Upper East Side with Kids: Top 50 Things to Do for NYC Families

Like the Upper West Side and Park Slope, the Upper East Side is one of those neighborhoods where you can barely go a block without passing some kind of kid-centric business or attraction.

Despite its somewhat snooty reputation, the 'hood has lots of fun (and often affordable!) activities for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. From unique play spaces to world-class art museums, lush landscaped parks to lovely independent toy stores, afternoon tea complete with fairy wings to a game of Skee-Ball in a barbecue joint, the Upper East Side has all that plus mansions, parades, public art, towering temples and churches, athletic complexes, and some of the priciest real estate in town.

For the purposes of our post, our geographical boundaries are 59th to 96th Streets between Fifth Avenue and the East River. That's a lot of family-friendly ground to cover so let's dive in with our top 50 things to do with kids on Manhattan's Upper East Side, including the brand-new Second Avenue subway line.

25 Things To Do With Kids in Cambridge

Cambridge may be known mostly for its world-class colleges, but it has a lot to offer the younger set too. With lots of outdoor spaces for walking, riding bikes, or having a picnic, you’ll never feel cooped up in the city. Plus there are great museums, kid-friendly restaurants and festivals galore. We’ve already written about 25 things we love to do with kids in Harvard Square, so this list mostly contains ideas for fun in the rest of Cambridge. With so much to do, it’s time to start exploring.

25 Things We Are Excited To Do With Philly Kids this Spring

Springtime in Philly is the perfect time to get outdoors and find some new adventures with your littles. Spring brings so many great activities and fun events for Philly families to do. For many, spring heeds the opening of lots of outdoor play spaces like Diggerland and Sesame Place. Spring also brings blooming flowers, festivals, and pick-your-own season.

Take a look at our events calendar for more springtime activities.

Bellaire Nature Discovery Center Undergoes Massive Renovation

Change is right around the corner at Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center, and we had the chance to take a sneak peek at everything the newly transformed center will have to offer. I remember my first visit to the Nature Discovery Center very clearly - it was like unearthing a hidden gem; it was (and is!) a small patch of nature inside the concrete jungle known as Houston. Under the name of the Gateway Project, the center has received a facelift in almost every area, from new education resources to added nature trails. 

Cool New Rides Coming to East Coast Amusement Parks in 2017

If you have a houseful of theme-park thrill-seekers—or if you are one yourself—we've got good news: With summer on the horizon, amusement parks along the East Coast have big plans in the works.

We've rounded up eight attractions scheduled to debut in 2017. Read on for details, including locations, opening dates, and height requirements, and start plotting your summer travels today.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale Coming to Glen Mills

“Solving growth spurts. Saving budgets.” Um, you can say that again!

Head to upcoming Just Between Friends’ award-winning children’s and maternity consignment sale in Glen Mills and your wallet will definitely thank you. Stocked with 160,000 new and gently-loved items, shoppers can expect to find tons of toys, books, shoes, games, baby gear, outdoor equipment, clothes (baby to teen!), and more at 50-90% off retail prices. Considering how quickly our little ones grow and how badly we want to give ‘em the best of the best, this much-loved sale is a budget-watching mama’s dream come true. Oh, and if you’re looking to make a little cash you can register to consign at the event too. Out with the old, in with the new-to-you.

Where to Have Brunch With the Easter Bunny in Boston

Getting a picture taken with the Easter Bunny is a major rite of passage for many kids. Make the tradition even more special this year when you take your child to a breakfast or brunch where the famous rabbit will be milling about—for photo ops or just some shy gawking. Whether you’re looking for a fun pre-holiday activity or want to find a kid-friendly spot to eat for the big day, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to make reservations (many of these events fill up quickly); and take lots of pictures.

Beauty and the Beast Parent Review: Disney's New Live-Action Feature

Regardless of whether this movie gets raves or pans, if you have a princess-obsessed child in your home chances are you're seeing this movie in the theater—probably opening weekend. So let me get right to the good news: my 11-year-old daughter and I, both fans of the 1991 animated original, quite enjoyed Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. It is, perhaps, overly faithful to the source material. But hey, if it ain't broke, right?

There really was no reason for Disney to reinvent this classic, since the sight of Hermione—er, Belle in her frilly yellow dress will probably catapult this movie to the top of the box office. However, this isn't a soulless brand-expanding cash grab, either. For all of its familiarity, Beauty and the Beast is lovely to look at and listen to, with a smattering of new songs and a fairly subtle injection of progressive politics.

Is it good for preschoolers? Is it worth splurging for IMAX? Be our guest and read on for our honest opinions.

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