Welcome to our weekly kid picks column – a curated event listing for fun loving NYC families. The long holiday weekend is upon us – and summer is (unofficially!) here! While many people head out for the weekend, its actually the perfect time to explore an emptier city instead. Read on for our top picks – and the best way to get your long weekend kicks! Happy Memorial Day New York!
Experience (Classes, Special Events, and Fun)
Photo courtesy of Victorian Gardens Victorian Gardens Opens for the Season – Saturday May 27th
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Manhattan and surrounded by the lush landscape of Central Park, Victorian Gardens Amusement Park is NYC’s ultimate child’s summer dream. Perfect timing – they open for the season just in time for the Holiday weekend! More information on the park HERE. Victorian Gardens. Located at Wollerman Rink in Central Park. Opening May 27th. Check scheulde and hours HERE.
Welcome to our weekly kid picks column – a curated event listing for fun loving NYC families. Warm weather is finally here – which is perfect timing for the many amazing street fairs and outdoor event listings. Get outside and enjoy that sunshine New York!
Experience (Classes, Special Events, and Fun)
Swale: Floating Food Forest
Dont miss Swale, a collaborative floating food forest, now on view in Brooklyn! Conceived by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale is a 5000 sq foot barge that is both a public artwork and fully interactive garden. Swale aims to connect people with nature, while allowing visitors to pick fresh foods (for free!) from a wide variety of trees and plants; join in the care taking process and learn about food sustainability. Taste strawberries, herbs, apples, and more straight from the source. Swale is both an evolving sculpture and a functioning farm producing healthy food – and with the gorgeous Manhattan skyline behind you, there couldn’t be a more beautiful place to learn. Swale – A Floating Food Forest. The barge is currently docked in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 6 until June 30th, then it will be making stops in the Bronx and Manhattan. Hours are 12-6pm, Thursday through Sunday. Note: If there is more than a 50 percent chance of rain, Swale will be closed. Swale will be officially opening for the season this Thursday the 18th with a free Ribbon Cutting Ceremony from 5:30-9:00. Check the schedule for a full list of public programs HERE.Read More
So excited to share that we have been featured in an interview on one of our favorite family travel websites – 3 Kids Travel! Elise and her beautiful family are truly a travel inspiration. They have been to so many incredible destinations all over the world, and are amazing experts at traveling with kids. Follow along on their travels on Instagram HERE, and check out interview and her gorgeous website HERE.
Dare we say it – Summer is here? With 90 degree temps outside and plenty of lovely sunshine- the school year I fear is almost over. What to do during the summer months? How about an amazing family trip to fill the memory books! Here we list our inspiration to make it the best family summer vacation ever, with unforgettable experiences and fun for every member of your family, all within close reach of NYC!
Family Summer Vacation Inspiration
Photo courtesy of Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
This four-season family resort in the Hudson Valley offers endless fun and activities! There is no better quality family time then that of the all-inclusive Rocking Horse Ranch Resort provides. The non-stop activities range from their namesake horse back riding experiences, an indoor water park, rock climbing, bungee jumping, mini golf, paddle boats, and more – all on their beautiful 500-acre property that is just waiting to be explored. Delicious all-you-can-eat meals are prepared by celebrated chefs, and top of the line entertainment with magicians, jugglers, comedians, and character breakfasts, there’s something for everyone at this mega resort of fun. This resort is on the top of our must-visit summer list! Rocking Horse Ranch Resort. 600 State Route 44/55, Highland, NY. Apx 1 hr 45 mins from NYC. Rocking Horse Ranch is accessible by Metro North. More information on the resort HERE.
One of the years most eagerly anticipated exhibitions featuring stunning glass installations by the legendary Dale Chihuly is now on view at the New York Botanical Garden. Chihuly, master of translucent and transparent qualities of glass, neon, and liquid forms, is globally renowned for his incredible career and ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces as well as exhibitions presented in museums and gardens worldwide. This show serves as retrospective of his career, including new pieces as well as some earlier works, utilizing and building on concepts and glass installations that have been enjoyed all over the world.
Over two years in the making – Dale Chihuly worked with the NYBG to create over 20 site specific installations that frame, compliment and work to highlight the gardens glorious foliage with the utmost perfection. The result is colorful, fantastical and jaw dropping beautiful.
We couldn’t wait to tour these incredible installations and see the gorgeous glass craftsmanship in person. The organic installations are a must see for color fanatics, or art addicts of any age.