* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink. Online advance reservations required. Dates for skating reservations roll out daily two weeks before skate time.
* Skate Rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6). Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22, free before 11 am on weekends, and noon on weekdays).
* A small drawstring “shoe bag,” complimentary with skate rentals, or a small backpack can be worn onto the ice for shoes and small personal items, or bring your own drawstring bag or backpack under 16”x18”. For larger items, purchase bag check online ($5-$15). No lockers this year.
* Browse Holiday Shops, a European inspired open-air market curated by Urbanspace featuring artisans from around the world. Shop for local crafts, artisan provisions, and exquisite gifts from around the world in housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks (11 am-8 pm).
* Try all sorts of international food, including ramen, macarons, crepes and chocolate in the market or cozy up with a festive cocktail and food to watch the ice skaters at the now open-air The Lodge. Sweet and savory treats also available at koisks and booths throughout the park, or visit beloved Sweedish bakery Ole & Steen or French patisserie Angelina Paris, both at Sixth Ave & 40th Street.
* Ride the small, charming Le Carrousel specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, with brightly colored animals and French cabaret music (11 am-7 pm daily, $3/ride).
* Special events include Ice Theatre of New York pop up concerts on the rink Tuesday-Thursday 1 pm, Wednesday evening Radio Rewind retro tunes for skating, juggling demos and more.
This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Mostly outdoors, but admission is through the indoor skate house.
Admission varies by day and time as much as $30, so go early in the day, week and season if you can.
Skate on a small rink overlooking New York Harbor with incredible views. Uncovered and windy so dress accordingly.
Skate aids and pushable sit-down sleighs for small beginners available for $15. Sign up for one hour sessions. Private and group learn to skate and hockey lessons available.
Skate in the middle of magical Central Park at this spacious rink, back under new management.
* A rink-side cafe that serves hot cocoa, hot dogs, burgers, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, vegan options and more.
* Lockers available for $7/day.
* Group and private lessons available.
* Adult admission is $9 less on Monday-Thursday (non-holiday). Discounted $14 tickets that include admission, skate rental, and a hot chocolate available for holders of ID NYC or New York Public Library cards. A limited number of discounted tickets are available each month on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Sign up for a skating session with Santa and enjoy two solo performances by the jolly man in red at an ice rink overlooking New York Harbor. One hour sessions start at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45 or 2 pm and Santa performs at 12:40 pm and 1:55 pm.
Skate aids and pushable sit-down sleighs for small beginners available for $15.
From 11 am- 3 pm, pick up free holiday craft kits like provided by The Craft Salon include “do it yourself” instructions in Hudson Eats. Crafts change weekly, from solstice lanterns to pom-pom snowmen. A limited number of crafts are available; first come, first served.
Skate in a half-covered/half-open rink in Prospect Park.
* Timed tickets for 90-minute sessions are available to purchase up to one week in advance, with limited tickets set aside for on-site purchase.
* Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside’s growing Skate School which offers learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes for all ages.
* Light fare and drinks available for takeaway at rinkside Bluestone Cafe.
* See our guide to Prospect Park.
The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout in addition to tons of great international food options & with lots of heated outdoor seating.
Ice skate outside in courtyard 5/6 ($15-19, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available for $10/half hour.
Enjoy candy coated hot chocolate, hot toddies, cider and other festive treat rinkside at The Frying Pan’s Wheel House Bar.
Groove to socially distanced live music on Friday, Saturday & Sunday afternoons & evenings.
Visit a holiday light display, vintage Airstream Christmas village, barnyard animals and tons of seasonal photo ops. Make s’mores in fire pits, play mini golf and pick your own Christmas tree.
Ice skating available for an additional $10.
Visit the gift barn and greenhouse for fresh baked treats, holiday plants and souvenirs. Santa will be…
Skate on a large outdoor, uncovered rink framed by trees and rugged mountains. Lots of hiking nearby and spectacular views.
Refreshments are available from vending machines.
Also visit the Trailside Museums and Zoo (open 10:30 am – 4 pm). small stone museums and fenced areas along a self-guided trail house bears, coyotes, turtles, snakes, frogs,…
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Friday, November 1
Get a classic NY slice to go at this Greenwich Village institution (established in 1975 ), still owned and operated by 75-year-old Neapolitan native Joe Pozzuoli.
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.
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.
Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays 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 at bedtime.
Find great books recommendations for all ages in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels talking about race. Includes themed collections like Halloween, Weddings,, Kids with Disabilities and RBG. Find links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the story of NYC’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in a changing world through more than 400 objects as well as interactive digital experiences. Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history comes alive through the…
Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game and explore lots of other interactive exhibits on a entire floor devoted to kids. Pick up a printed scavenger hunt or just explore the many installations covering centuries of New York history. Lots to learn for older kids and lots to touch including a train table…
Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious…
Lunch on brunch on seasonal dishes that reflect elements of the diverse cultures of Asia in the modern, glass-enclosed space filled with light, flowering vines, trees, and art. Gorgeous bento boxes. Tuesday—Sunday, 11:30 am—3 pm
Dine on reasonably priced tradtional Greek cuisine including tasty mezes, fried meatballs, slouvaki, house-made Greek yogurt and more among cheerful, rustic decor in chef Michael Psilakis' friendly cafe.
