“There is a kid’s way of seeing the world,” says Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine and author of National Geographic’s “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life.” “As an adult, get out of the way, and stop marching them through an experience. When you get them to slow down and experience a place from their perspective, it’s magic. Not just the place itself, but the experience.”
Mr. Bellows continues, “A visit to New York for every child who has not grown up there is also a rite of passage, says Bellows. “ Every kid has to go to New York City, and every adult does, too,” he says. “Every time you go back and haven’t been there for awhile, it’s a new place. It’s so big and so fast. Take the Circle Line boat tour, he suggests, so you can see by sailing around it how small an island Manhattan actually is. You can notice how connected it is to the other islands of Staten Island and Long Island (where Brooklyn and Queens are) and the Bronx, which is actually on the U.S mainland. “Here’s an island in the middle of nowhere but it’s connected to the entire world.”
Bellows’ final message,”For children seeing the Statue of Liberty, a Broadway show or the city decorated at Christmas for the first time, “it gets imprinted on kids’ minds.”
Some resources to help you plan you New York City vacation
NewYorkTimesTravelGuidetoNewYorkforKids Columns in which writers who live in a major city provide an insider’s guide for traveling there with children.
DeliciousbabyNewYork This is resource thats packed with all types of information for visiting New York with kids, plus maps and favorite books.
TravelchannelNewYorkCityforKids An interesting article that provides suggestions for the best places to see in New York for kids.
MommyPoppins Another complete lists of things to do and see in New York, plus a local events calendar.
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