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Fun Family-Friendly Things-to-do in Manhattan, NY

Fun Family-Friendly Things-to-do in Manhattan, NY

The best spots to visit if you’re looking to play and have fun with the whole family in Manhattan



UPDATED January 2020: Check out these fun family-friendly amusement parks, play spaces, museums, and planetariums in Manhattan

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Amusement Parks & Carousels


LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ
908-459-9000

The No. 1 Amusement Park in North Jersey is the perfect day trip destination! A magical amusement park and a pirate themed state-of-the-art water park features short lines, free parking, low prices, and awesome family fun. Ride the Scream Machine 360, our Ultimate New Thrill Experience this season! Bring your own food and enjoy our beautiful picnic grove. Safe, wholesome, family atmosphere is just minutes away. Open Memorial Day weekend, then weekends in June. Open daily, 10am-6pm from June 16–Sept. 3. Visit us on Facebook.


WILD WEST CITY
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ
973-347-8900

Come on down to Wild West City-the perfect place for a fun, unique, and educational day trip for all. We have a number of special events and shows that are sure to be hits with the entire family. Wild West City is a western heritage theme park that brings the old west back to life through portrayals of real-life western characters, legendary events, and a frontier town re-creation. Featuring 22 different live action shows throughout the course of the day, we offer visitors the chance to “live” in the old west!

Indoor & Outdoor Play Spaces


HUDSON RIVER PARK TRUST
353 West St., Pier 40, 2nd floor, Manhattan
212-627-2020
Email klevy@hrpt.ny.gov

Celebrate 20 years of piers at Hudson River Park with our 20th Anniversary Summer of Fun season! From May–September relax, play, and explore with us in your west side backyard. Start the week off with Healthy on the Hudson fitness classes for every level, show your moves off at Sunset Salsa, bring the whole family together for movies and music at Hudson RiverKids and Hudson RiverFlicks, and cap it off by soaking in live music of all genres at Sunset on the Hudson on Pier 45 and Jazz at Pier 84. Details at hudsonriverpark.org.

Museums & Planetariums


CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
103 Charlton St., New York
212-274-0986

Children’s Museum of the Arts is an art museum that offers classes across a range of mediums. Taught by teaching artists, these courses encourage children to express creativity, develop an artistic voice, and build critical thinking skills. The after-school program features semester-long classes for ages 5-15. WEE Arts classes introduce toddlers to art, encouraging self-expression and socialization. Art Colony Day Camps are innovative art camps held during school breaks. CMA also offers free inclusive classes for children living with autism or disabilities. Learn more at cmany.org.


IMAGINATIONS - NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
212-514-3714

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian's new and interactive imagiNATIONS Activity Center and discover how Native STEM innovations continue to shape the modern world. Admission is free and imagiNATIONS is open daily from 10am-4:30pm. The museum is located at One Bowling Green in Manhattan.

Travel & Destinations


INN AT EAST HILL FARM (THE)
460 Monadnock St., Troy
800-242-6495
Email info@east-hill-farm.com

The Inn at East Hill Farm is an award-winning family farm vacation resort that is open year-round. Guests enjoy hands-on time with farm animals, horseback riding, patting the bunnies, making butter and cheese, and helping with barn chores. Resort amenities include a children's recreation program and seasonal athletic activities.


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