Whether you are a city-dweller looking for a serene, tree-lined break from the rat race, or a suburbanite looking for more art and culture, Governors Island fits the bill. The 172 acre oasis is mere minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. And visiting it is a wonderful way to spend a day outside.Read More
There are beaches all over the New York area. But trust this Long Island girl when she tells you that the Atlantic Ocean beaches are so much better than the Long Island Sound beaches - the sand is smoother and softer and the waves are real. And there’s less of that smelly seaweed vibe.
I grew up in Wantagh, NY, home of the famous Jones Beach and less than a half hour from other great Atlantic Ocean beaches like Long Beach. The beaches on the South Shore of Long Island are dope - it’s why the Hamptons became what they are.
For years I’d been hearing about another well loved Atlantic Ocean beach in Queens - Rockaway Beach. We finally made it there Memorial Day weekend and I cannot wait to go back. Rockaway Beach is SO worth the trip. You’ll feel like you escaped on vacation.Read More
The New York Hall of Science opened in 1964 as part of the World’s Fair and as one of the first hands-on science museums in the country. Today, NYSci is still a really cute place to visit with young kids on a cold, rainy or wintry day….....OR
You could follow our lead and visit on a beautiful spring or summer Saturday. There are some cool things happening right outside NYSci in nice weather. Read on
Playgrounds and parenting go hand-in-hand in warmer weather. Young kids just absolutely love climbing, sliding and spinning their way through spring and summer. When we visit the city in nice weather, we always include a playground - preferably, a really good playground - to sweeten the deal for our kids.
So I hereby present to you my personal favorite NYC playgrounds I’ve visited so far as a parent. I would call each of these a “Destination Playground,” very much worthy of a visit. And as a fun little added bonus, I’ve included a solid family friendly food stop nearby each playground.
There are still many good playgrounds I haven’t hit yet in NYC, so please send me any recommendations in the comments!Read More
Ugh math. It always was my least favorite school subject. Even now, while I mostly read and write as a corporate lawyer, I cringe whenever calculations sneak their way into my job. But my second grader is learning so much about math at school now, so I figured a visit to the Museum of Math in NYC was in order.Read More
We recently saw our first children’s show at Manhattan’s Symphony Space. The Doubtful Sprout, a one woman puppet show by Liz Joyce, was an absolute JOY(ce) to watch.
Though this show has moved on, Symphony Space continues to offer family focused performances each Saturday through the cold winter months as part of their ongoing, Just Kidding Series. And if you’re a Westchester or Fairfield County family like we are, driving to Symphony Space is a snap. Located at 95th and Broadway, the theater is not too far from our northern suburban towns!Read More
Last summer I wrote a post about our family’s day in Astoria, Queens. The post mentioned our “signature” move of combining a kid-friendly activity with nearby adult-friendly eats or drinks. This weekend we took that same move to neighboring Long Island City, Queens and had a colder, but equally awesome day in Queens with our kids.Read More
I love the Children’s Museum of the Arts. I think it’s my favorite child oriented museum in the area. It’s not huge and it’s not somewhere you’d aim to visit monthly, but it’s such a special little place. It makes me happy whenever we visit. Art is such an important part of childhood, so having a place that dedicates itself to celebrating childhood art is just fantastic.
The CMA is located on Charlton Street on the west side of Lower Manhattan (West SoHo). I’ve been taking my girls since my older one was a wee toddler. It’s been awesome getting to see how she experiences the museum’s offerings as she grows.Read More
The holidays are over. The presents unwrapped. The new toys are already feeling old to the kids. And school doesn’t start up again until January. What do we do NOW?
This post is for the folks who can no longer make it up past midnight on New Years Eve because they’ve BEEN UP since 6am catering to their little ones’ every need. Here are FIVE ways to entertain your youngins this New Years!Read More
Last week I saw a meme on Instagram that said something like, “What Do you Want for Christmas this year?” And then the mom responds, “a Saturday night babysitter.” Boy can I relate to that one.
I really, really love restaurant dining, and well, parenting cramps your dining style. We do our fair share of dragging the kids out to eat, as well as paying a sitter so that we can dash into NYC for an adult meal. But even still, I don’t get rock star fine dining on nearly as much as my heart would like.
Here now are the spots in New York City that I would hit if given the gift this holiday season of a sitter AND a magic reservationist that could actually get me in at a reasonable hour. Oh and another big “if” here is IF I had unlimited funds. These restaurants are not cheap - but if you’re going to splurge, these are places to do it.Read More
Christmastime in New York City!! It really IS the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! I absolutely love the holiday season and I love being in the city to celebrate.
Without further ado, here are my favorite ways to get festive this winter in NYC! And expect further details on many of these activities as the holiday season continues.Read More
We had so much fun at Boo at the Zoo! We usually visit the Bronx Zoo on the hottest, most humid summer days, so it really was a treat to finally be there on a crisp fall day - I think the cooler weather made the animals come out and about more, too. And adding in the Zoo’s adorable Halloween themed extras really made the visit even better. Coming to the Bronx Zoo in October for Boo at the Zoo is the ideal way to visit and an ideal way to celebrate the holiday!Read More