Kid Picks / New York City

Kid Picks: April 20th – April 26th

04.20.17

Welcome to the weekly Kid Picks Column – a curated list of must do experiences in NYC, and beyond!

No need to be bored – get out and explore! This week – Spring is in the air, and Earth Day celebrations are here! We look to the best places to celebrate Mother Earth, and outdoor places worth a family visit!

Celebrate Nature 

A Blossoming City
Love a flowery scene? Run, don’t walk – The city is blossoming! From Madison Square to Central Park – the Cherry Blossoms are at their mark!
Various Locations. Follow our Instagram for locations.


A Green Scene
Quite possibly the most colorful and happiest city block in all of Manhattan – this flowery street deserves a mention. Known as the Flower District, the amazing city block of 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues is a bustling concentration of stores that sell everything from fresh flower blooms, trees and plants, and anything else that grows in the land. The sidewalks are literally transformed into an incredible lush passage of petals and plants, making for a magical urban retreat and a must see. (And the perfect place to stop and smell the flowers this Earth Day.)
The Flower District. 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, with a few stores located directly on 6th Avenue near 28th Street. Read our full guide to this green neighborhood retreat HERE.

Photo Credit: American Museum of Natural History/D. Finnin
Butterfly Conservatory
Sometimes you need a little flight time to get back to nature. This is one of the museum’s most popular annual exhibitions located in the vivarium, which is filled with hundreds of live fluttering butterflies. The creatures flit about in a magical summer-like environment, surrounded by tropical flowers and lush vegetation in 80-degree temperatures. It’s a perfect exhibition for a cold fall or winter day (and equally nice in spring, of course).
American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY. More on the museum HERE.

Photo Credit: Brooklyn Bridge Environmental Center/Alexa Hoyer 
Brooklyn Bridge Environmental Center
The Conservancy’s Center provides multiple interactive elements including an East River Aquarium, a Discovery Station with a 10’ scale model of the park, that offer an in-depth look at the park’s ecology, history and sustainable design. The Environmental Education Center is open to families and park visitors on weekends as well as for after-school hours, and is a great way to dive into the nature of everyone’s favorite park.
Brooklyn Bridge Environmental Center. 334 Furman Street Brooklyn, NY. Website HERE.

Nature and Art – Combing our Two Favorite Pastimes!

Photo Credit: NYBG Website
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is in bloom! Even better – artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY will showcase more than 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Set within NYBG’s landmark lush landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see.
New York Botanical Garden. 2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY. More on the garden, and to see whats in bloom HERE.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop Exhibit
This amazing tabletop scene is now atop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! Loving the new rooftop installation, ‘The Theater of Disappearance,’  an enchanting (and eerie) work by Adrian Villar Rojas. His incredible work will be on display through Oct 29th. Come for the art – stay for the Central Park nature view in front of you. 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.  More information on the museum HERE.

Celebrate Earth Day – Family Festivities

Photo Credit: Car Free NYC
Car Free NYC
Celebrate Earth Day by hitting the streets – car free! Broadway between Times Square and Union Square will be sans cars in honor of the holiday. There will be many (free!) stops along the route for children and families – including sports, crafts and themed activities.
Car Free NYC Website HERE

Photo Credit: Brooklyn Children’s Museum 
Celebrate Earth! Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Celebrate Earth Day at Brooklyn Children’s Museum by visiting the Museum’s new exhibit WILDERNESS CAMP, which focuses on Mother Nature’s great outdoors. The exhibit helps build gross motor skills through hands-on play in Neighborhood Nature, which includes a community cork garden, animal habitat dioramas, indoor “beach,” and live animals! Bend your body like a lizard during yoga sessions led by Yo Re Mi, and a live percussion performance concert featuring original music played from unconventional instruments.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum. 145 Brooklyn Ave. Brooklyn, NY. More on the exhibit HERE.

Photo Credit: Prospect Park Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo
Come to the zoo for an Earth Day celebration and learn how the WCS is helping to protect wildlife! Participants will meet an animal up-close, decorate a flower pot and engage in other activities around the zoo. Refreshments will be provided.
Prospect Park Zoo. 450 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, New York. Zoo Members $25, Non Members $35 (includes one child and one adult participant). More information HERE.


American Museum of Natural History
While not a specific Earth Day celebration – there is a big Earth on presentation! Head to one of our favorite museums to learn about Earth, The Rose Center for Earth and Space encompasses the spectacular Hayden Sphere and exhibitions that explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets, and the dynamic features of planet Earth.
American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY. More on the museum HERE.

