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Hershey's Times Square
  Hershey’s Times Square – Be prepared for the kids to go into sugar overload when you go into Hershey’s “Great American Chocolate Company” store, with 16 floors of candy, including personalized and giant-size candies. The outside is equally impressive, Hershey’s Reese’s, Twizzler’s and more, in neon and bright lights on Broadway.
    Madame Tussauds – It's tacky and wonderful and if you're going to see any of Madame Tussauds wax museums, New York is the place to do it. Madame Tussauds is a way into United States culture. Kids can stand next to famous actors and actresses, musical stars, hot-shot sports figures, baseball players, American presidents.
Ripley's Believe it or Not
  Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – Ripley’s Odditorium at Times Square fits right in with the carnival ambiance of the neighborhood. Inside check out the albino giraffe, shrunken head, section of the Berlin Wall, a 16th century meteorite, and more strange and wonderful artifacts from all over the globe.
    Discovery Times SquareChanging exhibits, it might spies, ship wrecks, the terra cotta warriors from China, King Tut, Leonardo da Vinci. Click here for latest info.
    The New Victory Theater – The New Victory Theater on 42nd St. has shows for kids and families, presenting theater, dance, puppets, music, and circus performances from all over the world. This is an opportunity to see something unique – it could be a puppet show from Finland, punk rock and Irish dance, Chinese acrobats, comedy from Canada, juggling from France, fairy tales from England, and more. Click here for the schedule.
   

Theater tickets – Buy tickets for Broadway shows in advance, or you can try your luck at half-price tickets when you get to New York. Go to the TKTS Discount Booth at Duffy Square for the same-day tickets, the shows available are posted out front. Prepare to wait in line (outdoors) and pay cash. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, there’s also a TKTS ticket stand at South Street Seaport (199 Water St.). Click here to search for shows in advance.

If you have teens along, here’s an online review of plays, Play by Play, reviewed and written by teens.

kids books times square
     
The Cricket in Times Square - children's books New York City  
The Cricket in Times Square
George Selden, Garth Williams

Best-loved tale of Chester, a cricket from the country who accidentally ends up in New York. Befriended by savvy Tucker Mouse and warm-hearted Harry Cat, Chester's singing makes him a celebrity in the subway station. (Chapter book)

 

(More children's books on other New York City pages)
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