New York City

CAMP Store Opens in Flatiron With Cool New Indoor Play Zone

Summer camp is always hot topic in New York City, but we've never seen a camp experience quite like the one unveiled last week with the opening of CAMP Store in the Flatiron District.

Situated on the corner of 16th and Fifth Avenue, CAMP looks like just another retail shop; albeit one with an onsite Milk Bar and a funky collection of merchandise—from toys and games to books and clothing—but there's something spectacular hiding behind a secret door. Find the entrance (with the help of a super-friendly CAMP counselor) and you're in for hours of fun and a cool new indoor place to play.

Christmas Weekend Events and Fun Activities for NYC Kids in 2018

The Mommy Poppins NYC team wishes you and your family all the joy of the holiday season! You may still have gifts to wrap (or—gulp—shop for) and stockings to hang, but there's festive fun to be had all weekend in the greatest city in the world—even on Christmas Day.

No matter what you celebrate (Kwanzaa fun starts on Wednesday the 26th), our short list includes holiday cheer at Brookfield Place and Bryant Park in Manhattan, a Muppets movie screening and workshop in Queens, a free screening of Elf in Brooklyn, and holiday-themed plays like The Little Dancer in Manhattan and A Charlie Brown Christmas in Long Island City. On Christmas Eve, you can go caroling under the Washington Square Arch or sing seasonal songs in Gramercy Park

Need more? Check our lists (twice) for the best family outings on Christmas Eve, what's open (and fun) on Christmas Day, and the best ways to keep kids busy, happy, and occupied during the holiday break—including 25 FREE to-dos around the city. It’s also not too late to get a photo snapped with Santa, even one for free.

Our top weekend picks through Tuesday the 25th are below. Of course, you can always find more great NYC events in our Event Calendar, and check out our 100 Best Things to Do with NYC Kids for the ultimate staycation cheat sheet. Happy holidays!

Nitehawk Cinema Opens in Park Slope, Brooklyn

This week marks the much-anticipated opening of the dine-in movie theater Nitehawk Cinema in Park Slope, in the old Pavilion Theater space near Prospect Park. It's no exaggeration to say that parents (and kids) in the neighborhood are over the moon. With the closing of the Pavilion in 2016, Brooklyn's most family-friendly neighborhood has been without a movie theater for several years, and the Nitehawk brings not just first-run and independent films but also a tasty menu to a much-loved landmark location. For a peek inside the handsomely restored space and the scoop on coming attractions, read on.

Best Christmas Eve Activities in NYC for Families

Whether your family already has established Christmas Eve traditions or decides to wing it every year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in New York City on Monday, December 24. From holiday shows to Christmas pageants, amazing holiday light and window displays to Christmas caroling, miniature trains, and ice skating, we found plenty of festive things to do on Christmas Eve with kids—during the day and after dark. We even included a number of non-holiday-themed activities for those not celebrating.

Remember, a number of places close early on Christmas Eve, so click through to the full listing or website to confirm times before hopping on the train. Still, there's plenty open on this holiday.

You can find more seasonal activities in our Holiday Fun Guide or in our daily Event Calendar.

Mommy Poppins’ New City Sites Washington, DC and Chicago Launch for Holidays

As we approach the 12 year anniversary of Mommy Poppins, it’s amazing to reflect back on the past years, even as we are looking forward and adding new cities to our community.  Just like my children, who have grown in ways I never would have imagined, Mommy Poppins has become so much more than I ever planned for it to be when I started writing those first blog posts as a New Year’s resolution in 2007. 

This week we added Washington, DC and Chicago to our growing list of cities that now includes Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Houston, as well as NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, and Connecticut.

Kids Play for Free at These New York City Stores

Looking for a new winter play destination? With a shiny new FAO Schwarz filled with delights and an American Girl mega-store, there's no shortage of stores in New York City where kids can play for free. You'll find options as varied as building Lego friends, exercising on the Wii Fit, or getting their train fix for the day, and the kids will be so exhausted by day's end, they might not even whine about leaving the Nintendo system behind (fingers crossed).

For more indoor play options, check out our guide to Indoor Play Spaces and Fun Zones in NYC.
 

New Roller Rink at Industry City Hosts Family Skate Weekends

NYC has a brand-new indoor roller skating rink, just in time to skate out those rainy winter afternoon crazies. Lola Starr, longtime host of roller skate parties for grownups at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park, debuted a 15,000 square-foot indoor roller skating space on December 8 in Industry City, Brooklyn, which will host family skating parties every Saturday and Sunday all winter long. We recently visited for a satisfying afternoon skate, and had a chance to talk with Starr about upcoming plans for NYC's newest roller rink. For a peek inside the colorful new space, read on.

25 Free Things for Kids to Do in NYC on Winter Holiday Break

From December 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019, NYC students are officially on holiday break. As your family gears up for a week of gleeful abandon (or mass chaos, as the case may be in your house), we've pulled together some fun ideas for things to do with kids over the break.

While we recently offered a number of fun NYC options for your family to enjoy during break, we've rounded up even more great ideas. Our list of 25 FREE things to do with the kids during winter break offers ways to enjoy the school vacation without denting your budget. 

New Orleans with Kids: Top Things to Do and See as a Family

New Orleans is a big city not because of its size but in personality and culture. From the music to the food, both deeply steeped in historical and emotional significance to New Orleans and its residents, it's unlike any other city in the south. Still standing after one of the country's most destructive hurricanes, everywhere you go in New Orleans, you'll find a compelling story, or, at the very least, some delicious gumbo.

This American city should be on everyone's travel bucket list as the Big Easy makes a great, multigenerational family vacation spot at any time of the year. There are so many fun things to do and see and eat with the kids, from delicious beignets and a French Quarter stroll to an incredible children's museum, an aquarium, and a zoo. We've also included some unexpected family hits like a swamp tour and a butterfly garden.

Read on for the top activities and attractions to check out when traveling to New Orleans with kids. We suspect you'll come for the food and entertainment but leave feeling inspired by its rich history. 

The Top 15 Indoor Play Spaces Across New York City

You've probably already bookmarked our lists of the best spots to play in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. (Oh, you haven't yet? Hint: Now's your chance.) To cap off your indoor-fun inspiration and ensure you never hear the words "I'm bored" again, we present the best of the best: the top 15 indoor play spaces across New York City. So when you need a break from your neighborhood spots, venture out to the rest of the city to cross every one of these awesome locations off the list.

Visit our Indoor Play Spaces Guide for more indoor fun, or our Family Fun Guide to all of NYC's top family attractions.

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