30 Reasons Tribeca is the Most Family-Friendly Neighborhood in NYC

For over a decade, parents flocked to Tribeca for top-notch schools and huge loft apartments, even if it meant giving up some of the amenities found in more established neighborhoods. There’s certainly no lack of family friendly features now! With action-packed parks, delicious restaurants, and tons of kid-approved spots and attractions, Tribeca offers the best of city living while somehow maintaining an almost small town vibe that residents can’t get enough of.

Likewise, instead of the rough loft spaces of the past, families can now opt for luxury buildings, like our sponsor 6 Cortlandt Alley, with enviable perks. This boutique condominium features a cyber doorman, a parent-approved private gym with Peloton bikes, a resident’s lounge for the whole fam, spacious storage units available for purchase, and even a cold storage room to keep up with your sanity-saving grocery delivery addiction.

With all of these offerings, families moving to Tribeca nowadays can have their cake and eat it too. Read on for some of the things that make this happening hood an out-of-this-world place to raise your kids, and learn about a rare auction offering high-end Tribeca condos at seriously marked-down prices.

Trunk or Treats In and Around the Hartford Area

We don't blame you if you really don't want to go out Trick Or Treating on Halloween night. Sometimes it's cold, sometimes it rains, and for the smallest kids, they only hit about four houses before their costume starts to fall apart. In that case, Trunk or Treats are perfect for your family! Families meet in an organized place where they can hand out candy from the trunks of their cars, while running around gathering candy from the other cars. Sounds very efficient to us! Enjoy trunk or treating at these events in the Hartford area. 

Park Slope Restaurants: Where to Eat with Kids

Brownstone-lined Park Slope has long been known for its family-friendly vibe, boasting plenty of fun indoor play spots, playgrounds, kid events—and great Brooklyn eats. Need to find a child-friendly restaurant after an energy-burning romp in Prospect Park? No problem.

We've eagerly rounded up and taste-tested a list of our favorite family restaurants in Park Slope. Our curated list includes the best dining spots for kid staples like pizza, tacos, and gelato, but also plenty of more exotic fare for adventurous NYC eaters. Plus we tell you who has highchairs and where the baby changing tables are (and are not). Read on and you might just discover your new go-to Brooklyn eatery.

Paterson Great Falls: History and Natural Beauty for NJ Families

Waterfalls are one of those treasures in life that we don’t often come across—but when we do, we’re mesmerized.

While New Jersey has a handful of picturesque cascades, most are tucked away on hiking trails or in wooded areas, such as Hemlock Falls in the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange or Boonton Falls in Grace Lord Park in Boonton.

If you’re not much of a backpacker, however, or are just looking for a quick jaunt, check out Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson. It’s an easy day trip with a view to remember—and one you can drive right up to.

Museum of Pizza Opens in Williamsburg

NYC's long list of fun, immersive pop-up experiences is growing by the day—this year alone there have been Instagram-worthy pop-ups devoted to color, candy, tea, and dogs. The Museum of Pizza, which just opened in Williamsburg, may be the tastiest one yet: Every ticket holder gets a free slice. If there's anything more city-kid-friendly than a pizza inspired funhouse that comes with a slice of pizza, don't tell me what it is. Read on for a sneak peek inside NYC's latest pop-up, and tips for visiting the Museum of Pizza with kids.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Enchanted Crawly Halloween, Boos at Zoos, Trunk-or-Treat, and RBG

Throw on your capes and open up your treat sacks, because this is the weekend we start taking Halloween seriously. True, in some corners Halloween has always been deadly serious (as in full-on Zombie attack), but for the most part we have been attending our trick or treateries sans costumes, and more in onlooker mode. Well, no more. This weekend you start trick-or-treating at the LA Zoo. You can trick-or-treat at the Santa Ana Zoo. You can trick-or-treat with cheerleaders, and you can trick-or-treat with bugs (though hopefully not for bugs).

