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Hi mamas,<br><br>
I'm a michigan mama but DP has been working out of NY for a while and DS and I are coming to visit him this weekend. We arrive saturday evening and are leaving wednesday afternoon. I've been to the city once before but DS was only 8 months at the time. Now he is 27 months and I really need to have some age appropriate activities lined up. I am planning on going to CMOM but don't really know what else to do.<br><br>
Also any reccomendations for toddler friendly dining would be great. He has food allergies so eating away from home can be stressful.<br><br>
Our hotel is in Times Square but DP has assured me that I can handle the subway with the LO so I'm willing to travel to get to some cool stuff.<br><br>
If you city mamas happen to have a playgroup or something like that scheduled I would love love love to join you. DP will be working a lot so I'll be on my own with the little guy. Thanks for any advice.<br><br>
~Erin
 

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try hitting the metropolitan museum of art. it is a good place to just spend some time. there are a few cafes there as well. that is right on central park, so then spending some time in the part can be fun, as long as it is not too cold! if you can find it, sheep's meadow is a nice, big, open area. it is right on the park, east from lincoln center. real birth has drop in play classes for toddlers in chelsea and midtown. i attended a postpartum support group for months at the chelsea location and the classes always looked so fantastic! here's the calendars:<br><a href="http://www.realbirth.com/index.php?module=calendar&calendar[view]=week&MMN_position=13:13" target="_blank">chelsea</a><br><a href="http://www.realbirth.com/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=57&MMN_position=85:85" target="_blank">midtown</a><br><br><a href="http://www.karmakidsyoga.com" target="_blank">karma kids yoga</a> might be a good place to look for a drop in type thing too. i've heard great things. just give them a ring about their drop-in policies.<br><br>
hope that helps! have fun! we moved away from the city in august and miss it very much...it is a fun place for toddler...just make sure that you have a lightweight stroller/baby carrier....most of the subway stops do not have elevators!
 

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First I will say that in my experience, New Yorkers are very kind and accommodating when they see a mom with a toddler in tow. So you should have a great time. Depending on the weather, the Central Park Zoo is small but fun. It also seems to me that children of that age are pretty easily entertained, a simple bus ride to tour the city would probably be enough.
 

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The Museum of Natural History is awesome. That area, the Upper West side is filled with restaurant after restaurant of mostly child friendly restaurants.<br><br>
There's a natural/ AP store called metro minis (<a href="http://www.metrominis.com" target="_blank">www.metrominis.com</a>) that has workshops and would probably be a great place to pop into if it gets really cold. There should also be info about AP meet ups there, too.<br><br>
There's a wonderful art museum for kids in Chinatown (right off the N train- really accessible to Times Square) (<a href="http://cmany.org/intro.php?pn=home" target="_blank">http://cmany.org/intro.php?pn=home</a>)<br>
It has great art classes for kids.<br><br>
If it gets really cold and you just want to run around for awhile, you can always check out the obnoxious (but free!) Manhattan mall on 34th street and Broadway. There's food courts and the like and you and the LO can just run around the mall for a bit<br><br>
DD is up- I'll think up more and post later<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Great suggestions, all. Just wanted to chime in that a carrier (rather than a stroller) makes it even easier to negotiate NYC, particularly the subways. Of course, your dc may be getting a bit hefty, at least mine is, but, hey, it's built-in exercise.
 
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