Lifestyle expert Nicole Feliciano, founder of Momtrends.com, shares the inside scoop on Kid Friendly Activities in NYC with The 21st Century Housewife.
So you’re bringing the kids to the Big Apple. Bravo, this city is packed with adventures perfect for your pint-sized crew. Instead of FAO and a Disney Broadway show, might we suggest a few inspired things to do?
Victorian Gardens in Central Park. Each summer something magic happens to the ice in Central Park’s Wolman Rink—it’s transformed into an amusement park. Geared specifically towards kids 8 and under, this mini park has rides and games the perfect complement to a morning of museums. Park admission is from $7.00 and you can either pay for rides as you go or buy an unlimited pass.
The High Line is NYC’s coolest new green space. The elevated garden is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The park opened last year and offers stellar views of the Hudson.
Our all-time favorite museum with the kids is MoMA—its got an amazing collection that even includes a helicopter. Plus, it’s 100% stroller friendly and they sell ice cream in the sculpture garden. And here’s a tip: Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Target Free Friday Nights are not available in advance.
Bloomingdale’s offers moms a shopping mecca. Bribe the kids to behave as you slip on a dress or two with a treat from Dylan’s Candy Bar. This sweet shop has it all and is located right across from Bloomies. Buy candy to go or visit the café upstairs for sundaes Rice Krispy Treats, frozen yogurt and Ice cream available in flavors aside from the ordinary, such as Cotton Candy, Ruggelah, and Candy Bar Blast.
China Town is always a hit. We love peering into the fish stalls (not for the faint of heart on a hot day). Sample some dumplings and shop for inexpensive NYC gear. If you are looking for trinkets with an Asian flair we love Pearl River. Pick up slippers, lanterns, Hello Kitty chopsticks and more at this inexpensive gift haven. 477 Broadway, NYC. Tel: 212-431-4770
Curl up with a good book. NYC is quite the literary town—that goes for kids too. Free children’s book readings are easy to find at Books of Wonder 18 West 18th Street (212) 989-3270. Be sure to pick up an NYC classic like Eloise or Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Brooklyn’s Mo Willems.
Since we are Brooklyn-based, we have to include a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. The best views are had by starting in Brooklyn (take the A/C train to High St. stop in Brooklyn) and walking over. You’ll have to ascend a flight of stairs with the stroller, but it’s worth it for the views.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts encourages touching! This spot is all about getting the creative juices flowing with hands-on art experiences for children with artists, in a vibrant art-filled interactive museum. There are drop in classes most days and a fun ball pit and dress-up room downstairs—call ahead for the schedule. 182 Lafayette Street (212) 274-0986