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New York is one of the most attractive destinations for travelers of all ages. It is truly brilliant on the East Coast, hailed by movies, songs, and great American fiction. However, it is the busiest city in the USA that is famous for its enormous traffic and frightening crime stats. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth taking your kids there and enjoy the terrific city atmosphere.

Many parents are apprehensive about traveling to New York with kids. We know the feeling: walks might be extra challenging, following the schedule takes more effort, and the itinerary should be 100% family-friendly. But in reality, it’s not as stressful as you think.

More than 65 million tourists visit Big Apple annually. If you’d like to join their ranks with your nearest and dearest, there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in NYC this weekend. Let’s jump right in!

City Sights

When taking kids to NY, there is a diverse selection of sights to engage the minds and speak to the hearts of children. Even if you visit lots of iconic places, you might still feel like you only scratched the surface. Here is where you can start:

  • The High Line
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Empire State Building
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Street Art Tour of Manhattan
  • Classic Harbor Line

Restaurants and Cafes

Are you looking for great food with special fun things for kids to do and see? There is a mix of new restaurants making this city’s scene exciting along with the classics everyone should visit. Here are great themed restaurants that will excite children and adults alike:

  • Action Burger – Corner joint with old-school arcade games, classic board games, and posters and newspaper clippings with comic characters;
  • Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain – A fun take on the classic, well-known soda fountain (grilled cheese, ice cream sundaes, and pies);
  • Ellen’s Stardust Diner – The home of the singing waitstaff that belt out Broadway show tunes, new and old;
  • Habana Outpost – Outdoor eco-eatery offering Cuban and Mexican cuisine with kid-friendly staples.

Plenty of Outdoor Activities

If you don’t want to spend much money on shows or you want to change it up, there is a lot you can do. In terms of outdoor activities for kids, here are free things to do in NYC according to timeout, NY:

  • Beaches – Jones Beach, Rockaway Beach and Jacob Riis Park Beach;
  • Picnic spots – Central Park, Sheep Meadow, Astoria Park, Madison Square Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park;
  • Bike trails – Rent a bike at Fancy Apple and go to Central Park, North Meadow, Brooklyn Bridge, and Prospect Park;
  • Hiking trails – The Bronx River Greenway and Inwood Hill Park.

What about Theater?

Family-friendly theater performances range from Disney musicals to musical adaptations of popular books and films. Broadway theatres are famous for their wonderful musical performances. Some of them are remaining on the stage for decades! We’ve rounded up our top Broadway shows for kids that any adult will also enjoy:

  • The Lion King
  • Aladdin
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Frozen
  • Wicked

Museums are Not Boring Anymore

Believe it or not, you’ll never hear “I’m bored” from your kid. That is because the best children’s museums in NYC are as educational as they are entertaining:

  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan – Playworks for the youngest visitors, Adventures with Dora and Diego, and many special workshops and performances.
  • Natural History Museum – Discovery Room, Hayden Planetarium, and Adventures in Science. This one is for those visiting New York with a 7-year-old or up.
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Interactive “World Brooklyn” with a pint-size cityscape, musical instruments, masks, dolls, and fossils.
  • New York Hall of Science – Displays about light, 3-D printing, outer space, and robots as well as the Design Lab.

Conclusion

There is an endless number of things to do in NYC with your daughter or son, amazing places to stay, and incredible food. Use the suggestions in this article as inspiration and craft your own perfect itinerary. By the end of your trip, you’ll understand why it’s such a popular destination for families from all over the world.

You can start slow: go for a calm picnic to decompress from traveling and think about your route. Then, check out Fancyapple for kid’s bikes of all sizes and hop on a ride on bike lanes, greenways, and parks. Bike riding is one of the most iconic time spending options in the city that never sleeps. Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge would bring you some mesmerizing memories (and plenty of beautiful pictures for your Instagram as well).

If you’re feeling fancy, finish the day with a Broadway show. Overall, you’re limited only by time and your budget.

Tell us your reasons why New York City should be on every family’s bucket list in the comments!

Mexico is one of the kids-friendly cities known for sounds, colors and sights. The city is full of young kids, friendly activities and attractions. Children are welcomed in any cafe or restaurant without any restrictions. If you plan a trip to Mexico with your young kids and don’t know where to start, then Cancun is the Right Place to Start with. Here is the list of places for you to go with your kids.

  1. Isla Mujeres or Cozumel

The tiny and beautiful island, Isla Mujeres, is located on the coast of Cancun. Tourists from all over the world visit this island. It attracts everyone with its sunny, sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs, sparkling and clear blue water, the iconic Mayan ruins, giant iguanas and migrating whale sharks. You can get an opportunity to swim in Isla Mujeres with sea turtles, and it is enjoyable. You can spend the morning wandering the Punta Sur, and EL Meco to relax and also visit Playa Lancheros for a thrilling dive and a sunbathe.

