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Family Activities in NYC

The Best Things to Do For Every Season

There are many benefits to traveling to New York City, but the greatest part is the magnitude of nearby attractions available all year round. When you stay at Hotel Wales, you're placed in the culture center of the world with adventure located at every corner. Whether you’re in town for an entire week or a quick getaway, your itinerary is going to fill up quickly. Hotel Wales is a great starting point for holiday festivities, performances in the park, international sporting events, and other can’t-miss New York City moments, no matter when you visit.

After exploring the Upper East Side with our neighborhood guide, plan your visit around our picks for the most cultural family activities in NYC.

Broadway Productions
Broadway is the home to world-class productions. From classics, Chicago and An American in Paris to new originals, Wicked and Hamilton, theatrical fun awaits for the entire family. This fall, Broadway welcomes back beloved revivals, Cats and Singin’ in the Rain. Meanwhile, Lion King and Aladdin musicals are a must-see for anyone of all ages.

Breakfast with Santa Claus in NYC
Breakfast with Santa Claus in NYC is available at 10am on December 17, 2016.  Join the Jolly Old Elf himself for breakfast in Times Square at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill on 42nd Street!  

Bryant Park Winter Village
Once the 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink and over 100 shopping kiosks and food vendors open for business, this means that Christmas in New York has officially arrived. The holiday market opened its doors on Saturday, October 29. The Holiday Shops will be hawking seasonal gifts through January 2, 2017. The Rink and Public Fair will run through March 5, 2017.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
The 2016 tree lighting ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 30 at Rockefeller Plaza. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7.

New Year's Eve at Times Square
Every year since 1907, a sparkly ball has been lowered into Times Square to signal the end of another epic year and welcome the next. There's no NYE celebration quite like the one you'll find in Times Square. Arrive by 3pm if you want a good spot, but prepare to stay there all night while enjoying live performances until the ball drops at midnight.

NYRR Midnight Run
Feel like skipping the champagne and starting 2017 on a healthy foot? Consider joining the New York Road Runners for a midnight run. Enjoy music, dancing and a countdown to midnight just before the spectacular firework display. Meet at 59th Street between Central Park West and Fifth Avenue.

NYC Restaurant Week
From January 23 to February 10, take your taste buds on a flavorful tour of NYC during Restaurant Week, an event held twice a year in which participating restaurants in New York City offer prix fixe lunches and dinners. At the finest restaurants, this can be a fraction of the usual prices.

American Museum of Natural History Sleepovers
Always loved the movie Night at the Museum? Here's your chance to join the lucky few who get to spend the night in the American Museum of Natural History. As the doors close and the lights dim, you and your group will head out with flashlights in search of a variety of unforgettable adventures. Learn more here.

New York City Broadway Week 2017
From January 17 to February 5, New York City Broadway Week comes to town. Get two-for-one tickets to some of the City’s best Broadway shows.

Kids' Night on Broadway
February 28 marks the 21st Kids' Night on Broadway, a limited yearly promotion that, during the time of the promotion, allows one child 18 and under to accompany one paying adult for free (same day, same show). Tickets must be purchased via www.kidsnightonbroadway.com. Shows include Aladdin, Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Cats, Chicago, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock the Musical and Wicked.

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