10 Things to Do in New York With Kids

New York is so much more than the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and other popular Manhattan attractions. And, if you’re traveling to New York with kids, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is also plenty for you to do!

New York City is comprised of five boroughs: The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan. Just outside of New York City, you’ll find Long Island, Rockland County, Orange County, and Westchester County, all within an hour’s drive.

If you visit New York but only stay within Manhattan, you’re doing yourself and your family an injustice by not getting the full New York experience. So hop on a bus, a train, or in a car and venture out a little further. You’ll discover some of these amazing New York destinations that your kids will be talking about for years.

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10 things to do in New York with Kids

Here’s how to get the most of out visiting NYC with kids – from museums to nature and adventure parks.

See also: Where To Stay In New York City: Our New York Accommodation Guide

New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

If your kids love science, experiments, and hands-on museums, you’ll want to visit The New York Hall of Science. The New York Hall of Science is easily accessible using public transportation. You can jump on the 7 train to the 111th Street subway station, and it’s only a short walk away.

At the New York Hall of Science, there is something for children of all ages. Older kids can invent things in the design lab. For younger kids, you’ll find Preschool Place, an area with multi-sensory activities for children under 6. Outside of the included exhibits and experiences, there is also a 3D Theater, mini-golf, and a science playground.

The Hall of Science is in the perfect location for a full day of family fun. After spending a couple of hours at the museum, you can walk to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In the park, you’ll find some additional attractions including the Queens Zoo.

New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Is your child fascinated with trains? Does the history of New York City and the transit system interest you? If so, then hop on over to Brooklyn to check out the New York Transit Museum.

What makes this museum fascinating is that it’s located inside a decommissioned subway station from 1936. You enter the museum using the original subway station entrance. Show your ticket to an employee who is sitting inside the original ticket booth and then walk through the old turnstiles.

On the main floor of the museum, you can sit on a replica of an old NYC bus, view vintage signage, and learn about how the fare collection has changed over the years. But downstairs is where the magic happens! On the lowest level of the museum, you can walk onto subway cars dating back to 1907. The museum itself is small but the experience is worth every penny.

New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NY
New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

If you came to New York City but did not visit Coney Island, you’d be missing out on such an important part of New York City’s history, not to mention a lot of fun. Hop on the D, F, N, and Q trains headed towards Brooklyn and take them to the very last stop. The Coney Island Boardwalk, attractions, and beach are just a 5-minute walk from there.

Take a ride on Dino’s Wonder Wheel, Coney Island’s Ferris wheel which was built in 1920 and has become a New York City landmark. Afterward, visit Luna Park, an amusement park with modern games and rides. Inside Luna Park, you’ll find The Cyclone, Coney Island’s iconic wooden roller coaster which dates back to 1926.

When you’re hungry, you can head over to Nathan’s Famous, home of the 4th of July hot dog eating contest. The restaurant and its famous hot dogs date back to 1916. If you’re not a fan of hot dogs, there are plenty of other places to eat in Coney Island. A short walk from the famous Coney Island attractions is the New York Aquarium. Whatever you fancy, there is no shortage of things to do in Coney Island.

New York with kids - Coney Island Wonder Wheel
Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel – depositphotos.com

Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY

The Bronx Zoo, home to over 700 species of animals, is one of the largest zoos in the United States. With over 265 acres of land to explore, you’ll want to bring your most comfortable walking shoes. In addition to the typical animal exhibits, there is a children’s zoo with a petting zoo, a playground, and plenty of interactive activities.

After the children’s zoo, you can walk through the butterfly garden, or one of the zoo’s most popular attractions, Jungle World. When you need to rest your feet, ride the open-air monorail and watch the animals roam. If you’re looking for a different zoo experience, you can take your kids to ride the carousel, take a nature trek, or do a ropes course at Treetop Adventure.

Bear Mountain State Park, Tompkins Cove, NY

If hiking and exploring nature is more your family’s thing, then rent a car and head on up to Bear Mountain State Park, about an hour north of NYC. For those who love to picnic, there are plenty of picnic areas scattered through the park, or you can sit on the large open grass area. This grass area also doubles as a play area for recreational sports like soccer and American football.

