BAMKids Teknopolis

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
321 Ashland Place Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$6 – $45

Transform the world around you at an interactive technology showcase. Create a living painting, play a rock concert using only household objects, and fly through a surreal dreamscape. Today’s leading digital artists use virtual reality, augmented reality, projection mapping, and other innovative tools to create multisensory installations that are only fully realized through audience participation.…

Black Future Festival

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY United States
Free with museum admission

Reflect, act, and look toward the future at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum week-long Black Future Festival. Enjoy art, and take part in activities inspired by the celebration of peoples of the African Diaspora and Black History Month. Explore TRiPTIC—an Afrofuturist galaxy created by festival artist-in-residence, Kwame Brandt-Pierce. With Dr. Shabazz B. Spacely as your guide,…

Lunar Zoo Year – Year of the Rat

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
450 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
Free with admission

Visit Prospect Park Zoo on February Sundays to celebrate the festival of the new moon and animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Meet one of the tiniest rodents in the world, the Eurasian Harvest Mouse and learn how the Wildlife Conservation Society is helping animals in China and Southeast Asia. Special activities and a zodiac scavenger…

Missing Link Screening & Crafts

February 23 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States

See a screening of a 2019 American stop-motion animated adventure film Missing Link accompanied by a hands-on craft activity (11:30 am),  make arts and crafts with Brooklyn-based teaching artists from BRIC (12-3 pm), and play in the Frying Pan Game Room. Lots of yummy, diverse food options and cool public art (in elevators!) throughout the…

Rock And Roll Playhouse: Mardi Gras Celebration

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
61 Wythe Ave Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$1

Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Black Tie Brass in an interactive and educational live music experience for families at the super cool Brooklyn Bowl. Loud and lots of dancing. Doors open at 11:00 am. Stay and bowl for $25/half hour in high-tech lanes.

Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States
$7

Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, a 9-hole mini golf course featuring iconic Brooklyn landmarks such as the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn Bridge and other arcade style games in a colorful vintage-style room next to a New England-inspired seafood-focused restaurant with lobster rolls, poke tacos and fabulous harbor views. Also explore all the colorful art around Industry…

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
62 Bayard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 United States
$5 – $14

Learn about the birth and evolution of Chinese American restaurants. Trace their fascinating nearly 170-year history with interactive displays about food culture, immigration, and what it means to be American. Try to cook in a toy wok, see a timeline of illustrated Chinese menus from 1910 to the present, take a pic with thousands of…

Vale Rink

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
55 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$12 – $20

Glide on an impact absorbent/environmentally friendly ice-like surface with incredible city views at this outdoor rink on the 23rd floor of hip hotel The William Vale. Warm up in a winkside tent with hot chocolate and treats.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Shine and the Moonbeams

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn
Brookyln, New York US

Shine and the Moonbeams take the best rhythmic elements of popular music to give family audiences a soulfully satisfying experience. Come jump, grove, shakes, and sings along. Seating is limited. First come, first served.  

Transit Tots

February 27 @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
Free with admission

Enjoy stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes like animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, subways and buses. For ages 2-5 and adult companions.

Lola Star’s Dreamland Rink Toddler Skate Party

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
445 Albee Square West Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$18

Kids 6 and under can party like the big kids beneath the glittering disco ball lights. Learn to skate in a safe environment without big kids and adults (besides guardians) zipping around. Starts with a 20 minute class on the basics of roller skating-got kids and their parents. Then we hit the dance floor to…

Dreamland Disco Family Skate Party

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
445 Albee Square West Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$18

Skate an immersive roller disco experience. The 100,000 sq ft roller rink magical roller disco dreamland features dazzling iridescent unicorns, retro rainbows, colorful dance floor lighting and sparkling disco balls. Costumes encouraged to match weekly themes. Must be 7 years or older to skate, non-skating spectators welcome. There’s a Toddler Skate Party at 10 am…

Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg Winter Market

25 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY United States

Shop eclectic vendors of furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers. Introduce favorite childhood toys to your kids from He-Man action figures to Garbage Pail Kids. Snack on delicious fresh food from Smorgasburg vendors including tacos, vegan frito pies,…

Japan Village

220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States

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.

