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Statue of Liberty, New York City

 

Photo by Gail Benun

By Nicole Frank

There is no classroom that can enthrall and educate children like New York City. Where else can you expose your children to the cultures and cuisines of the world, all within a few city blocks? Or introduce them to opera, drama, ballet and art in a weekend? What's more, a trip to New York City offers families a peek at world history without having to travel the globe. And many New York City attractions are family friendly and numerous activities are free!

New York City is home to vibrant communities from Asia, Latin American, Europe and Africa, all with their own delicious food and unique customs. The many immigrant groups, which have built the city, offer a fascinating smorgasbord of cultural experiences. Each community has an annual parade or festival featuring that culture's traditional dress, dance, music and food. From Little Italy's San Genaro festival to the colorful Caribbean Day parade, most of these events are free and offer endless delights even for the youngest members of the family.

If you prefer an old world approach you will find New York City's museums, theaters and concert halls offer unparalleled riches. Most of these venues offer deep discounts for students and many are accessible to children. Don't miss the annual Kids' Night on Broadway when children as young as 6 are welcome to attend shows open only to adults and with the purchase of an adult ticket, their attendance is free.

From a recreation of a colonial-era farm town to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the story of New York City speaks of the birth of America itself. Both Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum take great pains to help the immigrant's stories come to life.

Though Manhattan can be an expensive place for a family vacation, nowhere else can you tour the world with nothing more than a subway pass.

Copyright © Nicole Frank. All rights reserved. Nicole is the author of Home Exchange Travels an informative blog on home exchange travel and travel with children and seniors.
History & Culture
 
Learn more about the social and political history of New York City. Discover the cultural diversity of the city's five boroughs, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. Find out how immigrants shaped the culture of New York City. Watch a documentary film online and discovery the history of the Big Apple and find out why New York is considered the center of the world.
Maps
 
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Plot your route to New York City, map the city's boroughs, community districts and neighborhoods, and find your way in the Big Apple both above and underground.
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Find recommended reading lists for adults and kids and learn more about New York City through guidebooks, novels and historical fiction.
Music & Sound
 
Music is a great way to introduce children to a local culture and embark on a journey through sound. Learn more about the New York City music scene. Find the tunes whether you will be taking the kids or hiring a babysitter for the night.
News
 
Read New York City newspapers online and brush up on current events from the city's five boroughs. Get New York City news and discover what the locals are reading. Find out what's happening in the Big Apple and what New Yorkers are talking about.
Kids' Stuff
 
Online resources make learning about New York City fun. Did you know that New York City was the U.S. capital in 1989 for just one year? Or that Central Park is larger than the country of Monaco? Get more fun facts about New York City. Try your hand at New York City trivia and test your knowledge before your trip and again when you get back home. Learn about the history of New York City and take a taxi ride through time. Find out what's lurking below New York City and venture underground.
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