Just south of Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Children's Museum—soon to be the newest children's museum in the city—will make moves for its first permanent location this very July! On Wednesday, July 12, groundbreaking will finally occur in Mill Pond Park. For those of you that haven't heard too much about this amazing renovation and museum project, the city's LEED-certified historic powerhouse facility (originally built in 1925) is to be the Bronx Children's Museum first permanent home. The second floor of the building will be a destination for almost 75,000 children every year, and it will offer large, open exhibit spaces with both permanent and temporary interactive exhibits. Using the theme of "Power" to unify all of its exhibits, the museum will explore Bronx culture, arts, community and natural resources. Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Children's Museum Children will be excited to find a kid-friendly river habitat area inspired by the Harlem River and Bronx Waterways nearby, which includes animal puppet and costume play, a clue game to learn stories about animals in relation to habitat, hunting and locomotion, a buildable beaver lodge that kids can play in, a beaver dam that they might use to learn about cause and effect, and other amazing stuff like workable river locks, turbines and all the materials they'll need to build a bridge or two. Apart from the nature awesomeness, there's also a produce stand where kids can role play with gardening items, an area to lea
If your kid loves watching Thomas & Friends, reading The Railway Series or playing with toy versions of Thomas and his locomotive pals, then they're going to really toot their horns when they get a chance to ride in a life-size version of the iconic blue train. Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 is chugging into The Delaware River Railroad Excursion in Phillipsburg, New Jersey for two back-to-back 3-day weekends of non-stop, full steam ahead fun. During the special annual event, little engineers can board their favorite engine for 25-minute rides, followed by fun activities. This year's theme is "Set Friendship in Motion," which means families can celebrate the importance of having pals like Percy, Gordon and Emily with group photos, craft projects, and a special "passport" that kids use to collect stamps and receive friendship bracelets—too bad Thomas doesn't have wrists, or else he'd want one of those! Day Out with Thomas is at Delaware River Railroad Excursion, 99 Elizabeth Street Phillipsburg, New Jersey (877-872-4674, 877trainride.com). July 7—9 and 14—16, 10am-5pm; $21 per ticket for ages 2 and up. For more family fun this season, visit our list of amazing summer activities for kids, plus our July events calendar for kids and favorite free activities for kids roundups.
Ever wanted to feel like a giant stomping your way through NYC? You’ll get your chance in Brooklyn this summer. A new mini golf course in the courtyard of the Frying Pan’s Industry City location features miniature versions of Brooklyn landmarks scattered around the faux green—and yes, it's kid-friendly! On the course, you'll get to make your way around Brooklyn icons such as the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The colorful set-up will seem like a playscape for tiny golfers, complete with a bright yellow-and-teal water tower and a blue area of the green representing the Gowanus Canal, complete with mini boats and pieces made from an old row boat found in the canal. Can your mini crew manage to sink all nine holes? Photograph: Courtesy Industry City Find this cool course behind the Wheelhouse, the Frying Pan owner’s bar and restaurant that's housed in what used to be a tugboat, along with a ping-pong arena and food and drinks from the Frying Pan’s summer outdoor bar. Munch on lobster rolls, poké tacos and bahn mi or cool off after a heated game with a watermelon and arugula salad. If you’re looking for more family-friendly fun in the sun, check out our list of the best summer activities for kids, outdoor activities for kids in NYC and the best kid-friendly outdoor restaurants in NYC. Courtyard 5–6 (718-965-6450, icsummerspree.com). Mon–Thu 11:30am–8pm; Fri–Sat noon–9 pm, Sun
Ever wanted to attend a movie festival on the beach under the stars? Thanks to Coney Island's Flicks on the Beach 2017 event, which hosts outdoor movies in the sand, you can! The free, ongoing series is presented by Amazon Studios and features many screenings suitable for children and families (though a handful are just for adults) starting at 7pm on the dates listed below. The screening area will be located on the beach at W 12th St. See the full schedule below: July 10: Beauty and The Beast (PG) (*ADULTS ONLY) July 17: Landline (special Amazon Studios sneak preview) (R) July 24: Finding Dory (PG) July 31: La La Land (PG-13) (*ADULTS ONLY) August 7: Get Out (R) August 14: The Lego Batman Movie (PG) (*ADULTS ONLY) August 21: Crown Heights (special Amazon Studios sneak preview) (R) August 28: Star Wars: Rogue One (PG-13) Looking for even more family fun? Check out our list of hot summer activities for kids for 2017, plus outdoor activities for kids and even free activities for kids like these!
