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A big city like New York may not seem kid friendly, but there are tons of things for the whole family to enjoy. Get the skinny on the best family-friendly activities in NYC.

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Depending on the weather and time of year, there's something for every kid. Most of these activities are fun for adults too!

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Bronx Zoo

Showcasing more than 600 species from around the world, the Bronx Zoo is the world's largest urban zoo. Kids of all ages will go wild over the lions and bananas over the majestic gorillas. Folks of all ages can easily spend an entire day wandering the beautifully manicured grounds and visiting with the animals.

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Central Park

Covering 843 acres, Central Park is New York City's backyard. Kids will enjoy running through the grass or playing on any number of playgrounds, or check out some of the sites like the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle and Wollman Skating Rink. There's even a public swimming pool at the north end of the park.

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Children's Museum

OK, this is really two different activities since there is a children's museum in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan. Both are worth visiting depending on where you are. The Children's Museum of Manhattan offers five floors of fun exhibits ranging from science to art. The Brooklyn Children's Museum, meanwhile, was founded in 1899 and was the first museum created for children.

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Children's Museum of the Arts

Located in Manhattan, the Children's Museum of the Arts celebrates art for and by children. Their permanent collection includes more than 2,000 paintings and drawings done by children from 50 countries and dating back to the 1930s. They also offer special events and classes for kids.

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FAO Schwarz

Arguably the most famous toy store in the world, your kids may never forgive you if you don't stop at FAO Schwarz to admire the massive displays of toys, games and stuffed animals. If you're worried about going broke, you can take a tip from my in-laws and tell your kids it's a toy museum!

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Comments on "Top 10 kid-friendly activities in New York City"

Anna August 10, 2012 | 11:14 AM

This is a great list of kid-friendly things to do in the Big Apple! I definitely recommend visiting F.A.O. Schwartz with your little ones! My kids loved the 2-story high stuffed dinosaurs, the giant keyboard featured in the Big movie and the life-sized Lego creations. Other fun places to take kids in NYC include the American Girl Place doll store and the Nintendo store both located in Midtown. And, of course, no trip to New York with the family would be complete without visiting the top of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock (observation deck at Rockefeller Center). I love how New York has so many fun activities and adventures for children as well as adults.

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