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I’m lucky enough to live in New York City. The best thing about the city that never sleeps? It’s ALWAYS open! You can always find things to do, even in cold weather. Snow everywhere? Things are still happening. Sleeting rain? Put on a heavy raincoat and boots and catch a subway into Manhattan!
From flurries to scheduling, nothing should stop you from exploring with your family this winter. I don’t even let bladder leaks get in my way. I always chart out restrooms before any city adventure, but I also use Depend® FIT-FLEX® underwear to keep my confidence up. The fabric is ultra-soft and comfortable, and keeps me protected all-day long, so I can focus on taking the city by storm with my family.
If you’re not letting anything stop you from family fun this winter, this guide is for you! Here’s my list of fun things to do with your family in New York city (plus a few things to do just for you, sans kids!):
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This super-fun, interactive museum will get your kids hooked on math. Conveniently located in Midtown, you can spend hours there and you won’t hear any complaints of boredom. Adults will enjoy themselves too! Restrooms are located on both floors of the museum and have really cool geometric-shaped sinks, in line with the math theme.
A unique interactive experience, Spyscape lets you be a secret agent for a day as you go through various challenges to test out your skills and talent. At the end, you get to find out what type of spy you will be. Restrooms are located on the main exhibit floor, which is accessible via elevator. There are tons of quick serve restaurants nearby where you can grab a delicious lunch!
Children’s Museum of the Arts
This museum is geared towards slightly younger kids and allows them to engage in various forms of art, from painting to play dough and everything in-between. Two restrooms are located on opposite sides of this museum.
Although this museum can only be accessed via a tour, it’s well worth it and most tours are appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. The tours are often given by a costumed actor and enable you to see what life was like for the immigrants in NY in the beginning of the 20th century. During the tour there is no access to the restroom, but they are located in the adjacent building and you can always leave mid-tour if necessary.
New York Public Library
Don’t miss this incredible library. Be sure to stop by the kids’ room to view real artifacts from A.A. Milne’s personal collection of toys that inspired him to write Winnie the Pooh (including Pooh himself). Older kids will enjoy the free library tour. Restrooms are located near the kids’ room, as well as other areas. Also check out the prettiest public restrooms in NYC right in Bryant Park, where you’ll enjoy fresh flower displays and classic music.
There are a lot of family-friendly Broadway shows going on right now. For tweens and teens, Mean Girls is a good option as it is both fun and with a strong anti-bullying message. Restrooms are located in the theater and are easily accessible.
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Who doesn’t love home-made, fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza? Your kids will love the pizza-making class at Rossopomodoro. Call to find out when the next class will take place. Restroom is one flight down.
Go on an Interactive Tour
Check out Fable and Lark – a company that provides interactive tours. The Harry Potter-themed tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is especially popular and really fun. There are several restrooms throughout the Met Museum.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
This fascinating museum, located in Times Square, holds a vast collection of the world’s most bizarre artifacts. In accordance with the theme, the restroom has lots of fun tidbits, as well as fart noises, to the delight of kids (and kids at heart).
Museum of Natural History
Lovers of all things nature can spend all day at this museum and still not see everything. If your kids are fans of dinosaurs, be sure to check out the new T-Rex exhibit. Don’t like dinosaurs or other animals? There’s plenty of other exhibits, such as exhibits about people from different cultures, about space and also about the environment. Restrooms are conveniently located throughout the museum.
As I’ve shared, I, along with nearly 65 million Americans, experience bladder leakage. But I definitely don’t let it get in the way of how I want to live my life or my winter adventures. That’s exactly what I would tell a friend – don’t let bladder leakage stop you from living your best life. If you or someone you know is looking for advice and resource on bladder leaks, join The Incontinence Community, a private Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/InconCommunity. Ten Fun Family Activities to do in NYC During Cold Weather
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Aiden Ferhat says
Very useful Guide !
Amber S Battishill says
Love this round-up of fun things to do! Totally pinning this to keep in mind for later trips!
Amanda Martin says
Skyscape sounds awesome! And of course I love me some Broadway shows 🙂
Shayla Marie says
These look like such fun family activities, makes me want to take a trip to NYC! The Mo Math museum sounds especially interesting.
Amber Myers says
What a great list of things! I need to get to NYC. I’ve always wanted to go during the holidays.