Jamie’s Top 10 Spots for NYC Family Adventures

New York City isn’t just for grownups! The city is bursting with kid-friendly activities that promise fun for the whole family – which is why I am head over heels for New York when it comes to family adventures. Whether we’re navigating through the bustling streets of Times Square or uncovering hidden gems downtown, NYC has become my family’s go-to destination for endless family fun. Here are some of the spots that make New York one of our favorite family destinations:
1. The Museum of Ice Cream
558 Broadway New York, NY 10012
Is there anything better than a museum where you can eat the exhibits?! The Museum of Ice Cream is a dreamland for both kids and the young at heart. Dive into a sprinkle pool, sample delightful treats, and capture Instagram-worthy moments with your little ones. It’s a sweet escape in the heart of the city.
2. CAMP Stores
110 5th Ave New York, NY 10011
Get ready for an immersive retail experience at CAMP stores. More than just a toy store, it’s a wonderland for kids with interactive displays and themed areas. From cool toys to quirky gadgets, rotating exhibits and tons of hands-on arts and crafts, CAMP is where your little ones can let their imaginations run wild.
3. Sloomoo Institute
475 Broadway New York, NY 10013
For those who appreciate a bit of gooey fun, the Sloomoo Institute is the place to be. Unleash your inner child and embrace the slimy side of life. With vibrant colors and ooey-gooey textures, it’s a sensory experience your kids won’t forget. Warning: May cause uncontrollable laughter and smiles.
4. American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th St New York, NY 10024
Dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, and a journey through time await you at the National History Museum. Engage your little explorers with the wonders of the natural world. It’s an educational yet thrilling experience that will leave your kids wide-eyed and eager to learn. You’re not going to want to miss the giant whale in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life!
5. Central Park Zoo
East 64th St & 5th Ave New York, NY 10021
Escape the urban hustle and get up close and personal with wildlife at the Central Park Zoo. From playful penguins to majestic big cats, it’s a wild adventure smack dab in the heart of Central Park. Take a stroll with your family and discover the diverse animal kingdom right in the middle of the concrete jungle.
Central Park Zoo
6. The Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St New York, NY 10014
Let your little Picassos unleash their artistic talents at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. With hands-on workshops, interactive exhibits, and a vibrant atmosphere, this museum encourages creativity in all its forms. From painting to sculpture, watch as your kids turn their imaginations into masterpieces.
7. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave New York, NY 10036
For budding astronauts and aviation enthusiasts, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a must-visit. Explore historic aircraft, learn about space exploration, and even step aboard the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. It’s an out-of-this-world experience that combines education and excitement.
8. The New York Transit Museum
Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hop on the nostalgia train at the New York Transit Museum. Located in a decommissioned subway station, this museum showcases the history of public transportation in NYC. Kids can explore vintage subway cars, learn about the evolution of transit, and even “drive” a bus in a simulated experience.
9. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave Brooklyn, NY 11225
Escape the urban jungle and immerse your family in the beauty of nature at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. With themed gardens, family programs, and seasonal events, it’s a peaceful retreat for both kids and parents. Make sure to check out the Children’s Garden, where little ones can dig, plant, play and explore to their heart’s content.
10. South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton St New York, NY 10038
Head to the South Street Seaport Museum for a maritime adventure. Explore historic ships, learn about seafaring history, and enjoy waterfront views. With interactive exhibits and family-friendly activities, it’s a voyage back in time that combines education with maritime fun.
From the sweet indulgence of the Museum of Ice Cream to the creative haven at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, each of these places holds its own charm for family fun. And if all of the exploring leaves you searching for a taste of NYC’s culinary delights, be sure to check out my favorite NYC family-friendly food spots! Here’s to laughter, exploration, and unforgettable moments in the city that never sleeps!
Girl Standing at the Food Counter

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