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It is one of the great luxuries of city living that you don't have to drag your kids for hours through some cultural event because it's your only chance to expose them to it. Ah, the virtue of proximity. This is particularly helpful for toddlers and preschoolers, who generally can take only so much stimulation before all hell breaks loose. Our motto: Go fast, but go often. Give them short doses and don't try to do or see everything. Other tips to insure your tot gets a lot out of cultural forays:
• Avoid the crowded hours (usually weekend afternoons). The earlier you go, the better.
• Hit the bathroom right away, especially at museums, where loos are usually not located on every floor.
• Let them guide you! Please can the "gotta do everything, life's an agenda" routine. It's bad enough that we schedule kids up the wazoo. To enjoy a museum, it's essential to let children guide you to the things that they like the best.
Museums are among the city's greatest resources, but parents typically rely on the children's museums. And while they are indeed excellent for this age group (Boston's Children's Museum leads the pack) there are tons of other options that shouldn't be discounted. Transit '- think trains, planes, automobiles and fire engines '- are especially adored at this age. Historic regional museums may have unexpected kid-friendly displays; at the Museum of the City of New York