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Friday, November 1

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar
11:30 am–11:30 pm

Eat thin-crust square pies in outdoor seating overlooking historic, cobbled Stone Street at this casual yet classy pizzeria.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Ample Hills Creamery Astoria Scoop Shop

Ample Hills Creamery Astoria
12:00 pm–11:00 pm

Beloved Brooklyn based Ample Hills Creamery's 10th shop features indoor seating (including comfy booth seating), a small kids play area and 20+ creative flavors including Nectar of the Queens (honey cinnamon ice cream mixed with pieces of baklava and galaktoboureko from local Artopolis Bakery), only available a this location. Also try three brand new flavors…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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New Leaf Restaurant

Fort Tryon Park
12:00 pm–8:00 pm

This upscale yet friendly sit-down restaurant features farm-to-table American food served inside and on the tented patio of a fieldstone cottage nestled in gorgeous Fort Tryon Park. Designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers, the classic structure has a cobblestone exterior, granite archways and a slate roof, with massive oak trusses supporting the dining room’s 18-foot…

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FREE
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Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream Flagship Store

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream Flagship
12:00 pm–11:30 pm

Choose from 88 inventive flavors of texture-driven small-batch ice creams like Tahini Caramel and Black Coconut Ash and even French Fry (plus 'American Classics' including five variations of vanilla), in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Samples available (two per customer) Limited indoor and outdoor seating. Go early to beat the line (which moves quickly). Elaborate…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Tuesday, November 5

Hall of Ocean Life

American Museum of Natural History
10:00 am–5:45 pm

A 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures in this giant hall, lit to evoke being underwater. See dioramas of the ocean's diverse and complex web of life including coral reefs, giant squid and awesome bioluminescent swimmers. Lots to touch, tons of info, and a movie on a big screen - a…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Free with museum admission
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The Rose Center for Earth and Space

American Museum of Natural History
10:00 am–5:45 pm

Explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets, and the dynamic features of planet Earth. Find your weight on different planets, touch an actual meteorite, learn about all sorts of stars, walk along a ramp showing the vastness of time and…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Oceans: Our Blue Planet

American Museum of Natural History
10:30 am–5:30 pm

Meet fascinating creatures in the largest and least understood habitat on earth. Explore the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds with  stunning 3D footage of clever dolphins, cunning octopus, resourceful tusk fish and more biological wonders. Buy tickets in advance at the admissions desk. 2D screenings also available.

Suggested Ages: 4-5 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
$28/adult, $16.50, ages 2-12, $16.50, seniors & students (includes museum admission)
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Tuesday, November 19

Smörgås Chef

Scandinavia House
11:00 am–9:00 pm

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.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Wednesday, November 20

Joy Burger Bar

Joy Burger Bar
11:00 am–10:00 pm

Build your own burger (beef, turkey or veggie) with unique toppings and signature sauces or choose from  a specialty burger menu. Also serves fries, frickles (fried pickles, milkshakes and more.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Friday, November 22

Samsung 837

Samsung 837
11:00 am–9:00 pm

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.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Sunday, December 1

Barbie Beauty Pop-Up

Macy’s Herald Square
4:00 am–6:00 pm

Explore an immersive Barbie pop-up space with cute photo ops, including a life-sized Barbie box and Dream House vanity. Photo from aria_is_chicc.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Hippo Playground

Hippo Playground, Riverside Park
7:00 am–8:00 pm

Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Hex & Co Board Game Cafe

Hex & Co
8:00 am–11:00 pm

Play over 1000+ games, including a big kids section. Discover Star Trek Risk, Golden Girls Clue and so much more. Make new friends, watch Dungeon & Dragon tournaments and shop for new family favorites. Range of food options available including gourmet pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$10/unlimited gaming
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The Peace Fountain & Children’s Sculpture Garden

