Travel: Two Days in New York City with the Kids

We haven't done too many city breaks since the kids came along  but decided to brave it this year with a 2 day trip to New York City. The kids were quite confused as to where they were going, and  decided that we were probably going to "Na-York-a" (Majorca) just like their friends were doing over the summer. 

What we Did?
We were staying on the Upper West Side so decided to stay within walking distance on on Day 1. We went to a 10am Puppet Show of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater  in Central Park  and then after an early lunch went to the American Museum of Natural History which wowed us all. The Dinosaur and Geology exhibits were our favourites. After a lovely stroll through Central Park we discovered the Central Park Carousel and the kids happily went on a few rides before we took a long walk back through the Park. The kids were wowed by the tall buildings, declaring so many the tallest building they'd ever seen!

 On Day 2, we took the subway to Times Square, which did not amaze the kids as much as the life-like dinosaur in the gigantic Toy R Us in Times Square. We then wondered to Bryant Park, adjacent to the New York Public Library, where we had a picnic lunch watched ping-pong, garden chess and rode some more carousels. We then went to MOMA for a few hours, before going up the Rockefeller Center to Top of the Rock, where the kids could see some skyscrapers. The views were incredible. Finally we took the subway back up town for some well-earned rest.

Where we Ate?
For lunch or Dinner I'd recommend Sugar and Plumm on Amsterdam, which is close to the American Museum of Natural History. Food is good and kids will love all the delicious chocolates and patisserie which make it look like the Land of Sweets in the Nutcracker.

For picnics in Central Park, I'd recommend stocking up at the Deli at the WestSide Market on Broadway. We made numerous visits over two days and were never disappointed with their selection.

Airport Transfers with Kids
We used NYC Limousine to transfer us to and from the airport. They came equipped with child seats which were a relief after  a long haul flight. Both kids fell asleep on the hour-long drive into Manhattan, which sort of justified the expense, in our minds at least.



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