If you love to fish, there is a beautiful large lake and access to river fishing. You can also rent a canoe to take onto the lake. There are hiking trails for all levels of experience and walkways along the lake for walking and biking. If you’re visiting in the summer, check out the swimming pool and the Trailside Museum and Zoo.

Planning a winter trip? Go ice skating or skiing. Hike, bike, or drive to the top of Bear Mountain to experience breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley. In the fall you can see some spectacular views of the fall foliage. Not ready to leave after just one day, rent a room at the Bear Mountain Inn.

Related read: Hiking Mohonk in New York’s Hudson Valley

Bear Mountain State Park, Tompkins Cove, NY
Bear Mountain State Park, Tompkins Cove, NY

Playland Park, Rye, NY

Playland Park has been a popular family destination since 1926, known mostly for its amusement park. Located right off the Long Island Sound, Playland Park also has a pool and a beach. If you’re a fan of wooden rollercoasters, you can take a ride on the historic Dragon Coaster which is one of Playland’s original rides.

The amusement park also includes a kiddie park with rides for smaller kids and some thrill rides for older kids. There are also areas for picnicking and boating. Only a short 40-minute drive from New York City, Playland Park is a great summer attraction. If you don’t have a car, you can take a 45-minute train ride from Grand Central Station.

Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY

The Palisades Center is a huge four-level shopping mall 30 minutes north of New York City. It has a large collection of attractions and restaurants that will keep your kids busy for hours. Inside The Palisades Center, you’ll find the world’s tallest indoor ropes course which spans all four levels of the mall.

If you’re traveling with a toddler, there’s a small practice rope course for them as well. Tucked away in the corner of the mall on the bottom level, you’ll find Billy Beez. Billy Beez is an indoor playground with some of the longest, steepest, craziest slides your kids have probably even been on.

If you’re a kid at heart, you’ll be happy to know that Billy Beez encourages parents to join in on the fun. For kids who like to drive, there is a speedway and bumper cars. If arcade games are more your kid’s style, there’s a Dave & Buster’s as well. Add an IMAX movie theater, a bowling alley, and an ice skating rink and your child will never want to leave the mall.

Legoland Theme Park and Resort, Goshen, NY

Did you know that New York has its own theme park? Opening its gate in the summer of 2021, Legoland Theme Park and Resort has been a wonderful addition to New York. If you’re staying in New York City and would rather take public transportation, you can hop on a Coach bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

Legoland is the perfect addition to your New York adventure if you’re traveling with kids under 13. They won’t have to worry about being tall enough to ride at this theme park as most of the rides do not have a minimum height requirement and the ones that do have a minimum height of 36″, with a few exceptions.

While the theme park caters to young children, parents will also have fun riding with their kids. Stay for a day or spend the night at the Legoland Hotel. Visiting during the summer? Don’t forget your bathing suit! Legoland New York has a few water rides to cool off on a hot summer day.

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Visit Legoland Theme Park and Resort with kids in New York
Legoland Theme Park and Resort

Splish Splash, Long Island, NY

You can’t have a list of fun things to do with kids in New York and not include a waterpark. Splish Splash, located 60 miles east of New York City, is one of the best waterparks in the greater New York City area. It has 20 waterslides and attractions. Cool down and relax in the lazy river or jump around in one of their two wave pools.

If you have kids who are daredevils and love thrills, they won’t be disappointed. There are several intense rides to choose from. When your kids get hungry from non-stop swimming and splashing, head to Johnny Rockets located inside the waterpark for the best burgers and shakes.

The Adventure Park, Long Island, NY

Calling all ropes course lovers to The Adventure Park in Long Island. If you’ve been looking for an activity to bond with your kids in New York, this is it. What makes The Adventure Park different from other ropes courses, is that its courses are aerial treetop courses.

Whether you are a beginning or an expert, there is a trail for you. There are 5 different levels of challenge, each color-coded. With 14 trails and 49 ziplines, The Adventure Park is easily a day-long activity. Children under 7, who are too young to climb the trails, can play in the Adventure Playground.

With this list of things to do with kids in New York, you may never make it to any of the more popular tourist attractions in Manhattan. You will however have experienced New York in a way many tourists have not and will be planning your next trip back to New York to do some of the things you never got around to. For more family travel tips and ideas, check out Traveling the West Way, a family travel blog.

