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Spring Break Help: 23 Family-Friendly Things to Do in NYC

Beat boredom over the school break with these out-of-the-box activities your kids—and you!—will love.

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Staying in New York City this spring break? These activities were a huge hit with our kids:

1. Watch the kids from the School of Rock cast stick it to the man. Visit our Facebook page to enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to the Broadway musical, plus dinner on us!

2. Regretting not being at the beach for spring break? Go underwater in Times Square—at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey—instead.

Spring Break 2018 NYC
Courtesy of National Geographic Encounter

3. Go on a dessert crawl and sample 11 kid-favorite treats—from unicorn taiyaki to birthday cake croissants.

4. Check out the Graffiti Hall of Fame and the best street art in the city.

5. Watch Labyrinth and then take your music-loving tween or teen to the new David Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

Spring Break 2018 NYC
David Bowie, 1973. / Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita/The David Bowie Archive

6. Make your own glass bowls at a private family glassblowing lesson.

7. Play a few frames at Brooklyn Bowl and peruse comic books and graphic novels at Desert Island during a kid-friendly Williamsburg excursion.

Spring Break 2018 NYC
Courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl

8. Bring your favorite muggle to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a two-hour wizard scavenger hunt.

9. Be brave: Uncover the supernatural history of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens on a ghost tour.

10. Seeing Frozen: The Musical over the break? Make a full day of it with our favorite wintry activities in midtown, from ice-skating to milkshake slurping.

Spring Break 2018 NYC
Photo by Deen Van Meer

11. Have high tea at Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Box Cafe.

12. Make your teens watch You’ve Got Mail (they’ll laugh at the idea of a dial-up Internet connection) and then follow along on our Mail-inspired cinematic tour of the UWS. Or get in touch with us to re-create a day from any of your favorite NYC-based movies.

13. Zoom to the top of One World Observatory.

Spring Break NYC 2018
Courtesy of One World Observatory

14. Treat your kid to a Broadway matinee and lunch. We’ve got three great show-restaurant combos.

15. Hang out with Kermit and Elmo at “The Jim Henson Exhibition” at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Spring Break 2018 NYC
Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

16. Read your way through the city’s seven best indie bookstores.

17. Try trapeze, parkour, putt-putt, and BMX biking with dream days curated by five 10-year-olds. Or let us plan your child’s spring break dream day.

18. Stroll the Chinese Scholar’s Garden at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island.

Spring Break NYC 2018
Courtesy of Snug Harbor Cultural Center

19. Bake a cake together at Milk Bar.

20. Eat dim sum at a 98-year-old tea parlor and check out samurai swords during a walking tour of Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Spring Break NYC 2018
Courtesy of Nom Wah Tea Parlor

21. Visit the Living Torah Museum and Torah Animal World, which is more of a speakeasy–meets–the lost ark than it is museum. Trust us, your kids will be fascinated.

22. Pet cats and eat macarons at the Meow Parlour.

Spring Break NYC 2018
Courtesy of Meow Parlour

23. Explore NYC’s history, slice by slice, at the oldest pizzerias in every borough.

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