What are some sightseeing ideas for younger kids in New York City?

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Consider the Big Apple your kids' oversized playground. I'd recommend:

Rockefeller Center Aside from seeing the facade of the Radio City Music Hall, you can tour the NBC studios, skate in the ice rink, indulge in the stores (hello, Maison du Chocolat!), and go to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller's observation deck ). It's a great vantage point to view the NYC skyline and get a bird's-eye view of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, etc.

The New York Fire Museum Sadly, you can't climb around on a fire truck, but your kids can get up close with all the sliding poles and candy-apple red trucks that make fire-fighting such a fascinating occupation.

The Sony Wonder Lab A free interactive tour through cutting-edge technology featuring twinkling fiber optic lights, audio recordings, and screenings of popular movies.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum This is a great doable museum for kids. The tenements capture what life was like for early immigrant families in New York, and the family programs illustrate the very real conditions kids lived and worked under.

If you're willing to go into the outer boroughs, there are even more great attractions:

The Museum of the Moving Image (in Queens) Take your kids here to play with sound editing equipment, make their own stop animation movie, or play with their video games. Hands-on fun in the best way.

The Bronx Zoo Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If your kids like animals, they'll be really happy here.

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