Stephanie was only eight-years-old when she watched Rhoda Morgenstern attempt to toss her hat into the air in the middle of a busy, '70s NYC street. She knew right away that she had to live there. Nearly 40 years later, Stephanie does live here, is married with a son, and can’t imagine residing anywhere else. In addition to being mom and all the “jobs” that come with that title, she is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the magazines Saveur, Chile Pepper and Family Fun, and on Disney’s website Go.com. She makes sure the Mommy Poppins NYC Events Calendar is chock-full of the best the Big Apple has to offer, and shares her family's adventures in her many posts. If you're planning a cool kids' event, let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Google+.
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Contrary to what you might think, you don't need to invest in expensive equipment or even leave New York City to pitch a tent and camp this summer. The Urban Park Rangers offer FREE overnight family camping at designated times and locations in all five boroughs. Bonus: They bring almost everything you need for a night spent alfresco, including the tent!
The annual program kicks off around Memorial Day and although it's FREE, advance registration is required for all campouts. Read on to find out how to snag a spot at one of these cool camping trips.
There's no denying that when it comes to sparklers, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks are the main event in New York City. But that's certainly not the only explosive display in town this season. Some of these fireworks honor our nation's birthday, others just celebrate summer in the city, from ball games to concerts in parks city wide.
Read on for all the places and dates when you and the kids can catch a fireworks show in New York City—besides the East River on the Fourth of July.
Fourteen miles of sparkling sand and crashing waves can be found in four of the five boroughs (sorry river-locked Manhattan), which is good news for NYC families. Because as much as we enjoy hitting the Jersey Shore, Fire Island, and other Long Island beaches, we're not big fans of renting cars and sitting in traffic.
New York City's beaches are just a subway, bus, or ferry ride away. From the "Bronx Rivera" to iconic Coney Island and the Rockaways, these urban seasides often offer just about everything suburban beaches do except the out-of-town commute.
For many families, mini golf is a quintessential spring and summer activity that they look forward to every year. My son loves it, so we've tried just about every putt-putt course in the tristate area.
While there are plenty of courses on Long Island and in New Jersey, you don't need to head out of town for putt-putt golf. There are currently a dozen places to play mini golf right here in New York City. And as sports go, it's typically fairly inexpensive—often as little as $5 a round for kids. Another bonus is that it's one of those rare activities that parents and kids can play together. You can even host a birthday party at most of these spots.
Read on to find out where to play mini golf with the kids in the city, and I'll see you on the green!
Happy Easter and happy spring, New Yorkers! There are Easter festivities in every NYC borough this long weekend, including classic egg hunts and Fifth Avenue's spectacular Easter bonnet parade. If egg hunts aren't exactly your Easter thing, check out a Beatles-themed Easter bash, or take time to skate with the Easter bunny at Rock Center (ice) or Brooklyn Bridge Park (roller).
There is plenty of non-Easter entertainment on tap, too, like the New York International Auto Show and engaging new museum exhibits including Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs or Ian Cheng's Emissaries at PS1. Meanwhile, a massive, miniature model of New York City and beyond, Gulliver's Gate, can be previewed in Times Square before its formal opening in May. Plus, there's a superhero meet-and-greet in Bushwick, and a preschooler's dream of a story time at the Lincoln Center Atrium,
These are just a few of the great activities happening this Easter weekend. Our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide, as well as our April GoList. And with schools closed on Friday, April 14, check our Weekday Event picks for more Friday family activities.
Playing together with your kids is one of the best parts of being a parent. Not only does it get everyone off the couch and moving, but you're also creating memorable family experiences.
Don't worry if you don't have a backyard. There are plenty of ways to play in NYC that are as engaging for grown-ups as for children, from mini-golf to bumper cars, bowling, billiards, and beyond. Best of all, you and your kids get to disconnect from technology and enjoy a few hours of awesome bonding time.
Easter Sunday, April 16 this year, is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. One of the best ways to celebrate with kids is to attend one of NYC's treat-filled egg hunts. Most are outdoors in playgrounds and parks, zoos, and gardens, but a few are indoors at museums and other cultural spots. Many offer additional spring fun, including seasonal crafts, face painting, and live entertainment.
Remember, Easter egg hunts in NYC are extremely popular so arrive early and expect hordes. If you dislike crowds, avoid the free hunts and opt for those that carry a small fee as they usually cap the number of participants. Or get your photo op with the Easter Bunny in ahead of time at these brunches.
School holidays seem to pile up this time of the year. You've just gotten back into your routine following February break and it's already time to plan for NYC's extra long spring break, which runs from Monday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 18 for public school kids in 2017.
Whether your kid wants to spend his or her break performing center stage or honing sports skills, is obsessed with all things STEM—or all of the the above—New York City seemingly has a camp for every interest. In fact, we've rounded up over two dozen NYC camps across the five boroughs that are open for spring break and many other school holidays.
Looking for more spring activities? Check out our Spring NYC Guide for more break ideas, or visit our Summer Camp Guide if you're planning for summer's much longer school break!