new york city
New York City
Upper East Side
Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a “biggie,” so start your visit with kids early in the day. Museum is open daily, children under 12 are free. There are cafes inside the museum, but you can go in and out with your day ticket. Take a break and pop out to Fifth Ave. food trucks for a quick snack or lunch, spread out on outdoor tables and chairs.
Start on Floor 1 with extensive ancient Egyptian galleries and the Temple of Dendur, Greek and Roman art. Head over to Arms and Amor collection for European and Asian armor, jeweled weapons, knights on horseback.
On Floor 2, in the 19th century and early 20th century European painting galleries find paintings by Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Matisse. Don't miss the incomparable Rembrandts and Vermeers in European Paintings 1250 to 1800. Relax in the Astor Chinese Garden Court (room 217), and explore the Assyrian Palace at Nimrud in Ancient and Near Eastern Art.
There's so much to see in this museum, involve kids in picking which galleries to visit. Download different Met family guides to bring with you.
Tip: The ground floor 81st Street entrance to the museum has shorter security and ticket lines.
The Cloisters - The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For a nice afternoon adventure, head up to Fort Tyron Park, at the northern end of Manhattan. The Cloisters, built in the style of a traditional French cloister from the Middle Ages, has collections of medieval art from Europe. Kids will especially enjoy the incomparable Unicorn Tapestries, jeweled chalices, and the Lion Aquamanile.
This is a fun outing at any season, and great in winter if the weather is bad. Take the M4 bus, the last stop is Fort Tyron Park - The Cloisters. Closed Mondays.
Obelisk (Cleopatra's Needle) - After checking out all the Egyptian goodies in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, go out into central park to see a real Egyptian obelisk. Go out of the museum, walk west, go cross East Dr., and walk north. Covered with hieroglyphs (honoring the sun god Ra, at 69 ft. high, it's impressive (and is the oldest monument in New York City, more than 3,500 years old).
Playgrounds - After you've visited the museum, kids can go out and stretch their legs in Central Park (the Museum is situated on the edge edge of the park).
Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground - Just south of the Museum, is a charming playground for little ones, with bronze bears to climb on, climbing structures, swings and slide. The noses and arts of the Group of Bears are all shiny from children climbing on the bears.
Ancient Playground - In keeping with an Egyptian theme, this playground just north of the Museum at 85th St., has climbing structures, a little stone obelisk for toddlers, pyramids for bigger kids, and picnic tables.
Guggenheim Museum - The reason to visit the Guggenheim is so kids can walk up and down the huge spiral interior of the museum. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building is sensational, and it's something for kids to experience first hand.
Tramway to Roosevelt Island - Use your Metro card to ride the aerial tramway across the East River to Roosevelt Island. The ride is short, but you get a bird's eye view of the bridges and buildings from up above. Bring a picnic (or buy picnic makings at the local supermarket or deli) and take the bus north to Lighthouse Park, with grassy areas. Or walk the esplanade around the island, there are benches, shade trees, and great views of the United Nations building across the river. This is a quiet haven in busy New York.

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