  1. Sea Life in All Its Glory

To make your young kids enjoy life in Mexico, you can take them to Akumal. It is the best place to explore a wide range of sea creatures you young kids will surely adore. The large sea turtles and diverse fish life can make your kids awestruck. You can even enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in Akumal Beach’s vibrant coral beds.

  1. Cenotes for Snorkeling

Cenotes are one of the most preferred places in Mexico to visit with young kids. The sinkholes filled with water are quite impressive, and you can enjoy watching a wide range of animals as well.

  • Azul

This popular cenote in Mexico is located next to Playa Del Carmen (Riviera Maya). The place offers you an opportunity to dive into the water and experience the beautiful nature.

  • Garden of Eden

Another cenote you can visit with your young kids is the Garden of Eden, also known as Jardin de Eden. This place is worth visiting during your trip to Mexico. It is just 18 minutes drive away from Playa Del Carmen, which is another beautiful hotspot to visit during your trip to Mexico.

  • Gran Cenote

If you want to enjoy the largest cenote in Cancun, Gran Cenote has got you covered. You can take your children along and let them capture a vibrant life in the place.

  1. Playa Del Carmen’s 5th Avenue

If you are a nightlife lover, then Cancun offers many clubs and restaurants for you. From disco, music clubs, and belly dancing to fire shows or spending a good time with your loved ones in a restaurant, the place offers too much for its guests.

Conclusion

Mexico offers a lot when it comes to kids friendly activities and things to do. Websites like Henrylife have already mentioned everything about the places you can visit with your young kids.

Your retirement is an opportunity to take care of yourself. When you finish work for the last time, you will move onto the next stage of your life, where it is all about YOU. As you embark on this new adventure, there will be more time to look after your health, start a project, travel, and catch up with friends.

Regardless of what you have planned for your retirement, it can be enjoyable when you focus on your health and wellbeing. If you are looking for inspiration on how to retire right, read the following article for our top tips for seniors:

Insurance and Healthcare

When you have adequate health insurance, you will be more inclined to access vital healthcare services. If you are eligible for Social Security benefits and over 65, you can enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B. This is a type of insurance offered by the government and covers a range of inpatient and outpatient services.

Retiring Right: Insurance and Healthcare
Retiring Right: Insurance and Healthcare

Medicare Part A and Part B have their limitations, and often seniors will enhance this coverage with a Part C plan through a private insurance company. This is referred to as a Medicare Advantage plan, and includes extras such as dental and vision services. A Medicare Advantage PPO plan gives you even more choice. With this option, you can choose a preferred doctor or health care professional, even if they are not in the insurer’s professional network.

Hobbies and Learning

With more free time, you may be wondering how you will spend your days. The answer is—you can do anything you like! Retirement is an exciting period where you can start a hobby, learn a new skill, or grow your social network.

Often there will be seniors groups in your area with classes to suit your interests. For example, you could join a walking group, fitness class, or bowling club. Improve your cooking skills, learn to play the piano, or enroll in craft lessons!

If there is something you have always wanted to try, your retirement is the time to do it.

Relaxation and Downtime

Everyone needs time to relax, and as a new retiree, you have earned some downtime. Gardening is an activity that is good for your physical and mental wellbeing, and it can be fulfilling watching your plants grow. Consider growing herbs and vegetables and using them in the kitchen to create delicious, healthy meals.

Retiring Right: Relaxation and Downtime
Retiring Right: Relaxation and Downtime

If you join a book club, you will have the benefits of reading and the opportunity to have a regular social outing. Other ways to relax might include watching a movie, knitting a scarf, fishing, or meeting a friend for a beer.

Adventures and Travel

Is there a destination you have always wanted to visit? As a retiree, you can travel whenever you like, and avoiding holidays and peak periods will save you money. Create a bucket list that includes specific destinations as well as attractions to determine what is possible. You can even join a senior’s travel club if you don’t want to or don’t feel comfortable traveling alone.

Retiring Right - Adventures and Travel
Retiring Right – Adventures and Travel

It isn’t just overseas travel that will give you the adventure that you are seeking. When you take the time to explore your local community, you may discover something new. A weekend in a hotel every few months could help to break up the monotony of home and give you something to look forward to.

Retiring Right

Retiring can be daunting, but it is your time to relax and take care of yourself. Make sure your health insurance is up to date and covers all of the services you need to maintain your lifestyle.

