Affordable Family Fun

acrogodess By acrogodess, 13th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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free or low cost activities for families in the NYC area

Five Fun Low Cost Family Activities in NYC



This is a list of my personal top 5 of family friendly and affordable activities in NYC. It is easy to verify by checking the websites of these places to see if their pricing has changed.

1. The Bronx Zoo: on Wednesdays families can get into the Bronx Zoo by donation. There is a suggested admission fee, but if you do not have the money, you do not have to pay it or you can offer a nominal donation of $1-5 if you feel bad. The Zoo generally banks on the fact that if you aren’t spending on admission, you will spend more at their restaurants and souvenir shops. You can easily upgrade to their Total Experience package for just $9.95 per person and this will allow you access to other exhibits or rides that are normally paid for separately. There is typically a sign that will vary by season informing you of what the Total Experience package will include. Best time of year to go is during the spring and fall, when children are still in school.

2. A personal favorite for my family is The American Museum of Natural History. The admissions fee is suggested and while the suggested rates are pretty pricey, you can donate a small amount. Their souvenir shop is pretty affordable.

3. Another family favorite is The New York Botanical Garden which is located in the Bronx right across the street from The Bronx Zoo. There is free access to the grounds all day on Wednesdays and on Saturdays between 9am-10am. Your free entry will not cover any special exhibits. It is still a nice experience to walk through all the budding trees and flowers. Watch it for the bees though come spring.

4. For families with younger children, I recommend the Children’s Museum of Manhattan which offers free entry on the first Friday of the month between 5pm-8pm.

5. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Fridays are free admissions between 4pm-8pm and you can access ALL exhibits. Children 16 and under are free at all times so if you’d rather go during the day be prepared for mom and dad to pay $25 apiece.

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Affordable Activities, Bronx Zoo, Family Fun, Museums, Things To Do In Nyc

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Feb 2014 (#)

Good suggestions for the NY area. I've never been there, but I like the postcards... ;)

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author avatar acrogodess
14th Feb 2014 (#)

I still remember when I could go to NYC and get some pretty postcards for 10 for $1, now they're about a $1 apiece

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Feb 2014 (#)

Well shut my mouth....I didn't think you could do anything for free or almost free in The Big Apple. Just goes to show you how much this old country boy knows.

You can still remember when you could get ten postcards for a dollar in NYC? You don't look old enough to remember that far back. ;-))

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author avatar acrogodess
14th Feb 2014 (#)

I have a son about to be a teenager next month. Still remember penny candies too

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Feb 2014 (#)

Oh, well, You're still a young'un. My oldest grandson is eighteen and will be starting West Point this fall. My oldest granddaughter is sixteen.

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author avatar acrogodess
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Yes. I am in my early 30s. I am busy caring for my grandmother, homeschooling, and working from home. Our current budget makes it so that if we do fun things, it's because it is free or low cost, but I was always miserly with spending. Heh.

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author avatar Retired
16th Feb 2014 (#)

Great ideas :)

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