Exploring New York City with Kids

April 6, 2015 by Jenny Melrose
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Getaways for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Two weeks ago I shared with you how we managed to visit New York City with our girls.  I shared some great tips and tricks that can make the city that never sleeps a relaxing and fun getaway for everyone involved.  You can read all about it HERE.  Today I want to share how Exploring New York City with Kids is possible and how you don’t need to spend a ton to do it.  This is true especially if you rely on Groupon to help you with entertainment and meals.  Your time Exploring New York City with Kids will become a memorable experience for your entire family that doesn’t leave a huge hole in your wallet.  That’s how #MyGrouponGetaway worked out for us.

Exploring New York City with Kids

We used Groupon Getaways for our hotel, which also included complimentary breakfast and a room large enough to accommodate a family of four.  You seriously need to read all about our hotel HERE.  It was fabulous!  We decided to check out Groupon to see if we could find any events that were taking place in New York City the days that we would be there.  Ha!  Any events?  What was I thinking, right?  Not only were there a ton of events, we found tickets to Sesame Street Live at Madison Square Garden that were amazing.  We had great seats and the girls loved it.  We were even able to get the tickets on short notice because the deal hadn’t expired in Groupon yet.  Score!

Joe and I have clear expectations for our girls when we go to a restaurant.  We also make sure that the restaurant is appropriate for them.  Our rule is white table cloths are out.  If there’s a white table cloth then it is not a restaurant for the girls.  I’m sure that they could handle it, but there’s just something about white table cloths that put me on edge and when I’m on edge the girls usually start misbehaving.  Luckily, New York City is full of restaurants that are appropriate for kids.  We absolutely loved Guy’s American Kitchen on West 44th Street.  Not only did they not have white table cloths, but they actually had butcher paper as the table cloth.  The girls were able to color all over the table, which is key for Avery who doesn’t quite understand the concept of coloring on the paper yet.

One spot you don’t want to miss while you’re in New York City is Dylan’s Candy Bar on 3rd Avenue.  It’s across the street from Bloomingdale’s so there’s a little something for everyone in that area.  I digress though.  Dylan’s is three floors of a candy wonderland.  I’m not sure who was more in awe, me or Riley.  Once we got to the rainbow colored candy assortment the answer clearly became Riley.  She’s not one for pictures usually and she had no problem posing for this one.  I didn’t even have to bribe her.  Although, I’m pretty sure she asked if she could have one in every color.  Whether you’re looking to find your favorite candy {Sour Patch Kids} or even grab a sundae in the upstairs cafe, you’ll find something for everyone here.

Joe and I have always enjoyed dining out and we’ve always had the ability to find an Irish pub wherever we are.  This especially rang true before we had the girls.  While we were in New York City we found a fabulous Irish Pub just down the street from where we were staying.  Tir na Nog on West 39th Street was the perfect place to take our girls.  It had gorgeous stained glass windows, a rustic fireplace and a gigantic bar area.  It would have been the perfect place for drinks later that night if we didn’t have the girls with us.  Although it worked perfectly for us for lunch as well.

One last spot that you have to go to just to see is the Toys R Us on Broadway and 44th Street.  It’s four stories of toys galore where your kids will not know where to look next.  The one thing that they won’t be able to miss is the Ferris Wheel as soon as you enter the store.  It is quite the sight.  You walk through the doors and you see a gigantic ferris wheel that should be at a fair grounds spinning in the store.  Riley loved it, but Avery was less than pleased and had a look of distrust on her face the entire time.  It’s an experience that you don’t want to miss out on and definitely completed our trip of exploring New York City with Kids.

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