1. See the classic sights of Manhattan. The best view is from the top of the Empire State Building (esbnyc.com) where elevators whisk you up to an observation deck on the 80th floor. The neon razzmatazz of Times Square is another must-see, as is the Rockefeller Center (rockefellercenter.com).
2. Shop at mega toy stores like Fifth Avenue’s FAO Schwarz and Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square.
3. Run free in Central Park, NYC’s 340-ha green oasis where you can cycle, fly kites, throw Frisbees, ride on a vintage carousel or visit the Wildlife Center.
4. Cower beneath dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History (amnh.org) where you’ll find T Rex, Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus.
5. Cruise to the Statue of Liberty (nps.gov/stli) and gaze in awe at the 225-tonne icon with the 140-cm-long nose, before continuing to Ellis Island (ellisisland.org) where the Immigration Museum brings history to life.
6. Catch a show on Broadway. Long-running children’s favorites include The Lion King, while the New Victory Theatre (newvictory.org) stages shows and dance performances exclusively for family audiences.
7. Kayak on the Hudson River with the Manhattan Kayak Company (manhattankayak.com). Or, if you prefer something zippier, board the Beast (circleline42.com) for a 70-km/h speedboat ride around the harbor.
8. Board the USS intrepid, a Second World War aircraft carrier moored at Pier 86 (intrepidmuseum.org)
9. Learn how to make a movie or animate a cartoon at the American Museum of the Moving Image (amml.org)
10. Ride in style on a stretch limo over Brooklyn Bridge or flit over the Big Apple with New York Helicopter? (newyorkhelicopter.com).