Best Things to Do in Times Square with Kids

Are you visiting Times Square with Kids? In this article we are sharing our favorite things to do in Times Square with kids.

Visiting Times Square is a must when visiting New York City with kids. It is busy, fun, and full of NYC energy. There are a few places we like to see each time we visit this popular New York state attraction.

On our last couple of visits to New York City we wanted to stay in the center of the city and Times Square is a great location. It is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan and close to subway stops.

This list is our picks for the best things to do in Times Square with kids.

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Attractions in Times Square with Kids

Visit the Unique Shops in Times Square

If you enjoy shopping you will find many of your favorite stores to shop in. I like to visit the unique places that we can’t find anywhere else when visiting Times Square.

Some of my favorite stores are the Disney Store, M & M World, and, Hershey’s Chocolate World. If you are looking for NYC gifts check out the many Broadway and NYC themed stores.

See a Broadway Show

One of the reasons people visit NYC is to see a Broadway show. If you are visiting with kids I highly suggest adding the musical Aladdin to your itinerary. It is high energy and fun for all ages.

On our first visit to NYC Broadway was shut down because of the pandemic. We made the best of it and walked around NYC finding the stage doors of all the shows we love. This is really fun if you have a theater lover in your home.

times square with kids broadway shows

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Ellen’s Stardust Diner is part show, part dining experience. Guests can dine while listening to Broadway songs performed by the wait staff.

It is touristy and fun to enjoy a meal here. A few things to know about visiting Ellen’s. It can get very busy. Expect a wait during normal dining hours. The prices are pretty high, even for NYC standards.

The food is okay. If you are a fan of Broadway it is fun but if you not you may want to skip it. We would go again because it was a fun atmosphere and you are supporting the actors in the industry.

times square with kids ellens stardust diner

Madame Tussauds New York

Madame Tussauds is a “The World’s Greatest Wax Museum” as per their website. It is a fun experience to take pictures with the rich and famous in this walk through wax museum exhibit.

They have a Broadway section, NYC celebrities, as well as an 4D Marvel show that can be added on to admission.

Stay in Times Square

Staying in Times Square is a great way to be in the middle of all the excitement. Our recent stay at the Westin Times Square allowed us to easily walk to the Broadway shows and other attractions during our visit.

When visiting with kids you want to take into account how much walking they can do and what works best for your family.

Try NYC Street Vendors

My husband is the driving force when planning our meals during our trips and he was very excited for the food in New York City. You will see food carts throughout the city and they are totally worth trying.

We loved the Halal Guys food and with locations all through the city this is a must try when visiting the city.

times square with kids food vendors


RiseNY is a new attraction in Times Square that is part ride and part museum. We didn’t have the opportunity to check it out on our recent visit but I am adding it to our list for next time.

Learn about the history of New York City then soar above the city on an immersive attraction. It is like Soarin’ at Epcot with a NYC twist. This looks like a fun attraction for families and I look forward to seeing it on our next visit.

Attractions Close to Times Square for Families

There are a few attractions close to Times Square that are worth mentioning. You may want to add these to your itinerary. We haven’t had the opportunity to visit them all yet but they are on our list for future visits.

Top of the Rock

If you are looking for views of the city check out Top of the Rock that allows guests to go to the top of Rockefeller Center.

The Tour at NBC Studios

The Tour at NBC Studios has been on our list to visit since our first family visit to NYC. Unfortunately it has been on pause since the pandemic. When it is open guests can get a behind the scenes look at SNL and The Tonight Show as well as history of the NBC studios.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is a historic landmark with over 60 dining and shopping options. If you are looking for an indoor place to explore and grab a meal the Grand Central Terminal is a great choice.


There are a few unique stores we like to check out when visiting New York City. The Nintendo Store is two stories of Nintendo history and merchandise. The American Girl store is a destination in itself. You can enjoy time at the spa or on-site restaurant.

Nearby is also the famous toy store, FAO Schwartz. It is not the original location but a fun store to explore. If you don’t mind a further walk you may want to check out the Harry Potter Store too.

Tips for Visiting Times Square with Kids

  • Times Square is busy and fast. Keep your kids close and be aware of your surroundings.
  • There are many “characters” walking around that will take pictures with you. These range from Elmo to Mickey Mouse. Unless you are planning on paying them for the photos keep walking with a simple “No, Thank You”.
  • It is easy to rush from one place to another but find a spot to stop and take it all in. From the buildings to giant billboards there is so much to see.

Visiting Times Square with kids is a fun way to spend your time in New York City. You will not run out of things to do and see as you explore New York.

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