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
9:00 am–5:00 pm

See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40-foot high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Also look for peacocks roaming around the lovely grands of the grand Cathedral.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Junzi Kitchen Greenwich Village

Jinzi Kitchen Greenwich Village
10:00 am–11:00 pm

Feast on customizable, healthy bings, noodles and salad bowls at a modern fast-casual Chinese food restaurant with counter service and lots of tables.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Junzi Kitchen Bryant Park

Junzi Kitchen Bryant Park
11:00 am–10:00 pm

Feast on customizable, healthy bings, noodles and salad bowls at a modern fast-casual Chinese food restaurant with counter service and lots of tables.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Junzi Kitchen Morningside

Junzi Kitchen Morningside Heights
11:00 am–10:00 pm

Feast on customizable, healthy bings, noodles and salad bowls at a modern fast-casual Chinese food restaurant with counter service and lots of tables.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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East Village/Lower East Side Street Art

The Lower East Side

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.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Storyline Online

Online

Watch videos of celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative footage of the illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.  

Suggested Ages: Babies to 11
FREE
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Wow in the World

Online

Join hosts Guy Raz and the hilarious Mindy Thomas on a journey into the wonders of the world. Go inside brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology - with lots of wacky fun along the way. One of our family's faves.  

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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Circle Round

Online

Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays geared towards kids ages 4 to 10 based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. My daughter's favorite bedtime treat. Suggested Ages: 4 to 10

FREE
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Here Wee Read

Online

Find great books recommendations in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels to talking about race. Plus links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

18th Street & Tenth Avenue

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

West 21st Street & Eighth Avenue

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Pier 25 Playground

Pier 25
7:00 am–8:00 pm

The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore an 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Industry City Art

Industry City
7:00 am–9:00 am

Look for cool murals and sculptures throughout the courtyards and indoor retail spaces and design studios. Current faves include a squishy, climbable sculpture. Don't miss the seasonal elevators.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Épicerie Boulud

Épicerie Boulud
8:00 am–8:00 pm

Chef Daniel Boulud's casual outpost is one of our favorite stops before or after Lincoln Center shows. My daughter gets a gourmet hot dog, I have a tasty salad or quiches, my son gets a hearty sandwich, we all end with colorful macarons. Counter service with limited seating; we like to go across the street…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Unisphere

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
8:00 am–8:00 pm

The iconic Unisphere from the 1939 World's Fair is the centerpiece of a lovely park with lots of green space, a skateboarding park, and some interesting structures to explore.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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William Greenberg

William Greenberg
8:00 am–6:00 pm

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 UES Kosher bakery around since 1946.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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William Greenberg – Plaza Food Court

The Plaza Hotel
8:00 am–8:00 pm

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.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Ancient Playground

Ancient Playground
8:00 am–8:00 pm

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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William Greenberg – Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards
8:00 am–8:00 pm

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.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground at Burling Slip
8:00 am–8:00 pm

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 and bathrooms.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park
8:00 am–8:00 pm

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery
8:00 am–7:00 pm

French bakery Dominique Ansel has delicious classic and post-modern pastries and specular seasonal desserts like hot chocolate with a blossoming marshmallow flower, frozen s’mores and milk in a chocolate chip cookie cup. The entire pastry case will be pink for Valentine's Day February 12-14. If you see a line down the block it’s probably for…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Gotham West Market

Gotham West Market
8:00 am–5:00 pm

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.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Bubby’s Tribeca

Bubby’s Tribeca
8:00 am–10:00 pm

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 hang out…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Bubby’s High Line

Bubby’s High Line
8:00 am–10:00 pm

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…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Bel Ami

Bel Ami
8:00 am–6:30 pm

This small, authentic French café and patisserie tucked away off Madison Avenue serves delicious pastries, sandwiches, macarons, hot chocolate and more. Limited seating among cute decor in a  pretty historic district

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Bella Abzug Park

Bella Abzug Park
8:00 am–6:00 pm

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.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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