Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in New York with Kids

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----New York for Kids Part 6 ----

Dear Postcards from New York Reader,

While doing the research for the soon to be released "New York Get There 1-2-3" (every week there is another delay), I discovered several terrific places to take kids that are open everyday of the year, including Christmas Day! Wonderful news for those who don't celebrate Christmas and something for parents to keep in their back pocket after the gifts have been unwrapped and the thrill of new toys, gadgets and computer games have worn off. Here are three I think are great fun.

  • Madame Tussauds - The grand dame of Wax Museums. From experience, I can report the wax figures are as engaging to adults as kids. Just off Times Square you have a choice of major fast food restaurants close by.

  • The Observatory at the Empire State Building - Although a must for tourists, it is amazing how many people who live here have never been up. Enjoy a spectacular view from every angle, you won't want to come down.

  • FAO Schwartz - Can you believe it? Open on Christmas Day in the event that there is some little person you forgot on your Christmas list and you are expected for dinner later in the evening. This wonderland of toys is guaranteed to keep the whole family, from preschoolers to grandparents, absorbed for hours.

Hate to keep teasing you, but you will find several more terrific spots open everyday of the year in "New York Get There 1-2-3," look for an upcoming announcement on how Postcard Readers can get their copy "Free."

Jacqueline Cable

Addresses and Directions to Remember:

Madame Tussauds, 234 West 42nd St. between 7th & 8th Ave., New York, NY 10036, 212, From Times Square MTA walk wone half block west. Something to consider next year, throughout the month of February, guests who present their Metro Card at the Madame Tussauds admissions counter will receive one free admission with the purchase of one full priced Adult All Access Pass.

Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Ave @ 34th St., New York, NY 10018, 212-736-3100, From Times Square MTA N, Q, R, W to 34th St. walk east to 5th Ave.

FAO Schwartz, 767 Fifth Ave @ 59th St., New York, NY 10153, 212-308-6094, From Times Square MTA N, R, W to 5th Ave/59th St.

Photo by Joseph Knight

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