By Kathy Zucker • Sunday, February 2, 2014
When I chose to raise my three kids, ages 7, 6 and 1 in Hoboken, NJ, I knew I was in for a wild ride. What I didn’t count on was the many ways I would be able to save money.
Because of proximity. Hoboken is criss-crossed by numerous transportation options. Kids five and under ride free into Manhattan on the PATH, ferry and 126 bus. Don’t live near a station? Kids ride free within Hoboken on the Light Rail and Hop bus. There is no extra charge to bring a kid along for a $5 yellow cab ride that takes you anywhere in Hoboken, the taxi stand at the PATH station has cars waiting 24/7. A great new option is the car service Manhattanites have been raving about, Uber.
— Hidden Hoboken (@HiddenHoboken) January 7, 2014
So you know how to get into New York City for practically nothing. What about the high cost of entertainment and food there? My family spends an AVERAGE of $20 each time we head into NYC, and there are five of us. How are we doing it? By heading straight for Times Square – you can learn about the latest activities by following @TimesSquareNYC on Twitter.
There is a constant stream of incredibly fun free activities in Times Square. Recent examples include a life-size Lego Star Wars X-wing fighter that you can actually sit in and a recreation of the Puppy Bowl that airs every year during the Super Bowl. I narrowly avoided bringing home a puppy from the Times Square Discovery Center.
I did bring home personalized dog tags and a carpet sample that let my kids express their inner Jackson Pollocks.
Don’t want to make the trip into Manhattan? There is Super Bowl fun right at your doorstep. Kids got to meet football Hall of Fame members this weekend during the free Kids Day at Liberty Science Center.
— LibertyScienceCenter (@LibertySciCtr) February 1, 2014
And there’s no better photo op than giant Super Bowl XLVIII letters with the Manhattan skyline while the kids bone up on curling.
— Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) January 31, 2014
They even light up at night, so head over anytime to strike a pose.
— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) January 30, 2014
Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network and Managing Editor of Metro Moms Magazine, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. She blogs at MomCondoLiving.com, tweets @KathyZucker, posts pics on Instagram, gets down to business at LinkedIn, cracks jokes on Facebook and gets outdoors on Youtube. Email is Kathy@MetroMoms.Net but the fastest way to get in touch is Twitter or Facebook.