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  • Jacques Torres

    Eat gourmet chocolate at Jacques Torres. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/8yujfm9

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Admire the views of the skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from Fulton Ferry Pier, or Brooklyn Bridge Park. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/8yujfm9

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park

    The toddler playground sits on Pier 1 at the Northern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pier 6, for preschoolers up to age 12 is at the south end, near the beach volleyball courts. It has a "water lab," for summer splashing, giant slides, tarzan swings, funky climbing structures and an enormous sand play area for the under-5 set. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/8yujfm9

  • Coney Island

    A big hit with both, especially the Cyclone roller coaster. Be aware, the amusement parks charge by the ride and it adds up quickly. Consider picking one and buying an unlimited bracelet. Nathan's is a must for hot dogs and crinkly fries served with a tiny red pitchfork. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/6lof8ge

  • ABC Carpet & Home

    Visit Santa - Our favorites are the vintage-styled Santa at ABC Home & Carpet (weekends only) and the Fire Department's Santa rescue at the New York Fire Museum (December 11). But there are plenty of others to choose from. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • New York Fire Museum

    Visit Santa - Our favorites are the vintage-styled Santa at ABC Home & Carpet (weekends only) and the Fire Department's Santa rescue at the New York Fire Museum (December 11). But there are plenty of others to choose from. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Dominicks Pizzeria

    Time it so you can have lunch or dinner in the Bronx's old Italian enclave on Arthur Avenue afterward. It's a five-minute drive or cab rider (or a one-mile walk). Dominick's is famous, but you can't go wrong with whatever restaurant looks good to you. Make sure to pick up some cannoli and pignoli cookies from a local bakery on your way home. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • New York City Ballet

    Catch the Nutcracker. The most kid-friendly ballet. Ever. The New York City Ballet's colorful full-scale rendition is a worthwhile splurge for kids 12 and up.
    See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Rockefeller Center Ice Rink

    You will never catch a real New Yorker at the Rock Center rink. It's small, the lines are long, the prices are high and the skate times are short. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Citi Pond at Bryant Park

    Citi Pond at Bryant Park (42nd Street) is a fun place to skate as well. It's free if you have your own skates, but renting them is $14. Checking a bag is $7, so bring a lock if you can. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Wollman Rink

    Nothing is as magical as skating in Wollman Rink in Central Park. You have the park's hushed woods around you and the city skyline in the background. It's handy to bring a lock but you can rent everything you'll need at the rink. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Macy's

    The store really goes all out to transport you to the North Pole and even offers a 30-minute puppet version of Miracle on34th Street this year. Santaland is worth a visit, even if you don't say hello to the big man himself. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Lord & Taylor

    It's not Christmas for me until I've seen the holiday windows here. The details, the special effects and the creativity are awesome. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Saks 5th Avenue

    Saks 5th Avenue has historically had one of the best windows (holiday decorations) in the city but it's been disappointing the past few years. Take a peak at but don't wait in line for a front row view.
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  • Radio City Music Hall

    There is a plethora of shows you can see in the city for the holiday season but this is the only one for me. Radio CIty Music Hall is a city classic that's worth a visit all by itself. The show and those Rockettes really are spectacular. But if you go, brace yourself. The crowds around Rockefeller Center are thick when the shows let out. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Hester Street Playground

    It has a great toddler area with playhouses and a table with a scaled down model of the city that is ideal for Matchbox cars. The sandbox area is sizable, and the bigger kids' jungle gym has a variety of neat climbing stuff. Note the tire swings hanging from what looks like a Chinese character. It's a great place to work up an appetite before sampling dim sum, Shanghai dumplings, Vietnamese pho and Ferrarra's cannoli, or to take a break from souvenir shopping on Canal St. See more at Familiesgo: http://tinyurl.com/bstvpnl

