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New York City With the Whole Family!!!!! 2006

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A June 2006 trip to New York by mtemail

Times Square Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: This year we decided to take the grand kids for their first bite of the big apple!!!

New York City With the Whole Family!!!!! 2006

Overview

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I grew up in the Northeast corner of New Jersey and have been living out of the area for most of my adult life...I usually get a trip in every other year to see shows and enjoy being back in NYC...this year I decided to take the whole family and let the grandchildren get their first views of the big apple! Since the children had never been there I really wanted it to ‘POP’ for them...so we stayed very close to times square and planned day events and shows in the evening...it takes some planning and organizing...but it can be done...getting a group of eight in and out of places takes planning and patience!Quick Tips: Plan, plan, plan...your time will blip by in a New York Minute!!! Particularl...Read More

Radio City Suites Apartments

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Hotel | "Radio City Apartments"

Radio City Suites Apartments Photo,
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This is one of the best kept secrets on Manhattan...reasonable space for multiple people at reasonable prices. All of the rooms are either one or two bedroom suites with some sort of kitchen facilities—which is great for all of those corned beef sandwiches and cheesecakes you can’t finish in one sitting, and for having cold pizza for breakfast! Manhattan is not know for space, so when you get into this price range for rooms it will be very tight, not at Radio city Apartments! The bedrooms have two queen size beds and a couch in the living room which opens to an uncomfortable bed (but what fold out is comfortable??). The rooms for the most part will be under $200 per night, which if you haven’t been lo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Radio City Suites Apartments
142 West 49 Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 730-0728

American Girl Place

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Attraction

American Girl Place Photo,
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If you are traveling with girls this is a MUST go, they LOVE it! If you have never heard of it check out their website at www.americangirl.com, and don’t show the girls and save hundreds of dollars :^) American Girl attempts to be very pro-girl with books about each doll and stories galore, with various doll outfits and clothes that match the doll. You can see the buying opportunities building can’t you? You make reservations well in advance of your planned trip through their site for lunch and the show. Lunch is very nice with a special seat for your doll and the food is good. The show is what I thought was long and dull, it is a pajama party, but the girls in the audience loved it! There is a h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

American Girl Place
609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street
New York, New York 10017
(877) 247-5223

Broadway Theatre

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Attraction | "Broadway Shows for Children"

Broadway Theatre Photo,
Quote:
Taking the children to their first Broadway show should be quite the event. We chose Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a show I have seen many times before. I believe anyone will be entertained at the performance. If you don’t like the story and don’t know the music (but who under 16 would that be??) and can’t appreciate the performers, the colors of the costumes and the scenery should alone keep you entertained. It really is a fabulous production . We saw it when an actor from All My Children was guest starring as Lumiere, he should be glad he has All My Children to go back to but the rest of the cast was at its usual stellar best. There is a number done by Gaston and the male dances with pewter mugs wh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
+1 212 944-3700

Grand Central Terminal

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Attraction | "Grand Central Station"

Grand Central Terminal Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Grand Central Station is a terrific place! Its massive size and constant buzz of humanity will be amazing to all and I would recommend taking the kids there! The ceiling has a zodiac and star theme, and be sure to have the children find the one spot left from the restoration (spearheaded by Jackie O.) to see what the entire ceiling looked like before it was cleaned and restored. The movement of people is constant and is a very unique place for the family to see. Plan of being there for lunch—there is a dining concourse in the basement with lots of dining choices, my personal favorite is Juniors. This was first started in Brooklyn and is now even sold on QVCD, and they had without a doubt the best ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd St
New York, New York
(212) 340-2210

Liberty Helicopter Tours Photo,
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DO IT...DO IT...DO IT!!!! I have been to Manhattan hundreds of times and had never done the helicopter tour. I decided to spend the money (because nothing on Manhattan is cheap and then when you multiple if by the number of family members it gets REALLY expensive) to take the whole group on the 15 minute helicopter tour...essentially it takes you down the river on the west of Manhattan to the statue of Liberty and then back...the helicopter will hold seven plus the pilot...since we were a group of eight we had to break into two trips... there is a short video prior to your departure and the tours leave every 15 minutes all day into the night...there is really no bad place to sit—all the views are terr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Liberty Helicopter Tours
West 30th Street and Twelfth Avenue
New York, New York 10001
+1 800 542 9933

Mars 2112

Attraction

Mars 2112 Photo,
Quote:
Mars 2112 is a family oriented theme restaurant that the kids will really enjoy...the prices are moderate but the food quality is not as good as it should be so don’t make this a meal destination but rather a goodie stop...you take a space ship from the lobby to Mars and the interior of the restaurant is made up to look like you are on the red planet...the space ship is about a 3-4 minute motion simulator ride...for those who choose not to travel they can enter mars through a doorway...but the motion simulator is very tame...there are characters walking around for great photo ops...there are signs that say no cameras . .but everybody used theirs...including us!!! There is a character walking around w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Mars 2112
1633 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
(212) 582-2112

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Attraction | "Saint Patrick's Cathedral"

St. Patrick's Cathedral Photo,
Quote:
Regardless of your religious affiliation, Saint Patrick's Cathedral is worth seeing. The architecture is really impressive and children can appreciate the pure ‘big-ness’ of it all. It is open to visitors and is well worth walking around the main room to see all of the marble statues. It is really an impressive building!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

St. Patrick's Cathedral
460 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10022
(212) 753-2261

Top of the Rock

Attraction

Top of the Rock Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Top of the Rock!!! If you are staying in the Times Square area this is a GREAT place to see the skyline...it costs about 15.00 per person...and they had a photographer who will take your group picture at the top!!! This is located at the top of Rockefeller Center (where the big Christmas Tree is set up each year) and the NBC studio (for which there is a studio tour which is a very nice thing is the kids are interested in behind the scenes look at television)...make sure they see the Today show before your trip so that when they get there it will be someplace real from television!!! On the top the views are outstanding...this has just recently been reopened...if you are a movie buff the movie Wonder...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York
(212) 698-2000

Toys 'R Us

Attraction | "Toys R US"

Toys 'R Us Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Yes this is the largest Toys R Us in the world...large enough to have an indoor ferris wheel...the store has all of the toys that Toys are Us market and in addition there are many very cool displays...there is a huge tyrannosaurus rex and a Lego Empire State building (yes even with King Kong climbing the side) and a Barbie house and the displays go on and on...it is well worth the $4 ride on the Ferris Wheel...yes that price is per person...and the wait depending upon the time of day can be 1/4-3/4 hour...but they want to get you on and off so you can purchase so they do their best to keep the ride moving!!!! It really is worth seeing and what child isn’t entertained in three stories of Toy store......Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Toys 'R Us
24-30 Union Square
New York, New York 10003
(212) 798-9905