ROYAL NYC

NYC princesses (& princes) can live out regal fantasies at shows & spots all over NYC. Also see our guide to extravagant desserts fit for royalty.

SHOWS

Galli Theater Fairy Tales

Tribeca

Groove to new takes on classic stories with a beloved local children’s theater company. See a different fairy tale each week, including Aladdin, Rapunzel, The Princess and the Pea and Snow White.

CASTLES

Belvedere Castle

Central Park

One of the most iconic features in Central Park, this miniature castle is located atop the huge rock outcrop known as Vista Rock, the second highest natural point in Central Park.

The whimsical structure, designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in 1869, provides the highest and best views of the Park and the adjacent cityscape – plus has bathrooms, water fountains, some informational displays plus medieval-esque staircases and doorways for playing princess/knight.

Download the Belvedere Castle Audio Guide  (available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language for info about the architecture and history of the castle.

Disney Store – Times Square

Midtown-40s

The largest Disney store ever has in Times Square has character toys, clothes, collectibles & more over two floors. Ride the tall escalator under Rapunzel Floating Lantern to a princess castle, life-size Storm Troopers and more mouse magic.

Sunday-Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday-Saturday 10 am – 9 pm

EXPERIENCES

Princess Play at Let’s Dress Up

Upper East Side-80s

Choose from a wide selection of princess and glamour dresses, select matching jewelry and accessories, get a little make-up done, take a photo and then sit down to a seasonal or themed tea party. After tea, hear a story and color, followed by transition time (aka dance party).

Look for upcoming weekend Princess Plays, some with special themes, or arrange private weekday playdates for 6 or more kids.

 

 

Tutu School UES

Upper East Side-80s

Try a free trial ballet class at a gorgeous new studio with a focus on stories, imagination and twirling.

Ages 18 months-8 years can develop motor skill to Tchaikovsky and Bach while exploring the enchanted worlds of swans and sugar plums.

Choose from a range of classes times every day of the week. Unlimited makeups while enrolled and no registration fees.

On the same block as nail salons, charming cafes and kids hair salons–making this destination a nice drop off for littles – and a few blocks from the many Degas ballerinas at the Met for after-class inspiration.

The Morgan Library & Museum

Midtown-30s

Explore the stunning former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions.

* See illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books (including some children’s favorites), and old master drawings and prints.

* Three magnificent rooms straight out of of the Beast’s castle with wall-to-ceiling books, objets d’art and a high-security vault epitomize America’s Age of Elegance.

* Download the Family Guide and meet Belle da Costa Greene, a pioneering Black female librarian who helped build the collection in the early 1900s, for info and activities. Look for a secret vault and hidden passages.

* Admire the oversize Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 552D in the light filled Gilbert Court.

* Engaging rotating exhibits explore art and popular culture. Currently, see Hans Holbein the Younger’s captivating portraits of courtiers, merchants, scholars, and statesmen in Holbein: Capturing Character and musical instruments, handwritten lyrics, manuscripts, photographs, books, art, and audiovisual media in Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song.

* There is a lot kids will want to be touch but won’t be able to, so make sure yours is prepared to keep his or her hands in pockets and off the old stuff.

* Closed Monday & Tuesday.

* Admission is free 5 to 7 pm every Friday, advance reservations required. Free tickets available one week in advance.

* Beverages and snacks available in the Morgan Café  (open 11 am to 4 pm, Friday 11am to 6:30 pm.

* Dining Room, Café and coat check are currently closed.

TEAS

Angelina Paris NYC

Midtown-40s

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea, sweet treats and savory brasserie classics: Niçoise salad, Croque-Monsieur, onion soup, or the Angelina Croissant filled with scrambled eggs and cheese, ham, or smoked salmon. Light and modern seasonal dishes, from seasonal vegetable soup to a vegan quinoa salad, include gluten-free and vegetarian options, but the hot chocolate, served in a dramatic presentation, is worth the indulgence.

Keep the Parisian vibes going at Bryant Park across the street.

Monday-Friday 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 7 pm
Kitchen closes thirty minutes before close

Alice’s Tea Cup

Upper West Side

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups.

Gets crowded on weekends; reservations recommended. Go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).

Also in the East 60s.


Wednesday–Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

MarieBelle

Soho

Sip on thick, delicious signature hot chocolate made from pure cacao shavings instead of chocolate powder to go or in an elegant, antique filled Cocoa Bar. Choose from four different flavors; Aztec, Milk Hazelnut, Spiced Chocolate and White Chocolate.

Bite size bonbons decorated with unique, colorful cocoa-based design and tins of hot chocolate shavings make excellent (though pricey) gifts. House made pastries, from lemon tarts, to chocolate mousse cake, are also delicious.

Take afternoon tea with assorted gourmet finger sandwiches, madeleines, scones, jam and butter, and signature petite chocolate fondue served with pastries, macarons, and fruit.

Daily 12–7 pm

READ

Princess in Black

Join sweet yet spunky Princess Magnolia as she transforms from a prim and proper princess to her secret identity, a ninja-like Princess in Black, to save the day from (rather silly) monsters. This humorous and action-packed illustrated chapter book series is amusing and inspiring for all ages (including adults).