This is a the first in a 5 part series of New York City with Kids.
This summer was packed with a lot of family travel for us. We dragged our kids to a lot of hotels over the summer but the most exciting was taking the kids to New York City! I have been to New York plenty of times and my daughter has always asked me “When are you going to take us to New York City?” well, it finally arrived. Both my husband and I had to be in New York for work so we managed to squeeze in some family time in between our two work trips.
I had already been in the city for 5 days running around for the BlogHer conference and hosting the Style Suite. So my husband flew to NYC with the kids and I waited patiently for them to arrive at the Residence Inn Time Square. Okay, I was not waiting patiently I was beyond excited to see them step out of that yellow taxi cab! I missed them and couldn’t wait to see their little faces, but I was also very proud that this trip was possible for my family because of my hard work and that was very rewarding for me.
For the first three days of our trip we stayed at the Residence Inn, New York Times Square and I was shocked by how big the 2 bedroom suite was. Shocked. It was larger than most New York apartments I’ve seen. We were on the 33rd floor…. a long ways up. The kids ran into the room, threw their stuff on the floor, and began to immediately take over the joint. It’s so funny how kids need to go seeking out every room and bathroom in hotel rooms, along with the usual ritual of jumping on the beds.
The Residence Inn Times Square is right in the heart of mid town and only 2 blocks from Bryant Park and super convenient to Times Square. Traveling with kids, it’s always nice to have a park nearby. You can skip the expensive resturants and grab some lunch from one of the many corner markets and just head to the park for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Traveling can be tough on little kids and even a little more so in an extremely busy city, so you can always resort to your room with food, especially since your room comes with a kitchen.
Family Travel Tip: Hit up the corner markets for great food to go!
The corner markets in New York may not look like much but when you go inside they are overflowing with a full hot and cold buffet of delicious food. Practically right next to the hotel on the corner is one called Bryant Park Market. They’ll make sandwiches and custom salads for you, they have a buffet style set up for cold and hot dishes and you pay by the pound. It can get pricey so just be mindful of how much you’re putting in those containers. They have all kinds of beverages and snacks to choose from.
The very first thing we did was walk over to Bryant Park for a ride on the carousel. $2 a ride. Bryant Park hosts many free events all year long but in the summer time they have movies in the park and they do free game night! They also have a bookshelf and “reading room” right next to the carousel. We even watched an artist paint the carousel for a few minutes. Parents can get a glass of wine or beer at the Southwest Porch or the whole family can enjoy some Witchcraft ice cream right on the same spot.
Or just sit back and take a moment to soak it all in… you’re in New York City girl!
More to come on this 5 part series of traveling to New york City with Kids……
Disclosure: This is a 5 part series sponsored by Residence Inn, I am a Resident Mom. All of my thoughts and opinions are my very own I share this with you to help you with family travel plans to New York City.
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