NYC Kids Tours

NYC Kids Tours
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Monday, October 25, 2010

NYC Kids Tours and Freckleface Strawberry - SPECIAL PROMOTION!

Freckleface Strawberry was just like every other girl – except she had bright red hair and something worse…FRECKLES!

Now in the brand new family musical, Freckleface Strawberry, based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, you and your family can step inside the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they’re in. And what a story you’ll see!

Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles – from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school! Will her schoolmates realize it’s her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror?

With the help of her loveable schoolmates including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different ‐ and that’s what makes everyone special!

With soaring live music, awesome dancing… and a freckleface full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new musical for all ages . . . freckles or not!

Use the code FSTRAW910 when purchasing tickets to get HALF OFF!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NYC Fun Fact of the Day: Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.

Monday, September 20, 2010

NYC Fun Fact of the day: New York City has 722 miles of subway track!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Project City Kids - FREE Big Toot Boat Rides

Project City Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization registered as a 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service.  Donations to Project City Kids are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Project City Kids provides educational and recreational opportunities to kids who live in New York City.  The focus of these opportunities is to give kids an opportunity to experience New York Harbor.  Seeing the skyline from this new perspective personalizes the city and inspires kids.

PCK was founded in 1987 and has provided sailing and other harbor-related activities to thousands of kids.

Big Toot is a former US Navy launch.  Now she is owned and operated by Project City Kids.  Big Toot is based from North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan.  Every weekend from May through October, she goes out on short (50 minute) trips in the harbor.  Kids from all over New York City are invited down and can ride for free (adults pay $10).  This is your chance to see up close the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and all the great harbor activity!

Schedule: Big Toot operates on Saturdays and Sundays.  Big Toot departs from North Cove at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.  There is no departure at 12 noon because the Big Toot captain & mate get lunch from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Length of Each Trip: The length of each ride is approximately 50 minutes.

Capacity: Each ride can hold a total of 34 passengers (kids and adults together)

Where to meet the boat: Big Toot departs from Dock F at North Cove.  For directions on how to get to North Cove, please visit

Costs:  All kids ride for free!  Tickets for adults are $10 each.  Fees from adults help pay for the free rides for kids.  Kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  Each adult may bring up to 6 kids.

Trip Route: Each trip begins at North Cove.  The you head out into New York Harbor and pass the "Honorable William Wall," Manhattan Sailing Club's floating clubhouse in the harbor.  Then you skirt along the eastern side of Ellis Island and pass the front of the Statue of Liberty.  Big Toot will pause at the Statue so everyone can get a good look and take their picture with the Statue in the background.  From here, Big Toot will continue along south side of Liberty State Park.  At the back of the channel there is a large turning basin which is also where the Operation Optimist kids sailing program takes place.  Then Big Toot will head back to North Cove.

NYC Kids Learning and Fun Tour for the Whole Family!

Our last NYC Kids Learning and Fun Tour was for an entire family from Missouri.  They were such a pleasant group of people and their girls (5-and-a-half, 3 and 1) were super sweet and adorable!  Although the girls were a little young for the tour, they stayed very engaged and involved throughout the tour and asked a lot of questions. 

They were very interested in learning about the carousel in Bryant Park and took lots of pictures.  They were also very happy to know that Bryant Park was named after a poet (one of the little girls even enjoys writing songs. 

In Times Square, they were pretty mesmerized by the crystal ball that drops on TV in front of billions of people every New Years.  They also couldn't believe all of the advertisements on One Times Square today as opposed to how the building looked over a hundred years ago. 

One of their favorite stops was Central Park, where they took part in their scavenger hunt and had a great time doing it.  We climbed up the Overlook Rock with dad and waved to mom, grandma and grandpa from above.  The girls wrote their names on the rocks with our sidewalk chalk and enjoyed taking a picture of their accomplishment.  They also LOVED watching the ducks in Central Park and didn't understand why people were feeding them bread when we learned that the conservancy does not allow feeding of the wildlife.

Dylan's Candy Bar was a success, as usual.  We had an amazing time playing the OLOGY game while mom, grandma and grandpa took a break in the upstairs cafe with the one-year-old, who didn't take part much in the tour, except she did love throwing the penny into the wishing well at Bryant Park!

Our last stop was Balto and the 5-and-a-half-year-old told me about the movie, Balto, that she had seen.  The girls were both very excited to see the statue of him and take pictures of him. 

At this point, the tour was coming to an end.  We dropped the family off at the Gazillion Bubbles Show, where their dad told me they had an excellent time as well!  Here's what the dad had to say about the tour:

"Once again thank you for your tour. The girls really enjoyed it.  (My daughter) was wanting to go on the tour again and was asking when she could do that and (my other daughter) wanted to know where "Miss Tasha" was. They both have talked about the tour a lot. They also had a blast at the Gazillion Bubbles show too."

If you and your family would like to take a tour with us, visit for more information.  We look forward to touring with you!

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

If you're traveling to NYC with kids and you want to experience something very unique and loads of FUN, visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab.  It's the perfect ending to our NYC Kids Learning and Fun Tour and just a few blocks away from FAO Schwarz.  This attraction will keep you and your kids entertained for hours.  (I know I enjoyed it!) 

