Drop-off Fun for NYC Kids with Project Playdate Summer Field Trips

Project Playdate Play Field Trips New York City Kids Babysitting Drop-off Care

In the past we've told you about the fun-filled Parents' Night Out/Kids' Night In pajama parties hosted by child care service Project Playdate. Now that school's out for the summer, Project Playdate is launching a brand-new series of drop-off daytime field trips, so parents can run errands, hit the gym or just enjoy a little me time while kids experience cool New York City culture.

At Summer Playdates with Project Playdate outings, children ages 1 to 7 get to see kids' concert at Madison Square Park, spend time with the animals at the Central Park Zoo, visit the American Museum of Natural History and the Children's Museum of the Arts, and much more. Parents will be happy, too, since Project Playdate is known for its experienced and caring staff, low child-to-sitter ratio, affordable rates and donates a portion of its proceeds to charity.

As moms ourselves, we known firsthand how hard it is to tackle everything on our long to-do lists, especially with kids underfoot, so we think these Summer Playdates with Project Playdate sound wonderful. In fact, we like the idea so much, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring the program along with UrbanSitter. The first field trip is coming up this Thursday, July 11 and Summer Playdates continue on select dates through the end of August. Read on for all the details and for registration information.

All Summer Playdates with Project Playdate last three hours. Children should bring lunch from home and will be given Mommy Poppins T-shirts to wear at drop-off. Once you register, drop-off and pick-up locations will be sent by email. All outings require preregistration and prepayment, which can be done online. Summer Playdates cost $45 for the first child, and $25 for each sibling, plus applicable entrance fees, if any.

Summer Playdates with Project Playdate July Field Trips

David Weinstone & the Music for Aardvarks Band – Flatiron
Thursday, July 11 10:30am-1:30pm
Madison Square Park, 23rd Street at Madison Avenue
Ages 3-6
After catching a concert by original NYC kindie rocker Weinstone and his band, kids will enjoy playtime and water fun in the playground.

Recess Monkey – Flatiron
Madison Square Park, 23rd Street at Madison Avenue
Tuesday, July 16 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages 3-6
Kids can rock out to the groovy tunes of the popular Seattle kids' band, and then hit the playground for fun and crafts.

Central Park Zoo – Upper East Side
Central Park at East 61st Street
Wednesday, July 31 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages 4-7
A fun-filled trip to the zoo, including a guided tour, face time with the residents of the petting zoo and a screening in the 4-D theater. Note: zoo entrance costs $12.

Summer Playdates with Project Playdate August Field Trips

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre: Pippi – Upper West Side
Enter Central Park at 79th Street and Central Park West
Sunday, August 25 11am-2pm
Ages 2-6
Little ones can watch the historic puppet theater's whimsical take on Pippi Longstocking and then enjoy time in the park. Note: tickets cost $7.

Victorian Gardens – Upper East Side
Wollman Rink, enter Central Park at 59th Street and Sixth Avenue
Monday, August 26 11am-2pm
Ages 2-7
Little kids can't get enough of the rides at this pint-size amusement park. It will probably be the highlight of your tot's summer! Note: amusement park entrance costs $14.

American Museum of Natural History – Upper West Side
Central Park West at 79th Street
Tuesday, August 27 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages 4-7
Will the kids ever get sick of this educational tot spot? Probably not. After checking out dinosaurs, animals and gems, kids will enjoy playtime in Central Park's Diana Ross Playground across the street.

Children’s Museum of the Arts – Hudson Square
103 Charlton Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets
Wednesday, August 28 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages 1-5
Tots can experiment with paint, chalk and playdough, and enjoy storytelling and music in one of the museum's signature WEE Arts sessions. Note: class costs $11.75.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan – Upper West Side
212 West 86th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
Thursday, August 29 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages 2-6
After romping in the Adventures with Dora and Diego exhibit, kids will head to Riverside Park's River Run Playground to get their sillies out. Note: museum entrance costs $11.

Central Park Zoo – Upper East Side
Central Park at East 61st Street
Friday, August 30 10:30am -1:30pm
Ages 4-7
A fun-filled trip to the zoo, including a guided tour, face time with the residents of the petting zoo and a screening in the 4-D theater. Note: zoo entrance costs $12.

The Creative Kitchen at Cook&Go – Chelsea
443 West 16th Street Near Tenth Avenue
Saturday, August 31 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages 2-6
Kids will hit the kitchen for hands-on cooking fun that includes a food-themed craft, cooking and feasting. Afterward, there will be playtime in the local park. Note: class costs $15 and includes lunch.