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Fun Places to Take Kids to in CNY

Updated on February 10, 2014

Child Friendly Fun Stuff to Do and See

Whether you live in CNY (Central New York) or just thinking of planning a visit to the Syracuse area; this lens is dedicated to spotlighting kid friendly places. Kids have venues and places to they like to go and meet other kids. Some places can be mentally and visually enriching, and some are just for kids just to be kids, and have fun. I created a list of some places for children to go play, see, and even learn in CNY. These are some places that as a parent I discovered, and wanted to share them with you. I hope you go and explore these cool places, and if you already have I hope you share it with your friends.

Bob the Bear
Bob the Bear

Kidz Club

Indoor Playground and more

Winner of the Family Times best place for a party in 2011 and 2013; one of my family's personal favorite place to play. Located in Phoenix, NY it has a six thousand square foot area filled with fun. The area is filled with playground equipment, imagination areas( a bank, cafe, post office, restaurant,etc), and a pirate ship. The background walls are simply beautiful, as they are painted with different scenes, such as children playing. Books and toys for the kids to play with, and costumes for them to play pretend. Suited for children 8yrs and under. Pay only $8, and play all day. Or pay $10 to get a meal and play all day. For the adults there is free coffee and wifi. Memberships are available upon request. Sometimes if you check other deal sites you can find deal packages and other promotions from sites like Livingsocial, Groupon, and Sweetjack. They also have special events such as holiday parties, which sometimes feature "Bob the Bear", magicians, musicians, and more. They are available for parties too. For more information please see the commercial found below and go to-

Kidz Club Commercial


Bounce Houses

Inflatable Play Places

Bounce houses seem to be all the rage with children under 10 these days, and here is a list of the popular ones in the Syracuse area.

Live 2 Bounce - Located in Drivers Village, Cicero NY. This winner of the Family Times "Best Party Place" 2 yrs in a row is also open for birthday parties. They offer a nightclub atmosphere with music, and lights. Bounce like a rock star. Please go to for more info.

Merlin's Ice Cream & Bounce House - Is Located in Baldwinsville, NY. For those who prefer a more quiet bounce house, and less sensory stimulating. Plus you can get ice cream sundaes after you bounce. Fun for the whole family. Available for birthday parties too. For more information please go to -

Niki's Party Place - Has 2 locations in CNY with one in The Great Northern Mall, Clay NY, and another in Shoppingtown, Dewitt NY. Available for birthday parties, and also another quiet bounce environment. For more info please go to -

Surf City Family Fun Center - Located on Thompson Rd, North Syracuse, NY. Much more than a bounce house, as they offer go karts, miniature golf, an arcade, and more. Also available for birthday parties. More info and pricing packages can be found at -

The MoST
The MoST


There are so many museums in the CNY area, but I will list a few that I think are the most kid friendly.

MoST (Museum of Science and Technology) - Located in downtown Syracuse, NY (Armory Square). Kids can learn about science hands on, and have fun while doing it. They have exhibits about life sciences, a planetarium, telecommunications, and more. Besides the many exhibits they also feature an IMAX theatre, which is an experience in itself. For more info please go to -

Everson Museum of Art - Also located in downtown Syracuse, NY. Features a number of changing exhibits of art, and has a collection that features such artists as Warhol, Basquiat, and Pollock to name a few. There are also sculptures inside and outside. The lower level features the Art Zone where kids can explore their creativity, and learn new things artistic. For more info go to -

You can also check out the Strong Museum of Play located in Rochester, NY. Which has rotating exhibits, and toys from all different time periods. In an environment where kids can play and have fun. For more info please go to -

Rosamund Gifford Zoo
Rosamund Gifford Zoo

Animals and Nature

let's take a hike!

Kids love animals. CNY has a few places for kids to experience nature, which I will mention below.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo - Located in Syracuse, NY. They have over seven hundred animals ranging in size from insects to as large as Asian elephants. They also feature an outside play area for their primates, a walk through room with a variety of jungle birds, a penguin area, lions, and Siberian tigers to name a few. Some come see these amazing, and adorable animals, and more. For more info please go to -

Beaver Lake Nature Center - Located in Baldwinsville, NY. Admission to the park is only $3 per car. Eight different trails for children and family to explore nature. Who knows maybe you will even see the local wildlife? Once you are done walking the trails you cam either kayak the lake or check out the Nature center. Inside you will see examples of the local wildlife that can be found near the lake, and a room just for kids that has games, and toys that are nature centered. For more info please go to -

The Wild - Located in Chittenango, NY. It is a seasonal park, and features such animals as bobcats, North American alligators, Bengal Tigers, Red Kangaroo, and many more. There are at least twenty four different types of animals. They also have bounce houses, live animal shows, and a concession stands. They do feature events during certain times of the year. For more info please go to -

If you have the time you can also venture outside CNY to Rome, NY. Where you can visit Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo, which has over thirty different types of animals. For more info to schedule your visit go to -

Elephant Reunion @ Rosamond Gifford Zoo - Syracuse NY

Carousel at Destiny USA
Carousel at Destiny USA

Destiny USA

Formerly Known as Carousel Center

Besides going to the obvious places like childrens clothing stores, toy stores, and Build-A-Bear there are a few things other things to see in the mall. For instance the carousel which is located in the food court and why the mall used to be named Carousel Center. A ride on the carousel costs $1 per child. Also there is Wonderworks (

Have you checked any of these places out before? - If so, where is your favorite place to go?

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      My son was all grown up when I moved 3 hours north of Syracuse, but we sure enjoyed the Plainville Farm Restaurant in Cicero and miss it as we pass by now that it is closed.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Looks like there are a lot of fun things for kids there.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips on the Fun Places to Take Kids

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      John_I 5 years ago

      Not yet but would love to one day.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Lovely photos; would love to visit- looks like so much fun!!