The Best Things to do with Kids in NYC!
If you are looking forward to traveling to the Big Apple, it is because they have some of the best things to do with your kids. Despite the chilly weather, New York City is a wonderful city with so much to do. Explore some of the favorite winter activities for kids listed below, and give your kids the best holiday ever!
A Dip into Spongebob SquarePants’ World
If you still don’t know the answer to who lives in a pineapple under the sea, its SpongeBob SquarePants. The lovable, porous and yellow character is a Broadway star in a musical at the Palace Theater. This is a great way to introduce your kids to Broadway and a highly successful show after successes like Aladdin, Wicked and the Lion King.
The show casts Ethan Slater as SpongeBob, Danny Skinner as Patrick Starfish, and Gavin Lee as Squidward. In the show, stakes are higher than ever before for the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom as they fight annihilation. Just when everything looks lost, the most unexpected of heroes take a stand and captures the stage – a show your kids would never want to miss!
Santa Claus at Brookfield Place
Santa Claus has raided Brookfield Place and he has set up his Winter Wonderland there this holiday season. Your children can appropriately channel the holiday cheer through their craft and coloring station before meeting the big red guy for a photo opportunity. If you don’t like the idea of standing in line, you have the option of making a reservation using the mobile application Ritual!
Apart from meeting Santa, your kids can also take part in ice-skating, which occurs daily, and will get a chance at meeting characters from the renowned the Nutcracker. Your furry small family member should not be left behind either as they also have a chance at meeting old St. Nick.
Lighting the World’s Largest Menorah
The Grand Army Plazas in Manhattan and Brooklyn play host to competitors in the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah. Gather your family around the 4,000-pound, gold-colored, 32-foot-high steel holiday icon that is right across the Manhattan Plaza hotel. Plus, you do not have to worry about traffic as long as you and your family are using a selection of bus tours available around the city.
The race kicks off the Jewish Festival of Lights. Across the East River, take a walk to the Prospect Park’s top to see a similarly sized rival that is also illuminated. Organizers in Brooklyn have a kickoff concert before the Hanukkah’s first lighting with music and potato pancakes available every evening.
Broadway’s Elf: The Musical
Just when you think you have seen just about every holiday show in town – some probably twice – along comes a show full of the Christmas spirit, joyous tunes and a score of lovable characters. New York City’s latest gift to theatergoers of all ages – Elf: The Musical – is brought to you by Broadway’s most famous talents including Thomas Meehan, Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar. If you are thinking that these shows are for adults, you’re wrong; the grown-up guys totally bring out their inner and your inner kid.
Based on the 2003 hit New Line Cinema film, the show is all about Buddy the Elf, an orphan, who innocently gets into Santa’s sack of toys, ending up at the North Pole and raised as an elf. As Buddy grows to human size, he sets off on an exhilarating journey to NYC in search of his birth father.
I think Elf is my favorite though and I’d love to take that in!
Have you ever been to NYC during the holidays?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.