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American Museum of Natural History

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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American Museum of Natural History

There's no place like the Museum of Natural History to spend a day, whether you're a kid or an adult. Walk among dinosaur skeletons, stare up at the giant whale in the Hall of Ocean Life or check out some of their fascinating rotating exhibits. Don't miss the Hayden Planetarium or the IMAX theater.

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New York Aquarium

Forget Shark Week — head straight to the New York Aquarium near Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn for an up close look at otters, penguins, sharks, octopi, sea turtles and more! You can combine it with an amusement park ride at the boardwalk or a day at the beach.

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New York Hall of Science

Located a short subway ride away in Flushing, Queens, the New York Hall of Science makes learning fun for kids of all ages. With more than 450 hands-on permanent exhibits, this is one museum where kids are encouraged to touch everything. Mini golf, a science playground and microscopes are just some of the things kids can play with to engage in the wonderful world of science.

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Sony Wonder Technology Lab

The Sony Wonder Lab in midtown Manhattan is a tech-lover's dream — and it's free! A number of interactive stations through the technology lab focus on various facets of technology, its history and how it works from nanotechnology to virtual surgery, and from playing with robots to animation. Reservations are recommended so plan ahead.

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Chelsea Piers

Sporty kids may never want to leave Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, a 28-acre mega sports center right on the Hudson River. They have top-of-the-line facilities for baseball, basketball, bowling, boxing, dance, fitness, gymnastics, golf, ice hockey, rock climbing, sailing, ice skating, running, soccer, swimming, volleyball and yoga.

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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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