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100 Things To Do in NYC with Kids Before They Grow Up

The number of family-friendly happenings in New York City on any given day is enough to overwhelm most parents. Our city plays host to top-notch museums and art, creative play spaces, amazing parks and playgrounds, and even amusement parks, all of which pump out fun children's programming year-round. Even NYC restaurants get into the game, hosting dedicated kid play spaces, events, and cool DIY opportunities like ice-cream and chocolate making.

Yet every year, our kids suddenly grow up on us a little more. They age out of one activity after another, whether it's storytime at the library, the carousel, or just needing to hold our hand as they cross the street. That's why we're focused on finding ways to take advantage of all the amazing things to do in New York City with kids, creating meaningful memories as we go. I created this "life list" of all the things I want to experience with my kids before they grow up. It's not just the stuff that is fun to do, but also the stuff that I think will be important to do with them—things that will shape them and be formative in their experience as little New Yorkers. We're also big fans of FREE fun, so we included as much of that as possible!

So enjoy this list of 100 things to do in NYC, whether you're a local or a visitor trying to experience the very best of our city. Now, off I go to wring every drop of goodness from that damp, dirty rag that is New York City.

Visiting Philly: A Basic Guide of Things To Do for First Time Visitors

Philadelphia is walk-able, easy to navigate, filled with kid-friendly attractions and museums, gardens and parks, restaurants and activities. It's full of rich history, and is the perfect destination for families. Whether you're planning a day trip or a long weekend (even a whole week) there's plenty to entertain and inspire the whole family. With so many awesome places to see, adventures to take, and things to eat, planning a trip to Philly can be overwhelming, so here's a few tips and ideas to get you started.

While you're in town, be sure to check out our event calendar to see a listing of all the special events happening.

8 Awesome Food Festivals Happening in Philly this Summer

Food festivals are a great way to bring families together. Nothing screams summer more than corn on the cob, watermelon, barbeque, and ice cream. Food with music, entertainment, and games is the perfect formula for a great family afternoon for kids of all ages. We've compiled a list of some awesome food festivals happening this summer. Come hungry and ready for fun!

10 Fun Things To Do on Melrose with Kids (No Piercings Involved)

For most Angelenos, the stretch of Melrose Avenue between Fairfax and La Brea evokes images of uber hip twenty-somethings being punctured by tattoo needles and pierced through any number of body parts—not necessarily a destination for tots. But an afternoon meandering Melrose with kids in mind can be both family friendly and super cool. Why not revisit one of the streets of your youth with your youths in tow, and up the style factor of your LA brood? For more ideas in the neighborhood check out 25 Things To Do in Hollywood with Kids.

20 Things To Do with Kids at South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport, one of New York City's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, is in the midst of a huge transition. Pier 17, although currently closed, is being redeveloped into a massive, multimillion-dollar, high-end retail and dining destination with a rooftop event space. (Target completion date: sometime in 2017!) But even though that part of the Seaport isn't accessible at the moment, there are still plenty of things for families to do, see and experience in this popular downtown Manhattan neighborhood.

A pair of exceptional play spots, including the Imagination Playground, an under-the-radar maritime museum, boat tours, landmarked buildings, a public pier with gorgeous views and a few FREE outdoor festivals make the Seaport a great place to visit this summer with kids—whether you're a tourist or a local.

Help Us Choose the Best of LA: Vote for Your Favorite Spots and Win!

How do we love LA? Help us count the ways! We know that Los Angeles is the best place to raise kids, but even the best has its best. So we're counting on you, our Mommy Poppins readers and the most savvy parents we know, to help us pick the Best of LA. The best play spaces? We've got 'em. Family restaurants? We've got those, too. Swim classes, dance classes, and baby 'n' me? The greatest ones are all in sunny SoCal, along with the coolest theaters, museums, kindie bands, camps—heck, even our dentists are the best. But only you can tell us which is the best of the best, so we're asking you to vote for your favorites in all of these categories and more.

Of course, we know you're busy parents, so we've got some fantastic prizes lined up to thank you for sharing your expertise: how does a free bowling party at Lucky Strike sound? Or what about a family glamping trip at El Capitan Canyon? Or a year's worth of STEM activities delivered to your door? Or an Ojai Getaway? Give us 5 minutes and your expert opinions, then let us know which prize you'd prefer—it's a win-win for everyone!

Start voting now!

12 Things To Do with NYC Babies Before They Turn 1

The whole "New York City is a terrible place to raise babies" debate seems to continue, especially in conversations on local parenting groups. But as a mom of three who had all my babies right here in NYC, I disagree. Yes, it can be a nuisance to find subway stations with working elevators and contend with tiny spaces and noisy neighbors, but there are so many enriching first-time experiences to share with your baby in the city that make it worth muddling through the inconveniences.

So stock your diaper bag, strap your infant into a stroller or carrier and try these 12 things to do with your baby before age 1—one "first" per month before toddlerhood.

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