Industry City Food Hall

220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States

From Korean comfort food to an avocado shop, 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 around…

DeKalb Market Hall

445 Albee Square West Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US

This bustling basement food hall houses 40 diverse food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names. Feast on artisanal arepas, noodles, baos, donuts, french pastries, susgi, tacos, sushi, churros, crepes, frites, humus, ice cream and more.

Du’s Donuts & Coffee

107 N 12th Street Brooklyn
Brookyln, New York US

Try Chef Wylie Dufresne’s New England-style cake donuts and crullers in classic and imaginative flavors like peanut butter yuzu and Mexican hot chocolate. Also get a killer scrambled egg cheese sandwich and locally-roasted espresso, drip coffee and cold brew from Brooklyn Roasting Company. Ample seating, clean bathroom and lots of natural sunlight.   Du

Time Out Market New York

55 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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…

Lincoln Station

409 Lincoln Place
Brooklyn, NY United States

Choose from sandwiches, soups, and salads, rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, lasagne and more tasty food plus beer, wine, house-made pastries and La Colombe coffee. Counter service with lots of seating in a cozy spot with exposed brick and cool art. Across the street from the Brooklyn Museum.

Tacocina

25 River Street
Brooklyn, NY United States

Nosh on tacos, margaritas, and more in a laid-back, lively setting overlooking the East River at this counter service taco stand owned by Danny Meyer/Union Square Hospitality Group. Winter menu and space heaters keep it going all year long.

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant

62 Bayard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 United States
$5 – $14

Learn about the birth and evolution of Chinese American restaurants. Trace their fascinating nearly 170-year history with interactive displays about food culture, immigration, and what it means to be American. Try to cook in a toy wok, see a timeline of illustrated Chinese menus from 1910 to the present, take a pic with thousands of…

JR: Chronicles

200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
Free with museum admission

See bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in a survey of Pierre Cardin’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Explore an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes containing over 170 objects drawn from legendary couturie atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.

World Brooklyn

145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY United States
Free with museum admission

Play in kid-sized shops based on the real ones you find in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Be a shopkeeper, baker, grocer, shopper, designer, performer, and builder in diverse communities. We really liked serving Italian pizza and assembling African style chairs.

Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

Surf Avenue & West 8th Street Brooklyn
Brookyln, New York US
Free with museum admission

See over 115 marine species, including 18 different kinds of sharks and rays, in an immersive exhibition with hands-on educational features (the sharks are safely behind glass).

Lunar New Year Red Envelope Exhibit

445 Albee Square West Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US

Grumpy Bert’s sixth annual Red Envelope Exhibit showcase works by over 250 artists downstairs in DeKalb Market Hall. Plus, a traditional Money Tree at the Flatbush Ext. Entrance by illustrator Rose Wong features red envelopes drawn by students and BKLYN community creatives.

New York Clearing

John Street & Jay Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US

Climb through an immersive outdoor installation with continuously looping and swooping aluminum tubing. Created by British artist Sir Antony Gormley with K-Pop stars BTS global art project Connect.

Industry City Art

220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States

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.

Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States
$7

Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, a 9-hole mini golf course featuring iconic Brooklyn landmarks such as the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn Bridge and other arcade style games in a colorful vintage-style room next to a New England-inspired seafood-focused restaurant with lobster rolls, poke tacos and fabulous harbor views. Also explore all the colorful art around Industry…

Vale Rink

55 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$12 – $20

Glide on an impact absorbent/environmentally friendly ice-like surface with incredible city views at this outdoor rink on the 23rd floor of hip hotel The William Vale. Warm up in a winkside tent with hot chocolate and treats.

Lola Star’s Dreamland Rink Toddler Skate Party

445 Albee Square West Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$18

Kids 6 and under can party like the big kids beneath the glittering disco ball lights. Learn to skate in a safe environment without big kids and adults (besides guardians) zipping around. Starts with a 20 minute class on the basics of roller skating-got kids and their parents. Then we hit the dance floor to…

LeFrak Center Ice Skating

171 East Drive Brooklyn
Brookyln, New York US
$7.50 – $11

Enjoy ice skating, figure skating, curling, hockey and broomball in a covered rink in Prospect Park. Rental skates are brand-new this year. Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside’s growing Skate School. Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes  availble for all ages. Light fare and drinks available at rinkside Bluestone…

IC Ice Rink

220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States
$6 – $12

Ice skate in courtyard 5/6 of happening, high-design Industry City  The rink is outside and uncovered, so dress appropriately. Pengion skate aids available for $10/half hour. The Frying Pan operates a Wheel House Bar just alongside the rink with hot chocolate and hot toddies.