If you’re visiting New York on a budget, check out this list of free things to do in New York – and don’t forget to check out our post on How to Be a New York Tourist!


Things to do with Kids in Ireland in the West

If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Ireland make sure to head out west!

Ireland’s west is known for its stunning countryside, farmland and rugged landscapes.

A kids life is complete with all this space to get out and play and one thing that the west does well is outdoor activities for kids. From adventure centers, to open farms or even featured kids walks it leaves no stone unturned.

With two kids ourselves, we have been out and tried and tested a few of these spots time and time again and here are our top five things to do with kids in Ireland in the west.

Here are a few things to do with kids in Ireland in the west

1. Lough Key Forest Park

Situated in County Roscommon lies Lough Key Forest Park, a 800 hectare forest park based around the beautiful Lough. This is where you can see the impressive McDermots castle out on a island in the lough.

Along with access to the park, which is free to roam, the ‘Lough Key Experience’ is available with an audio journey through the history of the park. It even uses the 19th century underground tunnels, a newly refurbished Moylurg viewing tower the Zipit tree climb and Tree Canopy Walk. The tree walk at 300m long is an impressive timber and steel construction, rising 9m above the ground offering a ‘birds eye’ view of nature through the treetops and offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. The Zipit is an adventure climb and activity course through the trees, using harnesses to navigate your way round.

A huge children’s play area with slides and things like climbing frames and many other obstacles are also available.

Down on the Lough, you will find ducks and swans to feed and great views out to McDermots castle. Its at this point where you can take the kids and hire row boats around the lough and get up close to castle itself. The castle is in ruins but is worth seeing.

Food and drink are available on site from food truck vendors with seating provided with kids food catered for. Also, a great selection of allergy-friendly food is available which is great in this world of ever growing food intolerances.

2. Glendeer Pet Farm

Situated in county Galway just five minutes outside Atlone is Glendeer Petting Farm.

On entrance to the farm, kids get a free bag of feed to give the animals (beware the ostrich darts in). They all have ample space to move around and are certainly well looked after and very happy.

The selection of animals available to view at Glendeer include donkeys, cows, ostrich, hens, goats, monkeys, turtles, lizards and pigs. Feed them, pet them or just enjoy them, the choice is yours. The farm moves in one direction and continues round making it easy to navigate.

Other activities for kids include an indoor play area with slides, a huge outdoor playground with numerus amount of equipment and finally a lovely nature walk and fairy garden.

The Glendeer Pet Farm also features a beautifully restored 1850s cottage. With original features all in place from the kitchen to the bedrooms see it just as it once was.

Don’t worry about having to feed the kids as there is an on-site café serving sandwiches and snacks. With that said you are allowed to bring your own.

Things to do with kids in Ireland
Things to do with kids in Ireland – depositphotos.com

3. Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

Just north of Limerick city lies the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. With 26 acres of exploring to do, you’ll never get bored.

Bunratty Folk Park features an amazing 30 buildings in a village based on the early 19th century living within this rural setting.

Throughout the Folk Park you will find some of these activities to enjoy:

  • Petting farm which consists of many animals like red deer, indigenous breeds of sheep, goats, cows, pigs, ponies, and poultry.
  • Fairy trail leading round the back of the folk park and back around. Great for kids imagination and interaction.
  • Viking playground which consists of A Viking Playship, four tower play castles, rope walks, belt bridges, vast variety of swings suitable for all ages (even dad), a sandpit and a 25m zipline.

And finally, a visit to Bunratty wouldn’t be complete without a walk around the two story castle.

The kids will likely be hungry after this adventure. Our number one tip would be to take them to Durty Nellys, a restaurant set on the rivers edge just 200 meters from the castle. With a great kids menu to choose from, it will be enough to fuel them up for an afternoon of action.

4. Baysports Inflatable Water Park

Located moments outside Athlone by the Hudson Bay hotel and run by Baysports.

The water which is an outside floatable water park is Ireland’s Largest Inflatable Waterpark and has the largest collection of floating slides, rockers and challenges – entertaining people of all ages and abilities.

The round tower slide coming in at a whopping 6 meters is probably the largest draw, landing you straight into the river.

The park sounds adventurous but don’t fear, a mini water park closer to the shore is available for younger children, where childen must be accompanied by an adult.

