Upper West Side
An avenue-by-avenue guide to the most family-friendly area outside Orlando.
Thu May 15 2008
Less densely commercial than Amsterdam, this thoroughfare still holds a full weekend's worth of enticements. The salon Dashing Diva (590 Columbus Ave between 88th and 89th Sts; 212-877-9052, dashingdivawest.com) often has as many children sitting in its chairs as adults; pedis for kids under eight are $20. If that's not your style, check out Hands On! (529 Columbus Ave between 85th and 86th Sts, 212-496-9929), an instrument-based music education program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Kidville (466 Columbus Ave between 82nd and 83rd Sts, 212-362-7792) coifs your child while distracting him with DVDs, toys and fun seats, but doesn't stop there; its mini caf, well-stocked clothing boutique, birthday party program, and sports and art classes make it a complete microcosm. Greenstones & Cie (442 Columbus Ave between 81st and 82nd Sts, 212-580-4322) rounds out its gorgeous stockpile of jackets, pants, dresses and sweaters with hair bands, baby hats, Robeez and Pediped footwear, and a stylin' collection of bibs—in prints like sushi, yellow taxis and i HEART ny.
One of the nabe's big draws is the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79th St, 212-769-5100), where you can spend the entire day or just take a break from the stroller traffic to catch a wild IMAX flick. The museum also offers a range of summer day camps focusing on topics like robotics, water, fossils and astrophysics.
On Sundays from 10am to 5pm, don't miss the big flea market and Greenmarket at M.S. 244 (100 W 77th St at Columbus Ave, cenyc.org), where kids can run around while you browse fresh produce, vintage clothes and jewelry, music and lots more. Love 'em or hate 'em, Crocs (270 Columbus Ave at 73rd St, 212-362-1655) sells comfy, colorful shoes and sandals that little ones adore. Or go upscale at Z'Baby Company (100 W 72nd St at Columbus Ave, 212-579-2229), for girlie frocks, hipster cargo pants and rock-star dresses with silk screens from the Rolling Stones to AC/DC.
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