New York City

Our Best Family Travel Destinations of 2017: Beaches, Resorts, Attractions

Family destinations really upped their game in 2017. We saw amazing new attractions at some of our favorite amusement parks, the opening of the largest indoor water park in the US, and the opening of the brand new Dr. Seuss Museum. LEGOLAND's new Beach Resort is so awesome it went right into our list of mind-blowing kid-friendly hotels, and technology brought us a whole new way to go camping. Our writers have been busy checking them all out and sharing insider tips. Speaking of insiders, our new Disney experts gave us the scoop on visiting California's Disneyland with a baby or without

Read on for our top travel reviews of family-friendly resorts and beaches, great citiestheme parks, and attractions of 2017. Want more family travel inspiration? Read our top travel spots of 2014 and 2015 or check out our Family Travel Guide

Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: January GoList

Get your calendars ready. Here are the top 12 things to do with kids in New York City this January, five of which are FREE.

While January traditionally is a mellow time—especially when compared with the nonstop action of the holidays—there's no way you can hibernate all month, not with kids around. Luckily, you don't have to. Our January GoList is packed with annual favorites such as the Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem, Central Park's Winter Jam sports fest, plus some new, exceptional-sounding shows, concerts, art festivals, and other special experiences for kids. Don't forget that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up, too, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum and others will host special events just for families.

Find more seasonal fun in our NYC Winter Guide for Families.

Hottest New NYC Destinations for Kids That Opened in 2017

As we close out the year, we're looking back at all the wonderful new cool kid attractions we gained in New York City in 2017. There was massive new development in the Midtown area, with two big family destinations added to Times Square, Gulliver's Gate and National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odysessy, and a completely revamped American Girl store at Rockefeller Center.

We gained new Broadway shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Anastasia, and even a new museum downtown, Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience. Outdoor destinations weren't neglected either. The city tripled its number of zip lines with additions on Governors Island and at the Bronx Zoo, and continued to revamp neighborhood playgrounds, bringing new or improved romping spots to a number of favorite parks.

A handful of new play spaces opened in Brooklyn, Queens, and on Roosevelt Island. Read on to catch up on all these exciting new offerings, and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Summer Internship Opportunities in New York City for Teens

Having just gone through the college application process with my oldest son, I am more aware than ever that schools aren't just looking for good grades, great SAT scores, an outstanding essay, and a list of after-school activities, they also want to see some hands-on, real-world experience, preferably with a leadership component. That's where a summer internship can make your average, high-achieving, New York City teen really stand out from the rest of the equally high-achieving pack. 

Fortunately, because not all kids have the same interests, NYC summer internships come in a variety of flavors, paid and unpaid, regular and intermittent, educational and creative, with some also offering school and volunteer credit. The main thing summer internships in NYC tend to have in common is that the due dates to apply are usually before most teens have started thinking about their summer—or their college—plans.

To make sure your teens don’t miss out on any opportunities (and you don’t end up with an angsty child-shaped sloth on your couch for three months), check out our roundup on great internships and summer programs for teens in NYC—listed in order of application deadline.

New Year's Weekend in NYC: Thomas, Fireworks, Museum Fun

As far as New York City kids are concerned, New Year’s Day weekend covers every angle of fun: outdoor and indoor; day and night. On New Year's Eve, stay up late for fireworks at Prospect Park, Coney Island, or in Central Park.

Museum fans can choose between the all-weekend throw down at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the all-weekend Lego Batman screening and superhero workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image, or the huge Kwanzaa Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History on Saturday, December 30. Also, arriving on time as he does every year, Thomas the Tank Engine swings through the New York Botanical Garden.

Our best bets for weekend fun are below. Essential: our guide to New Year's Eve Fireworks and Celebrations. Also essential: our guide to everything you can do on New Year's Day in New York City.

If cabin-fevered kids need to shake their little bodies free of energy, don’t miss our guide to indoor places to go for free, and winter day trip ideas. Make sure not to miss our 25 Free Things for Kids to Do in NYC on Winter Holiday Break or 35 Top Things to Do in NYC This School Vacation.

More family fun can be found in our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

New Year's Day 2018 with NYC Kids: Things to Do as a Family

One reason we live in New York City (and pay crazy rents, take packed subways, and research early education options as if we're going for a Ph.D.) is to take advantage of all the cultural experiences it offers year-round. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to do more fun things with your kids, why not kick off 2018 by taking advantage of all the great places open on New Year's Day in the Big Apple?

We came up with seven resolutions for families and then found activities to fulfill each one—all at places open on January 1, 2018, in NYC. You can find more seasonal fun, including little kid and big kid ways to celebrate New Year's Eve, in our Holiday Guide, or in our 25 Free Things to Do in NYC with Kids on Winter Break

All of us at Mommy Poppins wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

New Year's Eve Fireworks in NYC and More 2018 Family Celebrations

There are plenty of ways to ring in 2018 in New York City. We've rounded up the city's best family-friendly options from Brooklyn fireworks and FREE bike rides to swanky (and admittedly expensive) Times Square parties. 

However you welcome the New Year, we hope it's a blast. You can find even more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide, and more fun activities to do on school break.

Best Things to Do This Holiday Vacation Week in NYC with Kids

For New York City kids, the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is definitely not a wasteland when it comes to fun. On Tuesday, Prospect Park launches a week of fun and free events, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum launches a week of cool Kwanzaa-themed activities. On Wednesday, keep a wintery theme going by catching the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the St. Luke's Theatre before it ends its current run on December 30. Thursday offers Jason Bishop's magic at the New Vic and, on Friday, there's some model train fun especially for preschoolers.

Also make sure to see our guide to what's open on Christmas Day, and keep in mind that break week includes a load of long-running fun launched earlier in the season, like Hip Hop Holidays at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, or the free holiday train show at Grand Central. The Paley Center continues its cool Santa event with showing of favorite holiday TV specials, and the New-York Historical Society's DiMenna Children's Museum hosts a full week of special fun. Plus, the Battery's Seaglass Carousel has full hours this week and is even open on Christmas Day.

As always, you can rely on our stellar roundups, like our guide to free things to do on holiday break, or our low down on free times at NYC museums. Heck, we go straight to the issue, in full, with a list of 35 fun things to do over winter break, and our completely stuffed Holiday Fun Guide

Christmas Day Activities to Do with NYC Kids After Opening Gifts

The presents have been ripped open, plastic packaging dismantled and the batteries installed. Dinner won't be ready for hours and the kids are stir crazy. What else can you do on Christmas Day in New York City with the kids? What is open?

Those who don't celebrate the holiday have asked that question for years, and the answer is often Chinese food and a movie. But there are options, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Here are 13 fun things to do on December 25 in NYC. You can find even more seasonal activities in our Holiday Fun Guide or Event Calendar, and of course, best things to do all holiday weekend.

Why Your NYC Kid Will Drag You To the New Hershey's Chocolate World

Kids like candy. It's a fact I deal with on a daily basis. I counteract it with lots of activity and as much good food as my 5- and 10-year-olds will tolerate. But here's something they don't know. I like candy, too. So when the assignment hit my inbox to visit and review the brand-new Hershey's store, it was an easy decision. I'd even brave Times Square for it! 

Read on to find out the good, the bad, and the ugly of our trip to the middle of the city in search of massive amounts of chocolate.


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