To New Yorkers, a Sunday afternoon with kids at most of the pleasure and culture pinnacles mentioned here approaches the eighth circle of hell in racket and congestion; but the author has included a fair amount of information about more attractive prospects. Private and public facilities for pursuing the arts; libraries, museums; historical monuments and tours, etc. are listed with locations, telephone numbers and a wide range of activities. For the culture--wary child without an aesthetic bone in his restless body there is a fairly good round-up of sports, spectator and participating, play groups, restaurants and parks. A particularly fascinating section deals with party entertainment (a chimp will monkeyshine for a whacking $350.00). Miss Berman is not 100% reliable (but what guidebooker really is): directions for reaching places are often incomplete; the restaurant list is partial and one heat-and-exhaust-fume-baked honkytonk is listed as ""pleasant."" However as an idea book for New Yorkers or experienced tourists this is moderately useful though not as moderately priced as its paperback competitors.