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Saturday, September 14
See extraordinary productions of theater, dance, circus, opera and music from around the world in a grand yet welcoming theater in the heart fo the theater district with complimentary conveniences like lockers, stroller parking and booster seats. All shows feature engaging pre-show activities and photo ops with the cast.
Age recommendations vary by show, from short interactive experiences for babies to though-provoking theater teens. The staff is super friendly and special-needs sensitive Deep discounts and free exchanges when you purchase tickets to three or more shows.
Tuesday, October 1
Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.
Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.
The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.
Central Park’s largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climber, lots of water features with tunnels, ramps and slides plus giant rocks to climb (and a bathroom). Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance. Closes at dusk.
Indulge in world renowned gourmet chocolate in a French-style café. Enjoy baked-on-site French pastries, freshly brewed specialty coffees and an assortment of chocolate bonbons and bars with a fair-trade focus. Counter service with a small, stylish seating area.
Choose from an array of premium Asai shaved ice desserts with snow flake toppings based on all 100% natural ingredients such as red beans, berries, and an assortment of fruits
Candy lovers go bonkers at a whimsical Willy Wonka factory with an oversized lollipop tree, candy cane columns, dripping chocolate shelves, kaleidoscopic candy wallpaper and candy-embedded staircases – it even has a candy-themed soundtrack. Shop over 7,000 confections, including Dylan’s Candy Bar (private label) products, a large assortment of rare American nostalgic favorites, novelty items, imported specialty sweets and candy-inspired lifestyle product from stationery to technology, toys to plush, jewelry to handbags, scented body lotions to sweaters. Seated dining avaialble at the Ice Cream & Dessert Parlor.
Feast on a changing roster of inventive noodles, steamed breads, soft serve, and daily dishes from a midtown outpost of David Chang’s creative LES Asian fusion cult favorite. Friendly staff and flavorful food. Get a quick bite (and watch the cooking action) at the kitchen counter or sit at tables lunch and dinner in the dining room.
Get some of city’s best cookies – signature half pound size treats can be covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make a unique little cookie cake. No on-site seating available.
This cultish and tiny eatery is hidden behind a curtain in a hotel lobby. Limited menu – just tasty burgers, fries, beer & brownies. Cash only, some seating if you can snag a table. Divey feel – bring a marker to write on the walls.
Tuesday, November 19
Try a variety of farm-to-table Scandinavian sandwiches, salads, appetizers, entrées and pastries in a nature-inspired space brimming with hygge. No kids menu and a little serene (maybe go during off hours) but all ages love those breads and meatball.
Friday, November 22
Experience cutting edge technology including virtual reality demos and an immersive, interactive digital art room in a spacious, high-design spot with a French cafe.
Sunday, December 1
Feast on customizable, healthy bings, noodles and salad bowls at a modern fast-casual Chinese food restaurant with counter service and lots of tables.
Walk by, under and through massive equine sculptures by French sculptor Jean-Marie Appriou. These surreal silvery sentinels at the entrance to Central Park, inspired by the carriage horses and gilded monument of William Tecumseh Sherman on horseback nearby, evoke fantastical beasts with hybrid characteristics and human qualities – a daunting gateway formed by an armor-clad warrior, a forest of legs of entwined lovers and a sphinx-like mystic seated on its haunches and draped in an embellished cape.
Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
Pick up the famous black and white cookies (and more colorful variations), cupcakes, fruit tarts, pies and cakes, rugelach, linzer tarts, schnecken, babka, hot cross buns and hamantaschen, brownies and more classic treats and new creations at this outpost of the 1946 UES Kosher bakery in the bustling underground Plaza Food Court.
Pick up the famous black and white cookies (and more colorful variations), cupcakes, fruit tarts, pies and cakes, rugelach, linzer tarts, schnecken, babka, hot cross buns and hamantaschen, brownies and more classic treats and new creations at this outpost of the 1946 UES Kosher bakery in the new high-design mall Hudson Yards.
Sample some of the best eats in the city including Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop noodles, Jianbing Company’s Chinese seasoned pancake/omelet, Corner Slice’s square pizza, Choza’s vegetarian tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall.
Feast on classic, made from scratch, carefully sourced American cooking including some of the city’s best pancakes and pies in a friendly, charming restaurant. Kids welcome and high chairs available.
No reservations are accepted for the beloved weekend brunch (8 am – 4 pm), but you can join a virtual wait list and explore the happening neighborhood, including hands-on Samsung 837 down the block.
Climb on rope webs in a colorful structure surrounded by undulating soft surfaces. Communicate through underground pipes, relax on tables and chairs, splash int he fountain and admire the Hudson River view.
Pick up healthy, delicious sandwiches, flatbreads, pastries, salads and more (plus lots of not-so-healthy but organic & homemade sweet treats) at Danish chef Claus Meyer’s food hall rooted in the history and the landscapes of the Nordic countries.
Grab food to go or sit on chairs by lovely wall garden. My kids will eat zucchini and cauliflower it’s on this ‘pizza.’ The yummy sourdough breads are made from heirloom flour with classic methods. Also home to one my daughter’s favorite (not-too-bitter) hot chocolate.
This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Only 150 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, so expect long lines around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crowds depart with the giant holiday tree January to April.
Admission is per 1.5 hour session, so check the schedule and don’t come at the end of a session.
The 2,500+ square foot, clean, well-designed NYC-themed play area has soft gym equipment, slides, a kid-sized taxi, a deli with plastic fruit and vegetables, a huge Lego table and more. Membership includes unlimited, seven-days-a-week access to the indoor playground for all kids in a family and up to five different grown-up relatives or caregivers, plus discounts on classes, special events and complimentary guest passes for first-time Apple Seeds visitors.
For newborn to 5 years old.
Walk on walls, put your head on a platter (creepy) and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour and blows young minds.
Cult dessert chain Milk Bar newest location in the Ace Hotel spans 4,000-square-feet with all of Christina Tosi’s signature inventive treats plus some new menu items. Dine at cafeteria-style seating, grab and go from a “mini mart” for pre-packaged items and Milk Bar merchandise, design cookies, cakes, and pints of ice cream at stations or sign up to take a class. Plus fun neon signs for photos with birthday cake truffles, bagel bombs or blueberry corn cookie.
Climb 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs — almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings -to incredible views of the city, the river and beyond. This interactive artwork was imagined by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as a focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points. Same day tickets are available on interactive kiosks in the Shops and Restaurants at 20 Hudson Yards and the Public Square and Gardens on a first come, first served basis. Limited quantities of tickets are also available for future online reservations in a 14-day window.
Build and contribute to Unseen Worlds, an interactive exhibit-in-making combining science, art, design, and tech. Inspired by tiny organisms living around us, families build projects, smart textiles, whimsical characters, and interactive artifacts using responsive technology, arts and crafts materials, and fabrication tools such as laser cutter, 3D printer and embroidery machines.
Stay as long as you’d like; most families create for 2-3 hours.
10 am–6 pm on weekdays
10 am–3 pm on weekends