Long-time residents and visitors alike can attest to the fact that there’s simply no place in the world like New York City. Spring is a particularly magical time in the city, when the weather is perfect for outdoor activities but the streets are not yet crowded with summer tourists. Whether you’re a New York native enjoying a staycation in the city or visiting the Big Apple for the first time this spring, the city is always a hit, even for the youngest members of the family.
If you’re spending spring break with your little ones in New York City, here’s how to keep the whole family entertained:
Take a Trip to Ellis Island
Your kids may know that America is a country of immigrants, but few places help kids realize the beautiful complexity of America’s melting pot like Ellis Island. Track your own family history, discover what the journey was like for early immigrants to the United States, and talk to your kids about the significance of this unique and special place.
Check out the shows filming in the city
While Hollywood may be thought of as America’s movie capital, New York is home to some of the best and brightest stars of the small screen. Shows like “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Younger,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” and “Sesame Street” are all filmed in the city, so you never know who you might run into when you’re out and about in the city.
See the animals at the Museum of Natural History
Most major American cities may have zoos, but there are few places you can see a lion and a T-Rex in the same place. Fortunately, the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side fits the bill, offering a wealth of exciting opportunities to explore the natural world for little ones, from the massive dinosaur fossils to the stunning sea creatures in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Catch a performance of “The Lion King” on Broadway
Give your kids the Disney experience without having to endure another screening of “Frozen” by grabbing some tickets to “The Lion King” on Broadway. The magic of music and puppetry make the show come alive in a way you’ve never seen, promising to delight children and adults alike.
Enjoy the sights at The Intrepid
If your kid just can’t get enough of boats and planes, the Intrepid is, without a doubt, the place for them. Not only will your kiddos get to spend the day on a real-life aircraft carrier, they’ll get to explore planes, submarines, military technology, and even flight simulators at this exciting museum.
Whether you find yourself face-to-face with a stegosaurus or a celebrity, New York has everything you and your little ones could hope for and more. Make this spring special for the whole family by enjoying the best the Big Apple has to offer.