Things To Do With Kids In NYC: 8 Unique Places To Go For A Memorable Day

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Sure, there are the same old, same old things to do with kids in NYC, but on your next trip to the city, why not try something new and very cool? From sliding into a sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream to walking out on the all-glass Edge NYC for sky-high views to getting slimed at the Sloomoo Institute, you can find enough unique things to do with kids in NYC to talk about for days and weeks, to come. So before you start planning to head back to the old standbys, scroll down to include one or more of these incredible spots in your day or weekend.

Feature photo taken at Edge NYC

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Here are 8 unique things to do with kids in NYC

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“Float” above the Hudson River on Little Island. Photo Credit: Michael Grimm

Little Island
This elevated park sits atop tulip-shaped concrete pods and appears to be floating over the Hudson River. But Little Island isn’t just about the Instagram-worthy scenery—a 687-seat amphitheater offers a full range of family-friendly festivals and performing arts events, most of which are free and don’t require reservations. Check out the island’s mobile hub for DIY art activities, get a behind-the-scenes look at how artists create stage productions or embark on a new creative challenge led by local museums. Little Island is open daily, and timed entry reservations are required to ensure safety.
Pier 55 in Hudson River Park @ West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

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One of the newest things to do with kids in NYC is checking out the fantastic panoramic views at Edge NYC.

Edge NYC
Want to live life on the edge? Then this stunning outdoor sky deck—the highest in the Western Hemisphere—is the perfect place to bring the kiddos. You’ll all get a thrill from the 52-second high-speed elevator ride that will take you 1,100 feet into the sky, onto an out-of-this-world observation point. The glass-angled walls will make you feel like you’re suspended in mid-air, and the breathtaking 360-degree view lets you take in the entire NYC skyline, from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty. Don’t forget to look down at the glass floor to view the city streets 100 stories below. Capture the memories with a free digital image given to every visitor, or upgrade to a personalized photo book. Edge NYC is located in Hudson Yards, one of the city’s newest neighborhoods, so you can take the rest of the day to shop, get a bite to eat, or visit other nearby attractions. Ticket prices start at $31 for children and $36 for adults, and the deck is open daily.
30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
(332) 204-8500

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Prepare for a sensory explosion at Sloomoo Institute. Photo Credit: BFA/Zach Hilty

Sloomoo Institute
Be prepared to get a little messy at this sensory playground all centered around the wonders of slime. Travel through an immersive ASMR tunnel or stroll across a colorful lake of slime. The fantastical experience includes a custom eight-ounce jar of slime created at the DIY bar. With an enhanced ticket, kids (and moms) can don a poncho and goggles and get “slimed.” General tickets are $39, and the experience is open Thursday through Monday.
475 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

things to do with kids in nyc

Dive into a world of fun at the Museum of Ice Cream. Photo Credit: Museum of Ice Cream

Museum of Ice Cream
There is nothing sweeter than this one-of-a-kind ice cream extravaganza in Soho. Thirteen interactive and multi-sensory installations will dazzle adults and kids alike. Go for a swim in a pool filled with 100 million sprinkles (currently, you can’t dive in due to COVID, but there’s an enhanced experience to enjoy), slide down a three-story indoor ice cream portal, and take a trip through the rainbow tunnel. And you won’t want to leave without stopping at the cafe to sample one or all of the scrumptious, unusual ice cream flavors (we’re partial to the PB&B made with peanut butter and chocolate-covered pretzel pieces). Tickets are $44 each and include ice cream and admission into all 13 installations, open daily except Tuesday.
558 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
(855) 258-0719

intrepid NYC

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum makes science exciting. Photo Credit: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Located on the iconic aircraft carrier Intrepid, this museum is an educational and immersive experience the whole family will love. Young astronauts-in-training can explore the space shuttle Enterprise and make fascinating discoveries throughout 17 exhibit zones in the Space Shuttle Pavillion. A virtual flight zone and restored aircraft, including the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane and the famed Concorde, will inspire the imagination. Also, don’t miss the regularly scheduled special exhibits and programs that teach children even more about history and science. Tickets are $33 for adults, $24 for children (veterans and active military are free), and the museum is open daily.
Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-0072

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The SeaGlass Carousel is not your ordinary merry-go-round. Photo credit: @littlekidbigcity_

SeaGlass Carousel
One of the coolest things to do with kids in NYC, littles and bigs will love to glide around this aquatic-inspired carousel ride inhabited by 30 giant fiberglass fish that feels as if you dove deep into the ocean. The whimsical architectural masterpiece in Battery Park resembles a chambered nautilus, and the color-changing LED lighting emits a dreamy, iridescent water effect. Tickets are $5 per person, and the carousel is open daily July-September.
Enter across from 17 State Street
(212) 344-3491

things to do with kids in nyc

Get up close with Lady Liberty on a Circle Line Sightseeing Tour. Photo Credit: @circlelinenyc

Circle Line Sightseeing Tours
For one of the most scenic things to do with kids in NYC, take in the city’s most famous landmarks, like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Yankee Stadium, on a relaxing cruise with a comfortable outdoor deck that gives you incredible views of the skyline. Five cruises ranging from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours—depending on how much time you have and how patient your kiddos are—will offer an entertaining and informative glimpse into New York’s remarkable history while also offering a ton of great Instagram ops. Ticket prices start at $17 per person.
Cruises depart from Pier 83, West 42nd Street in Midtown or Slip 6, Battery Park in Downtown.
(212) 563-3200

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It doesn’t get any sweeter than a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar. Photo Credit: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar
Candy, candy, and more candy—the flagship location of this confectionary emporium is a real-life Willy Wonka factory with over 7,000 sweet treats. Mouthwatering installations like a lollipop tree and massive candy cane columns will entice every child and child-at-heart. Kids will love to fill their baskets with the bulk candy offerings along the wall, featuring yummy retro treats like malt balls and over 50 types of fruity gummies (gummy legos, anyone?). Another shop is also open at Hudson Yards.
1011 Third Avenue at 60th Street, New York, NY 10065
(646) 735-0078
20 Hudson Yards, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001
(646) 661-6094

Tell us—which unique things to do with kids in NYC are you planning to go to?

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About Author

Charissa is a mom to two teenage girls and one very pampered pup. A lover of good books, strong coffee and bad puns, she has worked in publishing for 20+ years as a writer and copy editor. When not at home watching Gilmore Girls (Team Jess!), Charissa and her daughters enjoy hiking at Jockey Hollow, unearthing hidden treasures at local thrift stores (The Bargain Box in Morristown is one of their faves) and eating their way through New Jersey’s food truck festivals.

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