established in 1869—is home to more than 32 million specimens: Enormous dinosaur fossils, a stampede of elephants in the main hall, and a host of gorgeous dioramas are just the start. Post visit, head to Shake Shake across the street for a grilled cheese and milkshake.
Children’s Museum of the Arts103 Charlton St., West Soho | 212.274.0986
CMAM is one of those spots that doesn’t hold any punches: Here, kids are introduced to heady tropes in contemporary art from portraiture, to process, to language, through kid-accessible exhibits featuring works by Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, and more. In addition, their classes and after school programs are some of the best in the city. Check the website for the day's activity, as many are free and offsite.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side | 212.721.1223
This interactive museum touches on everything from the science of sleep to jazz. During warmer months, there’s also an outside water park, where kids can sail boats and study erosion through sand. With 38,000 square feet, there’s plenty to keep little ones occupied.