New York City

Family-Friendly Building Perks You Didn't Even Know You Should Be Looking For in NYC

Sure, your cozy fourth-floor walk-up or historic, buckling-at-the-foundation brownstone has a certain amount of New York charm, but when you add kids to the mix, charm doesn't always cut it in this city. From steep stoops, to sub-par schools, to a sheer lack of space, there are plenty of not-so-family-friendly hurdles that never even cross your mind when you sign on for a pre-parenthood apartment.

"As a parent, living in New York City can definitely have its fair share of challenges," said Raphael DeNiro, when we sat down to chat about what moms and dads should really be looking for in an NYC home. With help from Douglas Elliman's DeNiro, one of the agents representing the new amenities-filled, luxury Tribeca building, 111 Murray Street, we put together a list of eight building perks you didn't even know you and your family should be looking for. (Oh, and, surprise, surprise, 111 Murray Street actually has them all...).

29 Best Spring Events for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Spring may be the most exciting season of the year for parents and caregivers of preschoolers and toddlers, who have been stuck inside for the 5,000 weeks that make up winter. With the arrival of warm weather, it's like New York City itself wakes up from hibernating, and families stream out of their houses to take advantage of all it offers.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do during April and May, and we have rounded up the best ones for kids ages 5 and under, so that you can make the most of this time of year.

Queens Welcomes New Fun Factory Okabaloo for NYC Kids

Astoria and Long Island City have seen a tremendous leap in child development venues over the past five years, including play spaces and sports centers. Yay! But even so, there are a few nooks and crannies of these two Queens neighborhoods that are still activity deserts, in need of family-friendly fun.

Nestled on the border of these two neighborhoods is Okabaloo, a new child-enrichment center and play space that brings art, music, and discovery to the neighborhood. Read on to find everything you need to know before you head over.

Up with the Sun? 21 Early Morning Spots to Entertain NYC Toddlers

New York is "the city that never sleeps," especially for parents of young children. Kids can spend countless hours at parks and playgrounds, museums, play spaces, and more. But if you have an early riser, it's not always easy to find an age-appropriate play spot.

Toddlers and babies are often ready to start their day before sunrise, so we've put together a list of awesome places to go and things to see around NYC in the wee hours with your youngest New Yorkers.  

Spring Break in NYC: 50 Fun Things to Do with Kids

Worried about keeping the kids entertained over NYC's 10-day spring break? We know it's daunting, but we've also got it covered for you.

If you're sticking around the city, there's plenty to keep every age group busy. From interactive exhibits and hands-on museum programs to cool family theater shows, parks, playgrounds, and indoor play spaces, we've rounded up 50 things to do with kids in New York City during the break. Some of our picks only take place on specific dates; others run the entire duration, but all are engaging ways to get out and celebrate spring

If you're thinking of heading out of town for a last-minute vacation, or just a day trip or two during the break, which technically runs from runs from Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 8, you can find great nearby getaways in our Day Trips Guide and more far-flung destinations in our Family Travel and Resort Guide.

Can You Visit Legoland on a Disney World Orlando Vacation?

Planning a theme park vacation in Orlando, Florida? Disney World and Universal are the common highlights of an Orlando trip, but there are several other tempting theme parks in the area. If your family has Lego lovers—especially if they're between the ages of 2 and 12—Legoland Florida is a great add-on to an Orlando vacation. But with only so much time and a limited budget, the big question is, "Is it possible to go to Legoland and Disney World on one trip to Orlando?"

Inexpensive Birthday Party Room Rentals for NYC Kids

Few suburban comforts make me jealous, but the ability to host a home birthday party is one. Fear not: There are inexpensive party rooms available to rent in NYC; you just have to know where to look.

Keep in mind, buying an all-inclusive package can get pricey, especially if you want to invite your child's entire class. These spots all require DIY inventiveness, but you'll be rewarded with a special day that won't (totally) break the budget. If these prices still don't work for you, consider downsizing the guest list and doing at home with these 5 Party Ideas for Small Spaces, or this apartment party cheat sheet. Read on for inspiration and where to find a party spot near you, or check out our party directory for more local venues and entertainers.

40 Things To Do in the East Village with Kids

The East Village is the epitome of the luxury bohemian paradox. High-end condos, trendy eateries, chain stores, and shiny new NYU dorms sit kitty-corner from decrepit tenements, old-world restaurants, punk-rock shops, and community gardens blooming with flowers and sculptures. Although it's certainly not the gritty neighborhood of my youth, you can still find traces of the artsy, old-school East Village if you know where to look.

For the purposes of this post, our boundaries are Broadway to the East River between Houston and 14th Streets. Read on for all the top spots and experiences for kids in this eclectic Manhattan neighborhood, from play spots and excellent eats to funky, only-in-the-East Village destinations.

Top New Amusement Parks and Rides Opening This Summer

The summer family vacation season is right around the corner, so it's never too early to start dreaming of your escape. Amusement parks, of course, are always top of mind for the kids come summer, so we've trekked up and down the eastern seaboard (virtually, anyway) to find the coolest new theme park attractions set to open this spring and summer.

There's a brand-new thrill ride at Six Flags New England, a pint-sized coaster at Sesame Place, a whole new Toy Story Land in Orlando, and Thomas Town opens near Pittsburgh with plenty of locomotive fun. Read on for more than a dozen new top attractions we're looking forward to checking out at amusement parks spanning from Massachusetts to Florida this summer.

Weekend Fun: Lots of Green, Easter Eggs, and Flower Power

St. Patrick's Day troops into town this weekend, marching up Fifth Avenue on Saturday and through Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Sunday. If you need more inspiration, our St. Patrick's Day list offers outstanding info on everything shamrocky, including a St. Paddy's Day storytime with Pete the Cat at The Strand on Saturday and Sunday.

Naturally, green isn't the only game in town. The International Children's Film Festival comes to a rollicking conclusion Saturday evening, with its Best of the Fest Screening and Awards party and plenty of screenings on Saturday and Sunday for all ages and interests. Watson Adventures is back at the Met with a magical hunt for Harry Potter Fans, and Lightwire Theater dazzles dino aficionados with Dino-Lite at Symphony Space. Black Beauty plays at The New Victory Theater and the Lincoln Center has a tot-friendly Waves, All the Glows Sees.

There are signs of spring, too. Don't miss the weekend-spanning Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Flea at Our Lady of Grace Church in Brooklyn. Kids can pose with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs from 1–3pm both days. Find more egg hunts around town with our full rundown of NYC Easter fun, including Easter Bunny brunches. This weekend, the New York Hall of Science also opens its fabulous Rocket Park Mini Golf.

New interactive undersea art is available at the American Museum of Natual History with its Unseen Oceans exhibit. Plus, you can go full-on rainbow at the Kidding Around Flower Power Fest, planting seeds, decorating headbands, and creating watercolor cups to support the LGBT Community Center.

And there's more. (Because of course, there's always more!) As always, take a peek at our March GoList or our ever-expanding daily NYC Event Calendar.


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