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The Frugal Family Takes Manhattan!!


Family vacations are a great way to shake up your routine, depart from the norm and try something new.  For my own small-town Midwestern family, New York City is about as different from our daily life as we can get.  So, when Kmart announced that they would be hosting a Playdate Place Event in the Big Apple this July — and that my whole family was invited — I was beyond thrilled.  Not only would I get to connect with fellow bloggers, my husband and I would get to show our kids, ages 11 and 7, around the city that we’ve both come to know and love for the very first time.

New York isn’t known as a frugal city by any stretch of the imagination.  Hotels, fine dining and Broadway shows are expensive and can add up quickly.  However, my husband and I soon discovered that many of the experiences we wanted our kids to have while in New York are very inexpensive, or absolutely free.    Among our top ten ideas for family fun:

  1. Ride the subway ($2.50 for a single ride ticket)
  2. Take a walk through Central Park (free)
  3. Nosh on New York style egg sandwiches for breakfast, street food for lunch (under $5 per meal)
  4. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge (free)
  5. Take the Staten Island Ferry for a great skyline view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty (free)
  6. View Ground Zero and World Trade Center site (free)
  7. Walk through Rockefeller Plaza while The Today Show is taping (free)
  8. Visit Chinatown for trinket shopping, Dim Sum lunch, and browsing the fish markets (under $20 per person)
  9. Walk through the lobby of the Plaza Hotel and FAO Schwarz, which my son remembers from the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York movie (free to look)
  10. See the lights and billboards of Times Square at night (free)

Have you brought your kids to New York City?  Leave your comments below letting me know what frugal things you enjoyed as a family!

Kim is a sponsored Playdate Place contributor

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