New York City – the Babyology way

I wrote a post six months ago about a travel guide app for New York City. I started that post by saying “With the number of reviews I have done about travel guides for New York City, you would be forgiven for thinking that I am planning (in great detail) the trip of a lifetime. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.” Well, my fairy godmother must read Babyology because within weeks of writing that story, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit New York came my way. So it’s an opportune time to do a quick review of all thinks New York – a go-to guide for families on their way to the Big Apple.

First up, plan your trip. Kids can get involved with the Look Out World: Here I Come! New York Adventure Kit, the perfect way to get preschoolers prepared for a trip to one of the world’s most exciting cities. Parents, arm yourselves with the incredibly useful app, NYC Way – a must-have, it basically combines lots of really useful apps into one super-useful NYC app. It has everything from traffic updates and the Empire State Building’s lighting schedule to tourist attractions, where the nearest pharmacy or public toilet is and a whole section devoted to kids – search child-friendly indoor and outdoor activities, child-friendly restaurants, kids’ shops and more.

Shopping in New York can be overwhelming – with so much on offer you may wonder where to start. Babyology writer Suzi put together a terrific round-up of children’s clothing stores when she went to New York in 2009 – I’ll be starting with her list when I visit. I’m also planning to check out Sweet William, Magic Windows and Zitomer, and apparently my daughter’s life won’t be complete without a visit to American Girl Place. I’ll be sure to fill you in on all my finds.

For little Eloise fans, a visit to The Plaza Eloise shop is a must. Stocked with all sorts of goodies in the perfect shade of pink, an Eloise afternoon tea followed by a spot of shopping sounds like a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon.

Another store that will be high on the agenda for kids is the NYC Lego store. Sure, you can buy Lego in Australia but this store is a Lego ‘experience’. Apart from the biggest range of Lego on offer, there’s also special building events and activities for kids.

There is no shortage of tourist attractions that will delight kids (and parents alike) in New York – start with a New York City Pass and work your way through the big ticket attractions – Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Museum of Natural History and over fifty other ‘must-sees’.

We recently looked at the fantastic sand, water and building block fun to be had at the Imagination Playground and the arts and crafts fun at Moomah. Parents will welcome a visit to Moomah which, aside from all sorts of things for kids to do, is also home to a notable cafe – think of it as a play space with really good food on offer and it may well be the best, most relaxing bit of down time you enjoy in this bustling city.

Lastly, if energy levels are flagging come the afternoon, drop by Dylan’s Candy Bar for a sugar fix. This incredible store has so many sweets and chocolates, you’re sure to be tempted.

I look forward to sharing more New York highlights soon!

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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