Think about joining a group, starting a hobby, or planning an adventure. Remember, as a retiree you can do all of those things you have been putting off!

Hey guys, Lisa from Mallorca over here! Guess what: our borders are open and all the budget airlines are back to flying into Palma every day from many hubs.

Alcudia is a major summer family tourist destination so I thought I’d share with you my top things to do with kids in Alcudia on your holidays.

If you are traveling with kids in Alcudia then the chances are that you are staying in one of the huge family hotels with kids clubs, pool and all kinds of in-resort entertainment. Or that you are a few families and have rented a villa with your own pool and grounds. But don’t you ever want to get out there and discover more of the place you have chosen to spend your week or fortnight’s holiday?

Absolutely.

Things to do in Alcudia – Top family recommendations:

Ice Cream at the Harbour

Let’s start with the easiest and the tastiest! Plus, this is one thing you can enjoy every day on your holidays in Alcudia: ice cream at the harbor!

It would be a shame not to go down to Alcudia Port and stop at one of the ice cream shops on the front, take your time selecting from the many delicious flavors, and then savor each mouthful as you stroll down the marina enjoying the gorgeous view of Alcudia Bay. You will be spoilt for choice for flavors: choco mint, raspberry ripple, brownie, and every fruit flavor you can imagine. My favorite is maracuya.

Once you have your cone or your tub, you can walk all the way to the end of the marina where the view is marvelous and you can see all the luxury yachts and local fishing boats moored in their berths.

In the port, there are many nice restaurants and bars. It’s a great area to spend an evening and has a marvelous atmosphere. In the summer months, there are often events taking place around the harbor and there are normally artisanal market stalls line the marina.

Saddle up for a spot of Horse Riding

Who doesn’t love animals? And what better way to enjoy the views of the resort than from horseback in the hills?

Then saddle up and get ready for a unique holiday experience at Ranxo Ses Roques. This is Alcudia’s very own horse riding ranch, offering one- and two-hour experiences, both of which are suitable for families with kids of any ages.

This is a family-run ranch and the owners and staff are great with children – their own having been brought up around animals. There’s also a petting zoo where the kids can get up close and personal with goats, chickens, ostriches, a peacock, and a sweet donkey.

Ride Around Alcudia on an Open Top Bus

Kids love open-top buses. The first thing they’ll say to you the first time you see one go past in resort will be “Can we go on that?” They look so attractive and colorful and fun.

The Alcudia open-top bus does a 90-minute tour with commentary in different languages and follows a complete route of Alcudia around the resort area, the port, the old town, and to Aucanada, right at the end of the bay.

The Alcudia open-top bus runs every day four or five times depending on the season.

Cool off at Hidropark

Did you know that Alcudia has its very own water park? That’s right, and it’s open every day in summer.

Alcudia’s water park is not the largest on the island, far from it, but it’s right on your doorstep if you’re staying in the north of Mallorca and it makes a great afternoon out with kids of any age.

Hit the wave pool, fly down the kamikazes, or just relax and watch the fun around you.

Make sure you pick up your tickets before you get to the park, as they are always more expensive on the door. The best place to get them is from one of the No Frills Excursions shops, where they’ll give you the best price and directions to the park. Plus you’ll be given an open ticket to use any day you want.

You’re on an Island, so Take a Boat Trip!

You are seriously spoilt for choice when it comes to boat trips departing from the Port of Alcudia. There are full-day catamaran tours with lunch and drinks, glass-bottom boat rides around the bay, and adrenaline speedboat adventures, among many more.

But how do you choose the boat trip that is the most suitable for your family?

These are my top two boat trips for families in Alcudia:

  1. Submarine Vision Boat in Alcudia Bay

Often, parents are not sure how their kids are going to feel or behave on a boat ride, because many times the children haven’t been on a boat before or haven’t had much experience on boats.

The two-hour submarine vision boat in Alcudia Bay is my favorite for families with young children or a nervous family member.

The excursion operates daily from the Port of Alcudia and takes place on a large glass bottom boat from around Alcudia Bay, passing Aucanada and Es Coll Baix.

The boat normally anchors for 20 minutes close to Es Coll Baix and you can jump off and have a swim. After two hours you are back where you started.

  1. Formentor Boat Trip

The boat trip to Formentor also takes place on a glass-bottom boat, meaning that the kids can go down to the lower deck and look through the glass to try and spot the fishes.

This boat trip is a 4-hour boat trip in total, and sails out of the Bay of Alcudia crosses the Bay of Pollensa and docks at Formentor Beach. The landscape is spectacular. I recommend this boat trip to families with children because you don’t spend the whole time on the boat; you get one hour for swimming or playing at Formentor Beach.

