Expat families will discover dozens of fun places to explore with their kids in New York City. On warm sunny days, there are parks and other outdoor attractions to enjoy, while colder rainy days can be spent at toy shops, museums and entertainment centres.
Family-friendly entertainment in New York City
While notorious for its bustling streets and ubiquitous nightlife, the city that never sleeps has plenty to offer kids, too. Broadway shows are an excellent choice for a special experience and there are a number of kid-friendly options, such as the long-running Tony-award-winning production of Wicked, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz. There are also hours of fun to be had at the amusement park and beaches of Coney Island.
Kids and families in New York should also take some time to enjoy the sightseeing the city has to offer. A trip out to Ellis Island to see the famous Statue of Liberty is not to be missed, nor is going up to the observation decks on the Empire State Building. Children are sure to be delighted by a trip to the dazzling lights and sounds of Times Square, and there's nothing kids enjoy more than running around and playing in Central Park.
Schools and education for kids in New York City
The quality of schooling in New York City is a mixed bag – some schools, including public schools, offer an excellent standard of education, while others leave much to be desired. School attendance is zoned according to the family's home address, so it's worthwhile to do some research before choosing which area to move to. The city is also home to several excellent international schools, each of which offers a foreign curriculum. However, the best schools have long waiting lists, so applications should be done as far in advance as possible.