Get those bellies ready: Today is the day we honor two of the most delicious and satisfying summer drinks. June 20th is both National Ice Cream Soda Day and National Vanilla Milkshake Day! Now that the rainstormy weather has come and gone, getting a shake or float is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer. See below for our recommendations on the tastiest spots for floats and shakes! Best soda fountain shops in NYC 1. Davey’s Ice CreamTreat to get: Soda Float with Virgil’s Soda and any scoop of ice cream. Various locations (daveysicecream.com). $7.35 2. Morgenstern's Finest Ice CreamTreat to get: These floats are made with two dips of any ice cream flavor in your choice of housemade soda. 2 Rivington St, New York, NY (212-209-7684, morgensternsnyc.com). $8 3. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda FountainTreat to get: Our money’s on the Pink Poodle (hibiscus soda with vanilla ice cream), but with 16 different floats all made with soda made in-house and all-natural ice cream from Adirondack Creamery, you’ll want to come back and try them all. 513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY (brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com). $8 4. Lexington Candy ShopTreat to get: Ice cream fountain selections include frosted and malted floats and ice cream sodas using five different soda flavors and the perfect-for-summer Fresh Creamsicle Freeze.1226 Lexington Ave, New York, NY (212-288-0057, lexingtoncandyshop.net). $8.25 5. Dichter PharmacyTreat to get: Soda floats are super cheap at this Inwood locale
Barbie boasts flawless style and kicks serious butt at every profession, but her counterpart Ken—at least for a while there—seemed to have been left in the dust. We'd like to formally welcome him back in the running for America's Top Doll: Barbie's Fashionistas line just expanded with 15 new Ken dolls in three body types (slim, broad and original) and released 40 new dolls in total! "Next Gen Ken" (and the other dolls in the collection) feature new skin tones, eye colors and modern apparel. "Ken Fashionistas Doll 13, Distressed Denim," even rocks a man bun! Mind = blown. Photograph: Courtesy Mattel Lisa McKnight, SVP and General Manager, Barbie, comments, "By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation. Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie's world." The move by Mattel with the Barbie brand is similar to that made with American Girl's first boy doll, Logan. The new Barbie Fashionista dolls retail at $9.99. Photograph: Courtesy Mattel Wondering about the rest of the collection? It's equally awesome and includes impeccably dressed women of various body types, skin tones, eye colors and hair colors, including a doll with blue hair, a doll with big, natural hair in an afro-style and at least two dolls with truly curly hair. For more Barbie coverage, check out Time Out New York's story on the Barbie Commute
Catching movies in NYC can get pretty pricey: Many theaters charge a whopping $16 to sit in for a film, and that’s not even counting the even pricier flicks in 3D! But this summer, Regal Cinemas is going to save families a pretty penny with the return of its Summer Movie Express series. Beginning July 4, various Regal Cinemas theaters will screen family-friendly movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and kids will get to sit in for just a buck. Participating theaters are the UA Kaufman Astoria Stadium 14 & RPX in Long Island City, Queens, the UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX near Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and the UA Staten Island Stadium 16 & RPX in Staten Island. These theaters won’t be screening old and forgotten films either. The cool lineup includes recent hits like Kubo and the Two Strings, Sing, Trolls, The Lego Batman Movie and lots more. Each theater will screen two movies on both days of the week beginning with Kung Fu Panda 3 and Ice Age: Collision Course on July 4th and 5th. Participating in the Summer Movie Express series will not only make little ones—and your pockets—happy, but a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Will Rogers Institute, which funds the research and education of cardiopulmonary diseases. To view the entire lineup of kid-friendly films, visit regmovies.com, and then check out the best new kids’ movies playing this summer in case the kiddos just can’t wait until the start of a new week for summer movie fun. Looking for even mo
