Kidz Central Station just had a ridiculous fun time at NFL Experience Times Square (NFLX) and we want to spread the word. This is a live action experience that involves athletic skills games (e.g., vertical leap, quarterback challenge, blocking dummy, etc) and a wholly immersive 4D surround sound movie theater to bring us the feel of being “in the game.” This is awesome if you are a football fan, but we learned that you do not need to be a fan or even know much about the game to enjoy the journey.
On a hot and muggy day, NFLX was the perfect place to get our kids out of the house and out of the sun to release their energy. When we first arrived, we visited the second floor gift shop and cafe area where Good Morning Football is filmed. The kids got to sit at the desk and pretend they were tv hosts.
Next, we entered the exhibit, which begins on the fourth floor with a walk down a hallway that introduces the 32 football teams and showcases jerseys and helmets and displays for each NFL conference. Learn football history here, especially with an interactive map where we could learn about any team we chose. This is an example of when you do not need to be a fan. Kids love pushing buttons and being the one in control of the adventure.
After taking some fun photographs in front of a green screen, we entered the theater, aka The Stadium, for a short 13 minutemovie. This was the favorite attraction for both the kids and adults. During this interactive film, the audience gets to feel like they’re in the game. There are screens on both sides of you, on the ceiling, and in front of you with speaker systems all around. The seats move with what’s happening in the film. If there’s a tackle, you feel it. When we were watching games take place in snow, it began “snowing” in the the theater and I swear, it felt like snow.
After exiting the movie onto the third floor, you and the kids can take part in all the skills games. The kids rushed forward to the tackling dummies and tried with all their might to try to move them. They tried their hands at the quarterback throwing contest and the vertical jump challenge. These were the 2nd and 3rd favorites for the kids as their competitive sides were now in full force as they ran around to all the games. They created or suited up their own football player on screen and then had that player mimic their movements. They weighed themselves together to compare to offensive linemen. They stood next to a height chart to see if they could reach Julian Edelman. Note, short is still tall in sports.
A Jon Gruden video taught us one of his actual game plays, which he drew up on a visit here. We walked through the victory tunnel and celebrated our Super Bowl win. There was another photo op in front of a green screen in which a bucket of Gatorade is spilling you. The kids loved it! It was very cool was seeing all of the Super Bowl rings and the Lombardi Trophy in person. Also, Good Morning Football ends filming at 10AM and players have been known to hang around. We didn’t see any NFL players during our visit but Sterling Shepard stopped by the day after and posed with lucky fans. Next time!
And we will visit again because the cafe broadcasts games during the season, as well as, other sporting events such as March Madness during the rest of the year, The location is fantastic on Times Square and the 2nd floor had a perfect view of all the action. And they serve a full menu (and bar) along with lots of kid friendly options. My son was also interested in the idea of a birthday party here. See below for details.
- Save $9 Off tickets at Kidz Central Station ($25 discounted!)
- A typical visit lasts 60-90 minutes
- Great for birthday parties (see below)
ALL PRO – $800
- Admission for 21 (kids and adults)
- Kids Lunch Package Options
- A Birthday Cake! Choice of chocolate, vanilla or Fruity Pebble Marshmallow
- Paper Goods (plates, cups, utensils)
- Commemorative photo for all children
- Dedicated Tour Guide
- Bounceback return visit admission to NFLX for all children!
Birthday MVP Child will also receive:
- One NFL Team Mini Helmet (Team of Choice)
- One NFLX Credential & Lanyard
MVP – $1100
- Full ALL PRO Package benefits PLUS:
- Birthday Child’s Name Listed on Select Screens
- NFLX Goody Bags
HALL OF FAME – $1400
- Full MVP Package benefits PLUS:
- Birthday Child’s Name Listed on Select Screens
- Upgrade to Premium NFLX Goody Bags (includes Junior Leather NFL Team Logo Football
- One Adult Menu Food Platter (feeds five)
- Open Bar for One Hour
To reserve your party, please request info here.
Author: Kidz Central Station
Founded by a NYC mom of two young children, Kidz Central Station uses technology to solve the problem so many busy parents face—how to find, book, and manage their children’s classes, camps, local family events, and birthday parties. Kidz Central Station offers more than 20,000 classes, camps, and birthday party options representing hundreds of NYC’s top activity providers. With a sophisticated search engine and class reviews, it is easy for parents to find the best classes for their children, sign up for a trial class, and directly enroll.