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Summer Fun With Kids in New York

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An oldie but a goodie...

It's week number two for the Summer of Dylan (our daughter is away at sleepaway camp), and so far, since his sister has been gone, we've hit amusement parks, water parks, kids movies galore, the Hamptons, a Mets game and now, the Bronx Zoo!

In fact, while my hubby and son were supposed to go camping this weekend, they decided to bag the trip when they saw that a major thunderstorm was on the horizon. And so, on Friday night, when my son shed some tears that he wouldn't be pitching a tent somewhere in the wilds of Westchester, we cheered him up instantly with a suggestion that we head to a Met game at Citi Field. We scored some great seats and I was pretty pleased since the stadium now offers healthy food from Subway instead of just hot dogs, burgers, fries and soda. While the game was a bit slow - the Mets played the Braves and couldn't seem to catch a break that night, we still had a great time and then went home to get ready for the next day's adventure.

While searching online for things to do, I initially suggested we hit Coney Island and visit the New York Aquarium and Deno Park but my son, who is not that interested in car rides that last longer than one hour, opted instead for a visit to the Bronx Zoo. And so, we hopped in the car and within 20 minutes, we arrived.

Incidentally, a major suggestion for anyone visiting parks and zoos in New York this year - buy an annual pass! For $150+ you get park passes for two adults and up to 3 kids and it enables you to visit zoos and aquariums for free! Another great find - New York Pass - buy this card and it gets you amazing discounts at tons of New York tourist attractions.

Once we secured our passes, we then proceeded to traverse the zoo for nearly four hours - visiting monkeys, gorillas, snakes, birds, buffalos, giraffes, a zebra, okapi, a chorus of sheep, a gaggle goats, prairie dogs, an extremely vocal sea lion and much more. In fact, in that amount of time, we didn't even get to see the lions, tigers, bears, birds of prey or penguins! Good thing we have our park pass so we can go back real soon.

Since I just picked up photo shop, I put together a little collage from our day at the Bronx Zoo and will be adding some video soon too! In the meantime, if you'd like to have an ultimate New York weekend with your kids, here are some of my favorite locations:

Friday Night: LET'S PLAY BALL!

Met Fans...
Take in a Mets Game
After the game, hit Lemon Ice King in Corona

Yankee Fans...
Take in a Yankee Game
Hit City Island for awesome seafood and dessert after the game

Saturday: ANIMALS AND AMUSEMENT PARK FUN!
The Burbs...
Spend a half day at the Bronx Zoo
Zip over to Rye Playland for an afternoon of fun

The City...
Take in the Central Park Zoo
Head on over to Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park

Sunday: IN THE MOOD TO GET WET?
Splish Splash in Long Island
Splash Down in Fishkill, NY
Jones Beach
Cooper Beach in Southampton

More summer fun to come including movies under the stars, aquariums, pools galore and hiking and biking adventures! Any suggestions for great places to visit with kids? Comment now!

Posted in: *Travel, Blog, Role Mommy Recommends on 07/02/2013

Comments

  • At our texas summer camp , we like to take our kids on a camping trip with a night under the stars! Getting everyone involved in preparing the meal is character building for everyone. Depending on your access to equipment, this can all be done inexpensively.

    We all know that problems arise while on a camping trip. Working through those problems will will set an example of resilience for children. This will reach much farther than the end of the weekend!

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