Don't dismiss Midtown East as strictly for out-of-towners and folks in suits. Beyond the office buildings and tourist attractions like the Empire State Building, you'll find under-the-radar destinations for families, like the Ford Foundation Building's indoor garden, the hands-on tech museum Sony Wonder Technology Lab, the Children's Center at 42nd Street at the main branch of the NYPL, and Scandinavian-style play space the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center. Plus, there are a handful of rarely crowded parks and playgrounds, a plethora of family-friendly restaurants, and some tourists hot spots even native New Yorkers should experience with kids at least once, like dining in the swanky cafe at American Girl Place, making a customized lovey at Build-A-Bear and gawking at the views from the Top of the Rock.
Our Midtown East Family Guide highlights the very best things to do with kids in the neighborhood. We hope you enjoy getting to know the area with your family.