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Family Activities in NYC

Family Fun in New York City

After a year without travel, there’s perhaps no place better to celebrate a “return to normalcy” than the bright lights and buzzing energy of New York. The Big Apple is ready to welcome families to take a bite of old favorites, new treats, and natural wonders.

ENJOY THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF BROADWAY

There’s big news on the Great White Way: Starting September 14, 2021, Broadway shows will start to reopen at full capacity after more than a year of staying dark, including many family favorites.

On September 14, 2021, kid-pleasers The Lion King and Wicked open their doors; on September 28, 2021, the magic of Aladdin illuminates the stage, while Mrs. Doubtfire revs back up October 21, 2021. For tweens and teens, the British rock musical Six opens on September 17, 2021, and Dear Evan Hansen opens a little later this year on December 11, 2021.

VIEW THE CITY’S FALL FOLIAGE

You may not think of trees and gardens when you first picture New York, but the city’s greenery goes on for miles through the center of Manhattan in Central Park. The rich tones of the changing leaves are truly a stunning sight in fall. To get a full scope of the park’s jewel-toned foliage, rent a bicycle to pedal the paths along the Reservoir and through the meadows. After you play in the leaves, be sure to stop at a few kid favorites like the Central Park carousel, zoo, and playgrounds.

Central Park isn’t the only foliage-forward spot in town. Bryant Park, just a few blocks south of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse®, New York City, is a scenic urban spot to enjoy the change of seasons, as is the elevated High Line park along the Hudson River (a car-free path filled with arts and food that’s perfect for kids).

DINE OUTDOORS

Fall in New York brings sunny days and crisp, cool weather — the perfect combination for outdoor dining. During the past year, dining al fresco became an essential part of city life, and many restaurants added open-air seating in the form of self-contained curbside structures and elaborate sidewalk patios. Now granted permanent status by the city, these outdoor dining venues are great for keeping the kids entertained with people and dog watching.

One permanent restaurant in a noteworthy outdoor location near Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City, is the famed Tavern on the Green. Nestled in Central Park, this longtime restaurant may have a swanky pedigree, but the outdoor space set amid the changing leaves is surprisingly family-friendly, especially for weekend brunch. There’s also a kids menu that includes standards like chicken fingers and sliders, plus a brownie sundae for dessert.

CHECK OUT THE GEMS OF THE CITY

The American Museum of Natural History recently redesigned its famed Halls of Gems and Minerals. Among the sparkling highlights now on permanent display: the legendary 563-carat Star of India sapphire; the world’s largest sparkling amethyst geodes: a slice of a 35-million-year-old petrified redwood; and the nine-pound “subway garnet” discovered in 1885 under 35th Street. In-depth guided tours can give you a deeper look at the wonders of the museum — including towering dinosaur bones and the fabulous planetarium.

SHOP AT NEW KID-APPROVED SPOTS

Two new shops have opened their doors in Midtown, and they’re worth planning a special trip to visit.

The Harry Potter Store on Broadway has a Butterbeer Bar with an “only here” bottled version of the butterscotch-flavored brew, a wand shop, and myriad magical experiences you’d expect to find at a theme park — all without having to purchase an expensive ticket. Not to mention, the location claims to offer the largest collection of Harry Potter and Magical Beasts merch in the world.

The Lego Store on Fifth Avenue recently debuted with life-size recreations of NYC icons, including a yellow cab, and dioramas of the city’s best-known landmarks, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Other highlights include an interactive Brick Lab, plus the opportunity to create a terrific New York souvenir: a mini figure of you or your child (for less than $12).

After all this activity, your family is sure to leave “The City That Never Sleeps” with some fantastic new memories … and probably the need for a big nap on the way home.

HOW TO GET THERE

Points and Enrolled Owners may use Vacation Club Points to reserve hotel room-style accommodations at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City. Log in to your Owner website to search availability and reserve. Owners can also use Vacation Club Points to book a hotel room at the New York Marriott® Marquis or Sheraton® New York Times Square Hotel, available through the Explorer Collection.

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