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"On The Move" Toys and Miniatures from the Collection

Museum of the City of New York

Year Round

1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
At East 103rd Street.
On the Move is a special installation of toy and miniature vehicles from the Museum's Permanent Collection that not only suggest the lives of the children who played with them but also reveal how transportation evolved and changed in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The transportation toys on view are modeled on vehicles once commonly recognized throughout our city: Boats for traversing New York's rivers and harbors; horse-drawn carts and wagons used for local transport, conveying goods throughout the city, and enabling police and fire departments to get where they were needed; and the gas-powered automobiles and trucks that were traveling the city's streets and crossing its great bridges by the early 20th century.

The museum is a treasure trove of images and objects from New York City.
Ticket info:
Good for:Children
Hours:Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, closed Mondays, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Phone:(212) 534-1672
Subway:#6 to 103rd Street station, walk three blocks west #2 or #3 train to Central Park North/110th St. station, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street.
Bus:M1, M3, M4, M106 to 104th Street, M2 to 101st Street.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.

A Visit to The Frick

The Frick Collection

Year Round

1 East 70th Street, Manhattan
Corner of Fifth Avenue.
More than any other mansion-turned-museum along New York  City's Fifth Avenue, the Frick maintains the best sense of what the home must have felt like to guests of collector and industrialist Henry C. Frick.  Frick's  Pittsburgh-based coke and steel empire financed his interest in art, much of which he left to the public upon hi sdeath in 1919.   The mansion holds many of the oroiginal furnishings which help to provide its "lived in" feel. 

The Collection includes major paintings by the great European artists such as Vermeer, significant works of sculpture including small bronzes, superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs and many other notable works ranging from the 14th century to the 19th century. 

This is the place in NYC to see Vermeers and one of the finest places to view the works of Whistler, Van Dyk, Frans Hals, Holbein the Younger and Boucher.  Don't miss Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington.

The museum shop has unique and clever gifts in a wide price range that reflects the atmosphere of the museum and mansion.
Ticket prices:$18, adults; $12, senior citizens (62 and over); $5, students with valid identification. On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The price of admission includes the ArtPhone audio guide.
Ticket info:
Good for:Adults
Hours:10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday. 11am-5pm Sundays. Closed Monday and major holidays.
Phone:(212) 288-0700
Subway:MTA Lexington Avenue line #6 local to 68th Street. Walk east toward Central Park.
Bus:Heading downtown/South: M1, M2, M3 and M4 on Fifth Avenue. Get off at 72nd Street. Heading uptown/North: M1, M2, M3, M4 to Madison Avenue to 70th Street.
Parking on site:No
If the public garage across the street on East 70th is full, continue driving along East 70th Street toward the East Side. Many garages as you continue driving.
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American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Year Round

Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan
The Museum is located right across the street from Central Park on Central Park West. The Frederick Phineas & Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space is on the north side of the Museum on West 81st Street, just west of Central Park West. Access is also available through the Museum from Central Park West at 79th Street.
Much to do and much to see!  Several new and newly renovated halls of the Museum beckon families back for extraordinary fun and wonder.  The Museum has completed a major renovation of the historic 77th Street lobby that restored the grandeur of its original 1904 design and celebrates the preservation and revitalization of a century-old Museum icon—the 63-foot-long Great Canoe.

The dinosaur fossil presentation on the fourth floor is one of the coolest displays of sheer magnitude, featuring the formidable creatures in action poses.  The dino bones are among the best in the world and for more drama, T-Rex has recently been reset so that he (she?) stands as in life. 

This year Whoopie Godberg narrates a Journey to the Stars and brings you back 13 billion years to the origen of these celestial bodies (thru December 31).  Also on the calendar The World's Largest Dinosuars (thru January 2, 2012)and Frogs (back for an encore until January 8, 2012).

