Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
One of the oldest buildings in Manhattan, constructed in 1799 as a carriage house and converted into a hotel in 1826, offers guided tours through fully furnished period rooms and a beautiful garden plus unique public programs. IN the current exhibit, Instructive, Entertaining and Moral: Toys & Childhood in the 19th-Century, view popular toys of the 19th century including classic wooden toys, early board games, china head dolls, and educational toys.421 East 61st Street Upper East Side
Poet Scott Raven and artist Josefina Hernandez join forces to tell multi-level, interactive “Storied Stories” with words and pictures. Together they look through windows, open doors, and climb the rooftops of our imaginations to bring heARTfelt tales of family fun and adventure. With wit, humor and wonder, these carefully woven tales will bring the Museum’s exhibits to life.
This twice weekly program includes the reading of a NY-themed book, related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. Past projects have included iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.
Read animal or ecology based story books, then meet animals related to the story. Children are encouraged to pet or hold the animals and ask lots of questions.
Nosh on smoked fish platters, bagels and bialys, knishes, egg creams and more Jewish-American classic foods plus modern salads (and babka french toast!) at the new Jewish Museum outpost of iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop. Take it to go to eat in Central Park and relax in the lovely cafe. Museum admission not required.