Things To Do with Kids in NYC
I’d love to find out about cool kid-friendly events and places I can go to this summer in New York City. Can you provide the details?
Victorian Gardens at Wolman Rink, Central Park
May 28th – September 13th
Victorian Gardens, a traditional amusement park, first opened its gates summer of 2003. The idea to house an amusement park on Wollman Rink was inspired by a small group of industry veterans, who saw an incredible opportunity to utilize the 50,000 square foot facility not only during winter months, but also throughout the entire year. Rides are specifically geared for children ages 2-12, adults welcome too. Victorian Gardens intimate setting allows parents to relax, while their children experience the joy of discovering the magic of an amusement park.
For more information, Victorian Gardens at Wolman Rink, Central Park
Central Park Carousel
Enter park at 63rd St and Central Park West, or Zoo entrance at 64th St and Fifth Avenue, or 59th St and Sixth Avenue.
10am – 6pm daily
The original carousel, in operation at Central Park since 1871, was powered by a blind horse and mule. The outside horses are 3/4 the size of an actual horse. To this day the carousel and its figures are hand painted.
For more information: Central Park Carousel
Central Park Playground Partners Annual Family Party
Wednesday May 27th
3:30pm – 6:30pm
The Playground Partners of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosts its annual Central Park Playground Party for children, friends, and families. This event raises funds to help the Conservancy keep Central Park’s 21 playgrounds well maintained. Come and enjoy live music, fantastic food, children’s entertainment, and more.
For more information: Central Park Playground Partners Annual Family Party
Central Park Harlem Meer
Harlem Meer Fishing
Eastside from 106th to 110th Street
Catch-and-release fishing is one of the most popular activities at the Harlem Meer. Not only is it a relaxing and fun way to spend time with family or friends, it is also a great way to learn about fish. This free event is recommended for all ages.
For more information: Harlem Meer Fishing
Central Park Youth Indoor Wall Climbing
North Meadow Recreation Center – Mid-Park at 97th Street
Open daily 10am
Join the Central Park Conservancy at the indoor climbing wall located at the North Meadow Recreation Center during open climbing hours. Participants receive I.D. card, all equipment, and free climbing. Youth who have successfully completed the climbing courses at North Meadow will be able to use the indoor climbing wall during youth open climbing hours.
(Ages 8 to 17)
For more information: Central Parl Youth Indoor Wall Climbing
Central Park Field Day Kits
North Meadow Recreation Center –
Summer: May 23rd – September 4th
Mondays – Fridays 10:00am-8:00pm, Saturday – Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
212-348-4867 Call to register
Field day kits are available on a first-come-first-served basis. A canvas sack filled with a variety of games and sports equipment-everything you need to host an exciting trip or family outing in the Park. Kits: basketball, 10 cones, 3 bats, horse shoe set, playground ball, nerf ball, football, Frisbee, 2 handballs, soccer ball, jump rope, 2 whiffle balls, hula hoops.
For more information: Central Park Field Day Kits
Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
79th Street and the West Drive, just south of the Delacorte Theater
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and brought it to Central Park in 1877.
In 1973 a permanent theater was constructed inside the Cottage for marionette performances. The Theatre’s productions are based on classic fairy tales for children ages 3-9. The Cottage is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.
For more information: Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
South Street Seaport
Children’s Day at the Seaport
Saturday June 13th
12pm – 8pm
Children’s Day at the Seaport celebrates its 16th anniversary with free concerts by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine (of Applies In Stereo fame), and Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck, plus family-oriented entertainment including a train ride, and Target Fireworks at sundown.
For more information: Children’s Day at the Seaport
For more information: South Street Seaport
Children’s Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette St (between Broome and Grand Streets)
Public Hours – Wednesday through Sunday
A Celebration of Artwork from CMA’s Public School Partnerships
June 11th – September 6th
Opening Children’s Reception
CMA celebrates its partnerships with New York City public schools in an exhibition of works created throughout the 2008-2009 school year.
Bonraku-Japanese Puppet Theatre
Wednesday June 3rd
In the traditional style of Japanese puppetry, called banraku, kids learn to create puppets of friends, family, or even themselves. Ages 5 to 12.
New York Public Library Central Children’s Room
Room 84, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Ave & 42nd Street
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
The Children’s Center at 42nd Street features on-going public programs for children and their families. From intimate readings to large-scale events, programming includes storytelling, musical and theatrical performances, spoken word performances, and guest appearances by authors and illustrators. The Children’s Center will be a “go to” destination for kids up to age 12, as well as their parents and caregivers and is a national leader in children’s services. The Central Children’s Room features non-fiction and reference books for children on all topics, as well as a literature collection rich in current and retrospective works. There is also a range of materials for adults about children’s literature.
In addition, there are regular programs such as films, story hours, and guest appearances by authors and illustrators. Mary Poppins’s umbrella, Winnie-The-Pooh and other unique items are on permanent display, and special exhibitions–often featuring original art by children’s book illustrators–are scheduled regularly.
For more information: The Children’s Center
American Museum of Natural History – AMNH Sleepovers
Central Park West
Open daily 10:00am-5:45pm
AMNH Sleepovers – A Night at the Museum, the American Museum of Natural History’s wildly popular nocturnal adventure experience, has new and exciting updates for the current season. Imagine yourself traveling as a paleontologist on an expedition while watching Dinosaurs Alive! in the LeFrak IMAX Theater, exploring live-animal exhibitions with knowledgeable Museum explainers, and challenging yourself with a Museum Quest. End your night by falling asleep in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums. Open to 8-12 year olds.
For more information: American Museum of Natural History – AMNH Sleepovers
NYC Walks and Talks
Various Dates and Places around NYC
(888) NY-WALK0 (699-2550)
Walks and Talks entertains and educates people about New York City and the five boroughs with over 100 different tours. Tours for kids include: Brooklyn Bridge for Young Engineers, Chinatown for Children, Ghost Stories for Children, SoHo for Children, Wine, Matzoh and Chocolate Menorahs — A Child’s View of the Jewish Lower East Side, Daniel Beard Carter’s Flushing, and Straphanger’s New York for Children of all Ages.
For more information: NYC Walks and Talks
The Mommy Pass
The Mommy Pass is the ultimate VIP card for New York City moms. It’s so simple – for an annual fee of $50, The Mommy Pass functions as a discount card, connecting parents with family-friendly businesses in their neighborhood, from clothing for moms and kids, to food, toys, parties, spa treatments, photography and much more. How about 15% off at all Shoe Box locations? Or a medium Tasti-D-lite for the price of a small? How about 10% off at Tribeca’s adorable Blue Bench for the perfect baby gift?
The savings add up. Just think, in one year, you can save thousands!
Plus, new businesses are added almost everyday, from Manhattan to Brooklyn and beyond.
Participating businesses feature The Mommy Pass sticker in their windows so you can instantly recognize where your discounts are available. Or, check in on the website for newly added stores.
Looking for the platinum VIP experience? For $75, you can purchase a special Mommy Pass through Big City Moms, offering you special discounts, in addition to fabulous offers through BCM.
For more information: The Mommy Pass
For more information: Big City Moms