There's an undeniable charm to the idea of the classic NYC kid. Precocious, worldly, outspoken and feisty; whether you're just visiting NYC with a child or raising your own specimen, you can enjoy imagining your child as one of these feisty tots.
There are a host of books that will set the stage and act as a primer for aspiring Eloises and children will enjoy reading about the familiar places and connecting their lives with the ones in the book.
For younger children Eloise is an obvious place to start and an outing for tea at the Plaza is a perfect accompaniment to the book. After tea, walk into Central Park and visit the Central Park Zoo as depicted in One Sunday Morning. Take time to listen to the chimes of the Delacorte Clock ring out favorite children's rhymes.
Other classic NYC kid activities include a ride on the carousel or sailing a boat in the conservatory water. Whatever you do, don't rush. To be a true classic NYC kid is to live in your own precious world that you own as depicted in The House on East 88th Street. NYC runs around you. You never run around it. To that end perhaps a slow carriage ride around central park would be nice.
For older kids Harriet the Spy, Superfudge, The Cricket in Times Square, and Stuart Little all romanticize NYC childhoods in a way sure to charm young readers. An outing to Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate and a trip over the Roosevelt Island Tram should recreate the magic of being a kid in NYC for them in real life.
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