Travel Guide: Summer in New York City with Kids

Last weekend, my oldest daughter Avery and I left for her first trip to New York City! We traveled with Kris' mom, sister and our niece. It was such a fun trip that was totally geared towards the girls who are both 6. I lived in Manhattan during my early 20's so it has been a while (ha!) since I've spent time in the city and it was so wonderful! I have always loved the energy and opportunity that exists in New York. We planned a full weekend for the girls and I wanted to share it here. I will share our travel schedule, what I thought about each stop and then our outfit details! 

We left Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning and made our way to Laguardia airport in New York. Avery was sooo excited to fly - especially on a plane with television, ha! We thankfully had super easy travel and made it to New York by mid-afternoon. 

Avery's travel outfit: dress // shoes // jacket // strawberry purse // pom pom bow

We spent the weekend at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. It was the perfect location because two of the nights that we stayed in New York, we went to Broadway shows. It made it easy to walk to and from shows later at night. We ate a quick dinner at the hotel and walked over to our first Broadway show - Aladdin the Musical. Oh my goodness, it was AMAZING! The singing and acting were both phenomenal and Avery and I both loved the Genie in particular! At intermission they brought the magic lamp out for photos and Avery was so excited to get to see it up close! 

Avery's outfitPrincess Jasmine costume

The next morning we got up early and ventured out to the Natural History Museum. I hadn't been there since a 6th grade field trip but I knew that I wanted to take Avery. She is really interested in dinosaurs at the moment and this is the perfect spot for that! What's better is that friends of ours from Florida happened to be in New York at the same time and we were all able to meet up for the morning! We were able to explore several exhibits including all of the dinosaur rooms! They have a children's discovery room that was closed for a special event, but I think it would have been so fun to do! 

We had lunch reservations at 1pm up town, so we hailed a cab (Avery did it actually!)  and headed in that direction. 

We ate at one of our favorites, Serendipity! Avery was in awe of their unique decor and oversized meal options! Their desserts are amazing - especially the frozen hot chocolate! You definitely want to make a reservation here. It is always in demand and the restaurant size isn't huge. 

Then, since we clearly did not have enough sugar (ha!) we walked down the street to Dylan's Candy Bar. It was a whole experience; not just a candy store. Avery had the time of her life there including hitting the photo booth! 

Before heading back to the hotel, Mimi and I took Avery to do some shopping at Bloomingdales! She had so much fun looking around in the huge flagship store and doing a fashion show for Mimi and mom! We found some really cute dresses for her since she again grew out of most of her wardrobe! 

That night we headed back to the hotel and met up with Kris' sister and our niece who had just arrived in New York due to travel delays. We got dressed up and walked over to a restaurant called Chazz Palminteri which had such delicious Italian food! 

Avery's outfit: rainbow sequin dress // shoes // bag

The next day was probably our busiest! We started our morning at Rockefeller Center. It is such an iconic part of New York; I would love to take the girls there at Christmas time! We went to  FAO Schwarz for the first time since its old location closed and thsi new one opened. It was so fun because it was a wide variety of not only their brand of products but others as well. Avery's favorite parts were the giant piano from the movie Big, and the Build a Bear workshop!  

Avery's build a bear was a light fury from the movie, How To Train Your Dragon! 

After FAO Schwarz we took a cab uptown and took a short carriage ride (about 20 minutes) around Central Park! We asked the cab to drop us off at the Plaza Hotel and the carriage rides are right next door to that hotel on the park side. Avery's favorite moment of the day was being able to pet the horse! 

After our carriage ride, we walked over to The Trolls Experience! My friend Michelle from Modern Boca Mom recommended this to me and she was so right! It was about a 30 minute interactive experience that involves a dance party, trolls photo ops, interactive games and a Poppy Meet and Greet! 

That afternoon we had tea at the iconic Plaza Hotel. It is so sweet because they have an "Eloise at the Plaza" tea experience for kids. Avery felt oh so fancy and had her first sip of tea! The children's tea trays had peanut butter & jelly, cotton candy and all sorts of other things that Avery loved! We stopped by the Eloise store afterwards in the Palm Court at the bottom level of the hotel. It is SO precious and they have some spaces for the kids to play! I felt like the merchandise was reallly expensive, but still super cute. 

That night we had an early show to see Frozen so we quickly changed at the hotel and headed off to the theater! The Frozen show was also such hit! Kris' mom got us incredible seats and Avery decided that she wants to be on Broadway one day! 

Avery's outfit: dress // jean jacket / shoes

Our last day. It was so sad to go, but we were also ready to get home to Kris and Charlotte! We packed up and went down to Battery Park for the morning. The girls learned about the Statue of Liberty this year in Kindergarten and they were able to see it from Battery Park! We also rode on the Sea Glass Carousel, which was so fun! The carousel rides look like sea glass and are in the shapes of fish and shells. It was the perfect ending to an amazing trip! I can't wait to come back with BOTH girls when Charlotte is a little bit older! 

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