Rediscover the magic of New York City. Make up for lost time in Times Square.

Times Square is NYC’s ultimate family-friendly destination. See the awe of TSQ’s dazzling lights and screens through kids’ eyes, and share the magic of a Broadway show, a unique shopping experience, and a family-style meal together. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, use our curated guide to find fun for the whole family.

Kid-Friendly Entertainment

Bring the whole family to experience the razzle dazzle of a Broadway show, with live performances that will delight and inspire theater-lovers of all ages. Check out our top-pick performances of kid-friendly and parent-approved shows the whole family is sure to love. Purchase tickets directly from theater’s box offices, or explore Special Family Offers from The Broadway League.

Make the experience extra special! Head to Times Square’s iconic Red Steps that house the beloved TKTS Booth, offering discounted tickets to dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Or, take a walking tour with Broadway Up Close for a back-stage look at Broadway’s past and present.

In addition to Broadway, take little ones to experience theater made just for them. Check out live performances that are both fun and enriching for the whole family at the New Victory Theater. This Off-Broadway space hosts programming in theater, dance, puppetry, circus, and more for children and family audiences.

Family-Style Dining
We all miss the energy, warmth, and comfort that comes from sharing big meals with family and loved ones. Experience the very best of Times Square’s restaurant scene that caters to large groups and picky eaters alike.

Find wow-factor portions and classic Southern Italian fare at Carmine’s, the original NYC Family Style Italian Restaurant. Platters of home-style antipasto, pasta, and decadent seafood and meat entrees are meant for sharing, and are sure to be a hit even among picky eaters. Plus, everyone gets a spoon to share over-the-top deserts like tiramisu, cannoli, and Italian cheesecake.

The whole family will love tropical vibes at Havana Central, a restaurant that celebrates Cuban food, music, and culture. Share big portions of classic crowd-pleasers like Cubano Clasico sandwiches, empanadas, and pernil asada, plus try traditional dishes paired with unique recipes that have been passed down for generations.

Classic Hollywood meets historic Times Square at Bacall’s Family Steakhouse, a unique family-style restaurant in the heart of the Theatre District. Try their signature home-cooked dishes with a Jewish and Romanian flair, all meant for sharing among a big group. You can’t go wrong pairing latkes and matzoh ball soup with decadent “for the table” desserts.

Enjoy family-favorites and classic Southern Italian cuisine to share at Tony’s DiNapoli. This bustling Old New York eatery is known for signature homestyle dishes like chicken parm, ravioli Bolognese, and shrimp scampi, each big enough to share among two or three people. We encourage you to come with a big family and a big appetite!

Find great food, great fun, and of course great cheesecake at Junior’s Restaurant. With not one but two locations in the heart of Times Square, this landmark restaurant has a range of menu items sure to please large groups and picky eaters. You can’t go wrong as long as you don’t forget to order dessert – try all the indulgent flavors of New York’s best cheesecake.

Magical Shopping Experiences
We’ve all missed that feeling of browsing through the aisles, hunting for the perfect gifts, and actually trying things on. Bring the family to magical retail experiences that will immerse kids in whimsical worlds of chocolate, donuts, animals, and storybook characters. Check out our top-picks of unique Times Square retailers that will wow shoppers of all ages.

  • Disney Store
  • Hershey’s Chocolate World
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Line Friends
  • M&M’s World
  • Pelé Soccer

Head to NYC’s most iconic neighborhood at the crossroads of the world to Make Up For Lost Time in Times Square. Check out our curated guide to find the best-of theaters, restaurants, shops, and more.