Being a Mommy in New York City means you have to be a lot more creative when finding spots for you and your kids to go play for the day. If you’ve been living in New York for a while, you’ve already been to the typical spots, and like us, might appreciate something new and fresh to explore as a family. I’ve put together a list of some unique places for you and your kids to visit and have a day full of fun.
Chealsea Pier Carousel
Tyler and Sofia love the Chelsea Pier Carousel. It has 33 gorgeous, hand-carved figures ranging from a sea turtle and a raccoon to a unicorn. The carousel is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm and costs $2 per person. www.chelseapiers.com
New York Historical Society
The New York Historical Society’s entire lower level is dedicated to their children’s museum. It includes a museum, interactive exhibits and games, a Whiz Bang Quiz machine and much more. All children can come and enjoy the children’s museum of the New York Historical Society, but it is mostly aimed towards children from eight years of age to 13. www.nyhistory.org
Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park
The Victorian Gardens is a great place to bring the whole family for a day full of fun. There are rides to choose from like the Kite Flyer and Whac-A-Mole that will have your kids smiling from ear to ear. Every weekend there are live, interactive shows by Victorian Gardens’ various entertainers. www.victoriangardensnyc.com
Children’s Museum of the Arts
The Children’s Museum of the Arts is 10,000 square feet of fun. Teens can take photography and filmmaking workshops, while babies and toddlers can play in the Wee Arts room or clay bar for hands-on activities. www.cmany.org
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan offers five floors of fun, hands-on exhibits for children of all ages. There are exhibits learning about health, playing with Dora the Explorer, playing (and learning!) about water and many more. Remember, the first Friday of every month at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan admission is free from 5 – 8 p.m. www.cmom.org
Making Books Sing
Making Books Sing is a program that inspires children to grow as literate, creative and social aware individuals through theatre productions. Their current shows are “If you really love polar bears…” and “The Storyteller’s Candle”. Both are great theatre productions that children will love while still learning about something new. Tickets for the shows are free, but for dates of the performances go here. And if your kids are book lovers, be sure to pick up a copy of The Chicken and the Egg.