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For Families in New York City

 For Families in New York City

Many people forget that New York is a city full of families and plan their vacations without giving much thought to the entertainment possibilities that abound for children in New York City. It makes sense that with so many families living in this city, there are many family oriented things to do and places to see.

For Families in New York City

For example, there are 5 zoos in New York City; some of them more well-known than others. The five zoos are the Central Park Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo, the Queens Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and the Staten Island Zoo. Each zoo has something slightly different to offer than the others and if you have a true animal lover in your family, there's no harm in stopping by all of them. Also, if you purchase the New York Pass, you'll find that most of the zoos mentioned above offer free admission to the cardholder.

For the child who loves the theater, New York City offers many theatrical productions that may be right for him or her. The first is geared toward girls and is American Girl Place. You can enjoy dining, shopping and theater while spending a day with your special girl. This is a great bonding experience for mothers and daughters. The Manhattan Children's Theatre produces several high quality shows for children and families throughout the year at quite reasonable prices (season tickets are also available for those who live nearby). The New Victory Theatre offers a different kind of theatrical experience for families to enjoy. The Paper Bag Players is a must-see experience. They offer a different kind of children's theater that encourages audience participation that involves your children in the dramatic process. If you have time, you should also check out TADA! Youth Theater to show your kids that even children have talents that need to be explored and can make a difference not only in their own lives but also in the lives of others.

In addition to the great activities mentioned above, there are several children's museums located in New York in addition to other museums that offer exhibits that may be of interest to your children. The following museums are worth a visit even if you decide to look elsewhere for entertainment: Brooklyn Children's Museum, Staten Island Children's Museum, Children's Museum of Manhattan, FDNY Fire Zone, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York Hall of Science, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Queens Country Farm Museum and Ripley's Believe it or Not! Times Square. There are many more museums in the city that can provide plenty of entertainment and education for the family, but these are some of the most kid-friendly museums in the city.

Shopping is a fun and often educational process that is often overlooked or even ignored when it comes to kids. However, it would be remiss to mention the great things to do as a family in New York without mentioning some of the wonderful kid-friendly stores that abound in this city. Books of Wonder is aptly named, as it brings back those books that amazed us as children and gives us the opportunity to share those books with our children. They have antique and rare books, as well as many excellent selections of current books. New York is also home to the world's largest Build-A-Bear store, which will make the bear lover in your family's eyes light up with joy. There's FAO Schwarz, which is a toy store in itself and almost worth the price of the trip to New York alone. Older kids and little ones alike will enjoy spending an afternoon here. Toys R Us Times Square offers a portion of the dinosaur competition, however, it provides a great attraction for families to come in and shop for toys. Be sure to let your little ones ride the Ferris wheel and get a copy of the photo as a souvenir.

New York City is gaining a reputation for having a much softer, much more family-oriented side. Don't let this city's past reputation stop you from making this the ideal family vacation destination to be.