Day Trip to NYC

A day trip with any family can be expensive, but with a family of 6 it could break the bank.  Here are a few tips for keeping the kids active without breaking the bank.  

Research and planning are the main keys.  Take others with you; the more hands to help, the better. Here you see the Godparents with the boys in Central Park.  Check with your local public transportation systems on kids fares and what times or seasons kids ride free.  We live in NJ, so taking the train was easy and a great adventure for the kids in itself.  We planned the trip around the fall when kids ride free.

At your destinations, check out federally funded Museums; these can be great places to save money. Any time it says "contribution" or "suggested donation" you can offer to pay whatever you think is fair, NOT what they ask. We went to the Natural History Museum where the suggested donation was around $15 per person. That would have been $90 for our family, but we gave them just $20 in total.

Food is another costly area of trips. We handled this by packing up each person with their own backpack containing everything they would need for the day.  Most times museums and other school-friendly destinations will have a lunch room for kids on fieldtrips and they are open to the public. 

The Natural History Museum’s location is right across from Central Park, so since it was a nice fall day we had a picnic (blanket carried in daddy's backpack).  The kids had a great time climbing on rocks, playing with dogs and chasing pigeons. For them, that could have been a trip all by itself.

We took the subway or hit the pavement for all our traveling around the city. We had rules and a plan of action for the kids, so everyone felt safe. We found wonderful New Yorkers who gave great directions and always offered seats to the kids and I on the subway.  Great tip, always find an employee of whatever place your visiting to ask for directions; most times they use the public transportation system and will give you the best directions. We did some shopping with a budget in mind and then walked around Times Square. 

It was a great trip, and one we will now do every year.

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