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FAO Schwarz

Year Round

767 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
At Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.
From the toy soldier at the front door, you'll notice this store is a special destination for kids. The flagship store has three floors and 50,000 feet of kid delights. The Giant Piano Dancers opening ceremony is on Saturdays and Sundays and happens at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after the hour. You can even try it yourself but you might think twice after watching the professionals make their own magic. On the first floor are giant life-sized stuffed animals (and littler ones too!) and a computer-controled light show. On the second floor, you'll find the giant piano that Tom Hanks danced on in Big as well as areas you can make your own Hot Wheels, Madame Alexander dolls, adopt a baby at a newborn nursery, design a Barbie, ALEX crafts and much more.  On the lower level is the baby, toddler, pre-school area, the Book Nook and a special nursing area. Storytime runs at 1pm and 3pm Monday-Friday.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Sunday, 11am-6pm; Monday-Wednesday, 10am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-8pm.
Website:http://www.fao.com/custsvc/custsvc.jsp?sectionId=560
Phone:(212) 644-9400
Subway:N, R at 5th Avenue and 60th Street. Walk two blocks downtown. A, B, C, D or 1 0r 9 to 59th Street and Columbus Circle. Take Central Park West to 5th Avenue and then walk one block down to 58th Street.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 or Q32 to 59th Street. The northbound buses stop on Madison Avenue and the southbound buses stop on 5th Avenue. From Madison Avenue, walk west toward Fifth Avenue.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.
Bathrooms:Yes

"Downtown: Where New York Began" Tuesday Tours

Municipal Art Society

Year Round

111 West 57th Street, Manhattan
The address above is MAS' office. For this tour, meet at the Downtown Information Center, 55 Exchange Place, Suite 401.
Downtown — its history, architecture, art, and its fascinating denizens. Tour include Federal Hall, the U.S. Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, Fraunces Tavern, U.S. Custom House, and Bowling Green.

Tips:
The tour is about one and half hours.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Suggested donation is $10.
Ticket info:Adults, please bring photo ID. Click here to learn more about other MAS tours throughout the city.

Good for:All
Times:Tuesdays, 12:30pm
Phone:(212) 439-1049
Website:www.mas.org
Founded in 1893, the Municipal Art Society of New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization "fighting for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy."
Phone:(212) 935-3960
Parking on site:No
Limited parking available depending on tour.
Bathrooms:No

"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.
Fees:Fee
Ticket info:
Good for:Children
Hours:Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, closed Mondays, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Website:http://www.mcny.org/
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.
Bathrooms:Yes

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.

Tips:
The museum shop has unique and clever gifts in a wide price range that reflects the atmosphere of the museum and mansion.
Fees:Fee
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.
Website:www.frick.org
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.
Bathrooms:Yes
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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).
Fees:Fee
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.
Website:http://www.amnh.org/
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.
Bathrooms:Yes
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