Jane’s Carousel

John Street & Jay Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York US
$2

Ride exquisitely carved horses (and two chariots) on this charming carousel with a view, created in 1922 in Ohio and recently restored and relocated to the edge of the East River.

Domino Park

15 River Street
Brooklyn, NY United States

Find lots of cool details at this waterfront playground designed by the artist Mark Reigelman with amazing bridge and Manhatttan views. Features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the manufacturing process of the former nearvy Domino Sugar refinery. Splash in…

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Tuesday, January 1

Caffe Storico

January 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Caffe Storico
170 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society.

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

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Saturday, September 14

Just Kidding

September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - March 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

See top-notch family-friendly music, theatre, dance and more from local and international companies. Sing along with Grammy-award winning kiddie rockers, see charming puppet shows or watch diverse dance forms in an intimate, welcoming venue on select Saturdays. Save 20% on full price tickets when you buy 5 or more shows. Upcoming Just Kidding Shows    

$17
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The New Victory Theater

September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - May 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

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…

$22-$69
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Mozart for Munchkins

September 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - May 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians. Concerts feature different instruments and themes from a woodwind musical storytime to a jiving jazz trio all over town on most weekends and some weekdays. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and trying instruments after. Discount packages available. Upcoming Mozart for Munchkins Concerts  

$35/adults, free/kids 
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Tuesday, October 1

Eataly NYC Downtown

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

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.

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Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

October 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Stick With Me Sweets
202A Mott St Soho/Tribeca/LES

Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.  

FREE
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Cones

October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Cones
272 Bleecker Street+ Google Map

Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.

FREE
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Saturday, October 19

Little Orchestra Society

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue at 68th Street Upper East Side+ Google Map

The hilarious Professor Treblemaker hosts a lively introduction to various composers with dancers, young musicians, video and short pieces of music performed by the excellent Little Orchestra Society. Includes audience participation during the show and pre-concert activities in the lobby. A favorite of our family.  Save and get backstage invites with 2 or 4 concert subscriptions. Upcoming Little Orchestra Society Shows

$16-$52
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Friday, November 1

Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

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Color Factory Circle Game

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.

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Dubuffet Sculpture

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

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Hive

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

FREE
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Mural Outside Fluevog

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

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WTC Street Murals

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

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Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street Lower Manhattan

Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

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.

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Pier 25 Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Pier 25
227 West St+ Google Map

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 a 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and a large artificial turf lawn.

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Levain Bakery UES

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Levain Bakery UES
1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets+ Google Map

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier). Off-the-menu ice cream sandwich - two three-ounce cookies surrounding vanilla ice cream from Ample Hills - available on occasion, follow…

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Norma’s

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street Midtown+ Google Map

Availble-all-day breakfast at this nautical-themed kid-friendly hotel lobby restaurant are over-the-top and pricey - there's even a $2000 ' Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata' with caviar. Creative sweet and savory dishes in the $30+ range include Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, a 'Waz-Za' waffle with fruit inside and outside and crackly brûlée top, and Artychoked Eggs Benedict with truffle porcini sauce (and an artichoke heart instead of en english muffin).

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Noglu

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Noglu
1266 Madison Avenue at East 91st Street+ Google Map

Everything is 100% gluten-free and organic at this cozy French import featuring gourmet meals, pastries and coffee. The menu changes with the seasons  but you can always find classic signature dishes such as burgers (classic or vegetarian) and quiches. First floor is take-away counter service, the second floor is casual sit-down table service.

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Heavenly Rest Stop

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.

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Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area
West 23rd Street & Eleventh Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

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.

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Heckscher Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Central Park, Heckscher Playground
Sixth Avenue & Central Park South+ Google Map

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.

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