Things to Do in New York City With Kids (Other Than Broadway)


Two boys listening to a tour in a museum. New York City with kids can be fun! NYC boasts a bundle of fun indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages. Less than a hop, skip, and a jump away from Fairfield County via train or car, it offers amusement during your staycation days and more than enough entertainment for a family overnight. Whether traveling with a toddler, tween, or teenager, a family of three or five, include some of the below activities on your next family trip into the city.


Twinkle Playspace: A Brooklyn indoor, unique, and interactive playspace for ages six and under. They specialize in themed birthday parties and open play for toddlers and preschoolers.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: NYC’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families. Sensory learning through hands-on experiences. Three floors of interactive exhibits for ages 6 months to 10 years old.

Jane’s Carousel: A beautiful antique carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park is open to the public for rides, school field trips, and private parties.

Downtown and Soho

Sloomoo Institute: A 12000 square foot interactive playground of hand crafted and artisanal build-your-own slime.  

The Color Factory: An interactive art museum in Soho with inventive and immersive art installations. Fun-filled rooms are committed to making people happy with color.

Museum of Ice Cream: A three-level playground filled with unlimited ice cream in Soho. Eat as much as you want and learn about the history of ice cream through multi-sensory installations.

Children’s Museum of the Arts: It carries the most extensive collection of children’s art work in New York, with over 2,000 works by children from over fifty countries.

Imagination Playground – an interactive playground located in the Financial district + designed by architect David Rockwell

Pier 25 at Hudson River Park: The longest pier in Hudson River Park and home to an 18-hole miniature golf course, sand volleyball courts, and a children’s playground (a few perks).

Upper West Side

American Museum of Natural History: Come and spend the day in the planetarium or with the world’s most extensive collection of dinosaur fossils or in one of the world-renowned mammal halls. They once offered night-at-the-museum slumber parties, and I hope to return someday soon.             

Where are your favorite things to do in New York City with kids?


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