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21 Cool and Unusual Kid-Friendly Places in New York City

Hidden gems to earn you major parent brownie points.

New York City is a bustling cornucopia of sights and sounds, packed with hidden gems to delight the most curious of explorers, including those most discerning members of the family: the kids. 

Beyond the razzle-dazzle of major tourist attractions are plenty of surprising, lesser known places that are also great for children. Tropical forests hidden down alleyways, giant chessboards tucked inside offices, and shops piled high with superhero supplies are but some of the spots that can be found in the city’s vibrant streets, if you know where to look. Here are 21 kid-friendly places that will win everyone’s approval while exploring the Big Apple.

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