A Kid-Friendly Empire State of Mind

    The Empire State Building from Street Level

    NY – Whether you’re a local or a tourist, it seems that when it comes to finding activities to do with the kids, it’s can be equally challenging to find something engaging for the adults.  Put another way, even the oldest tourist attraction is still new to a child, so how do you put a new twist on an old standby that’s interesting enough for even the most jaded New Yorker? Here’s an afternoon that just might make you feel on top of the world.

    Max Brenner’s in Union Square

    Especially if you’ve got kids in tow you’ll appreciate the value of eating before you venture out to explore, which means start your day off at Max Brenner’s Chocolate by the Baldman in Union Square.  Be it a weekend brunch, lunch or dinner time, you won’t just discover a delicious menu of hearty items, you’ll find a spectacular take on chocolate throughout, be it the chocolate marshmallow pizza, the chocolate dusted french fries, chocolate martinis or even the chocolate eggrolls (for those a little unsure, there are chocolate-free dishes as well).

    Max Brenner’s

    Seriously, this is just about as close to Willy Wonka as you’ll encounter east of Hershey, PA, complete with vats of chocolate, overhead pipes presumably pumping that chocolate and a confection shop near the door for a fix to go.  You won’t find any Oompa Loompa’s here, but you may leave feeling like one.

    View from the 86th Story Observatory

    Which is why it’s a perfect time to walk it off – straight up Fifth Avenue to the The Empire State Building, the most photographed landmark on earth.  Skip the ticket line at the entrance and go straight to the Observation Deck by purchasing tickets in advance online.   From the top of the building you can enjoy incredible 360 views from either the 86th floor or buy an add-on ticket and head up to the 102nd floor.   Throughout the building you’ll find a number of fascinating new exhibits and there’s even a Sky Ride, a virtual tour simulator that sends you soaring over the city to the narration of Actor Kevin Bacon.  Read up on some cool facts before you go and if you end up there at night sans the kids, enjoy live saxophone music up at the top Thursdays – Saturdays from 10pm – 1 am.   Meanwhile, stay in the know about the schedule of tower light colors year round from wherever you are in NYC.

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