Top 5 Best Places For Visitors With Kids in NYC - January 2022

It's cold, it's snowing, its brutal outside. But the upside is NYC is on sale right now so it's a great time to be here. And if you're traveling with kids we've got you covered.

January 13, 2022

Top 5 Places For Visitors With Kids To Go In January 2022

Happy New Year. Let's start the year off right and get right into it. It may be super cold outside but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do. NYC is always buzzing and if you're traveling with kids, there are lots of places you can take advantage of.

Number 1: Fotografiska

Jerry Schatzberg photo of Jimi Hendrix

If there’s one thing New York is not short on its museums. And thank god because in the winter months the weather is brutal. Fotografiska is one of our favorite museums because it is dedicated to the art of photography and in today’s world where social media dominates so much time with kids, this place can inspire them to look at pictures as art.  

Fotografiska has a display called 25th & Park that highlights the work of the photographer and director Jerry Schatzberg. A native of the Bronx, Schatzberg was a master with camera in hand and used his studio to capture amazing portraits of great American icons like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Sharon Tate, Catherine Deneuve, Andy Warhol, Faye Dunaway, and Carmen De Lavallade. 

His work has been displayed around the world. From Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival and Domaine de Chamarande in France to the Victor & Albert Museum in London and even locally at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Now you can check it out at Fotografiska until March 5th. A great way to spend a cold rainy day in NYC.

Number 2: Bryant Park Winter Village

Ice Skating at Bryant Park

If you’re looking for some outdoor winter fun in NYC, Bryant Park has you covered. There’s so much going on here in the winter we could write an entire post about it … and maybe we will in the future. But for now, it remains one of our top 5 things to do in NYC in January.

Ice skating in NYC is amazing and skating on this 17,000 square foot ice rink makes you feel like the city is your playground. Renting skates is cheap and you’ll warm up while you skate so the cold has less of a chance of catching up to you. If skating is not your thing, Winter Village at Bryant Park has a lot more to keep you entertained. There are more than 100 shops and food stalls plus other winter activities like curling and bumper cars on ice! And it’s all outdoors which means it’s Covid safe and fun. Now … if you don’t think that’s something fun to do in the winter, I don’t know what is.

Number 3: The Sharks at American Museum of Natural History

Sharks exhibit

It’s all fun and games until the sharks come out. If you’re visiting NYC with Kids, this is a must-see exhibit. Sharks is a new immersive exhibit that takes visitors under the sea and hundreds of years back in time to discover one of the world’s most fascinating and efficient predators on planet earth. 

The exhibit allows visitors to get up close and personal with common sharks of today like the hammerhead and great white, and compare them to predators of the past like the Megladon aka the "T-Rex of the seas". 

Along with the Sharks exhibit, the museum also has dinosaurs and statues and all the fun displays featured in Night At The Museum. So if you’re looking for something to do with kids in NYC in January, add this to your list. You can buy tickets here.

Number 4: The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Holiday train show is back

Ok, so you’re looking for something fun to do in the Bronx with kids? Check out the New York holiday train show at the Botanical Gardens. In its 30th year, this show is a great excuse for kids and parents alike. The garden is transformed into a mini-train depot with a collection of 25 model trains that chug along a half-mile track making stops at 175 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The train show is here until January 23rd so make a point to go see them today. You can buy tickets for the show here.

Number 5: Wizard Afternoon Tea at The Cauldron.

When most parents ask us for places to go with their kids, they’re looking for somewhere they can go to keep their kids occupied so they can get a little time to chill. Welcome, Wizard Afternoon Tea at The Cauldron. Located on Stone Street this restaurant/bar has the perfect answer. Let your curious kids brew up the best tea concoction with a magic wand and dragon egg … while you watch with a glass of wine or a mojito. The setup is completely fantastical with extra-large tea timers, mismatched teacups, and colorful macarons oozing raspberry sauce. This is a great way to spend an hour. 

The Cauldron is located at 47 Stone Street in lower Manhattan.

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