Explore off the Beaten Track

It’s not easy to find off-the-beaten-track in Mallorca in summer; an island of one million residents and a further eight million visitors per year (mostly between April and October) but it is possible for the determined.

If you want to stay around the Alcudia area then you must rent a car (or take a taxi) to the La Victoria area for some gorgeous landscape and incredible hikes. La Victoria is one of Mallorca’s famously steep hills but the hikes are varied in difficulty and if you or the kids are feeling really lazy then don’t worry; you can still enjoy some seriously amazing beaches in La Victoria area. The best (and most popular with locals, so steer clear on weekends) is probably S’Illot Beach. This is a wonderful beach to spend the day at where the kids can swim and snorkel in the shallow waters and those who are up for it can do a spot of cliff jumping from the rock islet just offshore.

Be sure to take a picnic as there are picnic tables right by S’Illot Beach and the views out over to the Bay of Pollensa are astounding.

Spend the Kids’ Pocket Money at Alcudia Market

Alcudia Market takes place in the old town of Alcudia on Tuesday and Sunday mornings. You could combine your market visit with a stroll around Alcudia Old Town: walk on the old walls, check out the ruins of Pollentia, the Roman capital of the island, or just soak up the atmosphere around the old narrow lanes.

The market is one of the larger ones of Mallorca, especially in summer and, as well as being a great place to watch the locals buy their weekly produce, it is a fantastic place for gifts, souvenirs and where the kids can spend their pocket money on themselves and on those obligatory classmate holiday trinkets that must always be purchased and handed out on the first day back at school after the holidays.

Bike Around Alcudia

I’m not talking about those big stupid contraptions that fit the whole family aboard and that get stuck and block the roads because only one person on it is pedaling! I hate those things. As does everyone I know that lives here in Mallorca.

I mean you can explore Alcudia on a real bike.

You can rent a bicycle on practically every street corner in Alcudia or even at your hotel. And guess what: apart from between the resort and the old town, Alcudia is flat! There are loads of cycle lanes too, so it’s super safe for families to ride a bike around Alcudia. You could just explore the resort or you could cycle to the Albufera Natural Park. That brings me to my next suggestion…

Albufera Natural Park

The Albufera Natural Park is a protected wetland and haven for birds.

You can get there easily by bus or bike from Alcudia, as it is just down the bay in Playa de Muro. This natural wildlife sanctuary is manned by park rangers and has a visitors’ center where families can learn together about the different species that take shelter there (specifically birds migrating between Europe and Africa in spring and autumn). There are clearly marked walking routes to follow, allowing you to explore the park at your own pace.

There are also bird watching hides, where you can sit and look out across the marshes, watching all the different birds and animals. Inside the hides are information charts showing the different birds that visit the area.

Geocaching in Alcudia

Hidden treasures, secret clubs, and cryptic clues… What is all that about? Have you heard of Geocaching? It’s basically a treasure hunt where you find a hidden artifact by following GPS indications and clues from the Geocaching app. And these Geocaches are all over the world. Try locating the one on the old walls of Alcudia or the one just by the bull ring in the old town. You could combine a cultural visit to Alcudia’s historic old town with a spot of Geocaching for the kids. Just make sure you have your phone battery charged to the max.

If you really get bitten by the Geocaching bug then this is something you could do at home or when you go on holiday to other places. In other areas of Mallorca, you can continue your Geocaching experience, combining it with visiting a new place, by hopping on a bus or taking a drive to other nearby towns or villages. Puerto Pollensa is a great place to start as it is a great family-friendly resort and is less than a 20-minute bus ride away. Plus it has a fabulous beach and gorgeous pedestrian walkway along the seafront known as the Pine Walk.

Are You Up For The Challenge?

If your kids are over six years old and are up for an adventure, then take The Challenge. It is a treasure hunt, multi-activity adventure in groups with a ride on a jeep, snorkeling, kayaking, coast trekking, and cliff jumping. It takes place close to S’Illot Beach in La Victoria, the area I mentioned earlier.

If you have teenagers, this is a must. It will be the highlight of their holiday.

Travelling can be fun. But, flying with children for the first time is an unprecedented task. Imagine a bored and whiny child throwing tantrums while people judge your parenting skills. It might add more to your woes if your flight gets delayed with long waiting hours.

You can’t avoid flying with children if you are planning for a family trip.

Is there anything that you can do for these poor kids? The answer is Yes.

Calming your kids can prove to be science, and you need to be Einstein for that. Prior planning and implementations can help you ease the stress when you are flying with kids.

travelling with kids
travelling with kids

Here, we have shared the checklist that you can follow to avoid a hassle in the airport with kids.

