Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kids in America; CHRISTINA SAVVAS Says, Depite the Big City Hustle and Bustle, New York Is Ideal for Families with Young Children

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kids in America; CHRISTINA SAVVAS Says, Depite the Big City Hustle and Bustle, New York Is Ideal for Families with Young Children

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Byline: CHRISTINA SAVVAS

REMEMBER that magical moment in Christmas movie Home Alone when Kevin first sets eyes on New York? That's how I'd imagined my daughter's experience during our first family trip to the Big Apple.

We were not disappointed. Just over six hours after boarding our American Airlines flight from Birmingham - they now fly direct to JFK - we arrived in New York and nothing could contain the excitement of our three-year-old.

The magic of the movies had obviously fuelled Kiki's enthusiasm, from Annie to Miracle On 34th Street, there is no shortage of magical children's films set in this incredible city.

| Christina family in "Everything is so big and tall," she observed as we made our way to our hotel.

I'd already visited New York on a number of occasions but seeing the city through a child's eyes offered a whole new experience.

Top of our 'to do' list was to visit The Rockefeller Centre, feed the animals at Central Park Zoo and go to the huge toy stores in Times Square.

A word of warning, though. If you are heading to New York hoping to visit the famous FAO Schwarz then you will be disappointed to hear that it's no longer there. The legendary Fifth Avenue store, which featured in films from Big to Home Alone 2 closed in July and has since been replaced by an Apple store.

For our toy fix we had instead to settle on Times Square.

After battling our way through the crowds and fending off the numerous fancy dress characters, we made it inside. They've got a giant Ferris Wheel, a life-sized Barbie dreamhouse, and a Candyland candy store. But I'm afraid the iconic store will also be closing its doors at the end of the year.

Another must for kids and adults alike is the Disney store just a stone's throw away.

Kiki was mesmerised by the huge collection stretching across three floors with New York exclusive merchandise, as you would expect. We struggled to get her out of there.

and New York There is so much more to The Big Apple than shopping. You can see one of the numerous kid-friendly Broadway shows or enjoy a slice of cheesecake or milkshakes in the many yummy eateries.

When it comes to the sights, though, it's best to plan your trip carefully and there are lots of fun ways to get the kids involved. Dora the Explorer is the official ambassador for NYC and Company's family tourism campaign.

You can pick up Dora's activity booklet and stamp out venues as you 'do' them.

It's amazing how many of the attractions in the city are free for kids under a certain age, so it's well worth checking.

The New York CityPASS is great for saving money. It includes admission to NYC's top six attractions and includes the Empire State Building, The Met, American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock or Guggenheim, 9/11 Memorial & Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and the Statue of Liberty or Circle Line Cruises. …

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