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Spring Break in Manhattan: Activities Your Kids Will Love

Spring Break in Manhattan: Activities Your Kids Will Love


As the first hint of springtime enters the air, men and women around the country and across the globe start eagerly preparing for the vacations they’ve been waiting all winter to take. For millions of like minded individuals, this means a trip to New York City — often with little ones in tow. Fortunately, the Big Apple is full of entertaining and educational activities for little ones if you know where to go. Discover the New York your children will love with a trip to some of the city’s most kid-friendly destinations.

The American Museum of Natural History: There are few places the world with the power to captivate children for hours like the Museum of Natural History. Spread across 2,000,000 square feet on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this massive museum celebrates Earth’s beautiful biodiversity, from plant matter to deep-sea creatures. Little ones will love looking at the museum’s dinosaur skeletons, taxidermy displays, and planetarium, and, unlike many other museums, there’s plenty of room for them to run around without breaking anything.


American National Museum of History (flickr: Andrew Mehri)
American National Museum of History (flickr: Andrew Mehri)


Chelsea Piers: After a winter spent cooped up indoors, your kids might just need to expend some of their excess energy. If your kids could benefit from some active play, head over to Chelsea Piers, where they can go ice skating, practice their swing at the batting cages, go rock climbing, or play on the facility’s gymnastics equipment, trampolines, and foam pit.




The Empire State Building: Undoubtedly the most iconic building in New York City, the Empire State Building’s sweeping views of the city and family-friendly exhibits will make it a hit for your kids this spring. After checking out the views from the building’s Observation Deck, treat your little ones to a trip on the Skyride, an exhilarating and interactive tour of the city.


Observation Desk at The Empire State Building (Photo: Empire State Building)
Observation Desk at The Empire State Building (Photo: Empire State Building)


The Central Park Zoo: One of the world’s most famous zoos, the Central Park Zoo has been delighting children and adults alike since it first welcomed guests in 1864. With 6 and a half acres to explore and over 150 animals to look at, the zoo will have your children amused for hours.


Photo Courtesy of Central Park Zoo
Photo Courtesy of Central Park Zoo


The Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Educational experiences don’t get much more exciting than the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Located just a few blocks from the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side, this interactive museum is full of activities to pique your little one’s curiosity, from exhibits on Muslim artwork around the world to touch-and-feel stations for babies and toddlers.


The Children's Museum of Manhattan (Photo Credit Marilyn K. Yee/The New York Times)
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (Photo Credit Marilyn K. Yee/The New York Times)


If you’re planning a trip to New York City this spring, make sure to bring your kids along for the fun — from museums to zoos, there’s kid-friendly excitement at every turn.


Note: This is a guest post by Candace Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Ink Well, The Carlton House and The Woolworth Tower.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Rob Taylor
    March 21, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I can only imagine how awesome the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is, just knowing how cool ours is in Seattle. And the AMNH!!!! We’re going to the one in Denver this weekend and can’t wait! NYC’s is a dream! #rossgeller

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      My kids really enjoyed visiting the children’s museums when they were younger. The one is NYC is probably one of the best with lots of interactive games for the kids.

  2. Sally from Passport & Plates
    March 22, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Even though I don’t have kids, these places all look SUPER fun! Think I might have to pay a visit to the children’s museum myself next time I go 😀

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Yes, some of them are a lot of fun for adults too. It makes you feel like a kid again.

  3. Shivansh
    March 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    History to Art! Seems like a good mix!

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Some fun ways to keep your kids busy during the summer or winter months.

  4. Heather Cole
    March 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I think this is a list for ‘big’ kids too 😉 I simply adore the Natural History Museum here in London, and would love to see the one in Manhattan, imagine it’s only bigger and better than ours!

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 23, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I haven’t been to the National History Museum in London yet, but the one in NYC is quite large.

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