Between 59th to 110th Streets and Central Park West to 5th Avenue
New York, NY
Central Park is undoubtedly one of New York City’s epicenters for outdoor activities. Spanning more than 800 acres, the park is a wonderful resource for parents looking for child-focused — and friendly — social outings. Enjoy 21 children’s parks, the Central Park Zoo (with a children’s zoo) and the Central Park Carousel. Host a group of kids and fly kites with a tasty picnic lunch in between play time. During the summer months, the park even hosts storytelling at the Hans Christian Anderson statue for younger children.
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue)
Price: $7.50 per person/free admission for museum members and children younger than 1 year old
This summer, venture out to Brooklyn and experience an unforgettable day at the museum. Dedicated to little ones, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum features endless opportunities for educational activities and play that range from science to art and beyond. Providing something to do for all ages, this is the perfect indoor resource for parents. Other notable activities include the BCAP Summer Camp, interactive and hands-on exhibits and birthday rental space.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
1011 Third Ave.
New York, NY10021
Delight your child in a day of play, candy, crafts and more candy. Founded by Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Dylan’s CandyBar is Manhattan’s go-to resource for practically any and every candy imaginable. Spend a few hours during the day touring the flavorful store or rent the party room for private gatherings like summer birthdays.
10 W. 25th St.
New York, NY10010
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Apple Seeds is an all-in-one play facility for small children, typically newborns to 5 year olds. Equipped with a 2,500-square-foot indoor playground, Apple Seeds is an awesome site for your child and his or her friends to gather, climb and crawl. Its summer membership includes unlimited access to the primary indoor playground, access special events and complimentary guest passes for first-time visitors. Try Apple Seed’s two-week session summer camp as well. In its sixth year, children ages 3 to 4 years old may partake in crafts, cooking and other fun activities.
767 5th Ave.
New York, NY10153
One of the biggest and most memorable toy stores you will ever see, FAO Schwarz is filled with countless toys and children’s products perfect for growing minds. The store also offers fun events such as breakfast with a toy solider. Another great location for birthday parties, FAO Schwarz is an all-round fun experience for visiting summer guests and their children.