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Kids in NYC

With the warm weather approaching, the season for family vacations is upon us – time to grab the kids, pack the car and hit the road! The question is: where should you go to share those ultimate experiences with your family?

…”kids, we’re headed to New York City!” The Big Apple offers countless experiences that can even entertain those between the ages of 5 & 15 – score!

The Queens Zoo

Location: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

Cost: $5-8

Open daily (through Nov.6th), this unique zoo is home to animals from all over the world, from American alligators & bison to Canadian lynx, with a wide variety in between!

In addition to the animals and numerous hands-on exhibits, you and your family can enjoy an array of activities (not only fun but educational too) like their “Conservation Quests” and even join in feeding the zoo’s sea lions (check schedule for feeding times)!

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

Location: 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

FREE

This 585-acre public park is the perfect spot for the ultimate family picnic, offering not only multiple grilling stations and picnic areas but those classic scenic views you’ve been dreaming of!

Be sure to snag a color-coded map that’ll take you through 4 different nature trails, each with their own hidden beauty! Enjoy the lush green trees & plants, bird-watching stations and even waterfalls!

The High Line

Location: Multiple location along 10th Ave. below 30th St.

FREE

This is a public park with a unique twist – it was built over a historic freight line and sits 30 feet above Manhattan’s West Side, offering a bird’s-eye view of both river and city!

With numerous access points, wheelchair accessibility, shops and family events, there’s enough fun for everyone to enjoy (and you’ll be sure to find a spot to take that perfect family photo)!

American Museum of Natural History

Location: Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan

Cost: $12.50 – 22

Not only is this considered an NY icon and offers amazing exhibits, it also has a planetarium, an IMAX Theater and its own dinosaur wing! Talk about impressive!

Of course, you can’t visit a museum without checking out the gift shops and restaurants – finding that perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit is a must!

Times Square

Location: Broadway and 46th St., Manhattan

FREE

Take your little Mickey & Elsa fans to explore the Times Square Disney Store or Hershey’s Chocolate World (now I have your attention)! Here you and your family can customize your own Hershey bar wrappers and can even submit a message that’ll be shown outside on the store’s scrolling marquee!

Citi Field

Cost: $9-13 for tours, Mets games prices vary

Here your little slugger can not only practice their swing but can also check the speed of their pitch on the ‘Kiddie Field’ (where you’ll also find a dunk tank and an area for pictures with Mr. Met)!

The fun doesn’t stop there – wind back down with a stroll through the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum!

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Leap Day in NYC

There’s never a dull moment in New York City and, with so much to do, it often feels like there’s simply not enough time. This year, take advantage of your extra 24 hours to experience even more of what the city has to offer. Leap Year only comes once every 4 years, so take advantage of it before time runs out!

While not unique to the big city, Pizza Hut is offering a free one topping personal pan pizza to any carry out customers who can show they were born on Leap Day. Those born on the 29th can also receive a free entrée from a special menu at the Hard Rock Café all over the world. Meanwhile, Krispy Kreme is offering an additional dozen of original glazed donuts for just $2.29 with the purchase of any dozen donuts. Additionally, to help get you through your extra day, Starbucks is offering $29 off any order of over $100.

If you’re looking for something more unique to the city, the final day of the City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival concludes on Leap Day. A different hot chocolate flavor has been featured every day this month and as the month comes to a close one day later than normal, a special hot chocolate party is being held in order to help everyone enjoy one of the most delicious warm beverages ever invented.

Enjoy the warmer weather this Leap Day with a visit to one of New York’s many parks and gardens. The New York Botanical Garden is currently featuring the 14th annual Orchid Show: Orcidelirium, exploring the past searches for orchids and the perilous journeys orchid hunters faced in search of this captivating flower. If flowers alone aren’t enough, visit the Butterfly Conservatory to watch over 500 butterflies from around the world as they fly around their vivarium.

If your Leap Day is feeling a little artless, check out Unorthodox, an art venue featuring over 50 contemporary artists displaying works that fit the venues name perfectly. Artists strive to break the traditions and contemporary ideals of art with their pieces and in doing so create many breathtaking works.

With all that’s happening across the city every day of the year, don’t waste your time this Leap Day. A little extra time is all you need to get closer to completing your list of things to do in New York City.

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