New York City is still alive on Sunday nights.

Fun Things to Do on a Sunday Night With Family in NYC

by Mark Applegate

New York City is an ideal place to take your family on a Sunday night excursion. This high-energy city lives up to its nickname, "the city that never sleeps" as most attractions are open on Sunday nights with schedules similar to those on other days of the week. Because there's so much to do in the city, your family won't have a difficult time finding something to do, but might have a hard time agreeing on just what they want to do.

Shoot for the Sky

The New York City skyline is an iconic, breathtaking site. While you're in the Big Apple, take your family to see the panoramic view from atop a skyscraper at sunset so you can take in the view in daylight and at night. The Empire State Building offers tours to its main observation deck and its top floor 365 days a year. While you are there, visit the second floor for the NY Skyride. This virtual tour simulator provides a flyover of the entire city pointing out several tourist destinations along the way. The Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is another famous skyscraper tourist destination. This architectural marvel offers three floors of indoor and outdoor, 360-degree observation and is stunning day or night. Below is Rockefeller Center, the home of the Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes, NBC and the famous ice rink among other popular destinations.

Imagine with the Kids

Madame Tussauds will amuse and entertain your entire family. This ultra-realistic wax museum has theme rooms dedicated to depictions of athletes, pop stars, horror film slashers and many more. While there, visit the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience for a multimedia feast for the senses. Check with the main office for special events and opportunities to see celebrities appear to reveal their wax likeness. Another Sunday night option is to head over to the Toys "R" Us in Times Square. This enormous toy store is open late every day. It features a 45-minute guided tour that provides visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at the store. While on the tour, your family will learn about the store's history, enjoy a “candy raid” of the WONKA candy shop, see new and exciting toys, as well as take a ride on the iconic Toys“R”Us Ferris wheel.

Avoid the Gutter

For a more traditional good time, try one of NYC's popular bowling alleys. Frames is located in midtown Manhattan and is a sleek, state-of-the-art facility that offers unlimited Sunday night bowling after 7 p.m. You can order food right to your lane -- and special Sunday night food packages are available. Frames also has a modern game room with more than 25 games. Shell Lanes, in Brooklyn, features 32 lanes of reasonably priced bowling for the family. For an added spin, the operation offers glow-in-the-dark cosmic bowling from 9 p.m. until it closes. Rab's Country Lanes is a family-friendly bowling alley in Staten Island that includes 48 state-of-the-art lanes in its smoke-free facility. If the kids grow bored of bowling, turn them loose in Rab's Funovation Laser Maze Challenge. This timed obstacle course forces patrons to twist and contort their bodies to avoid breaking the plane of the lasers.

Catch a Show

No trip to New York City is complete without taking in a show or two. While most Broadway shows run on a traditional Tuesday through Sunday schedule with Sunday and Monday evenings off, you can still find a handful of productions that offer Sunday night performances. In fact, Sunday night is a perfect time to visit the theater district, as it's a lot less crowded than other times. offers listings of shows that you can enjoy on Sunday nights. Alternatively, if your family prefers the big screen, there are movie theaters in every neighborhood. However, you might want to consider the luxurious AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on the Upper West Side, cited by as "The One And Only PROPER IMAX," with a 600-seat IMAX theater. If there isn't a 3D IMAX film showing, you can still choose from the current selection of 13 films featured at the theater.

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