I love to take my daughter to New York City. Modern Boca Dad and I lived in the Big Apple for almost 9 years and really enjoy heading back to the site of our 20’s to visit and reminisce. But now that we have a six year-old, our priorities as tourists have changed. These days, we’re more interested in having Tea with Eloise vs. Sleeping No More. And after a recent trip to the city, I have some awesome new recommendations for your next family visit. Here are Modern Boca Mom’s top things to do with kids in NYC this spring and summer!
Top Things to Do With Kids in NYC this Spring and Summer 2019
Hosted | 400 W. 42nd St. (42nd and 9th Ave.)
This was one of the coolest and honestly, most affordable attractions that we hit on our trip to NYC. Instead of splashing out on a Broadway show this visit, I put our daughter in the middle of her own interactive theatrical adventure via Pip’s Island. I wasn’t allowed to take photos during the experience, but trust me, it was REALLY fun to watch.
Kids in NYC this spring and summer (ages 4-10) and their families are invited to join Pip, Pebble and Finn on Expedition 12 to save the Island and defeat villain, Joules Volter. Your child will don an explorer vest and light-up bracelet (as parents become the assistants) while skilled actors guide you through multi-sensorial challenges and help the story unfold. The end result is an hour-long inspirational “hero’s journey” where you’ll be dazzled by live performers, puppets, interactive set pieces and animated characters.
Tickets start at only $39 which is a bargain compared to Broadway. And if you use my code Pip10, you’ll get 10% off your purchase! I highly recommend it.
MBMom Tip: Be sure to wear pants or shorts as you and your kids will spend some time crawling and sitting on the ground in the experience. Worth it! They also have a free coat check for personal items.
Hosted | 768 5th Ave. (5th and 59th St.)
If you’re looking for something more substantial than tea with Plaza Hotel icon, Eloise, then I highly recommend signing up for The Plaza Finishing Program’s Children’s Etiquette Course with Beaumont Etiquette. Held in The Plaza’s Eloise Tea Room, it’s an class centered around manners for boys and girls, ages 5 to 9. Spoiler alert–it’s mostly girls who attend.
Founded by Myka Meier, children are taught fundamentals in both dining and social etiquette including:
- Basic table manners
- Greeting adults with respect
- Making friends
- Positive body language and eye contact
Even though adults were not allowed to stay for the class, the Eloise-themed venue allows for a ton of adorable photos (and shopping after class if you so please). #dailybocaavery said she learned a lot and really enjoyed the company…and the treats that were served, of course.
The children’s program is limited to 24 students and costs $150 per child, which includes light refreshments and beverages.
MBMom Tip: Book early as this program only happens on select dates! And while your kiddo is in class, parents can enjoy breakfast in The Plaza’s Todd English Food Hall. Yum!
218 W. 57th St. (57th and Broadway)
Considering this attraction is produced by the same folks as Disney on Ice (Feld Entertainment), I didn’t have super high expectations for Trolls the Experience. These types of things are fun for kids, of course, but they don’t exactly cater to adults. Regardless, we decided to explore the “amazing world of DreamWorks Trolls in an interactive adventure filled with music, activities, and Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration!”
And much to my chagrin, it was A BLAST.
Parents, you just have to go with it. From getting our Troll noses painted on and fitted with our own cardboard “hair” to boarding the psychedelic Caterbus to partying with Poppy in an epic 3-D environment, Trolls the Experience was awesome. At the end, you get to make a scrapbook (including a complimentary souvenir photo) and meet Poppy herself in all her glory.
If your kids are Trolls fans, they’ll have a ton of fun. But probably not as much as Modern Boca Dad…
MBMom Tip: Plan to spend a little over an hour here. There’s also a free coat check for personal items and stroller parking. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Opened in June 2018, Domino Park is a 5-acre public park located along the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Built on the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery, the park has amazing views, a killer playground and an awesome Mexican restaurant (that serves booze), Tacocina.
On the playground, an inventive series of mini-industrial experiences lead children through the sugar refining process; children can go from the Sugar Cane Cabin to the Sweetwater Silo to the Sugarcube Centrifuge – each designed to resemble part of the actual factory that once operated here.
Featuring wood reclaimed from the original refinery walls, aluminum molds made from salvaged valve wheels, and graphics based on genuine Domino factory signage, the playground is the real deal. It’s an exciting and safe spot for both kids and adults to enjoy the historic spirit of this location. The playground is open sunrise to sunset.
There are elevated walkways, a fountain for kids to play in, beach volleyball and Bocce courts, a dog run and more. This park is really cool. I wish it had existed when we lived in NYC!
MBMom Tip: We took the M train out to Marcy Ave and walked from there to Domino Park. It took about 15 minutes. On the way back, we wanted to hit Hudson Yards, so we jumped in an Uber to Vernon Blvd./Jackson Ave in Queens to take the 7 train in. If it’s a nice day out, plan to spend 3 hours or more at Domino Park!
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