New York City

The Bronx Zoo Overnight Family Adventure Safari -- Spend the Night at the Zoo

If you haven’t noticed, my son loves anything and everything to do with animals and because of this obsession, I mean, passion of his, we spend a lot of time at the zoo. Thankfully, the zoos in New York City aren’t just full of animals, they also offer fantastic enrichment programs for kids and families.  In the past 6 years my son has attended camp, workshops and classes at one zoo or another and has even had his birthday party there.  Last year, for his fifth birthday, we gave him the absolute ultimate birthday gift for a zoo-loving boy, the opportunity to sleepover at The Bronx Zoo. He went with my husband and they both had such an awesome time that what we thought of as a “once in a lifetime” experience will likely become an annual tradition for all three of us.

Read on to get a look at their great time at the Family Overnight Safari at The Bronx Zoo and sign up for your own today!

park here-- A Free Urban Oasis in Manhattan

During Tuesday's freezing rain, sleet, snow and ice storm, I left my warm and cozy (well, overheated and small) apartment to check out park here, the indoor temporary pop up park created in a gallery space on Mulberry Street that I have been reading about everywhere.  Is it worth dragging the kids out in this weather?  Read on to find out.
 

 

Creative Kids Will Love the (FREE!) Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival

Next weekend, Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center will be turned into a haven for creative kids, when the Inventgenuity Festival takes it over. This innovative (and free) festival for kids is all about hands on tinkering, doing and making, but don’t expect ordinary store bought craft sets here but instead invention, ingenuity, engineering, design and creation.  The festival is full of of interesting workshops – like lock picking--and there is even a large scale group project where kids help the artist create a 40 foot Rube Goldberg chain reaction contraption (think of the game mousetrap!).  This festival is brought to us for the second time by Beam Camp, a mixed ages sleep away camp in New Hampshire that keeps kids busy with large scale collaborative projects during the summer. Read on to find out how to register and what else is going on.  

Kids at Work: Toddler and Preschooler Classes in Chelsea

On a snowy day last week, my sons and I made our way to a Kids at Work class in Chelsea. Created by early childhood educator Julie Averill in 2007, Kids at Work offers drop-in art, science, music and movement classes, plus play groups and open play, for children 0-5 years. With a wide selection of classes and a flexible drop-in schedule, Kids at Work is a hidden gem that promises to get even better in their own brand new space (they currently work out of a shared space on W. 14th), opening February 1!

 

Broadway Playhouse: Introduce Your Kids to Broadways Best Musicals

Although I don’t think we have stepped foot in a theater on the Great White Way since our son was born almost six years ago, both my husband and I adore musicals. In fact, the very first bit of media we introduced our son to was The Sound of Music movie and I look forward to the day that we can bring him to see a musical on Broadway. He is nearly six so I think we are almost there, but until that day comes, there is Broadway Playhouse; a fantastic three concert series introducing time-honored musicals to kids.  If you have a family that loves musicals (or even just likes them a lot), this is a series you won’t want to miss.

MoMA's Great Offerings for NYC Teens

There are so many fantastic opportunities for little ones at NYC's amazing museums, but we have not forgotten about your teens, and neither has The Museum of Modern Art. The MoMA offers free movies and pizza, drop in programs, and even free art classes. Their site is also able to communcate with the future leaders of the world in their own language, using its own Facebook page and Twitter account to give last minute info on teen events. Read on to find out more of what the MoMA has to offer New York City teens.

6 Places To Hear Classical Music With Your Kids in New York City this Winter

We often write about music on the site, but usually the pop-rock or kiddie genres.  Young kids don’t know the difference between The Beatles and Beethoven, yet, they just know what they like.  Listening to live classical music can be a fun, educational and enriching experience for your whole family.  And lucky for us, many of the esteemed performing arts organizations in NYC offer special concerts with interactive elements, fanciful costumes, sets, pre-show workshops and other engaging ways to develop a young kid’s musical understanding and taste.

Find out where you can take your kids to these concerts and how to get your tickets.

JapanNYC - Japanese Culture Festival in New York City: Orchestras, Theater, Dance, Drumming, Visual Arts, Workshops and More

One of the coolest things about living and raising children in New York City is that you can experience so many different cultures up close and first hand without ever really leaving home.  This month Carnegie Hall kicks off a huge two part, city-wide festival celebrating the art of Japan, JapanNYC.  The whole thing starts this week and will be taking the city by storm with 65 different events in 22 venues around town, featuring the best of Japan’s art and culture in the form of orchestras, films, visual arts, drumming, Noh theater and pop art.  Read on to find out our family friendly picks for the festival.

Holiday Cookie Crawl: 7 of NYC's Best Festive Treats

December is the time to sit on Santa's lap, sing Christmas carols, and eat way too many holiday cookies! If you're looking for a fun way to get in the holiday spirit, plan a cookie crawl. Throughout the city, bakeries are making beautiful cookies that look as good as they taste. To get you started, here are festive treats from seven of the city's sweetest spots. 

And for more sweet ideas, see our Holiday Guide.

 

The New Disney Store in Times Square, Magic Right Around the Corner

If your kids love Pixar movies or beg to play dress up all day, it's time to plan a trip to the new Disney store in Times Square. With merchandise lining every inch of the place, it'll be hard to leave without buying something, but at least it's cheaper than a trip to Orlando. And the added bonus, it's super impressive. Read on to see photos and find out why your kid will be wowed.

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