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Finding a family-friendly Times Square restaurant that doesn't belong in a mall might be more difficult than navigating the costumed-character-crammed sidewalks of the area with a stroller. The Applebee's and Olive Garden might leave you feeling as if you're in the 'burbs, not the crossroads of the world.
But just as there are things to do with kids in Times Square beyond the tourist attractions, there are also a variety of off-the-beaten-track, family-friendly eateries that serve tasty cuisine reflecting our melting pot of a city.
Chances are you're not even thinking about Thanksgiving yet. After all, we still have Halloween to get through! But as anyone in the NYC hotel industry will tell you, families looking to book a hotel where they can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan do so up to a year ahead of time. For an NYC hotel room with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty, and their other inflatable pals, you've got to plan in advance.
It's not just NYC tourists who splurge on hotels for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, either. Over the past few years, we've had many New Yorkers write in asking which NYC hotels looked out on the Macy's parade route (it sure beats watching from the street). While most of these hotels still have availability as of this writing, call right away as everything will likely sell out. If you do get shut out, it's worth checking closer to Thanksgiving since there are sometimes last-minute cancellations.
If you think you need to head out of the city for an authentic fall harvest experience, we've got good news: NYC is jam-packed with fall activities. You can pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a hayride, meet farm animals, and even get lost in a massive corn maze without leaving the five boroughs. So, grab the kids and get primed for fall fun. Find more seasonal picks in our Fall Activities Guide.
When it’s raining outside, it’s time to bring the fun indoors. Our list of 30 rainy day activities brightens up even the dreariest day. We've included picks for NYC's most kid-friendly museums, fun stores where kids can play, and plenty more parent-tested picks. Of course, if you'd rather stay cozy at home, we’ve got you covered there, too, with creative indoor ideas in our Guide to Boredom Busters for Kids.
If you have a budding ballerina who's pleading for dance lessons, you'll find yourself spoiled for choice, and that fact holds true across genres and genders. We've rounded up 19 studios offering dance classes for kids in NYC. We've found dance studios offering classes in real life, plus those offering online dance classes, too.
Most of these local dance classes offer programs for boys, and in general, you can study multiple styles at one studio; only a few specialize in one discipline. So, read on for a slew of dance studios offering dance classes for kids from toddlers to teens, including ballet, tap, modern, and other dance styles. Be sure to check out our guide to Classes and Activities for New York City Kids for even more options.
It's time to celebrate the dads, grandpas, and father figures in our lives! This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, and we’ve rounded up 25 great ideas for celebrating the man of your house. Keep in mind reservations may be necessary for many of the events below, so be sure to check ticketing policies before you go.
Since its founding in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has provided a welcome respite to concrete-weary city dwellers. It was a dismal day when the garden closed its doors for a few months in 2020, but like many local institutions, it's happily reopened and is gearing up for its most vibrant season of the year.
Though Prospect Park is affectionately known as "Brooklyn's backyard," my family and I have also spent many hours—in all seasons—at the BBG, exploring the winding paths, whiling away an afternoon underneath the dreamy cherry trees, and watching the turtles sunning themselves in the Japanese Pond.
Read on to learn about our favorite things to do in this beautiful urban garden, which is truly one of our favorite places in NYC.