How To Ease Stress On Airport With Kids?

So, you’ve decided to take off with your kids. It doesn’t matter how old your little one is, forget about the spontaneous planning and plan well in advance.

●     Early Departure

Time is of the essence when preparing a kid for the flight. 70% of the parents who have traveled for the first time with their parents may miss out on their belongings.

Make sure that you have kept all the belongings of your young ones before departure.

Avoid unnecessary rush and plan ahead of the time in order to get to the security check and arrive at the gate.

●     Be Prepared For The Delay

Terrible weather, tedious security checks, or there can be many possible reasons for your flight delay. The key is to get prepared for the worst.

We know how dicey a kid’s mind is. Be ready to face terrible mood swings of your kids if you are in a queue or on the flight. It is essential to understand what to expect at the airport.

We would suggest you create Dos and Don’ts at the airport. It is better to reach out to the airport authority of your city and plan well in advance.

●     Plan Before and After The Flight

While you are on-board, you can indulge your kids with movies and comics. The real tussle is handling your kids before and after the flight. As said earlier, “plan well ahead of the time.”

Get in touch with the airport authority of your city and find out their whereabouts. First, get loaded with the snacks and eatables before boarding. Also, try to give your kids a sound sleep. A sleep-deprived kid may feel cranky and irritated.

Most of the airports have play areas for toddlers and kids. They have inner playgrounds for the kids that can serve as great surprises for the kids. These playgrounds might have replicas of airplanes, climbable slides, and soft toys for the toddlers.

●     Book Airport Hotels Or Lounges

If you have a connecting or a layover flight, it can be a pain in the ass with the kids to stay at the airport. It is even harder to find an affordable hotel or lounge near the airport.

You can go online and book lounges in advance. These lounges have special arrangements for the family with kids/toddlers. Opting for the airport lounges is a better idea to ease the stress after flying with children.

Your kid would be more comfortable and will be able to take sound sleep before boarding another flight.

●     Use Convenient Strollers

The idea of taking your child to the airport or on a long trip sucks. You might even feel the need to switch from your heavy-duty strollers to a considerable-sized stroller.

For this purpose, we would recommend the umbrella strollers. Umbrella strollers are lightweight and come with a shoulder strap. Their curvy handles and fabric seats make it more comfortable for the kids.

You can look up various guides before choosing the best umbrella strollers for travel. But, make sure that these strollers are safe and equipped with the harness. Most of the umbrella strollers come with storage for carrying children’s luggage at the airport.

●     Keep Equipped With Games

We know how hard it is to tackle the mood swings of kids. They may indulge in a single activity for long or might get bored and need a new activity.

Besides electronic devices like tablets, mobiles, and movies, you may carry some old-fashioned products to beat their tantrums. Board games are always fun to try and what’s better than a fun-learning board game.

Try to look for the best kid’s travel gear, which consists of the toys and playset that you can carry to the airport in the child’s luggage.

●     Try To Avoid Jet lag

We know how irritating a jet lag can be. Jet lags are caused due to the unusual and disturbed sleeping patterns due to traveling and different time zones.

Kids are already cranky, and jet lag might even make the situation worse. Try to tackle the jet lags using the science and advice method. The best practice to avoid jet lags is by using the right time zone.

Try to adjust your baby’s sleep patterns and meals according to the time zone of the place you are traveling. Not just for the baby, this advice should be adopted by everyone who faces jet lags.

Stay hydrated, take sunlight, exercise, and breathe to take out the stress of jetlag at the airport with kids.

Do’s and Don’ts of Flying With Kids:

If you are willing to fly with kids, we have shared the Do’s and Don’ts while flying with your child.

DO’s:

  • Bring Packed Snacks to the airport
  • Depart as early as possible to avoid delays in security checks.
  • Collect books and movies to watch for kids.
  • Book a seat with your kid to keep an eye on them.
  • Use child diapers or book seats near the restroom
  • Prepare your child’s airport luggage and use an umbrella stroller.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid heavy luggage
  • Let them kick the front seat
  • Let your kids play loud music.
  • Avoid flight with connections.

Final Thoughts: How To Ease The Stress In Airport With Kids?

So, here you go folks? Have you planned your holiday yet?

fly with kids
fly with kids

We have laid out a comprehensive guide to ease the stress at the airport when flying with children.

Prepare for the worst and train your kid on how to tackle if they get separated. Make sure that your child remembers his name, address, and parent’s name.

We hope this detailed guide makes your trip less stressful while flying with the kids. We would love to have your opinion on how to ease the stress at the airport with kids.

Also, you can ask any questions in the comments box.