The Metropolitan Museum of Art is another must. Head for the knights and armor for a sure thrill for the battle-fixated in your brood. Or explore some of the designated kid and family programs that will help put art in context. For some pre-trip reading to warm them up, treat your kids to the 1967 classic, “From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” about the adventures of two kids who “run away” to live for several days in the Met. But don’t go looking for the exhibits described in the book; many have changed over the years.
Tip: Many museums in New York City — including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum — are pricey but the admission price is actually not mandatory; it is a “suggested donation.” In other words, pay what you can, or what you think is reasonable, for your brood. We’ve heard the staff really don’t look askance at you or try to intimidate you into paying more.