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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.
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The New-York Historical Society's new exhibit, The Battle of Brooklyn, focuses on one of the earliest, largest, and closest-to-home battles of the Revolutionary War. Though not specifically designed with kids in mind, this exhibit offers a behind-the-scenes look at the American Revolution, with remnants of history still seen in today's Brooklyn. Older school-aged kids will enjoy exploring this immersive installation of the not-so-legendary skirmish that took place shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
One of the best reasons to endure the cost of living and the crowded streets of New York City is just how easy it is to explore other cultures with your kids. There are vibrant ethnic enclaves around every corner, but few quite as vibrant as Midtown Manhattan's Koreatown.
Developed in the 1980s, this small enclave can be found between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The main drag is Korea Way, aka West 32nd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Although the district is small, really just two city blocks, it is packed with more than 100 shops and restaurants. If you can't see them, look up. Much like Seoul, the businesses in K-Town are stacked on top of each other to maximize space.
We've rounded up 13 of the best places to explore in Manhattan's Koreatown as a family, so read on before your next outing. Peruse our Neighborhood Guides for more NYC nabes to explore, including those in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
This post is being updated for 2017.
The Hudson Valley is the setting for many a scary Halloween happening—parents be warned! There's traditional fall fun like pumpkin picking, fall festivals, and corn mazes, but the area celebrates Halloween in a big way with attractions for all ages (and all levels of bravery). Even if you don't live in the Hudson Valley, these are totally worth the schlep and blowing the kids' bedtimes—at least once.
While the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze is perhaps the top Halloween event in the area, there are other cool happenings just next door: the haunted attraction Horseman’s Hollow, a live retelling of Irving's Legend, and the little-kid-friendly Legend Behind the Legend. Head a little further north to Somers to check out the Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park, and put the Wappingers Falls and Nyack parades on your calendar.
Our best advice: Start planning now. Nearly all require advance tickets and most sell out.
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This weekend features six incredible September GoList picks, including Brooklyn Book Fair's second Children's Day, the annual Medieval Fest in Fort Tryon Park, the opening of Morningside Lights workshops, and a brand-new farm festival right in South Street Seaport. Plus enjoy fun outdoor fests like the Mid-Autumn Moon celebration in Chinatown and the 92nd Street Y's annual street fest.
For more family-friendly fun, head to the New York Botanical Garden for Scarecrows & Pumpkins, the mermaid and sea-themed Poseidon's Parade in Rockaway Beach, or a Star Trek-themed Family Day at the Paley Center. Whew!
Be sure to mark your calendars for next weekend's FREE Family Fun Day, Sunday, September 25, with Kumon Math and Reading Centers. Kids and parents can experience everything Kumon offers while enjoying face painting, chocolate tasting, and other treats!
Many school kids citywide get are celebrating a short school week (already!) thanks to Monday's observance of Eid al-Adha. Enjoy the day off and the rest of the week with fun outings including nature-themed activities in Prospect Park, the debut of a new space-age exhibit Mission to Space at the Children's Museum of the Arts, and a free visit to the New York Hall of Science during its no-admission hours to explore the hands-on Going Places - Technology of Transport exhibit before it closes September 18. Plus, the 90th edition of the Feast of San Gennaro takes over the streets of Little Italy this week.
Still haven't signed the kids up for after-school or weekend enrichment classes and sports? Our Classes Guide is your go-to online resource, plus we have two special events coming up in Manhattan that should be on your calendar. You can join us at our FREE Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 25, with Kumon Math and Reading Centers. Kids and parents can experience everything that Kumon offers while enjoying face painting, chocolate tasting, and other treats!
If preschool is in your future, register to attend the FREE Lower Manhattan Early Education Fair this Saturday, September 18, organized by our friends at Hudson River Park Mamas. You can meet dozens of preschool directors and ask questions in a low-key, comfortable setting.
Read on for the best bets for this week and be sure to click over to our jam-packed Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide for even more options. And don't forget to take a look at our Best Fall Events for Preschoolers and September GoList.
Read on for our best family event picks in NYC the week of September 12-16.
NYC students head back to school this week and many of them are already looking at their first three-day weekend of the school year! NYC public schools are closed on Monday in observance of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. Those not celebrating can use that extra day to pretend summer break hasn't ended or get a jump on fall festivities. Head to Battery Park to enjoy some catch and release fishing and a free concert by Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell, hit the high-flying Kite Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park, soak up Chinese culture at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, or hit the sand and surf one last time before NYC beaches close for the season on Sunday.
Looking to skip town for a day (or the weekend)? The New York Renaissance Faire, apple picking excursions, and even a quick camping trip are all great options for a getaway. Check out our Family Day Trips and Weekend Getaways Guide for even more ideas.
For parents considering preschool options for their toddlers, listen up! Mommy Poppins is sponsoring the HRP Mamas Lower Manhattan Early Education Fair on Sunday, September 18. Families will have the opportunity to meet dozens of directors from downtown preschool programs in a casual, no-stress environment—for FREE. Mark your calendars and be sure to register in advance. In the meantime, peruse our Preschool Directory to scope out the options.
The three-day weekend rolls right into the start of school for most NYC kids, so you may want to take it easy this week. We've rounded up FREE apps and lots of edu-taining ideas to make back-to-school as seamless as possible. For kids starting preschool, try these steps to ease the transition. Just starting the preschool search? Register to attend the Lower Manhattan Early Education Fair, organized by our friends at Hudson River Park Mamas. If you're in Brooklyn you might want to consider these 10 immersion preschools teachings little ones a second or third language! And if you're looking for stimulating activities for kids of any age, browse our list of Classes & Enrichment for NYC Kids. And don't forget that NYC just opened up registration for its FREE after-school program at rec centers.
This week's highlights include lots of Labor Day fun, the opening of the latest high-flying show from Cirque du Soleil at Barclays Center, and pay-what-you-wish admission at the New-York Historical Society. If you want to snag some inexpensive seats for Stomp, the Gazillion Bubble Show, or one of the other kid-friendly off-Broadway shows, the annual 20at20 promotion starts this week.
Read on for the best bets for this week, and be sure to click over to our jam-packed Event Calendar for even more options.