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It’s high time we wrote a post about one of our very favorite spots in the city, an old go-to we’ve frequented since childhood, first as kiddos on school trips and then eventually as teenagers in love looking for something to do in the city for the day with our boyfriends. I’m talking about the incomparable American Museum of Natural History. These last few years the museum has undergone quite a transformation in our eyes. It’s big ‘ol halls have been reinvented, if you will. Gone is young adulthood with its endless hours of freedom with which to explore. Instead, a new era has been ushered in- one replete with shorter attention spans and a much more touchy-feely entourage!

Where once we were perfectly content with reading all about the finer points of mummies and the history of human origins, these sorts of exhibits just don’t have the same effect on 4-7 year olds, ya feel me? So where do we hang these days? At the Discovery Room! This little known corner of the museum is our jam and it’s where you’ll usually find us each and every time we visit. Located on the first floor just past the grand gallery, the Discovery Room offers kids a huge array of hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities and it keeps our kiddos exploring for hours!

 

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The focal point of this magical space is the giant replica baobab tree you see when you first walk in. It’s filled with nooks containing specimens kids can search for. My littles particularly love to assemble the life-sized dinosaur skeleton and get their goggles on to dig for dinosaur bones at the mock paleontology dig site! There is even a second floor at the Discovery Room filled with activities for older kiddos! Just be sure to reserve your designated 40-minute slot at the entrance when you first arrive as spots fill up fast!

 

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The Mama Bears American Museum of Natural History NYC Visit NY Travel with kidsPinThis

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Other kiddo favorites we love at the museum are the Hall of African Mammals with its incredibly detailed and impressive dioramas, the Hall of Ocean Life with its enormous model blue whale hanging from the ceiling and interactive stations, and- of course- the dinosaur fossil halls! The Hayden Planetarium is increasingly popular with the brood of late and we try to take in a show every time we visit as well.

Over the years we’ve definitely developed a flow when it comes to the AMNH and there’s no denying it’s one of our all-time favorite destinations. We’ve grabbed a bite to eat at the museum’s cafe a few times but usually we take our show on the road. Tarallucci e Vino and Calle Ocho nearby are favorites. The best part? You’re only steps away from the one and only Central Park with its many playgrounds, carousel, puppet theatre, and climb-worthy boulders! Have fun exploring this spring, friends, and let us know your thoughts! Make sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram for some more visiting NYC with kids tips!

 

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Every year our holidays are never complete without a few jaunts into the big city for some added Christmas fun. Between the energy and lights of the Big Apple and the years and years of memories we run into around every corner, it’s just a tradition we can never do without. This year was certainly no exception! We have our list of regulars, sure, but we added a few new gems to the mix as well to shake things up a bit. Lucky for us we picked what turned out to be an unseasonably warm December day and hit the ground running with our littles in tow once again.

We started our day at the Winter Village at Bryant Park. We moseyed around checking out the shops and snacking on pickles (Pickle Me Pete’s!), macaroons, and hot chocolates before sitting down to watch the skaters for a bit. After a quick lunch at our favorite place in the area- Bill’s Bar & Burgers (their wings are amazing!!) we headed over to our next stop- Macy’s.

Now let me just start off by saying that Macy’s Santaland never disappoints. Never is the decor anything less than magical. Never are the elves anything less than funny and friendly, and NEVER is Santa anything less than, well, Santa. You can count on a jolly old fellow with a big round belly and a genuine cascading white beard on his smiling face to meet you each and every time with nothing but sweet words and a patient demeanor for the kiddos. You would think that these basic parameters would be hard to mess up, but I am confident that we’ve all seen our fair share of Santa meet-and-greet train wrecks, so trust me when I tell you that the Macy’s version is the real deal! It’s an oldie but goodie in our books and something we look forward to every year.

Next stop on the agenda was Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden to switch things up a bit. It was our first time here and we loved it! The storyline has an interesting twist and the children were hooked from the beginning. But we won’t spoil the surprise! We ended our evening at a special place that was new to us all- the Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center. For this time of year they put out a holiday pre-fixe menu- even one for the littles! Super excited, they told us days in advance what their selections would be- shrimp cocktail, lobster macaroni and cheese and vanilla ice cream pops! We adults opted instead for the signature crab cakes and braised beef short rib- all of which were absolutely delicious! Best of all, we got to enjoy this new vantage point from which to watch the skaters and the city’s iconic Christmas tree right outside the windows.

It truly is hard to believe that a city as bustling as New York could come even more alive during this time of year but it truly does. Everyone has their own unique ways of ringing in the season, traditions to relive anew and brand new experiences to savor. There are just so many ways to enjoy Christmastime in New York City both with and without kids, these are but a few. Our few. If you’ve got a few awesome ones yourself, share them, we’d love to hear all about them! Happiest of holidays, friends! We wish you and yours nothing but joy and laughs and most of all- fun!