metropolitan museum of art
a sunday in brooklyn
a few tips for visiting nyC with little ones
2. Take breaks every few hours. A little rest, drinks and snacks for everybody, bathroom/diaper change and sitting for half an hour makes everyone feel human again.
3. Dine at off peak times and pick your restaurants wisely. Of course the pizza place with a lot of hype and 700 tripadvisor reviews is going to have a line out the door even at odd times. Making your kids wait in that line is using up your 20 minutes of table goodwill behavior...
4. Make a realistic itinerary with a few backup plans in mind.
5. Consider driving. We always used to take the DC-NY train and it never even occurred to me to drive when we took the boys to NY last fall. Why drive? There are tolls (a single $14 toll?! spending $35 on tolls one way?!) and there is always traffic near the Delaware bridge before New Jersey. But when we trained down with the boys I realized that Amtrak's no-reserved seating means hustling two kids and luggage+gear to try (and fail) to get seats close to each other. If you drive, the kids can nap in the car (strapped in and not running around!), you don't have to be as efficiently minimalist with packing and there are lots of garages to leave your car in for the weekend.
6. Bring a light umbrella stroller and baby carrier. The DC metro is very stroller-friendly. There are usually elevators and escalators and there are only a few stops with two platforms for different train lines. The NY subway is a different animal. It is huge and navigating it always involves multiple flights of stairs (no escalators). Not every station has an elevator and if there is one, it isn't always prominent. I carried the baby in the Beco all over the subway and city and a stroller would have significantly slowed us down and been too frustrating. Lots of people do it though so it's also a personal preference. A compromise is to bring a small, very light umbrella stroller that you can fold and carry easily.