Try unique, small batch, handmade chocolates and pastries, made fresh every week in a small, quirky East Village shop with rotating art on the wall. The constantly evolving menu featuring unusual and delicious combinations of flavors and textures with fun names like bob’s dark passion, the pucker and looky cookie snookie was created by the…
Thursday, January 2
Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism & Black history, STEM, arts, math and much more starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor…
Wednesday, April 1
This local family-friendly theater/dance company offers its charming shows online: Hatched (designed for babies through preschoolers) the story of a newborn chick who emerges from her shell to a strange, busy world told through movement, music, and puppets and Under the Tangle (ages 8+), the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious…
Follow along step by step as a professional artist and his kid draw animals, emojis, people, vehicles and more. Clear, simple steps turn anyone into an illustrator.
Children's Museum of the Arts' blog features how-to videos and detailed instructions for art projects like Paper Chains of Kindness and Collaborative Drawing Games. Projects can be adapted for different ages and made with materials around the house.
Tuesday, April 28
Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America's founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda's footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron…
Friday, May 1
Find hundreds of free audio books handpicked by Audible editors. Choose from a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian selections also available.
Find a trove of educational, easy-to-set up creative and sensory activities from a K-1 teacher turned SAHM. So many great ideas, quick & easy to messy messy, babies to tweens plus links to useful art supplies. Follow their great instagram account for daily inspiration.
An educator and mom to 3 shares daily 'Breakfast Invitations,' easy-to-set-up sensory and art activities for preschoolers and toddlers.
Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.
Take virtual journeys to over 1,200 museums around the world via Google Arts & Culture. See collections and gallery views of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Mexico City's Museum of Anthropology, Paris's Musée d'Orsay and more (plus NYC faves like the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA).
Learn American history with a choose-your-adventure interactive, online game. Take the role of printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston deciding whether to join the revolutionary movement, a Cheyenne teen in 1866, an enslaved 14-year-old girl escaping to freedom in Ohio, teenage farmers in the Great Depression and more young people. Explore rich, historical settings, make choices…
MoMA provides resources and ideas—from art-making activities to books and films—to spark creativity and fun at home. Explore artworks in MoMA’s collection through activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion, dig deeper into Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, find favorite Children’s Books about Art, listen…
The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the great Resource Guide for Educators. Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…
Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world - African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more - with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore. Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.
Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center's educational programs and learn about it's roots in African-American traditions and communities. WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra share performance secrets, and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…
Learn about African American art history with curated lists from Culture Type, a website exploring art by and about people of African descent. Find gorgeous books about Jean-Michel Basquiat, fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe, Jacob Lawrence and other great black artists on posts Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the…
Learn letters, reading and math with untimed, sometimes silly interactive games for preschool through second grade. Includes letter recognition, games, stories, and animations that showcase letter sounds, short reading selections that emphasize vocabulary, and online books that provide fluency and comprehension practice. A favorite of our kids from an early age.
Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.
Watch ArtsPower’s acclaimed, full-length literature-based musicals and dramas online. Includes fun activities that families can complete together. School Editions with a multiple-lesson, academic course also available. Currently showing Chicken Dance, Anne of Green Gables, The Monster Who Ate My Peas and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Watch short videos taught by excellent instructors with an electronic whiteboard in just about any subject for preschool through college. The free Khan Academy Kids app (for ages 2-7) teaches reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, and more through open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring guided by adorable animal characters. Also…
Find online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video. Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.
Science mysteries like 'What is the most dangerous animal in the world?' and the topical 'How does hand sanitizer kill germs?' are explored with images, entertaining videos and opportunities for discussion. Ends with simple hands-on activities designed with easy-to-find supplies.
Treat yourself while supporting local black-owned business buy ordering delicious chocolate treats from Sol Cacao (Bronx artisan “bean to bar” chocolate manufacturer), Dalloway Chocolate (vegan, gluten-free, bars & truffles with no refined sugar made in Brooklyn), and Harlem Chocolate Factory (bars, bon-bons, bark, cookies & more inspired by Harlem). We suggest eating…
Watch short sketches from The Paper Bag Players, an acclaimed NYC troupe that makes stories out of cardboard and paper, paired with questions and/or activities that will help children think more about what they’ve watched and provide opportunities for them to create and imagine on their own. Play games and make cars, crazy faces, and…
Learn about animals, science, geography and more with videos, games, quizzes and great photos. We love the 'Weird but True' facts about everything from Star Wars to eyebrows. Bright and simple enough for toddlers but interesting enough for tweens & teens (and a parents).
The author of The Grapes Of Math and Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving Greg Tang brings his innovative approach to math online with highly visual games, animated books and downloadable materials that encourage creative problem solving. Difficulty levels can be adjusted for just about every age.