New York is one of the world’s busiest and most dynamic cities. Millions of people work, live, and play in the city on a daily basis. But how does it all work? How does the subway function? Why do the buildings not fall down? In this half-day tour of New York City, we'll join a specially trained docent for a focused look at the architecture and engineering of NYC, and we'll zoom in on the building blocks of the city, from skyscrapers and trains to streets and parks. We think it's the perfect way to explore NYC with kids.
NYC with Kids—Engaging, Educational Activities
Using the 42nd Street corridor and such iconic structures and public spaces as Grand Central Terminal, the Daily News Building, and Times Square as our textbook, together we will learn about urban planning and how these fundamental elements work together. We'll utilize such activities as "learning to look" games and sketching—designed for children and their parents to participate together—learning how to "read" architecture and discover what the structural and decorative elements of a building, bridge or park can tell us about how it was made and what it is used for.
(Interested in a more grown-up look at architecture in New York? Try our NYC architecture tour
. Interested in a marvel of modern urban planning? Take a look at our High Line tour
Tailored to your Family
As with all of our family programs, the material will be tailored to the level and interests of the youngest participants. We ask that you tell us as much as you can about the current studies and learning styles of your children, so that your docent can customize your experience in NYC with kids.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
Generally speaking, the walk begins near Tudor City on 2nd Avenue. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and 24/7 phone number. The walk typically ends near Times Square.
Do we go inside the venues or just see them from the outside?
You will go inside the lobbies of several of the skyscrapers we discuss on the walk. Some of these include the Chrysler Building, Daily News Building, and Grand Central Terminal.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your docent will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.
Is this tour good for kids and teens?
Yes! We have some excellent family friendly docents who can appeal to the learning styles of children 12 and under. When booking, free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible docent.