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10 NYC National Parks and Monuments for Junior Rangers

In my world, summer generally means a visit to Grammy and Papa's rustic, woodsy Colorado cabin. While I love raising my kids in NYC, with all of the museums, parks and culture it has to offer, I also enjoy escaping from the urban jungle so we can explore the great outdoors.

One fun and educational way to do that is the national Junior Rangers Program, which we discovered last summer in Colorado. My kids received different activity books—geared toward their respective ages—to read and complete with the promise that, once they were done, they could meet with a Park Ranger, discuss what they'd learned and be sworn in as Junior Rangers complete with badges.

Although my children became Junior Rangers far from the Big Apple in Rocky Mountain National Park, NYC kids can do it at 10 sites right here in and around Manhattan.

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Pelham Bay, Bronx: Locally Owned Favorites That Welcome Kids

During our month-long focus on the Bronx's Pelham Bay, we've highlighted the 25 best things to do with kids in the neighborhood and explored the attraction-filled Pelham Bay Park, NYC's largest green space. We wrap up our coverage with a roundup of our favorite kid-friendly restaurants in Pelham Bay. Since my family lives here, we've been to all of them and can recommend them personally.

While Pelham Bay isn't a foodie destination, we do have a lot of great, homey restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines like Italian, Mexican and Thai, plus some decadent dessert spots. And since it's such a big family neighborhood, it's no surprise that most of our eateries don't just accommodate kids, they welcome them. Here are my family's top nine Pelham Bay restaurants where we love eating with the kids, most within walking distance of Pelham Bay Park.

Pelham Bay Park

At nearly 3,000 acres, Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City (take that, Central Park!). Home to Orchard Beach, the Bartow-Pell Mansion, the Pelham-Split Rock Golf Course (the only 36 hole course in NYC), and a stone’s throw away from City Island, Pelham Bay Park provides almost any distraction you’re looking for to spend a day outdoors with the kids. From hiking to horseback riding to biking, this park has it all. The only negative aspect of Pelham Bay Park can be the crowds during the summer, but this is mostly an issue at Orchard Beach. With 3,000 acres, there’s plenty of space to go around!

Bartow-Pell Mansion

Located in Pelham Bay Park, the Bartow-Pell Mansion is a gorgeous New York City landmark which dates back to 1842. The prestigious beauty of the mansion itself will certainly be appreciated by adults and older children, while younger kids will enjoy running through the well manicured gardens, or participating in the hands-on demonstrations and craft projects which are offered year-round. If you’re looking to visit the mansion on a budget, keep in mind that entrance to the surrounding grounds and gardens is completely free. Admission prices for the mansion and carriage house are as follows: Adults - $6, Children/Seniors - $3, Children under the age of six are free.

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