An Easy Afternoon Outing with Kids in the Rain

DumDumSeems like every time we have guests with kids visit us, it wins which can make a day trip to the city a bit soggy. One of the easiest (and cheapest) things you can do with kids is a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. Pop in the “Night at the Museum” dvd on the way there to get the kids psyched for the outing. There’s no need to search for parking or worry about wrangling kids and strollers in the rain. The indoor parking in the museum is easy and relatively inexpensive ($27 for 2 hours; $34 for 2-5 hours) especially if you have a big group. Take the elevator upstairs. Although it’s not publicized, museum admission is actually “pay what you wish.” You have to pay at the window rather than buying your tickets at the kiosk.

tyrannosaurus-rexDon’t miss:
• The largest animal alive today, the blue whale, as it hangs above you in the ocean gallery.
• The Titanosuar, a dinosaur so new that it has not yet been formally named
• Getting a photo with Dum Dum, the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) statue made famous in “Night at the Museum.”
• The largest theropod dinosaurs that ever existed, T-Rex.
• Sweet, little 4 foot tall, Lucy, who has the most complete skeleton found to date from some 2 – 4 million years ago.

Shake ShackIf the rain clears, you can pop outside for a walk through Central Park and grab a shake and a burger at Shake Shack.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024. 212-769-5100


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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