Top 7 things to do in New York with a preschooler
New York, USA
There is so much for a preschooler to do in New York City , it was too tough to narrow it down to just five things. New York City kids are spoiled for entertainment in this centre of culture, history and art.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY
A must for dinosaur-lovers, the AMNH is one of the largest
museums in the world. It’s most famous for its fossil halls,
including the brand new “Titanosaur” - a cast of a 122-foot-
long dinosaur, one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W 83rd St, New York, NY
Kids won’t want to leave this hands-on museum, featuring
five floors of literature, science, media and art exhibits,
and programs. Preschoolers will particularly enjoy Frolic!,
their pop-up play space exclusively for kids aged five and
under, where they can climb into replica 1970s Volkswagen
minivan and slide down a Rolling Stones-inspired tongue slide.
Children’s Museum of Art
103 Charlton St, New York, NY
This museum is designed for kids to explore the world of
art in a hands-on environment. Join a WEE Arts drop in
class to let your little one try out basic art materials
in a nurturing, engaging environment (where you don’t have
to clean up afterwards!). Another fave is the ball pond,
a room fill with huge giant bouncy balls for kids to jump
Playgrounds & Parks
Preschoolers can truly enjoy the hundreds of playgrounds
scattered all over the city. A fave for this age group is
the Moira Ann Smith Playground at Madison Square Park, with
its turreted climbing structure, water wheel and alphabet
blocks. Nearby Shake Shack and Eataly provide kid-friendly
dining options. Central Park is also a must-see with
preschoolers, where they will enjoy climbing rocks and
taking a spin on the very speedy carousel.
1540 Broadway, New York, NY
Disney fans can let their imaginations run wild in this
two-floor tribute to Disney animated classics. As well as
the store being Mecca for buying every type of Disney merch
under the sun, it also features a great little area for kids
screening songs from Disney movies, with table and colouring
pencils for kids to really enjoy a full “Disney” moment.
American Girl Place
609 5th Ave, New York, NY
Little girls who love dolls will be in heaven at
this three-story store that includes a cafe and
doll hair salon. Preschoolers can choose their
own Bitty Baby or Bitty Twins that are perfect
for little girls to play baby doll with, or have
a special afternoon tea with their doll, where
their special toy will have its own chair and teacup.
2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx
The perfect day trip out of the city, the Bronx Zoo
is an easy 45-minute train ride out of midtown
Manhattan. The zoo features a 4-D movie theatre, bug
carousel, and a newly renovated Children’s Zoo with
a giant anteater and the world's smallest deer species.
Christine Knight writes about navigating
the world and parenthood on her site,
You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her
preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney..