In the age of gleaming skyscrapers and daring new observation decks in NYC, it's easy to forget the grand dame of them all: the Empire State Building. The art deco beauty and iconic landmark has just finished a four-year, $165 million project to reimagine and refurbish the experience for visitors to the Observation Decks, including a completely redesigned 80th floor, which opened to the public last week. Read on for a look at the breathtaking new space, plus tips for planning a visit to the Empire State Building observatory with kids.
When asked to illustrate her career goal as a first grader, Jody drew a picture of a mom with one kid on each hip and another clinging to her leg. All these years later, that is her reality, raising three kids in this crazy city. Since her dream job only pays in hugs and kisses, she has spent her professional career as an editor at SI.com, espnW.com and SportsonEarth.com, and also freelanced for Care.com.
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Whether you're in need of a night off from cooking, or you're out and about in NYC and need a place to refuel, there's no shortage of family-friendly restaurants in NYC. Sometimes, though, it takes more than just a kid-friendly menu to get through a night out with your sanity intact. Food halls are one option, as are play cafes. But we've also rounded up 11 NYC restaurants that serve kid-friendly eats alongside extra special fun things for kids to do and see, with kid-pleasing entertainment that ranges from ninjas to video games to kittycats.
New Yorkers often dismiss Times Square as too crowded, touristy, and overpriced, but if you look a little closer, there is plenty of kid fun to be found around this NYC hub—even for the most jaded urban dwellers.
We're not talking about the typical tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the Hard Rock Cafe, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not, which do have plenty for kids to do. Instead, we've got the scoop on 15 cool, under-the-radar things to do with kids near Times Square whether you're killing time before a Broadway show, entertaining out-of-towners, or just find yourself in this NYC neighborhood.
Visiting NYC with kids? Check out more top attractions in our Visitor's Guide for Families.
Christmas in New York is nothing short of magical. From fabulous holiday windows to dozens of tree lightings, magical seasonal shows, and multiple iterations of The Nutcracker, New York is the place to be during the holiday season. The biggest star of all is, of course, Jolly Old St. Nick. And as it turns out, the man of the hour is pretty busy in NYC in the days leading up to Christmas. There are plenty of spots to take a photo with Santa or even have a special meal with Mr. Claus, plus dozens more ways to share a special holiday moment with the big guy, from ice skating with Santa to watching Santa get rescued by the New York Fire Department.
So grab a hot cocoa and read on for 45 awesome Santa-in-the-city experiences to enjoy before he takes flight from the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
The festive fun of the holiday season is officially upon us, and New Yorkers and tourists alike know that seeing the brilliantly decorated holiday windows in Midtown's iconic stores is a Christmas-season must-do. Besides, what better way to work off some holiday treats than with a wintry stroll through Midtown to take in the sights?
If seeing the holiday window displays in NYC is part of your family's holiday traditions too, read on for our top stops during a 2019 holiday windows walk.
The Thanksgiving holiday break is nearly here, and while Thursday is likely filled with giant helium-filled balloons and hearty portions, you've got three more days to entertain the kids after everyone's stuffed.
Whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, or enjoying a family staycation, we've got you covered. From only-in-NYC experiences to fun holiday happenings and a slew of kid-friendly shows, we've rounded up 22 fun ways to spend some quality time with your family over the long weekend.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 93rd anniversary this November, taking over the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, November 28, 2019, exhilarating the city with its boisterous marching bands, extravagant floats, and giant balloon characters. Every year brings a mix of old and new characters to the parade, and 2019 is no exception, with five new balloons and as many floats set to make their NYC debuts.
Enthusiastic paradegoers know the family fun actually begins the day before as the trademark giant balloons receive their annual helium injections—in fact, it's included in our list of 100 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC. Check out our in-depth inflation post for an overview of the Wednesday night festivities.
If you're planning to attend the parade with the kids (and millions of others!), read on for the most up-to-date information on the route, best viewing locations, and other highlights. Looking for what time and where to see the Macy's Parade on TV instead? Read on for that, too. You'll find more holiday inspiration in our Thanksgiving Fun Guide.
Macy's opens its 13,000-square-foot winter wonderland on Friday, November 29, 2019 (the day after Thanksgiving and the parade). Overflowing with holiday cheer from its live "elves," an enchanted forest, animatronic toys, and a train display, Macy's Santaland is open daily through Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve.
As in previous years, visitors must book a FREE reservation to visit with Santa at Santaland, which requires some advance planning but does mean a much shorter wait when you get there. Read on for everything you need to know about visiting Santaland this year.