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Madison Square Park is small but nearby stores, quirky museums & more make it a great spot to send the day.

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Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground

Toy soldiers welcome kids to this brightly colored playground featuring water fountains, tire-swings, water-spouting alphabet blocks, turrets, slides, and a large water wheel in the northeast corner of charming Madison Square Park..

Named after Officer Moira Ann Smith, the only NYPD policewoman to be lost on September 11, 2001, the playground stands as a loving tribute to this community hero and mother.

Disney’s Mickey & Friends x CAMP

Climb, zip, slide, bounce, dance, and work together to save the day in an immersive world celebrating Disney’s Mickey Mouse & Friends. Kids will be been ‘shrunk’ to about the size of a crayon and need to collaborate with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, and Goofy to get things back to…

Harry Potter New York

Shop for the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world from pocket money items to rare collectibles. Find exclusive lines, magical photo opportunities and lots more over three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft. Lots of fun photo ops; strike a pose inside a London phone box as if transporting yourself to the Ministry of Magic or step into Hagrid’s boots. Get one of a kind personalization including engraving a wand, embossing a journal and embroidering a house robe with your name. Guests at least 48 inches tall and 10+ years old can sign up for one of two (or both) virtual reality experiences: Chaos at Hogwarts & Wizards Take Flight

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us – and try to ride a bike with square wheels.

See nine rare works by renowned artist M.C. Escher in new art exhibition, Alternative Perspectives along with three-dimensional sculptures by…

Poster House

Explore the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication through temporary exhibitions, a growing permanent collection, and educational event. The first poster museum in the United States provides a space for inquiry for all those interested in design, advertising, and public interventions.

Current exhibitions include Freak Power, about Hunter S. Thompson’s plan to become Sheriff of Aspen, Vera List & The Posters Of Lincoln Center and Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age.

The museum’s café offers coffee, tea, other beverages, baked goods, and snacks with indoor seating Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Summer Streets

For three Saturdays, nearly seven miles of NYC streets between Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park are car-free so all ages can play, run, walk and bike along Park Avenue and its connecting streets between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem.

Lots of cool activities at the rest stops along the way including art projects, performances,…

Poster Kids: For the Love Of Books

Join Poster House for a family-friendly, interactive, poster tour and a related art-making experience. Available in-person and virtually.

This month, explore the exhibition Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property, discover the techniques Reed used to popularize literature and then create stories about our own museum experiences.

EAT & TREATS

Dominique Ansel Workshop

Pastry legend Dominique Ansel’s newest shop is a celebration of croissants,  located inside the pastry production kitchens in Flatiron. Stop in for a taste of all different types of croissants and breakfast viennoiserie – pain au chocolat, ham & Gruyère, Chocolate Hazelnut S’mores Danishes, Pistachio Swirls, Raspberry Riz au Lait Cubes, Brown Sugar DKA…

Dough

Delicious yeast doughnuts are made in small batches throughout the day in inventive Latin-American flavors like chocolate chipotle, hibiscus, passion fruit and dulce de leche plus traditional glazed and chocolate.

Visit other locations in Rockefeller Center, Urbanspace Vanderbilt (230 Park Avenue at 45th St), Prospect Heights (646 Vanderbilt Ave) and Astoria


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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

Try rich Italian hot chocolate and/or some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy…

Venchi Chocogelateria

Sip decadent Italian hot chocolate by a giant chocolate waterfall at the US outpost of a 140-year-old Italian chocolatier.

Shop a vast selection of flavored bon bons and bars plus try gelato in a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone…

SERRA by Birreria

Eataly’s rooftop greenhouse restaurant SERRA by Birreria has bloomed for Spring with immersive floral decor, rustic dishes with peak spring ingredients from the local farmers markets and handcrafted cocktails

Several other sit-down and to-go options throughout the Italian emporium include Napoli-style pizza, delicious gelato and a mix & match Venchi chocolate bar.