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What Can Teens Do at Night in NYC?

by C.O. Ryan

Families with children have no problem finding fun things to do and see in New York City, day or night. But fun nighttime activities for teens can seem a bit trickier. You don't want them to be bored, but you also want them to be safe. No need to worry -- whether your teen is obsessed with music, sports, celebrities or fun cafés, New York City offers teens plenty of safe, enjoyable nighttime fun.

Get Active

The Chelsea Piers Sports Complex offers a range of activities: batting cages, basketball, indoor soccer, and a driving range, for a start. Or he might prefer ice skating, bowling, rock climbing, or a gym workout. Membership is not required for these activities, available after 4 p.m. in summer. For the brave, classes are available with the Trapeze School New York.

Grab a Bite

For a fun, active dinner, grab a bite at Dave & Buster's before playing a game of pool or air hockey, shooting baskets, or trying interactive dance and digital games. Teens must be accompanied by a guardian aged 25 or older. Or enjoy a hearty meal at Planet Hollywood on Broadway, while planes and UFOs hover overhead. For the 1950s retro fan, try Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where the singing waiters provide some music with your meal.

Go Stargazing

In case your teen doesn’t spot any live celebrities during her visit, she might enjoy seeing the wax figures of her favorite celebs at Madame Tussauds on West 44th Street. Figures include the stars of the Twilight movies, singers Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, sports stars Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter and Eli Manning, and historical figures such as Gandhi and Princess Diana. The museum closes between 8 and 10:00 p.m., so phone ahead for the closing time on a particular date.

Get Some Entertainment

There are Broadway and off-Broadway performances for every taste, ranging from rock 'n' roll to Motown to fairy tales to serious drama. For laughs, try the Kids ‘N Comedy program at the Gotham Comedy Club, or enjoy the beating rhythms of international sensations "Blue Man Group" or "Stomp." The New Victory Theater offers performances geared to teens, with no parents required. For the latest in live music or stand-up, try the famous Café Wha? in the West Village.

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