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Go find Alice all over NYC

For little New Yorkers, the city can be a Wonderland.

  • Alice in Wonderland Statue

  • Alice: The Way Out

  • Madame Alexander Doll Factory

  • Fishs Eddy

Alice in Wonderland Statue

Tim Burton fans will find no better way to fall down the rabbit hole this month than to see the writer-director’s cockeyed re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, in theaters March 5. (Read our review here.) But kids too young to appreciate Burton’s ruined fantasyland also deserve an all-consuming Alice experience—and we’re not just talking about the requisite trip to Alice’s Teacup (though we’re madder than the Hatter himself for the eatery’s scones with clotted cream). There are myriad ways to connect with Alice in the Big Apple; below are some of our favorites.

Alice in Wonderland Statue
Commissioned by George Delacorte in honor of his wife and dedicated in 1959, the richly detailed Jos de Creeft bronze piece is a hands-on gem and one of the darlings of Central Park. As they clamber onto huge toadstools, rub noses with a gigantic dormouse and finally make it up to sit on Alice’s capacious lap, kids will understand how Alice must have felt when she shrank after sipping from a bottle labeled “drink me.” East side of Central Park, near 74th St, north of the Conservatory Water

Sophie Irene Loeb Fountain
North of the Alice statue you’ll find a large, concrete drinking fountain with characters including Alice, the Queen and the Cheshire Cat depicted in relief. More than 40 years after its dedication in 1936, the statue was refitted with a sprinkler and moved to the James Michael Levin Playground, where it now works better than a pool of tears to cool tykes off on a hot summer’s day. James Michael Levin Playground, Central Park, enter from Fifth Ave at 77th St

Alice: The Way Out
For an underground adventure, take the 1 train to 50th Street to see mosaic murals featuring unmistakable silhouettes: the White Rabbit checking his pocket-watch, the Mad Hatter on the run and Alice herself peeking behind a curtain. Just glimpsing the murals as your car stops in the station will fill tots with the feeling that they have peered into an alternate reality. 50th St station on the 1 line, uptown and downtown platforms (mta.info)

Madame Alexander Doll Factory
Alice was one of the first dolls Madame Alexander created back in the 1930s. The company has crafted many Wonderland dolls since, including an oversized Alice with limbs protruding from the windows of the Rabbit’s house. The latest addition to the collection, which can be viewed on a free tour of the company’s gallery, is a Mad Hatter. 615 W 131st St at Broadway (212-283-5900, madamealexander.com)

Fishs Eddy
A visit to this funky Flatiron District housewares store will enable your children to spend quality time with Alice at every meal. The shop’s Alice tableware collection features John Tenniel’s black-and-white drawings from the first edition of Lewis Carroll’s opus. The place settings are simple and lovely, and if you celebrate all 364 un-birthdays, you and your children will surely give them plenty of use. 889 Broadway at 19th St (212-420-9020, fishseddy.com)

Museum of Modern Art
Sitting through a mildly terrifying movie just isn’t feasible for some kids. But they should all have the courage needed to traipse through the Tim Burton retrospective, on view at MoMA through April 26. The exhibition houses more than 700 works tracing the artist’s career; look for the early Alice sketches, including renderings of the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400, moma.org)

The Real World
If your children are seeking Wonderland itself, take them downtown to view artist Tom Otterness’s outdoor sculpture series. The wacky environment, filled with miniature pot-bellied men, teetering towers and strange beasts, can be climbed over, under and even right through by kids. Among the characters are a dodo bird and Humpty Dumpty, who both make appearances in Carroll’s story. Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, just above Battery Park City (212-267-9700, bpcparks.org)

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* Alice in Wonderland review
* Things to Do
* Articles from this issue

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