New York City Family Kids Travel

Visiting New York with Kids

The Ultimate Family Guide to Exploring New York City!

Planning a family trip to the Big Apple? A visit to New York City with your children is filled with endless opportunities for family fun! Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, Manhattan offers a wealth of kid-friendly attractions and activities that will make your trip memorable. As a guest of The Moderne Hotel, you'll be perfectly situated to explore the best that the city has to offer. Here’s a guide to help you plan the ultimate family adventure in the heart of New York City.

Alice in Wonderland in Central Park

Central Park Zoo & Playground

Start your day with a visit to the Central Park Zoo, a short stroll from The Moderne Hotel. This charming zoo is home to a variety of animals, from snow leopards to sea lions. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and the chance to watch daily feedings. Don’t miss the Tisch Children's Zoo, where little ones can get up close and personal with friendly farm animals. Central Park is home to several playgrounds that are perfect for burning off some energy. Heckscher Playground, near Columbus Circle, is one of the largest and most popular, featuring climbing structures, swings, and water features. The park also offers bike rentals, rowboat rentals at the Loeb Boathouse, and plenty of open space for a family picnic. Children love climbing the Alice in Wonderland sculpture near East 74th Street, too.

Broadway Shows for Kids

No trip to NYC is complete without experiencing the magic of Broadway. Many shows are perfect for kids, including long-time favorites like The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen. If you're not a fan of musicals, try Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, set in the future when Harry has kids of his own. Check out the current listings on and book your tickets in advance for an unforgettable theatrical experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Times Square

Just steps from The Moderne Hotel, Times Square is a sensational sensory overload that kids love! Explore the bright lights, massive billboards, and vibrant street performers. Visit the infamous M&M's World store, Hershey's Chocolate World, and the Disney Store to stock up on snacks and souvenirs. Times Square is a great spot for family photos & perfect to soak in the energetic atmosphere of NYC, and there's always a unique cast of characters around for photo ops! Head to the top of the big red steps for an elevated view of Times Square, or wander into unique museums like Madame Tussauds wax museum, or Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and see over 500 exhibits. 

Family Travel in New York City

American Museum of Natural History

A visit to the American Museum of Natural History is a must for families visiting NYC. Located just a quick subway ride away, this iconic museum offers endless exhibits that will fascinate kids and adults alike. Explore the dinosaur skeletons, marvel at the giant blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life, and take a journey through space in the Hayden Planetarium. The Discovery Room offers hands-on activities designed specifically for young explorers. (The movie Night at the Museum was set here!)

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

For a hands-on educational experience, head to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Located on the Hudson River, this museum is housed on an aircraft carrier and features a variety of interactive exhibits, including historic aircrafts, a submarine, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Kids love exploring the decks and learning about aviation and space exploration, and the museum also offers simulators and flight experiences for an additional fee.

Family-Friendly Dining

Midtown Manhattan offers a plethora of dining options that cater to families Ellen's Stardust Diner is a favorite, known for its singing waitstaff and 1950s-themed retro decor. For sweet treats, you can't miss out on the world-famous Junior’s Cheesecake, with two locations in Times Square, known for their mouth-watering cheesecake. Stop into the flagship location of Krispy Kreme donuts, or taste delicious Italian gelato at Amorino's Time Square location. Carmine's is a favorite New York eatery, offering family-friendly Italian comfort food in a relaxed setting. Many popular chain restaurants in the area, such as Olive Garden or Applebee's, offer kid-friendly menus and high chairs, ensuring a comfortable dining experience for all.

Rockefeller Center Skating Rink

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is another iconic NY destination that offers fun for the whole family. In the winter, enjoy ice skating at the famous Rockefeller Center Skating Rink. Year-round, take an elevator ride to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for stunning views of New York City-- arguably the best in town, as you can see the Empire State Building from atop the Rock. The nearby LEGO Store and FAO Schwarz toy store are also big hits with kids.

Kid-Friendly Hotel Stays

Book your hotel stay at The Moderne Hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and you'll be perfectly located to take on the city! Find yourself steps from many major NYC subway lines and within walking distance to Times Square, Central Park, and endless other New York activities. The Moderne offers rooms with 2 Double Beds, ideal for traveling with friends & family, and is a small & vibrant boutique hotel with just 34 rooms-- offering an intimate experience and personalized guest service.

Tips for a Smooth Trip

  • Plan Ahead: Many attractions require timed tickets or reservations, so plan your itinerary in advance.
  • Use Public Transportation: The subway is a convenient and efficient way to get around the city. Kids enjoy the novelty of riding the train (and if you've got a train aficianado on your hands, try to visit the NY Transit Museum!)
  • Take Breaks: NYC can be overwhelming, so make sure to schedule some downtime to relax and recharge at the hotel. The Moderne Hotel's second floor guest lounge keeps beverages stocked up all day & is the perfect spot to unwind together.

Visiting New York City with kids can be an exciting and rewarding experience. With so many family-friendly activities and attractions near The Moderne Hotel, you’re sure to create lasting memories. Book your stay with us and start planning your ultimate family adventure today!

Vibrant Hallways of The Moderne Hotel in New York