New York City: Fun for the Young at Heart

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They say New York is the city that never sleeps. And while the city is ideal for a vacation full of late nights out on the town, New York City also offers plenty of culture and entertainment that’s sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. In fact, from a Harry Potter experience in Times Square, to a hotel package fit for a little princess, we found several options designed just for kids, and their fun-loving parents.

Calling all witches and wizards! Harry Potter: The Exhibition (pictured) is making one final stop in North America and The Westin, New York at Times Square is giving guests an opportunity to see it, VIP-style.

Priced from $339 per night, the Harry Potter VIPpackage includes accommodations and two tickets to the exhibit, as well as front-of-the-line access and no black out dates.

Located at the Discovery Times Square Exhibition, just a short walk from the hotel, Harry Potter: The Exhibition gives visitors a chance to step into the magical world from the Harry Potter film series. Authentic artifacts from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”—in theaters July 15— will be on display, along with 200 other original props and costumes used in pervious “Harry Potter” films. All props are displayed in elaborate settings such as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft dormitories, Hagrid’s hut and the Great Hall.

The Harry Potter VIP package is available through Sept. 4. For reservations and more information, visit westinny.com and use rate code HARRY 1-2 when booking.

Meanwhile, The Roosevelt Hotel, NYC is celebrating the Broadway production of “Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure” with an Escape to Wonderland package available through May 31.

Priced at $395 per night, guests who book this package will receive two tickets to “Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure,” two Mad Hatter cocktails at the hotel’s Madison Club Lounge or mad46 rooftop lounge and a take-home DVD of Tim Burton’s “Alice and Wonderland.” For more information, call(888) TEDDY-NY or visit theroosevelthotel.com.

For sports lovers young and old, recommend a stay at one of New York City’s five Affinia Hotels to enjoy the For the Love of the Game package.

Priced from $216, this package includes upgrade to a 1-bedroom suite and in-room goodies, including Crackerjacks and choice of a 6-pack of beer or bottle of wine, a $10 Metrocard for guests to take the subway to see their favorite team, a $10 gift card to Modell’s Sports, as well as late check-out. For more information, call (866) 246-2203 and mention promo code GAME or visit affinia.com/loveofthegame.

Or, recommend the Little Sports Fan in the City package available at Park South Hotel. With this package, guests receive a special sports-themed amenity bag for little ones, complimentary European-style breakfast, cookies and milk at turndown, complimentary glass of wine for the adults, a $25 gift certificate to the NBA Store, discount coupons to Toys R US, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, a complimentary Wii console for use during stay and a 20 percent discount at Black Duck Restaurant.

Park South Hotel also has a Princess in the City package, which features the same amenities as the Little Sports Fan package. This package includes a princess-themed amenity bag and a $25 America Girl gift certificate in lieu of aforementioned sports-themed amenity bag and NBA Store certificate.

Nightly rates at Park South Hotel start at $300 per night (specific package rates not available at press time). For more information, visit parksouthhotel.com.