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    • Whenever I have friends or family with children come to visit in New York City, I love showing them the best aspects of NYC! I wanted to put together a great list of some of the fun things here in New York City for kids and parents.

      Must-see number one? The American Museum of Natural History. Located right next to Central Park, this stunning and huge historic (1869!) museum has something for the whole family - from tweens to little ones. The dinosaurs alone are amazing. You can avoid lines and purchase tickets in advance, but if the price is a factor, there's a pay-what-you-wish option that's only available onsite.

    • For those with kids who may be a bit younger (think infants, toddlers, preschool, elementary school), the Children's Museum of Manhattan provides five floors of interactive, educational exhibits and play areas. During the summer they have an outdoor water station perfect for splashing, while inside there's arts and crafts. (I volunteered there for a day and had a great time).

    • Times Square isn't the greatest area for families - it's noisy, tough to get around, and even more expensive than the rest of New York - but Gulliver's Gate is right in the heart of it on 44th Street and a great way to escape the crowds, heat (or cold), and hustle. The exhibits are mostly non-interactive, but safely out of reach from little hands - but there is so much to see that you'll really enjoy.

    • The Central Park Zoo is a very manageably-sized zoo located near the Southeast Corner of Central Park! With a children's zoo section, sea lion feedings, an apiary / tropical enclosure and surrounded with lush gardens, plenty of seatings and restrooms, it's a great way to experience Central Park without being overwhelmed.

    • While the famous Toys 'R' Us with the giant indoor ferris wheel in Times Square is sadly gone, not to worry, toy fun can still be found. You can still have a BIG piano moment at the newly reopened FAO Schwartz at Rockefeller Center!

      Bonus points for the Rockefeller Center area: there's also the Nintendo NY store and the Lego Store - and you're across the street from American Girl store!