Hudson Bay is located right besides Baysports, offering kids menus and bistro food available. Small scale snacks are also availble from the site itself.

Baysports water park for kids in Ireland
Baysports water park for kids in Ireland

5. Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park

Located on the outskirts of Westport is Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park. The park was the winner of Best Family Visitor Attraction in Ireland and is one of the best and most adventurous days out in the west.

  • Rides at the adventure park include the Cannonball Run slide, Pirate Queen Swinging Ship and Pirates Plunge Flume Ride
  • Experience some great outdoors in this beautiful parkland and lakeside setting
  • Swan Pedalo Boats on the lake
  • Westport House Express train ride the miniature railway
  • Table-tennis
  • Mini ZipLine

It’s also worth noting with its close proximity to Westport House, the grounds are great to walk and let the kids run around.

Food is available from the on site catering facilities with great range of products to choose from.

There are plenty more fun indoor and outdoor things to do with kids in Ireland out in the west! Just don’t let the weather stop you from exploring.

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Tips for Holidays in Prague with Kids

Prague has been always famous for being a destination for adults with its animated nightlife, pubs and clubs. But, what about visiting Prague with kids?

Because of such a reputation, the capital of the Czech Republic has never been considered as a friendly destinations for families traveling with children, which is not always true. Prague has a lot to offer for kids, unique attractions and new activities that may enrich the experience of your children and open them to a different culture.

In this article we will try to talk about all the necessary and important points that you should consider while organizing your trip to Prague with your children.

Best views in Prague
Best views in Prague

A guide to visiting Prague with kids

Make the most of your trip to Prague with the family with these top tips.

Where to stay with kids in Prague?

First important thing that will play the biggest role in the success of your trip, is the accommodation, where should you stay?

To be more concrete and specific, we won’t really recommend a hotel in Prague if you are traveling with kids, with the growing number of serviced apartments in Prague, you have now a large choice of great apartments of different sizes where you can stay with your family, it’s far better than a hotel and with the fully equipped kitchen, it gives you more freedom in regards to meals and meal times. You will feel like home in Prague, no restrictions but enough of space and flexibility, and you will for sure save money if you go for an apartment.

We would highly recommend apartments in the Mala Strana (Lesser Town), also as the Old Town apartments and if you want to save more on your budget, you can choose even a budget apartment in one of the residential areas around the center of Prague, you will use the metro and/or the tramway and usually kids like trains. For example in Andel district, near Novy Smichov Shopping center which offers many facilities for children.

Prague airport transfer with children

Here an important remark, to go from the airport to your apartment, better to book a Prague airport transfer service in advance, it’s more safe and practical than catching the bus or a taxi at your arrival. And don’t forget to order in advance the children safety seats for the airport transfer, usually the safety seats are free of charges.

Where to eat with children in Prague?

Usually children are not allowed in pubs (Hospoda and Pivnice) in Prague, and even if they do allow, don’t take your children to such places. Smoking is still not prohibited in the Czech republic as in some other European countries, and the aeration inside restaurants is not that good.

Also Czech cuisine is not that healthy, and worse if your kids are used to McDonalds or KFC’s. In Prague we recommend you to go to one of Ambiente restaurants, they have kid’s corner open daily from 10am to 5pm, they cook fresh, they have a nonsmoking area, they provide a great service (which is unusual in Prague), and they have their restaurants of different specialties almost in each district in the center of Prague. More you can find on Ambiente restaurant website.

Related Read: The Perfect 3-day Prague Itinerary

Prague with kids
Prague with kids

Where to go with kids during your stay in Prague?

Petrin Hill and its mirror maze in Prague

Take the funicular railway to Petrin hill, there is a copy of the Eiffel Towner and a mirror maze inside, usually fun for children, then if the weather is good you can walk through the Rose Garden and the nice parks of Petrin to the neighborhood of Prague Castle.

Prague Castle Guards

Once you are at Prague Castle, let children see the changing of the Guards ceremony, it could be a good memorable scene for the kinds, sometimes they can even take a photo with the guard. Join a small group tour of the Prague Castle.

Prague castle
Prague castle

Toy Museum of Prague

Near Prague Castle we recommend to visit the toys museum at Jirska street number 4, the entrance is free of charges for children under 15 and 60 CZK (around 2 EUR) for adults.

