Five Places to Play with Kids in New York City
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School’s out for the week. Add a little adventure to your Spring Break and plan a trip to get out and play with the kids. There is no shortage of great places to play in New York. Here are just five to get you started.
Head to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. With 585 acres of nature and play spaces, Prospect Park has many options that are great for children. Learn about plants and animals at the Audubon Center or take a fun boat tour. Enjoy a ride on the 100-year old carousel. Visit any of the seven playgrounds, including Imagination Playground, where your children can build their own play space, on Ocean Ave between Parkside and Lincoln. Visit the interactive zoo, home to nearly 400 animals. Or just take a walk and enjoy the sites on one of four different nature trails.
Looking for some indoor fun in Brooklyn? Try the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Founded in 1899, it was the first museum in the US dedicated to children. Bring kids five and under to the Totally Tots exhibit to play with water, create projects in the Art Studio, or climb a structure. Kids of all ages can discover plants and animals, touch sea stars in the tide pool, or learn about Brooklyn in the collection of kid-sized stores for imaginative play.
Meanwhile in Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park provides a historic look at nature. The forest and salt marsh remain after use by Native Americans in the 17th century. The nearly 200 acres also includes athletics fields, playgrounds and dog runs. Just looking for a good play structure? Try Emerson Playground on the corner of Isham Street and Seaman Avenue.
Another trip for indoors play could be to Staten Island Children’s Museum. Kids get plenty of exercise playing board games at the museum, with life-size chess pieces, giant dominoes and more! The little one will love playing in the other exhibits, including bugs & insects, building houses, theatre play, a pretend firehouse and more. Bonus: admission is free on Friday, April 13th in honor of Spring Break!
And don’t forget Central Park. These 150 city blocks allow for countless hours of fun. Enjoy a guided tour, visit one of the 21 playgrounds, head to the zoo, ride the carousel, walk the trails and much more. Looking for fun play structure? Allow your kids to assess risk and their own abilities at the Adventure Playground on the west side at 67th Street.
Where are you favorite places to play in New York City?
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