Looking for things to do in NYC with kids? Here are five of our favourites.

Taking the family for a city break? New York City has as much diversity in its family-friendly activities as it does in, well, just about everything else. From arts and theatre to outdoor activities and sightseeing, we’ve rounded up our top picks for things to do in NYC with kids.

1. Children’s Museum of the Arts

NYC is a hotbed for arts and culture aficionados and there’s no reason kids can’t get in on the action, too. At the Children’s Museum of the Arts, budding artists are encouraged to get in touch with their inner Monet right alongside working artists. The museum’s permanent collection includes over 2,000 pieces of children’s artwork created around the world — how cool is that?! Attend a Saturday family studio session to learn a new skill together as a family or simply drop by during the museum’s opening hours and participate in hands-on activities throughout the space!

2. Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground is anything but your average playground. The space was designed as an interactive space for kids to shape and transform as they play, giving kids the opportunity to build and explore. Part life-size building blocks, part tactile experiences, and a totally out-of-the-box playground experience, Imagination Playground has all the makings of an unforgettable day spent outdoors exploring — sand, water, giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates — set right on the East River.

3. Staten Island Ferry

There are few things more magical in life than seeing iconic landmarks in person. But a fun ferry ride to unveil the iconic vision? That’s even harder to beat. The 25-minute (free!) Staten Island ferry ride is an adventure in itself which will make the views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbour that much more unforgettable.

4. The New Victory Theater

Inspire a love of the theatrical in your kids with a visit to the New Victory Theater, devoted solely to putting on performances just for kids and their families. The theatre even presents autism-friendly performances of their shows so everyone can enjoy the performances. Check their upcoming show calendar, which makes it easy to find age-appropriate performances for everyone from babies to teens.

5. Central Park

You could easily spend an entire day exploring Central Park if you wanted to. With 21 playgrounds (each with their own theme) located throughout the park, an adventure theatre, the ever-popular carousel, boat rides, ice skating, and sailing, there is something to keep the kids busy and having fun no matter what time of year you visit NYC. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring everything the park has to offer.