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The Grand Canyon at sunset

One of the things that we do in our family is that in addition to monthly 1 on 1 dates with our 6 kids, each kid has a 1 on 1 “travel date” each year with either Mom or Dad.  It’s a way that we can do more traveling without paying 180K miles for one trip, as well as give each kid some more 1 on 1 parent time.  So I went with my son to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon last year

(SEE ALSO: 3 tricks to visit Hoover Dam for free)

More recently my wife and son went overnight up to Columbus, where they had some less than stellar service at their hotel – we ended up getting 7500 points refunded

Going to NYC with my daughter

My middle daughter wrote down a bucket list last year of some of the places that she wanted to visit.

(SEE ALSO: My 11 year old son’s bucket list cracks me up)

Since I’m a firm believer in chasing the fare not the destination, we have been looking for some deals to some of those places.  In looking at New York, there are just SO many different options that it probably took me too long to just pick some dates and some miles / cheap fares and just book the darn thing.  It probably didn’t help that I screwed up my Citi Prestige airline credit

In any case, we have our tickets booked and we’re going next month

A 10 year old’s Top 10 things to do in New York City list

So then it was time to figure out what exactly we were going to do in our time there.  We’ll only be there for 2 1/2 days, so obviously not anywhere near time to visit everything in NYC.  So, inspired by one of my favorite They Might Be Giants songs (though apparently this is the original)

I had her come up with a list of the Top 10 things to do in New York City that she wanted to do.  So here it is


In case you can’t read all of it, I transcribed her Top 10 things to do in New York City

  1. Statue of Liberty.  Although as a 4th grader she gets free access to all Naitonal Parks through Every Kid in a Park, the “Statue of Liberty” is free…. just not the $20 ferry ride to get there 🙁 )
  2. Pizza Tour
  3. Coney Island
  4. Central Park
  5. New York Library
  6. Visit the LDS Temple
  7. MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)
  8. Chrysler Building
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (though Cincinnati has the original)
  10. Times Square (doesn’t she know that was one of the top 28 worst tourist traps?!)
  11. Pokemon Go (Though I hear Central Park is the place to go for that)
  12. Swim in the pool
  13. See the ocean
  14. Ride the Subway
  15. Rockefeller Center

And of course she has “Go to church” under “must do” 🙂

If you're looking for the top 10 things to do in New York City for kids, tweens or teens - check out this authentic NYC list of travel tips written by a 10 year old

Any other Top 10 things to do in New York City that you’d recommend?


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