For many, travelling to a big, busy city like New York with kids may seem like a daunting task. Below are a few tips that will help you minimize the anxiety and maximize the fun along the way.
Exploring the City with Kids ~ Tips for a Memorable New York Getaway
Keep the Arrival Day Simple
Start your Big Apple vacation by visiting a park. You could possibly take your children to Flushing Meadows the same day you arrive at NYC. Here, they will have an opportunity to relax as they explore the Queens Zoo, Citi Field, the Queens Botanical Garden and six playgrounds.
Apart from your children having time to relax, you also get an opportunity to interact with the locals and get some important advice on what to see and do in New York. Talking with locals will also give you an idea of where to find valuable treasures that are less known in the tourist circuit.
Stay Like a Local
When traveling to a big city like New York with kids, it is preferably better to rent a home via Airbnb. The main goal being to fine a family-friendly flat in a great neighborhood. While staying at a hotel is nice, the luxury will definitely get lost on your kids who find the greatest joy in the simplest of things. Staying at an Airbnb flat makes it much easier for kids to sleep in their own bedroom, giving mom and dad time to relax.
One of the best things to do with your kids in the city is to visit the local farmers’ markets for vegetables and fruit, yogurt and cheese, pastries and bread. Head home to make a simple home meal. This not only gives your kids the chance to gain that real New York experience, it is also less expensive, more relaxing and healthier than dining out every night.
Ditch the Car
The last thing you want to do is to waste time in a city where you will be for only a couple of days. One of the best ways to experience NYC is by taking long walks. You can also schedule a hop on hop off tour bus that makes it easy to plan your city adventure.
If you are looking for a more relaxing environment, you can explore the various parks in the city by renting bikes. However, remember that kids tend to get hungry after an entire day of walking. It is a good idea that you bring along a few snacks, as well as sunscreen, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes.
Have a Rainy Day Plan B
Kids love the outdoors, but it may not be so much fun when it is all wet and cold. In addition, summer is a great opportunity to do something indoors while taking a break from the sun. In New York, you will find a great assortment of incredible natural history and art museums that your children will enjoy visiting.
However, let your children take the lead and go at their pace. Look for exhibits that have a hands-on approach and ask your kids what they want to see next and skip the rest. Before stepping going, find out how much it is going to cost, if it’s appropriate for kids, and whether you can bring along a backpack or stroller.
Help Your Kids Preserve the Trip Memories
Once you get back home, talk about the trip. You can even help your kids choose pictures to hang or create a scrapbook with pictures of monuments and museums from tourist pamphlets you collected during your stay in New York. The scrapbook will act as a summary of each day of your trip, including the food you ate, places you visited and friends you made along the way – a great way to remember a vacation!