A few weeks ago, I posted 5 Ways to Do New York City on a Dime with Kids with great tips like going to museums at reduced rate times and eating at markets. Well, this post was so popular that I asked contributor, Sarah Bohl, for, you guessed it, five more ways to do New York City on the cheap. Take a look at her five new ways to save a little cash in the Big Apple.
1. See Broadway for Half-Price. If you’re willing to wait in line a bit, you can go to the TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square to get 2-for-1 tickets to most of the hit shows. You don’t get to pick where your seats are – they could be front row or back row for the same price – but it’s worth the gamble. Not every show is perfect for little ones, but a matinee showing of Newsies would be perfect for the older-elementary crowd.
2. Window Shop. Does this even need an explanation? Strolling up and down 5th Avenue and seeing the windows of Tiffany, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, etc. is free entertainment at its best–especially during the holiday season. And yes, your children will be entertained as well!
3. Go to a Free Movie in Central Park. Skip the expensive nightlife options and head to Rumsey Playfield instead. For one week every August, there are free movie screenings every night starting at 8 pm (this year it’s 8/21-25). If you won’t be in the city in August, don’t worry, check out the New York Parks & Recreation website for more free movie venues.
4. Check out The High Line. This new, very trendy park was made from an abandoned rail line. It was designed by Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, and the like. About a story or two above SoHo/the Village/Chelsea area, it offers fabulous views and is fun to see at night! The kids will love seeing the city from this vantage point, not to mention the opportunity to run around.
5. Dine in those “Fabulous” Restaurants for Brunch Instead of Dinner. The famous, trendy and hard-to-get-into Balthazar (SoHo) has brunch menus that are not only less expensive, but the wait is typically a lot shorter. Sarah went to Sunday Brunch and while she still waited an hour, the MoMA Store is across the street and has a fun kids section, which helped to pass the time.
So, what are some ways that you save money when traveling with your kids in New York? Let us know in the comments below.
Photo Credit: Dennis Beck / Broadway Tour