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A Child-Friendly Afternoon in Manhattan

Your family just woke up in a cozy room at Hotel Mela, a Midtown Manhattan hotel that offers great views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline, and your child asks "what are we going to do today?" Well we've got some answers. Here are two sure-bet ideas for a child-friendly afternoon in one of the world's most sensational places. F.A.O. Schwarz. How does breakfast with a toy soldier sound? F.A.O. Schwarz offers a 45 minute private tour of the iconic toy-land. The tour wraps up with a continental breakfast at the famous BIG Piano. Tours begin one hour before the store opens. Your kids will be delighted with a greeting from a real-life Toy Soldier! Ask the soldiers to pose for a picture and capture a family memory you'll look back on fondly. German immigrant Frederick Schwarz opened "Schwarz Brothers - Importers" in 1870- and we're all thankful! Located at: 767 5th Avenue Manhattan, NY. Call for details on private tours: (212) 644-9400.end_of_the_skype_highlighting Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex. Kid and adult activities abound at the Chelsea Piers, located between 17th and 23rd Street, right on the Hudson River. Opened in 1995, the 28-acre complex transformed historic, abandoned piers into a hub of family fun. Hours of operation and prices vary based on activity. After a long day of play, grab a bite and a brew at the Chelsea Brewing Company. Expect fresh craft beer, gourmet pub cuisine and absolutely dynamic views of the Hudson River thanks to a two story glass wall. Try a Chelsea Brewing Company gourmet pizza or scrumptious salad and when temps allow, be sure to grab a seat on the patio. Located on pier 59. Hotel Mela's Desire Suite offers one queen bed and a separate living area that includes a sofa. At approximately 400sf, the Desire Suite can accommodate four guests (perfect for families).