When I became a Manhattan mom 4+ years ago, I was terrified that my always interesting NYC days as a director-performer-computer programmer-other-hyphenated-professions were going to become boring with nothing but Barney cover bands and poopy diaper changes. While there’s been plenty of poop, to my pleasant surprise this magical city became even more fascinating and culture-rich once I started exploring it with my son. Guilty pleasures like visiting museums, long walks in Central Park, catching esoteric concerts, and sampling multi-cultural treats are now part of my job. While some kiddie activities were obnoxious and way overpriced, others were fabulous and free (or at least reasonable with the help of great deals). And lots of events designed for grown-ups are actually remarkably kid-friendly with some preparation and creativity.
I started emailing events, local deals and tips to friends, then decided to organize the info on a website so I wouldn’t clog inboxes. My friends shared the site with other parents and our community grew (as did our family with the arrival of a little girl in May 2012).
We live two short blocks from Lincoln Center (one of my favorite places to find free culture for all ages) and many of the events listed are on or close to the Upper West Side. But we love to explore other neighborhoods (see our tips on subway and taxi travel) and our content is expanding with our audience. Last spring I became a guest blogger for Kidivlle’s Voices from the Ville and started creating content for adventurers everywhere.
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This is a non-corporate, personal passion endeavor, so there is always more I want to include on this site than the kids’ naps allow. So please share your scoops and let us know what info would be the most helpful in your quests to get out of your apartment.