The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater IMAX theater was renovated a few years ago and features a forty-foot-high, sixty-six-foot-wide screen and a state-of-the-art digital sound system. Through January 8, 2012 see Tornado Alley from 10:30am-4:30pm (every hour on the half hour).
Ticket prices:Suggested donation is $19 for adults, $10.50 for children 2-12 and $14.50 for seniors and students with ID.
Ticket info:Call ahead for tickets or go to web site for multi-exhibit ticket deals and online purchase.
Good for:All
Hours:The American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Space and Earth (formerly the Hayden Planetarium) are open daily 10:00am - 5:45pm. The Museums are closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Phone:(212) 769-5100
Subway:B (weekdays) or C to 81st Street. 1 to 79th Street.
Bus:M7, M10, M11, or M104 to 79th Street. M79 to Central Park West.
Parking on site:Yes
Parking facility is located right at the museum. Entrance is on 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. It is open 8am – 11pm. Be sure to have the ticket validated at the Museum.

Bartow-Pell Guided Mansion Tours

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Year Round

895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx, New York, Bronx
19th Century national landmark building and grounds houses examples of 19th century furnishings and decorative arts set among nine acres of serene gardens open year round. A carriage house on the property provides a look into the running of a country estate pre-automobile (and is open from April through October). 
Ticket prices:Adults $5, Seniors/Students $3, children under 6 Free Grounds are free.
Ticket info:The Museum will not be open for guided tours during the afternoons on Dec 11-12 when the tours are replaced by The Bronx Arts Ensemble Holiday Concerts at 1pm and 3pm.
Good for:Children
Mansion tours may not be for very young children.
Times:Tours are held Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 12-4pm Tours begin at a quarter after the hour and are approximately 45 minutes in length.12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
Hours:Grounds open daily, 8:30am-4:30pm Regular tours of the mansion are Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 12pm-4pm
Phone:(718) 885-1461
Subway:#6 train to Pelham Station, transfer to Westchester Bee-line #45 to the first stop.
Bus:Westchester Bee-line #45 to the first stop.
Other:By car, exit the Hutchinson River Parkway or I-95 at City Island/Orchard Beach. From I-95, merge onto Shore Road. Follow 1.1 miles over drawbridge and straight to traffic circle. From Hutchinson River Parkway, follow exit ramp ½ mile to traffic circle. Bear left ¾ of the way around traffic circle to Shore Road North. Follow Shore Road North 4/10 miles. Enter stone gates on the right.
Parking on site:Yes
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Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

Year Round

2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Near 182nd Street and Bronx Park South.
This is the largest metropolitan zoo in the country and it is a gem! Over 4,000 animals, including rare and endangered species, are cared for in this 265 acre state-of-the-art wildlife conservation park. The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Bronx Zoo are making an aggressive effort to reduce the zoo's carbon footprint. The Bronx Zoo is at the cutting edge of re-engineering their entire facility to a more “green” environment with new eco-friendly exhibits, buildings and intra-zoo transportation. While you are here, say hello to James Marjani, the giraffe calf who is getting to know his territory at his mother's side.

More information on the special holiday celebrations at the Bronx Zoo  will be available on  The zoo has plans for its annual Presents to the Animals plus ice carving demos, reindeeer exhibits, a toy and coat drive and great holiday shopping (at the zoo or online) in December.
Ticket prices:Adults $16; Children 3-12, $12; Seniors $14. Free admission to all on Pay-What-You-Wish-Wednesdays (donations welcome). Special rides and attractions are an additional fee ($4-6).
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Winter hours at the zoo: November 1 , 2010 through April 1, 2011 hours are 10:00am - 4:30pm. Through October the Zoo is open until 5pm weekdays; 5:30pm weekends and holidays. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. To make a donation in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, go to
Phone:(718) 367-1010
Subway:2 or 5 train to East Tremont Ave/West Farms Square. At street level, walk straight ahead (follow train uptown) on Boston Road 2 1⁄2 blocks to the Zoo’s Asia Gate entrance (Gate A).
Bus:Bx9 or Bx19 buses to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd, the Zoo’s Southern Blvd pedestrian entrance (Gate C). The BxM11 express bus between the zoo and Manhattan makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then directly to the zoo’s Bronx River entrance.
Train:MetroNorth’s Harlem line to Fordham, then take the Bx9 bus eastward to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd. pedestrian entrance (Gate C). MetroNorth's Hudson line to University Heights, then take the Bx12 east along Fordham Road into Bronx Park and zoo entrance.
Other:For driving directions link to
Parking on site:Yes
Cars $13

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