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About Me & My Family

Never content to stay in one place, Meryl loves exploring the world and sharing her findings about food and travel. The president and founder of New York City-based MDP Publicity, she is an expert in niche travel, concentrating on new experiences in family, luxury, food & wine, getaway, culture, spa, wine, sports and adventure holidays. Her new book -- Fodor’s Family: New York City with Kids -- has just been published, a fitting complement to her writings about New York City for the Fodor’s Guidebook series and other outlets like the World Travel Guide (New York), New York Magazine Family, and Boston Herald.
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Where Families Can Go When the Weather is Bad in NYC

Heat, humidity, rain, snow -- New York has it all.  And you don't want to miss a step of this wonderful city if the weather isn't cooperating.  Here are some places to enjoy indoors without much outdoor time.


23rd Street and 12th Avenue
Pier 61 New York (Manhattan), New York

reviewed on: September 15 2009

"Sports village guaranteed to keep you busy"
Here’s a sports village guaranteed to keep you busy all day with lots of drop-in programs.  Little ones can run and jump themselves silly at the Toddler Adventure Center.  Older kids and adults can climb a rock wall, improve their batting skills or play arcade games while they bowl (bowling -- Sunday- Wednesday only).  And, yes, bowling lanes have bumpers so all ages will be happy.  

Not enough?  You can roller skate, ice-skate, walk the balance beam, or even grab a mother-daughter manicure at the spa.  The Chelsea Brewing Company with its river-facing restaurant and kids’ corner will keep you energized.   A word of caution: in super-hot weather, you might need to wait for a bus outdoors if there are no taxis.


American Museum of Natural History
79th Street And Central Park West New York (Manhattan), New York

reviewed on: September 15 2009

"Dinosaurs and more"
Dinosaurs?  That’s where you’ll probably start. But the classic wildlife dioramas shouldn’t be missed.  Nor should the Hall of Gems, the rooms of animals, butterflies that land on you, and the terrific food court that really understands kids…. And that’s before you even venture to the Rose Center.  

The planetarium show is always enlightening as are the nature movies shown in the IMAX theater.  Since you’ll have extra time, you can buy tickets for some of the current, special exhibits like Frogs: A Chorus of Colors or Extreme Mammals: they’re usually terrific and most offer timed admissions so you can schedule a movie, lunch, the exhibit and see T. rex, too.


550 Madison Avenue
New York (Manhattan), New York


212 West 83rd Street
New York (Manhattan), New York


1560 Broadway
New York (Manhattan), New York

reviewed on: September 15 2009

"Lots to do"
Although spending a day here involves moving from one place to another, you can concentrate on a few activities and stay inside 95% of the time.  Some are actually interconnected with kid-friendly restaurants and escalators. Ripley’s Believe It or Not sits next to Madame Tussauds’ wax museum.  Two mega-movieplexes face each other and there’s an arcade to beat all arcades, Dave and Busters.  

If culture’s more your thing, the New Victory and New Amsterdam Theaters are both awesome for families.


234 W. 42nd Street
New York (Manhattan), New York

reviewed on: September 08 2009

This is a fabulous indoor "museum" where you can spend the day among "wax" celebrities.  Watch out for scarier parts, not appropriate for younger children.  There are challenge, games, history and lots to entertain.  It's a bit pricey, but it's worth the visit.


234 West 42nd Street
New York (Manhattan), New York

reviewed on: September 15 2009

Ripley’s  Believe It or Not! Times Square is located in the heart of New York’s Times Square and offers visitors the ultimate insight into the world of the odd and bizarre. Marvel at hundreds of weird and unusual artifacts in over twenty themed galleries, spanning two floors.

Whether examining a six-legged cow, a lock of Elvis’ hair, 24 shrunken heads, a section of the Berlin wall, or a life-size albino giraffe, the amazing Ripley’s Believe It or Not collection proves that fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

For over 40 years, Robert Ripley - the real-life Indiana Jones - traveled the world collecting the unbelievable, the inexplicable, the one-of-a-kind. All of it amazing, strange, creepy and much of


214 West 42nd Street
New York (Manhattan), New York


209 West 42nd Street
New York (Manhattan), New York

234 W. 42nd St., 3rd Floor
New York (Manhattan), New York