17 different women, 36 crazy children, 0 babies in utero
Adventures, Advice and Questions from a group of Mormon women who met in Queens, NY and have now scattered all over the place.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Doing NYC with a Six Year Old

A while back, I got an e-mail from our reader, Corinne, who asked for some tips on what to do in NYC with her six year old daughter. There wasn't time to make it into a post, so I e-mailed her back with a few of my own ideas. I hope they had a good time.

For future NYC visitors with children, I thought I would post my reply and hopefully everyone will add you own ideas because in no way is this list complete:

Central park - Don't miss the carousel, the Alice in Wonderland statue and the Central Park Zoo (make sure to stop by the petting zoo part of it too).

The Museum of Natural History has a great Discovery Room for kids. Really fun and interactive. Their special exhibits are always facinating as well.

You can't miss FAO Schwartz (5th Ave) - Really cool hands on stuff. Making a custom Madame Alexander doll is really cool though pricey (about $40).

Oh and she will probably enjoy the huge Toys R Us in Times Square. The ferris wheel, the animatronic dinosaur, the barbie house and the interactive projection screen on the floor are all really fun.

Dylans Candy Bar is a heavenly place for kids as well. Lots of candy (and eye candy) and yummy ice cream. (eastside across from Bloomingdales)

She'll love Chinatown. All the cheap trinkets and strange fruits. Try some fresh lychees from a corner stand and go to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for some yummy ice cream . You have to at least taste the strange flavors even if you end up with strawberry in the end.

Going to the top of the Empire State Building is always exciting and taking the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty is another tourist must. There are always entertaining street performers down there too so make sure you leave yourself enough time to stop and enjoy (it would be good to keep some $1 in your pocket as well).

Take her to see the temple on 65th Street and Columbus. It will always hold a special place in my heart as I attenedd church there for 3 years and was in NYC for the temple dedication and Jubilee.

I hope you can make it to a Broadway show. Any of the Disney ones are really enjoyable for kids.

Another fun place to hang out is the South Street Seaport--all the way at the southern tip of Manhattan. There is shopping, a decent food court, street performers, boats and a nice view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

One thing I like to do when people visit is to make sure they experience all the forms of transportation in the city. We take buses, the subway, at least one taxi ride, a ferry, and sometimes a horse drawn carriage ride in the park (this last one can be expensive during peak seasons).

Hmmmm, what else. Search the web for "free NYC activites". There are a lot of sites that keep calendars of fun free events around the city.

And don't pass up The Met. You can read newmom's post "A guide to the Met" to get some pointers. A six year old might not last long there, but I think there is plenty to keep her interested for at least an hour or two.

Make time to play in one of the many playgrounds that spot the city and if you're there in the summer, bring a bathing suit (or a change of clothes) and cool off in the water sprays.

I hope this helps and have FUN!!!


  • This seems like a very complete list to me. I never had a child when I lived in NYC - but I say if you have a daughter especially, take her to Alice's Teacup for lunch (or tea). There is one on both the Upper West and East Sides. SO CUTE! I can't wait to take my boy to New York when he is older. What an adventure!
    posted by Blogger Beth at 6/15/2007 07:09:00 PM  

  • My Novel:
    Central Park: I plan on also checking out Victorian Gardens this summer. They have signs all over the subway right now.

    The Museum of Nat'l History does have great specials. Frogs is still running until September: SO FAB, and I am excited about their new exhibit about mythical creatures.

    FAO Schwarz has recently had a complete overhaul. There is now a tree house you can climb, a huge baby area downstairs, an ice cream/candy parlor in the center of the store and characters who read story books throughout the day: mother goose, toy soldier, princess. When you are through, head south on 5th Avenue a few blocks to see a live Disney character at the Wonderful World Disney Store. Call both first for the schedules. Though the MA doll is 40, that is half the price of a larger and bulkier American Girl Doll...and a nice take-home souvenir, since MA's headquarters are here...for the real doll lover, it might be worth a trip uptown to their factory.

    Toys R Us is great for it's ferris wheel and BATHROOMS...but they no longer have the animitronics on the floor...they do have a way cool lego set-up close to it now....While you're in times square you can visit Sephora, where they have lots of makeup samples OUT and at a child's level. This might be fun for your daughter to get to put on a little lip gloss and eye shadow before her broadway show, BUT the germ-a-phobes will have to turn that little switch OFF in their brain.

    Also, while in times Square, avert your eyes of the NAKED COWBOY and head up near 48th St. for a jamba juice, dale & thomas popcorn, M & M World or the Hershey Factory.

    If Broadway isn't in your budget, but your hometown doesn't have much theatre, I implore you to seek out other theatre in NYC. In a quick internet search I found the following:
    Pied Piper Theatre
    Atlantic for Kids
    Paper Bag Players
    Going to see a children's theatre production in NYC is the real deal. You don't have to get fancy, stay up past bedtime, sit for a LONG time or spend a month's rent (I am thinking outside of NYC here people) to see the show.

    TRANSPORTATION: I am glad you mentioned that...don't forget the tram that goes to Roosevelt Island, as featured in SPIDERMAN.

    Other great public bathrooms: Any Barnes and Noble or Old Navy store.

    Moms, if you want to shop in Soho, you can stop at the Scholastic Store for your little one...try to find out about any live events....usually on Saturdays they might have a Clifford, the Big Red Dog sighting.

    If you come in the summer, there are free concerts Tues and Thurs mornings at Madison Square Park. This is right near the historic Flat Iron Building, so you can kill two birds with one stone....don't miss lunch at the Shake Shack.

    Wow, I'm tired now.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 6/16/2007 04:56:00 AM  

  • Kage,

    I knew you would have a good list! Now I want to come back and be a tourist!
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 6/16/2007 08:09:00 AM  

  • WOW! Thanks for all the great ideas! Nice to have so many tried-and-true options listed in one place. Now I've got to plan a trip with the kiddos!

    Hey, how about a list for a mommies-only trip? My sister and I are pondering such a foray in the fall...
    posted by Blogger lainakay at 6/16/2007 12:29:00 PM  

  • What a list! Oh I miss NYC. Everything that I knew to do with kids was pretty much covered...but here are my additions.
    Children's Museum of Arts was wonderful. They have art projects going throughout the day and the walls are adorned with art made by the kids. It was SO cute.
    Also - if in Times Square go into the Time Square Visitors Center (next to the Double Tree hotel and McDonalds) they have lots of discount tickets there (usually to more of the kid friendly shows) and you can go get your picture taken at the HSBC booth...7 minutes later your face is featured in an HSBC commercial on the jumbo-tron in Times Square (the one above Olive Garden). It's free and a lot of fun for kids.
    We took my son to a little splash park in Central Park last year that was new - but I'm not sure what it was called. So much to do!
    posted by Blogger Melissa at 6/18/2007 10:22:00 AM  

  • Thanks for the list. We're about 8 hours from NYC and I've been debating whether or not to take a trip there with my kids, 3 and 8 months, this had some wonderful ideas. Thanks!
    posted by Blogger kadee at 6/20/2007 08:01:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home