Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Manhattan is like a big playground for kids. There's many exciting museums, playgrounds, parks, theaters, sightseeing rides and cruises, toy stores like Toys"R"Us and FAO Schwartz, candy stores like M&M World and many fun theme restaurants to suit families with children of all ages. Below we've highlighted few options for a fun family day out right here in Midtown Manhattan, all within walking distance from the Salisbury Hotel.
FAO Schwartz
767 5th Avenue at 58th St.

FAO Schwarz, founded in 1862, is the oldest toy store in the US. Their flagship store is just a couple of blocks away from the Salisbury Hotel and is a must-see destination for all families. At the door you'll be warmly greeted by the store’s real-life Toy Soldiers, an integral part of the iconic brand. Once you enter the store you're surrounded by gigantic fluffy animals and at the end of the store you'll see the inviting FAO Schweetz, a nearly 6,000 square feet candy land. 

Once you get upstairs, kick off your shoes and play some tunes at the iconic Big Piano or head to the "Muppet What-Not Workshop" where you can create your very own Muppet. There's also an entire department dedicated to dolls, including the "Newborn Nursery" where little mommies can experience the thrill of adopting a newborn with life-like dolls.
1650 Broadway at 51st Street

Its combination of typical diner food and fun retro theme without a ridiculous price tag makes this spot a memorable stop for families with kids of all ages. The outside of the diner looks like an old railroad car and the retro diner theme continues inside. Every now and then the waiters will break out into song, singing old 50s rock tunes and dancing around the room. Their menu is quite expansive and includes a separate section for kids 6 years old and under.
216 W 44th St. (between 7th & 8th Avenues)

Located in Times Square, Jekyll & Hyde gets close to an amusement park atmosphere. From the moment you walk in the suspense never lets up. You'll experience live entertainment, funny characters and spooky special effects such as portraits with moving eyes, bathrooms hidden behind bookcases, and talking skulls. 

On the separate kids menu you'll find many favorites such as burgers, spaghetti, mac & cheese, chicken fingers and many delicious desserts. 
Jekyll & Hyde Club. Photo source.
8 West 55th Street (Between 5th & 6th Avenues)

This family-friendly French bistro serves a reasonably priced, "American classics with French twist" that adults and children will enjoy. Try their Parisian crêpes, specialty soups, omelettes, burgers and delicious salads. There's also a special "Junior Menu" for the little ones that features an entree and dessert for $12.50.
5th Avenue & 65th St.

Central Park Zoo is a great place to visit with children. The Central Park Zoo is home to a variety of animals, including seals, sea lions, penguins, snakes, bugs, monkeys and birds. From a steamy rain forest environment to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat, the zoo offers visitors a chance to see animals from a variety of climates. 

The Tisch Children's Zoo is located a short walk from the Central Park Zoo and offers visitors a variety of interactive activities for children, including a petting zoo, climbing activities and performances. Here you can also see the daily feedings of the sea lions, harbor seals and penguins throughout the day.
Central Park Zoo. Photo source.

1 comment:

  1. One of the funner hotels in NYC that I have stayed at is the Soho Grand in downtown Manhattan :)