Question for all you NYers . . . .

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Question for all you NYers . . . .
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Sat, 05-01-2004 - 1:26pm
We're planning a trip to NYC with our 4 1/2 and 1 1/2 yo dd's. I think we'll rely primarily on buses and the subway for transportation, but what the heck do you do about carseats if you take a cab? The thought of just holding them on my lap or strapping them into a lap/shoulder belt seems about as safe to me as sending them out to play in the middle of 5th Ave. But even if you could take the time to strap in a carseat without the cabby driving off without you, what would you do with the darn thing once you get to your destination?

Also, what's your one thing not to miss in NYC with young children?

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Sat, 05-01-2004 - 2:46pm

Can't take a carseat in a cab...there is no way! Unless you have an infant seat in one of those stroller frames or that stroller that doubles as a carseat. But there is no way you can lug a carseat around on the subway....you will be walking A LOT and it would be impractical.


There are a ton of things to do with kids in the City. #1 would probably be Central Park...several spots in CP. Don't miss the Central Park zoo. For me, #2 would be the planetraium and Natural History Museum (on 80th street and CPW). They might also enjoy the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th avenue in the 80's

 

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Sat, 05-01-2004 - 9:45pm
Take a Circleine cruise around Manhattan. Go to Times Square. They have the most amazing Toys R Us and the kids will like all the lights. Their is a Broadway theatre for children called the New Victory Theatre. Goto Ellens Stardust diner for dinner- they have singing waiters. Goto Serendipity for ice cream.

Visit Chinatown/Little Italy.
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Registered: 03-29-2003
Sat, 05-01-2004 - 9:53pm
the top of the Empire State Building...that's cool...

FAO Schwartz

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Sun, 05-02-2004 - 8:56pm
FAO Schwartz, RIP. Bankrupt, gone.

Here's the dirty little secret of people who live here with kids and take cabs - we hold our kids on our laps and take it on faith that the crazy behind the wheel didn't learn to drive last week. Everyone takes cabs. No one takes a care seat.

If you're here before July, go to the Exploratorium exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. It's from the SF museum of the same name and it's a blast. Right now there's a live butterfly exhibit that's fun too (can you tell I've chaperoned 2 field trips there in the past month?)

I haven't been on the Circle Line since 8th grade but it was a snooze. Instead there are high speed boats that look fun and make the same trip. Circle Line has one and there's another near Chelsea Piers (23rd Street and West Ave.)

The Central Park Zoo(s) are small and fun. One is a regular small zoo and the other is a petting zoo. If time permits, the Bronx Zoo and the Aquarium in Coney Island are wonderful, and at the latter you can ride the Cyclone roller coaster.

Pick up a copy of NY Magazine - there's a page with events for kids. At any kid place look for NY Parent or some similar freebie magazine. There always are kids plays and events all over the place.

Adult events are a whole other story. Let me know if you want that info.

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Mon, 05-03-2004 - 6:35am
American Girl Place is over the top. It's in Rockefeller Centre, around 49th and 5th. We had a blast at lunch in their cafe, which had a place for the doll to sit and a goody bag for the doll. They also have a stage for real B'way actors and a show or something. You can have your doll's hair done at the salon (!)and of course shop for more doll (and matching young girl) clothes. If your DDs HAve an AG doll, tell them what limits you have on spending before you get there - it's a little overwhelming and worse than a candy store with young girls.

It was crowded when we went, so you'd need reservations for lunch (and maybe the doll hair salon? lol). Enjoy!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 05-03-2004 - 9:46am
Bring boatloads of money for AGP.
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Mon, 05-03-2004 - 10:02am

Serious! I'm not stepping in there with my DD until I get a raise. LOL


 

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Mon, 05-03-2004 - 7:30pm
BTDT in Chicago many times! I don't spend that much on my own clothes!
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Mon, 05-03-2004 - 7:35pm
Thanks for the tips everyone!

I'm such a carseat fanatic, it's hard to imagine just holding them on our laps! But I always sort of assumed that is what y'all must do. Oh well, when in Rome . . . .

Jorvia, thanks for the offer about adult events, but alas we won't have much time for that on this trip. Maybe next time!

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Tue, 05-04-2004 - 10:37am
Each of our girls has a "Bitty Baby," so we haven't had to worry about having their hair done (molded plastic baby hair!) My 4.5 yo also has an Angelina Ballerina doll and most of the Angelina books.

We've been to the Chicago store several times, and it always cracks me up to see the dolls sitting there in little beautician's chairs getting the full treatment. We've always limited dd to one outfit (for the doll - she doesn't have any of the matching ones) or a book or something. You could spend an absolutely ridiculous amount of money in that place!