Starting tonight, families will be able to enjoy a movie under the stars—for free! The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival begins today with free movie screenings on the lawn and will run every Monday evening through August 21. The series kicks off with a screening of the original 1993 version of King Kong, a classic everyone needs to experience at least once. The Lawn will open up to the public at 5pm and a pre-show entertainment, which will include SOULGA Meditation and live music by Dead Beats Horse and The Rub (Ayers and DJ Eleven), will start up at 6pm. A classic Warner Brothers cartoon will show right before the start of each film. Not to be missed in this year’s lineup of 10 films is The Muppets Take Manhattan, a fun romp with some of our favorite furry characters that both adults and kids will enjoy. Plus, it takes place right at home! We’d suggest packing a picnic and making it a fun and cheap family-friendly affair, but if you’d rather pack light, there will be various food vendors in the park courtesy of the Hester Street Fair. And if anyone needs a potty break, Bryant Park’s public bathrooms are one of the classiest around. Photograph: Courtesy Bryant Park Corporation So grab a picnic blanket and the popcorn and settle in for a fresh-air movie night in one of the sweetest parks for kids in NYC. We'd also recommend getting there as early as possible; The lawn fills up fast! If your kids are hooked on watching movies in some of NYC's cool locations, check
Have you taken a trip to Coney Island yet this season? If not, you'll definitely need to add Thor Equities' Coney Art Walls your bucket list of summer activities for kids. Located right by Luna Park and Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, this annual event showcases large-scale installations from the world's most beloved street artists from summer through fall. Apart from being a highly Instagrammable opportunity (which it certainly is), it's also a cool way to enjoy art outdoors. Photogaph: Courtesy Thor Equities and Jim Drain Participating exhibitors include Mark Bodé, Crash, Alexis Diaz, Jim Drain, Ganzeer, Shantell Martin, Skewville, Lee Quinones, Marie Roberts and Chris Stain, plus additional works from John Ahearn, Aiko, Buff Monster, Crash, D*Face, Daze, Eine, eL Seed, Haze, How & Nosm, Icy & Sot, IRAK, Kashink, Lady Pink, The London Police, Miss Van, Mister Cartoon, Nina Chanel Abney, Nychos, RETNA, Ron English, Pose, Sheryo & Yok, Tats Cru and Tristan Eaton. Photograph: Courtesy Thor Equities and Marie Roberts Coney Art Walls can be found at 3050 Stillwell Ave (adjacent to the original Nathan's Famous) and will be open noon–daily through September. For more artsy fun, explore our favorite children's museums and these playgrounds with famous artwork!
The High Line has always been a wonderful place for all ages to escape their busy lives and take a breath of fresh air as they stroll along the elevated park. This summer, families can look forward to the return of the High Line's monthly “Make It!” series. Beginning June 24, kids can enjoy dancing, music and crafts with local artisans and performers. The summer series kicks off June 24 with “Make It Verde!” with the Lower East Side’s Loisaida Center (High Line at 14th St, 10am–1pm). Families will plant seeds in the High Line’s mobile garden and kids that are super into creepy crawlies will love exploring the park's worm bin. Interactive sculpture art collective Poncili Creacion will share stories, dancers-in-residency The Brandon Project will perform for the crowd and all can make their mark on a mural art project. A portion of the day’s event will be offered in Spanish. Come back July 29 when Abya Yala Arte y Cultura presents “Make It Rooted!,” where kids can learn about different traditions and ecosystems through dance, art, music and storytelling (High Line at 14th St, 10am–1pm). In August, “Make It Move!” will be all about getting those bodies dancing with the Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band as well as designing movable creations with the Children’s Workyard Kit (High Line at 14th St, August 26 10am–1pm). And during “Make It Rusty!” families can try their hands at constructing industrial mixed-media garden sculptures that transform as they age, hear stories about the pa