  • Imagination Playground

    Take a break at the Imagination Playground next to the South Street Seaport. It's a new concept in playgrounds where the focus is playing with stuff rather than on stuff. My nearly 4-year-old killed a good four hours here on Columbus Day. Afterward, skip Pizzeria Uno and explore the streets on the opposite side of the Seaport, where a lot of new local restaurants in all price ranges are springing up. See more at Familiesgo: http://tinyurl.com/bstvpnl

  • FAO Schwarz Toy Store

    Predictably, a success. The giant piano featured in Big is still there and still delights. Check out the new shop where you can design your own Muppet (Niece #2 was in heaven). Both liked the astounding array of stuffed animals. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/6lof8ge

  • Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

    Eat ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/8yujfm9

  • New York Public Library - Main Mid-Manhattan Branch

    If you're cold and footsore back track one block and say hello the New York Public Library Lions. There is a new and comfy children's section in the basement of the library that's a nice place to warm up. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Union Square Park Playground

    New, large and awesome, the playground is at the north end of the park. Preschoolers are happy with a winding jungle gym just for them. Bigger kids love scaling the giant silver globe and clambering over rocks to get to the tube slide. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria

    Real thin-crust New York style pizza -- See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/8yujfm9

  • Chelsea Waterside Park

    The artful benches in the Highline make for some good climbing, but if the kids need more activity than that, climb down at 23rd Street and head toward the river to Waterside Park, a small playground with lots of Seussian stuff to climb and spin on. When you want to warm up, it's a short hop to Chelsea Market for a snack. See more at Familiesgo: http://tinyurl.com/bstvpnl

  • Empire State Building

    A must-see that thrilled both. Ignore all the hucksters outside. Don't forget your camera to catch that very rare site: Tweens smiling.
    See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/6lof8ge

  • Serendipity 3

    The frozen hot cocoa is all it's cracked up to be for chocolate lovers. But it's expensive and hot fudge is hot fudge. Go for it it you happen by at an off-hour but don't wait in line. While it is good, it's not wait-45-minutes-in-the-cold good. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Union Square Park

    Union Square has a fun outdoor market where you can buy quirky and cool gifts at prices that aren't bad. Snack on waffles and hot cocoa in between trying on Tibetan hats and funky earrings.

    Go on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday and you can also check out the city's biggest outdoor farmer's market. Nosh on yogurt shakes, pretzels, fruit, hot cider and baked goods from local purveyors. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Ancient Playground

    Take older kids to the relatively new Ancient Playground, where they can clamber over and through a maze of tunnels, walls and slides inspired by the Metropolitan Museum. See more at Familiesgo: http://tinyurl.com/bstvpnl

  • Billy Johnson Playground

    Just north of the zoo - It's small, but the huge granite slide set into the rocks in the back is worth a detour. See more at Familiesgo: http://tinyurl.com/bstvpnl

  • East 72nd Street Playground

    Close to the Ancient Playground, but smaller children will be happier a few blocks south at the East 72nd Street playground. See Familiesgo: http://tinyurl.com/bstvpnl

  • Magnolia Bakery

    In the West Village [during an architectural walking tour] with Niece #1 we got as far as Magnolia Bakery, where cupcakes won out over tales about notable townhouses and churches. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/6lof8ge

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Doable in small doses. Be wary of kid-programs with too big of an age range. Niece #1 grew bored listening to 4-year-olds excitedly answer basic questions. Try the sculptures (Greek and Rodin) and period furniture rooms in the American Wing. The Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian wing was a hit with both girls. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/6lof8ge

  • New York Botanical Garden

    The Holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden is unique. Kids can't get enough of the trains. Parents appreciate the surprisingly authentic renderings of city landmarks made from twigs and leaves.

    Time it so you can have lunch or dinner in the Bronx's old Italian enclave on Arthur Avenue afterward. See more at Families Go: http://tinyurl.com/7qgv49b

  • Playground for All Children Field House

    If it's sunny day, head a few blocks south along 111th Street to the huge Playground for all Children with musical features, playhouses, giant trains and other colorful features. See more at Familiesgo: http://tinyurl.com/bstvpnl

 
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