Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
The fifth-grade me is totally geeking out over cool/nerdy family-friendly events coming up: a huge maker faire extravaganza, opera among dinosaur bones, and square dancing! More dancing with modern legend Twyla Tharp, around Riverside Park, in a drained swimming pool and Latinx style at Carnegie Hall, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Lincoln Center. Celebrate […]
Back to school! We’ve got one more day of staycation adventures – hoping the weather allows us to see modern dance in the MoMA Sculpture Garden tomorrow – and thinking ahead for fall. Less time for family adventures but so much to learn – and I have plans for new design and content on this site; please email us any thoughts or requests. But for now, our favorite back-to-school purchases:
Say hi to the Statue of Liberty (maybe from a free Staten Island Ferry) then enjoy art, dance, drums, gardening and other family fun with a view. free summer programs daily listing | summer programs calendar | weekly events listing UWS & Riverside Park | Central Park & UES | Bryant Park & Midtown | […]
At Madison Square Park, visit the charming playground, see the magical art installation Prismatic Park by Josiah McElheny, have Shake Shack frozen custard or Eataly gelato, plus enjoy concerts, storytimes, and crafts. Venture further south for theater, yoga, and oysters amid by fabulous city and river scenery. free summer programs daily listing | summer programs […]
Enjoy music, stories, and more in magical Central Park and the Upper East Side. Though Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream starts past most kids’ bedtimes, enter the online lottery for a magical grown-ups’ night out. Get some daytime magic with a Shake-speare, a strawberry and rose shake topped with whipped cream […]
Need some music, art, gym or animal time, but afraid of committing to long-term and usually expensive semesters? Some of our favorite drop-in classes: * The kid’s spaces at MoMA, the Met, Natural History Museum and other museums also offer excellent drop-in fun. Tax-deductible memberships allow frequent creative play all year long starting at less […]
When the weather’s disagreeable or you need to entertain out-of-town visitors of all age, explore these awesome NYC museum exhibits. All are climate controlled with room to roam. See our guides to kid-friendly museums for more exhibits and detailed info on kid-friendly cultural palaces (plus tips for taking kids to museums for the wary and […]
Many of NYC’s extraordinary museums are exceptionally kid-friendly with engaging exhibits, friendly staff and amazing kids programs and spaces. Click on a museum’s name for details on storytimes, stroller entrances and more helpful tips. Take advantage of pay-what-you-wish hours and free admission to family programs. Or become members – the tax-deductible annual fee, much less […]
Our literary city has tons of indoor storytimes to keep wee ones entertained (and learning to love books). Neighborhood library storytimes are convenient but crowded – sometimes strollers line up out the door for the limited spots. Store and museum storytimes tend to be more intimate, and many take place in destination-worthy spaces. All storytimes […]
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Seeing live shows is one of our favorite family (and date night/moms’ night out) NYC activities. While there are tons of free & low cost kid-friendly shows happening every week in this cultural-drenched city, some theatrical experiences are worth paying for. With our help you’ll pay a little less. – Discount tickets are easier to […]
Manhattan is overflowing with classes for babies and toddlers. Check out free samples of these usually pricey experiences with these free trial classes. (And don’t forget these affordable drop-in classes and playspaces for more commitment-free fun.)
Navigating NYC
Don’t let the traveling ruin your trip. Fly safely and (almost serenely) with babies and toddlers with these many tips.
Taking a taxi with a baby is one of the many NYC-parent experiences that are difficult but not impossible and get easier with practice (and some helpful hints). Our biggest tip is to always use a car seat. It’s a pain, but your kid’s safety is worth it. We won’t scare you with the details […]
Traveling via public transportation with a wee one takes a little planning and know how, but it is exponentially safer than riding in taxis without car seats, plus trains and buses are quite exciting for kids. The easiest way to get around the subway is with a wrap or baby carrier, but if you need […]
Tips For Adventurers Everywhere
We love books! These are a few of our favorites for gifting and reading. All are visually strong enough for babies, complex enough in text and meaning for older kids, and much read and loved in our house. Visit our Amazon store for more favorites (and sign up for Amazon Prime’s free 30-day trial for […]
Baking is one of our favorite activities to do as a family. Since we can’t be eating cupcakes everyday, here are some recipes for healthy, sugar-free, high-protein treats, great for on-the-go fuel and group playdates. Most are free of common allergens.
Just like their parents, kids love portable technology. There are lots of great inexpensive, educational apps that turn your device into a secret weapon to get a cranky kid through long restaurant meals and plane rides. Here are a few of our favorites. Click on the app name for more details and purchasing information (free apps aren’t usually worth the ads or limited functionality), then watch with amazement at your kids’ technical prowess.