Spring is an uplifting, warm, and fun-filled time to visit New York City. It’s also an ideal time because it’s when your kids’ school vacation happens to land. There are a number of destinations, exciting events, and activities that would be exceptionally fun for a family coming to the Big Apple this time of year.
For some guidance, check out these five awesome things to do for families spending spring break in NYC:
Explore Manhattan’s Parks
After a cold winter, Manhattan’s many iconic parks come to life with street vendors, artistic performances, chess matches, movie screenings, and so much more. For a can’t-miss experience, check out Central Park and explore its vast swath of trails with a rental bike or over the course of a long walk. For more intimate atmospheres brimming with life, it’s worth bringing the kids by Bryant Park and Washington Square Park.
Check Out Museum Exhibits
New York City is well known for its strong cultural arts scene, so checking out classic museums like The Met and MoMa can be great for families. This spring promises some exciting new openings including the launch of Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid at The Met on April 4th and Georgia O’Keef To See Takes Time on April 9th at MoMa. Families with younger children can always find a wide range of exhibits, film screenings, and learning experiences at the American Museum of Natural History, too.
Go To a Broadway Show
Similar to the museum scene, New York City’s Broadway shows are a defining staple that regularly entertain families of all ages and sizes. This spring will feature new productions of classic musicals like Sweeney Todd with Josh Groban at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and some pop-driven shows like Jonas Brothers on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre.
Seek Skyhigh Views
Manhattan is recognizable around the world in large part due to its skyscrapers. One of the most memorable family activities parents can plan on a trip is a visit to the top of one of them — we recommend either The Empire State Building or One World Trade Center with its observatory reaching 102 floors. Another great 100-story high lookout to check out is Edge NYC at the Hudson Yards.
Check Out a Festival
Spring is a great time to be outside and around people in NYC. Some festivals families can check out this spring include the New York International Music Festival from April 7th to the 11th, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Central Park on April 15th, the Holi in the City – The Festival of Colors Party on April 3rd — additional, similar Holi celebrations taking place throughout town in early April.