Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Depending on your child's age, you should head next to the Children's Museum of Manhattan (ages birth to 8) or American Museum of Natural History (3 and older).
At the Children's Museum (CMOM), kids can "drive" a bus, take an adventure with Dora the Explorer and visit PlayWorks, just for kids birth to age 4. In summer, check out the water play exhibit outside.
You have to check your stroller here; have one parent wait in that line while the other pays admission.
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has dinosaurs, animal dioramas and an updated planetarium. If your kids are ages 5-12, get a free timed ticket to the interactive Discovery Room, with puzzles and artifacts.
You can't see everything here in one day, so pick a couple of exhibits only.
CMOM has no eating facilities; AMNH has several.
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Address: 212 W 83rd St
Hours: Sunday through Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 7pm
Admission: Children and Adults $11, Seniors $7, Children under 12 months free
American Museum of Natural History
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street
Hours: Daily 10am - 5:45pm