New York with Kids in December

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Andri Kristinsson

New York with Kids in December

I love visiting New York in December to experience the best the city has to offer during the Holidays. In December, I went with my family for a long weekend and we had a blast with our boys (7 year old and 5 month old)! Clearly we had to come up with a kid-friendly itinerary, so here you go!

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Things to do with kids

For each of our days in New York, we chose one main activity to do together and explored the neighboring area. We also tried to balance the days with some downtime in between to relax and spend quality family time together. Here are the top things we did this time around.

Image - One World Trade Center
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One World Trade Center
Andri:Awesome views for a very excited 7 year old visiting a skyscraper for the first time!
Image - American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Andri:We loved spending half a day at the Museum of Natural History, then spent the night watching Night at the Museum.
Image - Madame Tussauds
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Madame Tussauds
Andri:Great museum with a lot of photo opportunities for both kids and parents.
Image - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Andri:We didn't know of this museum until arriving in New York but it was awesome to see the inside of a submarine and see all the aircrafts.
Image - Imagination Playground
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Imagination Playground
Andri:This is an awesome playground built to empower kids creativity and imagination. We had a really hard time pulling our boy out of there :)
Image - The LEGO Store
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The LEGO Store
Andri:The ultimate shopping experience for a seven year old boy - we had to go there twice :)
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Places of interest for kids

Here is a quick list of the top places we spent time exploring during this trip to New York

Image - Times Square
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Times Square
Andri:For kids seeing New York for the first time, seeing all the busyness and action of Times Square is a must.
Image - Central Park
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Central Park
Andri:We really enjoyed walking around Central Park on a cold yet sunny day in December, checking out the ice skate ring and the lakes.
Image - Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center
Andri:While busy during Christmas, it is great to see the worlds tallest Christmas tree, ice skate ring and more. The LEGO store was also a hit!
Image - Bryant Park
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Bryant Park
Andri:We enjoyed strolling around the Christmas market in Bryant Park while sipping some hot cocoa.
Image - Charging Bull
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Charging Bull
Andri:Kids generally don't enjoy sculptures... but this one was an exception.
Image - Superheroes of New York City
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Superheroes of New York City
Andri:On Times Square there are a lot of superheros to take photos with which the kids love

Restaurants near Nolita

Our two boys were generally tired after the days so we always went early to our hotel (in Nolita) and didn't spend much time exploring fancy dinner restaurants. However, we went out for a nice breakfast or brunch each day in our area. Here are some great places we discovered!

Image - Egg Shop
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Egg Shop
Andri:Hands down the best breakfast we got in NYC this time. Small, lively place bustling with locals starting off their day.
Image - The Butcher's Daughter
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The Butcher's Daughter
Andri:Great vegetarian breakfast place and one of the best fruit smoothy I have tried!
Image - Two Hands
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Two Hands
Andri:Solid place in Little Italy, had a delicious egg scramble.
Image - Piacere NYC
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Piacere NYC
Andri:Awesome rustic Italian place. Great pizzas and delicious pasta. Perfect for kids as well.
Image - The Garret Nolita
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The Garret Nolita
Andri:Small bar that serves cocktails and Tacos, amazing Tacos! Perfect for tired dads who need a quick bite and drink after a long day :)
Image - Eataly NYC Downtown
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Eataly NYC Downtown
Andri:Love spending time shopping gourmet Italian treats in Eataly (multiple locations in NYC), getting a glass of wine, pizza slices and lunch.

Wanderguide map

  1. One World Trade Center
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. Madame Tussauds
  4. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  5. Imagination Playground
  6. The LEGO Store
  7. Times Square
  8. Central Park
  9. Rockefeller Center
  10. Bryant Park
  11. Charging Bull
  12. Egg Shop
  13. The Butcher's Daughter
  14. Two Hands
  15. Piacere NYC
  16. The Garret Nolita
  17. Eataly NYC Downtown

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