New York City is on almost everyone’s bucket lists but it can be easy to fall into the major tourist traps, leading to long queues, restless children and an overall exhausting experience. Ensure you and your family have a truly individual holiday to the “Big Apple” by taking a look at our top unique, quirky or less heard-of activities!
Sleepover at the Natural History Museum
Perhaps the most famous museum in the world runs events known as “Dino Snores” where children and their parents camp out amongst the exhibits and enjoy a night of enchanting adventures, including; a torch-lit trail, an educational science show and even a t-shirt making workshop! As you awake in the morning, the staff serve breakfast and entertain the little ones with a live animal show before you depart from your magical experience.
One World Observatory
On the upper floors of the One World Trade Centre is an observation deck which is taller than the Empire State Building. Standing at an incredible 1,776 ft above the New York City sidewalks, this unique experience allows you to take spectacular family photos, provide an interactive, educational experience of the city’s landmarks to your little ones or to even test your own nerve on the attraction’s glass floor!
“I ain’t afraid of no ghost”
This highly recognisable structure is the perfect opportunity for you to… Sorry, for your children to see one of New York’s most famous movie sites! The fire station itself is very much in operation to this day and the firefighters who were present on 9/11 were some of the very first responders, making for a building with tremendous amounts of respect and history.
Alice in Wonderland Statue
Wander through Central Park with a skip in your step, in search of the beautifully crafted Alice in Wonderland statue. This beloved children’s classic has brought joy to children and adults all over the world; from the original publication by Lewis Carroll to the blockbuster movie adaptions and pop culture references. The sight of this statue is truly spectacular, depicting Alice sat on the top of a shining mushroom, accompanied by her storybook friends.
Meet the Real Winnie the Pooh & Friends
On display at the New York Public Library are the very toys which inspired A.A. Milne to write the wonderful tales of Winnie the Pooh. These delicate and historic teddy bears continue to amaze those who visit them, 99 years from the date they were purchased from Harrods in London and gifted to the real-life Christopher Robin.
Dylan’s Candy Bars
See the excitement in your kids’ eyes as they literally become a “kid in a candy store”! There are multiple of these sweet shops all over New York and they all serve an array of treats; from chocolates and gummies to candy floss and donuts. Plus, each venue is a treat for the eyes too, making for some great family photos.
Visit Nintendo New York
Just two blocks from the nearest Disney store (making for a both kid-friendly and feet-friendly itinerary) is Nintendo New York. This modern store is the perfect stop for gamers of all ages with memorabilia of everyone’s favourite Nintendo characters, including; Mario and Co, Animal Crossing, Pokemon and more!
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