New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, and every year millions of tourists flock to the big apple to experience great American culture, even better food, and some of the country’s greatest attractions. New York isn’t just for the standard jet-setting tourist however, and there are a number different parts of the city, as well as attractions, that young children can enjoy too.
From the beautiful parks to the stunning harbours, domestic and international parents alike can take their kids on a tour of the city, and educate them about their surroundings at the same time! Let’s have a look at some of the top things to do with infants in NYC.
The city of New York has some of the biggest and best swimming pools in America, and best of all, they’re child friendly! Indoor and outdoor pools are around every corner, and although some are privately run, taking your child swimming is still one of the cheapest ways to have fun. Not only does it introduce your infant to water, but it also helps them to strengthen muscles that they don’t usually use. Furthermore, there are swimming classes for infants which parents can sign up for, which will help your child to become more accustomed to the water as they get older.
From the age of four weeks and up, parents will be able to sign up to infant yoga classes. Now, this doesn’t involve any unnecessary stretching on your child’s part, but infant yoga is designed to strengthen the bond between parent and child through physical and mental connection. As your baby gets older, they’ll be helped to strengthen their muscles through basic stretches, and mothers will also be shown how to tighten muscles and lose their excess baby weight!
Baby music classes are one of the best ways to bond with your child, and to introduce them to the world’s greatest tunes! There are a number of private and government practices based all over New York where infants can learn to recognise and play music, and most classes also hold a show at the end of the month!
When it comes to parks, New York has plenty of them, and it offers a chance for you to introduce your infant to the beautiful landscapes of the city in a safe and secure environment. Once you get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, you and your child will be able to stretch your legs and stroll through the vast amount of playgrounds, sand pits and water sprinklers [when the better weather kicks in!].
When the sun is out, Central Park also has a large shaded area where you can protect your child’s skin while watching other children play. Some of the parks are even home to funfairs in the evenings, and you and your infant can ride the carousels, watching your child’s eyes light up at all the bright lights and carnival music.