Cook up some Planet Sized Fun
Let’s give the classic Sugar Cookie a “worldly upgrade,” by adding the colors of the globe! These treats are perfect for celebrating Earth Day and also make great snacks for global-themed picnics and parties anytime of year. These delicious cookies are just as impressive on the eyes as they are for our taste-buds.  Note: This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together – and is $45 per child including one caregiver.
Tastebuds Kitchen. 109 West 27th Street, 10th Floor. New York, NY. More on the Kitchen and its great classes HERE.

Experiences / Mommy Nearest / New York City

Minature Marvel – Gulliver’s Gate in NYC

04.13.17

Gulliver’s Gate, a mesmerizing world of miniatures, is now open for previews in Times Square! The ginormous 49,000 square feet of space displays over 300 miniature cities is truly a must see. Fully functioning with awe inspiring, interactive scenes – visitors to Gulliver’s Gate can see countries that they have only dreamed of visiting.

Exploring Rio de Janeiro!

The Brooklyn Bridge at Gulliver’s Gate

The elaborate NYC exhibit includes the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village scenes, and of course the Empire State Building,

Becoming a model citizen at Gulliver’s Gate

One of our favorite part of the experience – becoming a model citizen! With one of only 3 body scanners in the world, visitors can be scanned and have a miniature 1:87 version of themselves created and can opt to either take it home or have their figure permanently added to the exhibit.

We have your key to this incredible miniature city! See more as we explore this incredible world of miniatures with our latest article with Mommy Nearest HERE!

 

Easter / New York City

Bunny Love – 8 Great Places to see the Easter Bunny in the City

04.05.17

Looking for some Bunny Love this Easter? From brunches to skating, egg hunts, to an extravagant lunch – we have rounded up the best places to see the Easter Bunny throughout the city! Get hopping on your Easter plans with our full list below. Happy Easter Everyone!

8 Great Places to see the Easter Bunny in the City


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Macy’s
Hop into spring at this egg-citing breakfast where the special guest is none-other than the Easter Bunny himself. Located in Macy’s gorgeous Stella 34 Restaurant,  the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows include Broadway and the Empire State building. Included in your morning: a bountiful Italian breakfast, family activities, and a keepsake picture with the Easter Bunny (and special guest Mother Nature!). We love Macy’s family events and this one is at the top of our list.
Stella 34 Restaurant. Located within Macy’s Herald Square, 6th Floor. Express elevator to entrance of restaurant on Broadway and 35th street, More information and to make reservations HERE.

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Kid Picks / New York City

Kid Picks: April 5th – 11th

04.05.17

Welcome to the weekly Kid Picks Column – a curated list of must do experiences in NYC, and beyond!

Spring is in the air! The temperatures are rising – and school break is on the horizon! This week we look to fun spring break experiences and themed experiences for the entire family (to help keep little ones busy!).

Spring in the City – Easter Events and Springtime Fun

Photo courtesy of Luna Park
Luna Park Opening Day Ceremony
Nothing says Spring more than the opening of an amusement park! Head out to Coney Island on April 9th for Luna Park’s Opening Day Ceremony! Visitors can enjoy games, giveaways, and FREE RIDES on the Cyclone and fun surprises for all! Arrive early to the opening ceremony for the #joinThe100 event to be one of the first to ride the iconic Cyclone for the season. Use the hashtag during your visit for a chance to win a VIP experience! More details on Luna Park’s opening and more HERE.
Luna Park Opening Day. Fun starts at 10am, Rides at 12 noon. 1000 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY.

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Easter / Events / Holidays

Top 5 Easter Events for Families in NYC

04.03.17

April is officially here – which means the countdown is on for Easter fun. Get hopping on your plans for your family with our list of our favorite Easter events and activities in the city!

Top 5 Easter Events for Families in NYC

Easter Bonnet Parade in NYC
Easter Bonnet Parade
Grab your Easter bonnet best and stroll along Fifth Avenue in the annual Easter Day fest!  While not a parade per se (it is without floats or marching bands) it is quite a spectacle nonetheless! Grab your family and watch parade attendees dressed in everything from outrageous towering hats to elegant suits and party dresses – all in the middle of the street in Manhattan! Better yet – make your own hats and join in the fun. There is no better way to celebrate Easter Day.
Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. This New York City tradition kicks off at 49th Street near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and travels up Fifth Avenue to 55th Street. 

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