Interesting and fun trip for kids to N.Y.C.

Old Jul 18th, 2003, 02:02 AM
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Interesting and fun trip for kids to N.Y.C.

Hi. We are planning a trip to NYC in October,10/20/03 & 10/30/03. 5 days in Manhattan & 5 days on Long Island in Southampton.We are not sure about where to stay, thinking about Radio City Apts - 1 bedroom apt w/ 2 queen sized beds & pullout couch - $1061.00 for five nights, there are five of us 2 Adults 2 Boys aged 7 & 5 and our little Girl will be 2 while on our trip.Can anyone suggest if this is a good place to stay or if there is somewhere else. We need some interesting and fun things to do with our Kids,especially somewhere nice for the Boys on the day of the Birthday in Manhattan.We are thinking of bringing our double buggy so as one of the boys could always be resting, I anticipate a lot of walking. ARE WE CRAZY!! hauling that with us. Going out to Southampton we are going to hire a car, any suggestions!!! about car hire and what might be fun things to do with our kids in Long Island We would really appreciate some help
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Old Jul 18th, 2003, 03:20 AM
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There was a thread a while back about creating a "scavenger hunt" type of game whereby the kids needed to spot various NY things--pretzel stand, yellow cab, etc. I'll see if i can pull it up.

There are many great thngs to do with kids in NY. Make sure you pace yourselves though. Grab a guide for NY with kids (Fodors or Frommers) and select one or 2 things to do per day and hope for the best. Weather should be decent temp.-wise.

RadioCity Apts. seem like a decent way to go for space, and it is centrally located.

I don't know anything about renting cars in NY, sorry.

If you use the search function at the top of this page, you will find hundreds of great suggestions--people have discussed this topic frequently. Have fun!
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Old Jul 18th, 2003, 04:12 AM
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The double buggy is probably not a good idea. Especially if it is a double-wide rather than the arrangement where one kid is behind the other. Slow-moving tourists get run down by locals all the time, if you tie up a major chunk of sidewalk with am extra-wide stroller, you might get tarred, feathered, and run out of town!

There are SO many fun things to do with the kids, for sure don't miss the zoo and the Museum of Natural History.
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Old Jul 18th, 2003, 04:29 AM
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I'll add FAO Schwarz (huge toy store). The kids will love it.
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Just returned from four days in Manhattan with a girl and boy aged 11 and 9. Stayed at the Hotel Beacon (based on positive comments in this board) and it was delightful. Clean rooms - friendly, helpful staff - across street from two grocery stores - 24/7 diner next door that delivers. Special rate on their website was $180/night for 1br. suite, two double beds and a pull out couch. Only slightly better than your deal.

Your boys will love the Museum of Natural History. We spent 5 hours there and our son could have easily gone for 5 more. Consider the free introductory tour with a volunteer guide. It helped us get oriented and is quite informative.

Ferry ride to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is great for kids. You can't go in the statue but it is fun to walk around the base. Your kids may be too young to appreciate Ellis Island but it houses a first class museum.

We got great last minute, half price tickets to Beauty and The Beast at the TKTS booth at Times Square. Our kids loved the show. Get a babysitter for 2 yr. old though.

Check out the Toys R Us store in Times Square. Ride the ferris wheel there.

Empire State Building has spectacular views that barely justify the awful cattle pen lines that you must endure.

We stumbled onto a flea market in Greenwich Village on Saturday morning. Kids got to buy great $4-$5 treasures.

Agree with other poster that double stroller is a mistake. Subways, cabs and tiny elevators will present challenges. Suggest a little folding stroller.

Pace yourselves - we didn't get to half of what we had planned.

This was our first trip to NYC in 8 years and our first with kids. We felt that the city was friendlier and safer than ever. It was a great experience. Have Fun!
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Celebrate your child's birthday at Serendipity, which is a great place for kid friendly food and desserts. You can finish off the party at Dylan's Sweet Shop. I think your boys will like spending some time at the Sony Wonder Lab.
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Another good place for family dining is America on 18th St between B'way and 5th Av. It's very room and there's always children. Has all kinds of food. Saturday and Sunday morning brunch/lunch there's usually magicians wandering around and balloon animal makers and that kind of thing. It's very family friendly.

My son's favorite small museum is the Forbes gallery on 5th av and 13th st. It displays collections of M. Forbes toy soldiers, model ships, antique monopoly boards and many other interesting items. Also visit central park, climb the rocks, let the kids play in some of the playgrounds, visit the zoo there, and take a ride on the carousel. Another nice park area is down in Battery Park city along the river. There always kids playing in the open spaces along the river and in the playgrounds there.
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You have gotten some good advice here. My only comment is with regard to Southampton. It will be fairly cool in late October, in the low 50s and could be only in the mid-40s. Not beach weather. There is not a lot to do out there in the late fall. The place is mainly geared to summer people. You may find that some shops and restaurants are even closed. Five days could be a long time there.

As for car rental, if you can, try to avoid renting in NYC or at the airport on Long Island. These will be the most expensive in terms of rental charges, taxes, etc. Try to pick up the car at one of the Long Island suburbs.

You could also take the Long Island Railroad to Southampton. The trip takes about 2.5 hours, and you would have to change once. Take a look at www.mta.nyc.ny.us. Choose Long Island Railroad. You could rent the car from there. Your only issue at that point would be getting to the airport. There will probably be fairly high drop off charges to drop off at the airport. You might look into a car service to get you from Southampton to the airport. I assume you are departing from one of the airports on Long Island. JFK and LaGuardia would be about 2 hours by car from Southampton.
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