You can party with faeries (no, that's not a costume; they always dress like that). You can party with cops (no, that's not a costume; they always dress like that). You can party with the notorious RBG. (Not all superheroes wear capes.)

You can get pumpkinspumpkins, pumpkins, from a town called pumpkin (ish), and then you can watch as they light up the night. And it's all just a rehearsal for the big show to come!

Keep reading to dig into our bag of holiday treats!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: The Search for Lafitte's Gold, Fall Festivals, Oct. 20-21

With Halloween right around the corner, we've been busy compiling everything you could possibly need to have a fun, safe holiday. From area trunk-or-treats to cinematic thrills, we've got you covered. Check it out:

And that's not all! You can find even more Halloween-inspired fun on our event calendar, with events happening throughout the city over the weeks leading up to our favorite candy-coated day. For monthly fun, head to our October GoList, which highlights the biggest and best events occurring around town throughout the month. If you have an event that you want to get some extra coverage for, we'd love to share it with our readers! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar for our review, and we'll handle the rest. 

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But that's enough of that; it's time to see what this weekend has in store. 

Weekend Fun: Lantern Parade, Fall Hikes, and Haunted Trails; Oct 13-14

Is there anything better than New England outdoor adventures in the fall? Let's enjoy all this season has to offer this weekend with a fall hike in the Blue Hills, fire-making lessons, and an illuminating evening lantern parade. Halloween festivities are in full swing so be sure to check out this monster mash dance party, spooky fun at the zoo, a magical historic house, and even a haunted trail.  Have a family member with sensory-related sensitivities or autism? Check out this special performance of Blue Man Group just for them

Weekend Fun: Pumpkins, Halloween Spooktacular, Dog Days

Don't leave Fido pining at the front window as you set off on adventures this weekend. Have a tail-waggin' good time at DogFest at Tanger Outlets or Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens.

Carve out some time to watch Lenny Calvin from Food Network's Halloween Wars as he bewitches Stew Leonard's shoppers with his pumpkin carving skills.

Halloween-themed evening events such as Sweetbriar Nature Center's Halloween Spooktacular, Merrick's Great Pumpkin Glow, and The Whaling Museum's Harbor Haunts Walking Tour are sure to be a smashing good time.

Peep our nature walk guide for the best spot to spot the changing leaf colors. 

See our Fall Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals, corn mazes,  and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar and October GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Weekend Fun: Pumpkins, Halloween Fests, Taste of the Seaport, Apples on Orchard Street

We're running full speed toward Halloween in New York City, costumes flapping behind us, and there's plenty of seasonal fun to be had, from giant pumpkins in the Bronx to Pumpkin Point on Governors Island. Kids can trick or treat to the beat at Brooklyn Conservatory's Haunted Concert, rock out to the Laurie Berkner Band's Halloween Concert, or check out Halloween shows like Wanda's Monster and The Not-So-Spooky Ghost. You can even explore the history of Frankenstein at the Morgan.

There are family-friendly fall festivals all over town this weekend, too: Saturday, head to PS 166's Fall Spooktacular, the Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, or the Kids Rock Fall Fun Fest. On Sunday, there's the Hudson River Park Fall Fest and Halloween Howl. Or pick apples in a virtual orchard at Opal Apple's pop-up on the Lower East Side all weekend.

Need a break from Halloween? Taste of the Seaport beckons on Saturday, with kid-friendly activities, live music, and food. James and the Giant Peach also opens Saturday with music by the Oscar-winning team behind Dear Evan Hanson. The Little Orchestra Society kicks off its season this weekend with the music of Joplin and Ellington, or head to Carnegie Hall for a FREE concert for toddlers on Sunday. If you have a preschooler, don't miss our Downtown Brooklyn Preschool event on Sunday!

As always, our October GoList features the month's best picks, and our Fall Fun Guide provides a lowdown on seasonal to-dos. If you want to start planning, maybe for some Thanksgiving or even December holiday events, dig into our Event Calendar.

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