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.  

27 Fun Things in Hollywood that Kids Love To Do

We say, "Hooray for Hollywood!" because it offers more than just glitz and glam, celebrity hangouts, expensive T-shirt shops, and infamous nightclubs. Believe it or not, Hollywood is also a go-to destination with kids in tow—from hiking to the Hollywood sign to watching Wonder Woman get her Walk of Fame star. Feeling skeptical? Have a look at our 27 favorite things to do in and around Tinsel Town. And if you've got out-of-town guests looking for Hollywood movie sightseeing, we've got that covered, too.

(Thinking bigger than just Hollywood? Check out out list of 101 Things To Do in LA with Kids!)

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.

Long Island Restaurants with Fun Entertainment for Kids

Feeling like a slave to the kitchen as you prepare mac and cheese for the third time this week? Drop the ho-hum dinner routine and head to one of these local restaurants that serve up food and fun.

A number of eateries in Nassau and Suffolk counties pair kid-sized meals with giant-sized fun. So whether you prefer the neighborhood mom-and-pop or the local destination of a national chain, your little ones are guaranteed a good time and a healthy lunch or dinner choice.

For more inspiration, see our guide to kid-friendly dining on Long Island. And while you're at it, check out our list of LI restaurants where kids eat FREE.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bayou City Art Festival, Kite Festival, March 24-25

Spring is in the air, and we could not be more excited! Bring on more time spent outdoors basking in the warmer weather, whether that means hanging out at your favorite family-friendly brewery, snapping quintessential photos in the bluebonnets, or checking out somewhere new as a family (we recommend the San Jacinto Battleground or Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center!).

The Easter Bunny is also starting to make his rounds this week, and is showing up at Houston Party Playland, the Fresno Community Easter Egg Hunt, and brunch at Rob Fleming Park, just to name a few. This is the perfect weekend to get in an early fix of the Easter Bunny before things really gear up next week! 

If you're trying to plan past the weekend, or just looking for even more ideas, we have a wealth of resources to help! Our event calendar gives a daily breakdown of what's happening in and around our city, our March GoList highlights the best events occurring throughout the month, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids is pretty much your ultimate Houston bucket list. With so many different options, it's easy to stay busy having fun around the city. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have all of our newest content delivered straight to your inbox. 

Have an event you'd like to share? We would love to help you promote it! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll do take care of the rest. 

On that note, let's take a look at what's on tap for the weekend. 

Best Spring 2018 Events for New Jersey Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hoping these spring Nor'easters get hopping before Easter arrives? Us too! If your little chickadees are frantic to fly the coop, they'll be chirping with excitement at all the events they can look forward to through the rest of the season. We've rounded up some of the best things to do with your firecrackers under 5 from now through the end of May, and they're sure to put a little spring in all of your steps. From amusement park openings to egg hunts, alfresco festivals to mesmerizing stage performances (many of them sensory-friendly), there's something for everyone in your family to love.  

Read on for our top spring event picks for NJ kids under 5. And be sure to sneak a peek at our Spring Fun Guide to find even more great things to do. 


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