Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground at Burling Slip Front Street &  South Street, New York, NY
FREE

This magical interactive, transformable playground lets kids create their own play space with sand, water, giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips. Great view of the East River. Near lots of cool public art. Bathrooms available.

Suggested Ages: All

Industry City Food Hall

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

From Korean comfort food to an avocado-focused cafe, Industry City hosts a huge range of Brooklyn-based purveyors. BBQ, pizza, bao buns, French pastries, artisanal ice cream, tacos, Mediterranean mezzes - whatever you're craving you'll probably find it here. Most of the vendors or in a central Food Hall but other shops can be found…

Suggested Ages:

Japan Village

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Sample a range of delicious Japanese cuisine from sushi to smoothies in large food hall rooted in “omotenashi," a Japanese approach to hospitality and mutual respect. Pick up noodles, dumplings, yakatori, Obanyaki stuffed with Nutella and more from variety of booths or sit down in a serene corner for omakase.

On the 20,000-square-foot second floor 'The Loft,' step into a representation of Japan with cool shops with items straight from the country as well as fun experiences like tea ceremonies and cultural classes. Shop for inexpensive toys, Hello Kitty and Sanrio home goods, crafting supplies, Japanese treats, items for the home and other kitschy stuff  at Daiso. BookOff, an outpost of Japan’s largest chain of used bookstores, offers a wide range of anime-related products, including manga, novels, CDs, DVDs, video games, figures, apparel, and accessories. 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY
$39.95/ages 13+, $29.95/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under

See tigers, bears, gorillas and over 650 other species of awesome animals at this 265 acres+ zoo. Tons of indoor and outdoor attractions – expect lots of walking, but strollers welcome (and available for rental). The roads are scenic with pretty trees, waterfalls – and some bold peacocks. Different sections of the zoo correspond to…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Top of the Rock

Rockefeller Center 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
$40, $34/ages 6-12, free/ages 6 & under

Experience incredible views from 70 floors up. Three indoor and outdoor viewing decks offer breathtaking 360-degree views of the city - you start on the lowest deck, then head up to the better, higher views so plan your photos accordingly.

One of the best places to take in Central Park.

Learn about the fascinating history of Rockefeller Center  in the lobby and take a green screen photo on a constriction beam (optional $27 to purchase).

The decks are mostly glass enclosed so visit toward dawn or dusk for better photos with less glare.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Sky Skate at the Edge

Hudson Yards 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY
$36/adults, $31/ages 6-12, free/ages 5 & under

Look 100 stories down from the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with with 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and beyond. Lean out over the city on angled glass walls and relax in a large lounge with food and drinks available for purchase.

Brave teens & adults can scale the outside of the building, more than 1,200 feet above the ground with City Climb (ages 13+, $185).

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP: Finding Home in Chinatown

Pearl River Mart SoHo 452 Broadway at Grand St, New York, NY
FREE

Using only cardboard and glue, Chinese American artist Warren King captures in exquisite beauty and detail everyday moments in nearby Chinatown. Distinctive life-sized sculptures, as well as smaller scale and wall-hanging pieces, depict local residents: women engaged in lively conversation, a hardworking fish vendor, players and spectators of an intense game of Chinese chess, and…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Recurring

Twilight Winter Bird Stroll

Governors Island Governors Island, New York, NY
FREE

Meet the win­ter birds of Gov­er­nors Island with NYC Audubon. Near­ly 240 bird species have been spot­ted on the island, which pro­vides excel­lent habi­tat all year round.  Dis­cov­er all of the bird life the island has to offer this win­ter. The group will meet at 3pm at Sois­sons Land­ing. Free with reg­is­tra­tion;

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Gov­er­nors Island Ice Sculp­ture Show

Governors Island Governors Island, New York, NY
FREE

Join an excit­ing after­noon of live ice carv­ing from skilled ice artists. Enjoy every­thing the Win­ter Vil­lage has to offer and help choose the win­ner at the end of the event. Food available for purchase includes Lit­tle Eva’s sea­son­al menu, with warm drinks and new takes on clas­sic com­fort food like brats, veg­an chili,…

Suggested Ages: All