This museum is considered as the second largest museum of this kind in the world with its 7 exhibition rooms and a collection of toys not only from the Czech Republic but from all over the world and belonging to different civilizations and centuries.

This won’t be interesting only for children, but also for you as an adult, you will refresh your memory seeing toys that you used to play with in your childhood.

Prague Zoo

Don’t miss the zoo of Prague, it’s located in U Trojskeho zamku number 3/120, in Prague 7, you can take the bus112 from Nadrazi Holesovice metro station, or if you want a unique experience, take the boat that goes from the center of Prague to the zoo and sales around 75 minutes. The zoo is worth spending the whole day with children. Here’s is the official website of Prague zoo.

Sea World in Prague

An impressing Sea World permanent exhibition located at the fairground in Vystaviste in Prague 7 with a flat of 1.000 m2 and a water volume of around 260.000 liters holding about 4.500 varieties of fishes and other sea animals. Visit the website of Prague sea world.

Prague National Technical Museum

With its 50.000 filing items exhibited on 13.000 m2, the National Technical Museum of Prague could play an educational role in your children’s knowledge.

Divadlo Minor Puppet Theater of Prague 

This is the largest puppet theatre in Prague which offers shows suitable for different kid’s ages. The Czech Republic has a long tradition in marionette making and its theatrical performance, so don’t miss Divadlo Minor, it’s right in the center of Prague in Vodickova street number 6.

Boat Trip on Vltava River in Prague

This an unforgettable experience for your kids and a romantic cruise for you also, you will admire Charles Bridge and Prague Castle in different way. Try to go for this boat trip at the sunset and don’t forget your camera. You can also join this boat trip to the zoo.

Nostalgic Tram Line ride and Prague Public Transport Museum

Pay only 35 CZK (20 CZK for children) and jump in the historical nostalgic Tram Line No. 91, kids like trains and enjoy the ride, mainly if you don’t have a similar tram in your home town,

If you want you can combine your Nostalgic Tram Line ride with a visit to the Prague Public Transport Museum (Muzeum MHD). It is located in the former tram depot of Stresovice in Prague 6 and it houses a unique collection of period public transportation vehicles going back to 1875, the year in which the first tramway, pulled by horses, started operating in the streets of the Royal Capital City of Prague.

Zlute Lazne outdoor swimming and playground in Prague

Take the tram number 21, 16, 17 or 3 to tram stop Dvorce and you will find the “yellow spa”, a multi-functional center for sports and free-time activities for all age groups including children.

You will find in Zlute Lazne a grass beach, a beach volleyball court, a dragon boats, a water bicycle rental, a closed cage for sand football gladiators, 8 courts for petanque, table tennis, netball street-ball, xxl chessboard, bouldering, restaurants and an Internet cafe, Children’s play area, inflatable swimming pool with toys, baby sitting, dancing area, a safe parking and all areas are with wheelchair access.

Children playgrounds in Prague

Whiling traveling to Prague with kids, you’ll likely want to find a place for your kids to get rid of some energy!

In Prague you will find children playgrounds in every district, it doesn’t matter where you will stay. Usually playgrounds are in green parks and accessible only for children and their parents, no dogs and no adults are allowed. One of the largest play areas is the Detsky Ostrov / Children’s Island, a long, narrow river island in the Vltava river, accessible via a footbridge from the Janackovo nabreri embankment.

Shopping for kids in Prague

  • Wooden toys: Handmade quality traditional Czech wooden toys are almost everywhere in specialized shops, mainly in the Old Town.
  • Sparky’s toy shop: One of the biggest toy shops in Prague, located in the Old Town at Havirska street number 2
  • Mothercare: Baby wear and accessories on the first floor in the Myselbek shopping center in Na Prikope
  • C&A” shop: The first floor is for the kids clothes with a play area.
  • Palac Knih: a large book shop with a children section
  • Marks and Spencer: First floor for children clothes
  • Oasis City: Just next to Marks & Spencer in the Wenceslas Square, you will find a place where you can leave your kids under supervision with different levels depending on the age of the kids starting from 2 years old, they charge 60 CZK per hour (around 2 EUR)
  • More shops for kids like Au Pays des Mimis or Zara Kids are in Novy Smichov Shopping center in Andel district.

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