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25 Kid-Friendly Spring Day Trip Ideas for NYC Families

By the time April rolls around, my family has reached its limits of winter-induced stir-craziness, and despite all that our fair city has to offer in spring, we collectively feel desperate to get away from NYC, even for the day. 

Having this list of 25 spring-inspired day trips at our fingertips gives us something to look forward to, especially with spring break on the horizon. From hiking and farm fun to smelling the blooms to strolling amid sculpture gardens, there is something on this list for everyone.

Note: We have a low tolerance for driving, so for us, a day trip has to be within two hours of New York City. Find more ideas in our Day Trips Guide or our Family Travel Guide.

Queens Party Places: 23 Top Spots for Kids' Birthdays

We've profiled cool NYC party places in the past, but there are so many awesome birthday spots in good old Queens alone that it deserves a post of its own.

These Queens birthday party places cater to all kinds of kids, from active to artsy to animal lovers. As a Queens mom with two children, I've been to many of these spots personally. You can find additional birthday inspiration in our NYC Party Guide.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with NYC Kids

Spring festivities are kicking into high gear, so get your calendars ready! We've rounded up the best things to do in New York City with kids in April—many of them FREE.

Families can finally enjoy many outdoor celebrations. Don't miss the annual Children’s Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum, the spectacular Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet FestivalBrick Fest Live at NYSCI, Street Games in East Harlem, and Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn and more bloom sightings.

If you're looking for a few more indoor activities (because this Northeast weather is very unpredictable in April), there are a number of exciting children's theater openings this spring, including The Little Red Fish and Geniuses, as well as the monthlong Big Umbrella Festival for children on the autism spectrum and their families. If you're looking for major literary cred, head to Pen World Voices Festival, with kid-friendly events scattered throughout.

For more outing ideas, peruse our Event Calendar and our Spring Guide.

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.

NEW: We have a free printable version with the best anytime NYC activities from this list. Print it out and stick it on your fridge to inspire you any time you need an activity idea.  

Laser Bounce Opens Indoor Amusement Park and Arcade in Queens

With the popularity of Netflix’s Stranger Things and nerd-comeback, I’m excited to see a resurgence in my childhood favorite hangout: the arcade. There are plenty across NYC, serving up everything from skee-ball to racing games, but we’re happy to introduce Queens’ latest addition.

Laser Bounce joined The Shops at Atlas Park, in Glendale, in February 2018. This is the second Laser Bounce location in the area; the original is located in Levittown, Long Island.

The Best Spring Theater for NYC Kids: 17 Fabulous Shows

The spring is always a great time for family theater, but this season looks particularly exciting. There are page-to-stage adaptations of cool kid lit (The Little Red Fish for toddlers and Seedfolks for tweens); wordless spectacles to captivate all ages (clown show Air Play and underwater spectacle Symphonie Fantastique); and Lincoln Center's Big Umbrella Festival, the first-ever monthlong performance fest for children on the autism spectrum.

While on Broadway it's all Frozen, Harry Potter, and Mean Girls mania, there's no need to shell out big bucks to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in NYC. Most of the 17 shows we're spotlighting are just $25—or less—per ticket.

Weekend Fun: Inventgenuity, Carousels, Passover, and Egg Hunts

We might be in the middle of a Nor'Easter, but we are hopping into spring (or bust) this weekend! A sure sign warmer weather is on the way? Carousels all around town are starting to spin. On Saturday, kids can once again vie for the brass ring at the Forest Park Carousel and Flushing Meadows, and the Battery's SeaGlass Carousel is now open every day as well. Also on Saturday, Luna Park opens for the season, and a small $5 donation scores a wristband to ride all day... and mini golf, go-kart, and batting cage fans can celebrate opening day at Staten Island Fun Park.

On Saturday, families with a penchant for activism can make their voices heard in solidarity with the Parkland, Florida teens by falling in step with March for Our Lives or the Brooklyn Children's Museum's March Against Gun Violence.

On Sunday, Passover events make an appearance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Jewish Museum, and the Kaufman Center produces a family musical, Schlemiel Crooks, in anticipation of the upcoming holiday.

Easter is actually not until April 1, but the Bunny came early this year and he's fully employed this weekend at egg hunts: Kids can catch up with him on Saturday at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Brooklyn's Industry City, Highbridge Park, Old Stone House, Marine Park (to name just a few locations), and on Sunday for brunch at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, and at Carl Schurz Park's 11th Annual Egg Hunt. 

You know the drill. For more, more, more, peruse the March GoList, FREE things to do this month, and our ever-expanding calendar.

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...).

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