While we love an action-packed park or playground, there's something magical about an off-the-beaten-path enclave, too, and New York City streets are packed with them. These secret gardens, hidden on busy city streets, and overflowing with lush greenery and beautiful flowers make for a different kind of escape and cool way to commune with nature. We've scoured the city blocks to find some hidden gardens and botanical wonders for you and your family to enjoy. Here are 15 secret gardens for your next outdoor adventure.
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As summer turns to fall and a new school year is about to begin, parents everywhere are looking for after-school classes. Now entering the ring: boxing. These boxing classes for kids in New York City are a great option. The sport helps kids to build confidence, patience, fitness, and learn self-defense.
We've rounded up seven boxing gyms in NYC offering boxing classes for kids. Find more enrichment opportunities in our Guide to Classes and Activities for New York City kids.
Planning a child's birthday party can be overwhelming—there are so many different options! Whether you decide to rent out a party room, throw a shindig in a park, or celebrate at home, we've rounded up 24 birthday party entertainers who will come to you. They bring the fun, from face painting to magic, princess appearances, spa services, sports skills, and more. These birthday party entertainers make marking your child's next milestone memorable.
Summer is traditionally the season for spending as much time outside as possible. Except sometimes it’s just so…hot. Our top picks to beat summer's heat include indoor play spaces, museums, and local shopping destinations where kids can play—all while enjoying some industrial AC. Find more fun things to do inside—in any season—in our Guide to Indoor Fun.
It is officially summer in the city, and there’s no better way to kick off the season than by having a barbecue. While most New Yorkers don’t have the outdoor space (or grill, for that matter) to host a cookout at home, there are plenty of parks that offer beautiful picnic areas and public grills to gather around with family and friends. And thankfully for those traveling with little ones, many of these parks are near our favorite playgrounds.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite locations in the five boroughs where you can plan a cookout. If a day of sun and fun hasn't tuckered everyone out, stick around after dark to check out these FREE outdoor movies in NYC.
After months of being stuck at home—or at least sticking to your home neighborhood—summer calls for adventure. It's easy to forget New Yorkers have miles of waterfront within city limits, so you don't have to go far to enjoy a cool breeze and beautiful water views. Even better, spend an afternoon at one of these 10 waterfront playgrounds and feel like you’ve escaped the city without ever leaving the five boroughs.
Find more fun places to play this season in our Guide to Parks and Playgrounds.