Tips for families traveling to NYC
the last few years, as a result of the startling decrease in crime and
the sudden increase in family-oriented entertainment (exemplified by the
"new" Times Square), the city's sidewalks have been full of pint-sized
visitors who love its eye-popping delights.
There are hundreds of ways
to keep the kids entertained, from kid-oriented museums and theater to
theme park-style shopping and restaurants.
Those of you who want a guide devoted exclusively to travel with children might buy a copy of Frommer's New York City with Kids.
bets for the most timely information include the "Weekend" section of
Friday's New York Times, which has a whole section dedicated to the
week's best kid-friendly activities; the weekly New York magazine, which
has a full calendar of children's events in its "Cue" section; and Time
Out New York, which also has a great weekly kids section with a bit of
an alternative bent.
Good Web sources for up-to-date information,
advice, and yellow-pages links to family-related services include New
York Family (www.family.go.com/Local/nyfm).
Both New York Family and the
Big Apple Parents' Paper are usually available for free at children's
stores and other locations in Manhattan.
a Baby-sitter - The first place to look for baby-sitting is in your
hotel (better yet, ask about baby-sitting when you reserve).
have baby-sitting services or will provide you with lists of reliable
If this doesn't pan out, call the Baby Sitters' Guild (tel.
The sitters are licensed,
insured, and bonded, and can even take your child on outings.