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Tuesday, October 1
Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.
This whimsical, family-owned restaurant features a legendary 900-item menu with dozens of wacky (and delicious) pancakes varieties filled with s'mores or mac n'cheese. Small seating area; expect waits on weekends (but lots to explore in the indoor Essex Market while you wait).
Look for lots of cool murals around this hip neighborhood, on walls, sliding metal gates and on the sidewalk. Current favorite include hearts at restaurant Ladybird & store Speigel and rainbow faces on Avenue A - see this guide for some tips but feel free to wander as it's always changing.
This recently upgraded park has cool design, a big includes a big jungle gym with monkey bars atop rubber matting, lots of shaded seating area, a basketball court (with two hoops), checker board tables and sprinklers.
Live your childhood breakfast fantasies with soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes & bowls of milk with classic sugary cereal and other topping mix-ins. Signature flavors include 'Froot Berry Bliss' (With froot loops, strawberries, blueberries, fruity pebbles and gummy bears) and 'Apple Jack Avalanche' (Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Granola Crisp topped with a caramel drizzle).
Try traditional Hong Kong sweets with a bit of New York flavor. Choose from over a dozen unique hand-crafted artisan ice cream flavors in delicious bubble waffle cones (available in classic, chocolate, sesame, rose tea and more) or extravagant milkshakes with lots of photogenic toppings Small, bright space with limited stool seating and cheery artwork.
Wednesday, February 19
Get photogenic soft serve with gold flakes and edible flowers in a sweet, small Nolita shop plus matcha, tea and organic candy. Limited flavors available, currently its sea salt mascarpone and lychee rose which look very pretty swirled together but might be too exotic for some young palates.
Saturday, February 22
A bilingual musical of the classic fairytale about a humble girl who works very hard to reach her dreams. With a little bit of magic (not to mention that she is the best tango dancer in the kingdom), she discovers her self-esteem and Prince Charming. Great for both English and Spanish speakers
Sunday, February 23
Chinese Theatre Works artists introduce participants to the 2000 years-old art form Chinese shadow performance (the root of all motion picture media) and lead them in designing and building their own shadow figures. For ages 6+. Part of installation The Art of Chinese New Year.
Saturday, March 7
Explore "Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself” featuring a mixed-medium installation that mimics the growth of lichen. Gather inspiration from personal experiences of nature—for instance, trees, clouds, birds, rocks, or beaches—to create assemblage sculptures using fabric, yarn, and other human-made materials. Part of a monthly program. Recommended for ages 4-12, includes free admission for 2 adults.
Thursday, March 12
Interactive songs, finger-plays, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts accompany a bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. Everyone from native speakers to those seeking their first exposure to a new language are invited. Designed for ages 3-6, but younger and older siblings are welcomed.
Thursday, January 21
Walk among large-scale sculptural assemblages that emulate the natural world, often resembling terrariums and vegetation. Latvian artist Daiga Grantina's labored configurations employ synthetic materials and incorporate conflicting physical qualities: soft and hard, transparent and opaque, mobile and static, strong and weak. A new suspended site-specific sculptural installation interweaves cast silicone with paint, latex, fabric, and felt, mimicing the growth of lichen. Other forms resemble both rose petals and eyelids. Closed Mondays.