This is such a fun time of year... especially if you know the streets to avoid and the perfect time of day to venture out. Yes, its cold and tourists are overcrowding our city, but the holiday season in NYC can be perfectly magical if you play it right. Here are some of my favorite kid-friendly activities this time of year...
1. Meeting Santa at Bloomingdales. If you don't mind a 15-20 minute wait, and your kids are okay with skipping the trip to the North Pole like Macy's promises, the Santa at Bloomingdales on 59th St is your best bet. I would say there is minimal holiday madness and price inflation here, and visiting the 6th floor afterward for some chocolate at Martine's and to peruse the beautiful ornaments, is the ideal finishing touch.
2. Holiday Train Show at Grand Central. This is on a much much much smaller scale than the amazing train show at the NY Botanical Gardens, but it's easy, free, and the kids will love it. The replica of GC station is actually done quite well, and while there are few bells and whistles, little J got a kick out of seeing so many choo choo trains!
3. Ice Skating at Bryant Park. I cannot wait to take little J, hopefully next weekend! Unlike Rockefeller Center, this rink is quaint and ice-skating is free! (skate rentals are $12). I plan to stick around and check out the Bryant Park Holiday Shops as well.
4. Little J is probably too young for this, but I'd love to take older kids to see Elf on Broadway... it's a perfectly festive introduction to broadway!
|Little J and her cousins at Rockefeller Center|
5. The Grinch's Holiday Workshop at Children's Museum of Manhattan - we took J to this after Thanksgiving and she loved story time with Dr. Seuss. We spent an entire afternoon exploring this amazing museum... it was fun for the whole fam.
Hope you are all enjoying this wonderful season!