When you first enter, you create a virtual profile that you can use throughout your visit.  As you approach different activity stations, you blink your card and your profile picture comes up.  There are quite a few options to choose from on the four different floors of the lab.  Some include programming your own robot, learning about nanotechnology, performing virtual surgery, use of an HDTV studio and creating characters in an animation studio. 

In addition to these activities, the lab also showcases some fun, animated short films and gives a GREAT deal of knowledge about how technology has evolved over the years.  One of my favorite things was seeing one of the camcorders we had in the 1980s along with the word processor I know my mom had in the 1970s.  Those things sure look big and bulky compared to what we have available to us today.  The crazy thing is that in 10 to 20 more years, what we use now will be obsolete. 

At any rate, the Sony Wonder Technology Lab will get you and your children thinking on your feet.  It will keep you active, engaged and excited about learning. 

To experience an amazing day in NYC with your kids take a tour with us!  Visit for more information.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NYC Fun Fact of the Day: From 1892 to 1924, 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fun Fact of the Day: Why are New York Yellow Cabs yellow? Because John Hertz, the company's founder, read a study that concluded yellow was the easiest color for the eye to spot.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Check Out NYC Kids Tours in Action:

Tees Company - Excellent Tees for Kids with Excellent Taste!

TeesCompany, as the punch line states ’Excellent Tees for Kids with Excellent taste!’, TeesCompany delivers Tees with catchy striking designs, and absolutely fun stuff! Choose your own design and design color, create your own text and color it the way you want. Make it YOUR identity! You can customize your Tee but also pick one of the Tees that are fully designed by the Top Notch TeesCompany Design Team.

TeesCompany creates Tees designs for the young ones, aged 0 to 3. With an eye for good color combinations, figures and shapes, the designs are both attractive and fun for the kids as trendy and eye-catching. The collection is updated monthly with new designs.

In fall 2010 the collection will be extended with shirts up to the age of 10 years!

TeesCompany also designs great customizable Tees for the Holidays, Events and Birthdays. Success is guaranteed with the Mothers’ or Fathers’ day Tees. And the fully customizable shirts that you can give are WOW guaranteed!

Besides great Tees for your children, TeesCompany also provides a B2B ’Birth’ service. Is one of your employees expecting a baby? Wondering what you should give? Some nice flowers or a teddy bear? Please DON’T!

Together with the Tees Design Team you can create your original company’s birth Tee. A custom made Tee with the logo of your company, your own text, your colors and/or other design. Fully customized to your needs! And when another employee is pregnant, just send an email with the information and everything is taken care of, from production to delivery.

Another neat feature is the ’Tips of Tees’. Tips, trends and facts within the kids and lifestyle area are monitored closely and told in this section, a nice platform for product awareness and to reach your target group.

Currently the Tees are only available in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany but behind the scenes the IT dept. is working really hard on the international version. Nevertheless by with your request could open doors. Would you like to have your product in the ’Tips of Tees’ or perhaps you have suggestions, mail the information to 

For more information visit, mail or call +31(0)13 879 57 62

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

NYC Kids Tours Perfect for School Groups/Field Trips and Kids Birthday Parties!

NYC Kids Tours offers their Kids Learning Tour to the public every Saturday at 10am. But what if you want to schedule a special private tour for your school group/field trip or your child's birthday party? NYC Kids Tours can help!

If you have a school group or are planning a field trip, we're happy to offer our Kids Learning Tour complete with a guide just for you! While the public tour is $39 per child and $29 per adult, private school groups/field trips can take the tour for much less (as low as $19 per child and free for teachers/chaperones, depending on the number of children and adults in the group and whether or not you need us to provide your transportation!)

As for the activities, challenges and games that kids participate in on the tour, the lessons will be similar no matter what the child's age, however, the level of difficulty will vary with age. On our public tour we provide 3 levels of activity books ranging from kids ages 6 to 11. On a private tour, however, activities can focus on the specific age group.

Another fun thing that NYC Kids Tours can provide are Kids Birthday Party Learning Tours! These private party tours can be arranged for groups of children ages 6 to 11 (or younger by request) and can be set up for groups of 4 or more WITH a parent/guardian at least 21 years of age and a tour guide. We can also offer customization for these tours if you have special destinations in mind that you'd like to visit in Manhattan, although you will still visit some destinations from the public tour in order to participate in the activities, challenges and games for the kids. The pricing for the Kids Birthday Party Learning Tours vary with number of people and level of customization.

New York City's First Tour Company Created for Kids!

NYC Kids Tours is excited to announce their Kids Learning Tour! New York is an amazing city with so many tours to choose from, but while these tours may be informative for adults, they can be extremely boring for kids (especially kids under 12 years of age.) Most tours cover history and require a great deal of walking or, with the double-decker bus, can be much too passive to hold a child's attention.

NYC Kids Tours not only provides sightseeing for the whole family, but also stops at several exciting kid-friendly locations including the Museum of Natural History and FAO Schwartz. Each child on the tour will also be given an activity book with interactive lessons that cover different subjects ranging from math and science to foreign language and art. These lessons implement state learning standards which are crucial to a child's learning, but more importantly, motivate further exploration. We will spark your child's interest on this tour and even provide take-home activities that will contribute to future learning.

This tour will charm people of all ages and provide them with a great deal of knowledge, priceless memories and the amazing world of New York City. It's the perfect way for a family, (whether locals or tourists) to spend their day.