Traveling with kids in New York City

New York City, Gotham, the Big Apple by whatever name you call it, this is America’s most exciting city. With tourist attractions for all ages, NYC is the perfect destination for a family vacation. There’s so much to do and see in New York that the first-time visitor can easily be lost when faced with the dizzying variety of attractions on offer, so it’s wise to do some research before you go.

New York is a shopper’s paradise, and not just in the holiday period. FAO Schwarz is the world’s largest toy emporium and is an unmissable experience for all travelers with children. There’s so much to see here from the huge dance-on piano featured in the Tom Hanks movie “Big” to America’s only Harry Potter store.

Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s luxury shopping district of Fifth Avenue, the three floors of FAO Schwarz cover nearly 50,000 square feet, and every one of them is filled with toys; from the classics, parents will remember from their own childhood right up to today’s latest high-tech must-haves.

If you and your kids are still in a shopping mood, head to Times Square, where you’ll find huge branches of the Disney Store and Toys “R” Us. The area bills itself as the crossroads of the world, and when you’re standing in the busy hub of the Big Apple, surrounded by the neon lights familiar from a thousand Hollywood movies, you won’t wonder why. Kids and adults alike will be enchanted by the buzz and color of this, the throbbing heart of Manhattan.

There’s no better place to catch a show than on Broadway, but in these troubling economic times, who can stretch to the price of theatre tickets for the whole family? If you’re looking for cut-price tickets to family shows like The Little Mermaid or Mary Poppins, visit the TKTS booth while you’re still in Times Square. Here you can buy same-day tickets for some of the most popular shows in the city, often at hefty discounts. Get there early, though, as lines can be long.
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