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New York for youngsters

 New York for youngsters

If you're vacationing in New York City with kids, you may find that doing all the outdoor activities can be quite tedious for everyone involved, but hopping from museum to museum might not do the trick for all your kids. Kids enjoy doing hands-on activities that all museums simply don't allow. This is where planning creative outings for your children during your vacation can have a wonderful impact on everyone's enjoyment of their time in New York.

New York for youngsters

In addition, you may discover a talent your child has that you would never have known about otherwise. Some of the more interesting types of craft opportunities in New York City will be mentioned here. I'm sure there are more that are not listed, but there are only so many hours in a given day.

The first store to make my list is based on a creative outlet that has shown a rapid rise in popularity in recent years, paint your own pottery. The name of the store is The Painted Pot and you can select and paint your own pottery. You can even take pottery wheel classes with your little one if you are brave enough, but chances are you will have a blast and be able to take your artwork home with you when you return from vacation. Remember that there is firing time involved, so do it early in the week if it's going to be on your to-do list. Otherwise, you will need to arrange to have your child's creations sent home.

For those of you with up-and-coming musicians, how about a day at Triple Z's music recording workshops? This is a fairly expensive excursion, but your child will get real studio experience and take home a CD of their music at the end of the day. Kids will learn about life on both sides of the booth and this is a great idea for older kids who have shown a sincere interest in music.

If you really want to impress your kids, take them to the Cloisters, which is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum that focuses on the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Your kids will feel like they've stepped into a fairy tale. It's also a good idea to see the artwork at the Met, as this is one of the most kid-friendly museums that wasn't designed specifically for children.

You should also be aware of stores like Toys R Us in Times Square and FAO Schwarz, which have unique offerings designed to delight and entertain children. You'll have fun watching your kids have fun in these stylish stores, and you may have fun with them. Of course, make sure no one is looking. There are many other stores that have something to offer children of all ages, be sure to check it out and see what stores you find appealing and what stores your children may find fascinating.

Keep in mind that New York City has many wonderful parks that present excellent opportunities for your young ones to get out, move around and run off some pent up energy. I think it is very important that you schedule some serious park time for your children while visiting New York to keep them sane during times when they are not fully entertained and are prone to odd minds.

It is also important when traveling with very young children that you schedule some quiet time for them during the day. Children are so prone to sensory overload if you don't provide them with some sort of quiet place to relax a bit. Mid-afternoon is a good time to go back to your room, freshen up, allow young children to take a break and parents and older children a little break from the noise and crowds as well. Everyone will be much happier if you remember to schedule this vitally important break time when planning your day.