Because Mom and Dad deserve a boozy, frozen cocktail as much as anybody else (if not more)! It's officially the end of the week, and if you haven't yet, it's time to treat yourself by booking a sitter and heading to these bars/restaurants with your partner, s/o or some pals for a refreshing sip on something truly refreshing—and also awesome-looking. While the kids are noshing away on some New York pizza and watching a flick from our roundup of the best kids' movies or family movies on Netflix, try out one of these truly Instagrammable picks. P.S.—if you have the kids in tow and simply want to grab a beer during the day, you might visit one of these kid-friendly bars instead. #1 Shark Eye, Mother of Pearl (See image above!) If you're dreaming of the beach (you know, minus the sharks), you might stop by island-vibe hotspot Mother of Pearl for a Shark Eye, a frosty curaçao and bourbon beverage served on ice in a porcelain shark head (complete with spilling "blood"). $16, motherofpearlnyc.com #2 Frozen Dark & Stormy, Miss Lily's 7A Cafe The authentic feel of this '80s Jamaican diner-inspired setup just makes Miss Lily's 100+ varieties of rum on offer taste even better. When you need a break from stuffing your face with Jerk Wings and Fish Tacos, sip on a Frozen Dark & Stormy made with Kelvin organic ginger slush, Blackwell and Goslings. $10, misslilys.com Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz #3 Blue Ice, Otto's Shrunken Head Love blue Italian ice/blue raz ice pops? Love tiki
Summer just got a lot cooler for kids in the Bronx and Queens because two playgrounds have received colorful makeovers. Both Grand Playground near University Heights and Pat Williams Playground in Queens Village were reopened after getting renovations that include new play equipment and spray showers. Photograph: Courtesy Daniel Avila/NYC Parks Pat Williams Playground underwent a $900,000 transformation and debuted a reconstructed basketball court as well as fitness equipment for adults. Kids received two play areas, including a new swing set, and the entire park was outfitted with new trees and benches. Games painted on the ground provide additional ways children can play with their friends. Photograph: Courtesy Daniel Avila/NYC Parks In the Bronx, kids received an even sweeter treat with the addition of a splash park in the reconstructed Grand Playground. The colorful new park, which received $2.6 million in renovations, now includes a basketball court on the lower level, play areas for different age groups and best of all, whimsical and sunflower-shaped spray showers to cool off on hot summer days. The tall structures are great for tweens and teens who want to frolic through the water while little ones play in a tunnel of rings that spray them head to toe as they run through. Photograph: Courtesy Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks Photograph: Courtesy Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks Looking for more family-friendly fun this summer? Then browse through our list of
These spunky kiddos from four NYC boroughs joined us for a little pop quiz before they take on life as kindergartners. Who will they be when they grow up? What will they learn in school? You're about to hear it all. Maybe even some animal noises. For more family fun, check out our top 101 things to do with kids in NYC, our favorite family movies on Netflix and sweet free activities for kids. *See the accompanying article in Time Out New York Kids Issue 99, on sale July 26, 2017.
New York City might pride itself on being an ace in the bagel game, but a new East Village cafe is hoping to make cream cheese the real star of the show. Becky's Bites is opening its doors this Friday, July 28th at 122 E 7th St and is set on giving us a newfound appreciation for the bagel spread. The menu will feature a variety of flavored spreads as well as cream cheese-based desserts. Photograph: Courtesy Becky's Bites Becky Rosenthal was inspired to experiment with the deli staple after a craving for something easy and delicious led to her dipping cream cheese bites into chocolate. Now, Rosenthal is opening her first shop with these chocolate-dipped cream cheese delights as well as a variety of cream cheese spreads, parfaits, tiny tarts, Beckaroos (her version of Dunkaroos), cookie sandwiches and more. Cream cheese flavors include Becky's #basic, cookies n’ cream, peanut butter, chocolate-covered strawberry and funfetti birthday cake. A selection of seasonal spreads and flavors of the month will keep the cheesy menu fresh year-round. Photograph: Courtesy Becky's Bites Becky’s Bites sources its cream cheese from local farms in the New York Hudson Valley and other food items, including coffee and bagels, are also made in New York. If you need something to wash down bites of bagel and "not-your-ordinary cream cheese," then grab a cup of hot chocolate to go. You’ll get the option to top your beverage with, what else, cream cheese whipped cream. If you're looking f
Comedian and author GloZell Green has amassed a following of 4.6 million subscribers and nearly a billion views on her YouTube channel with videos of funny antics, song parodies and high profile interviews. Now the Internet personality, who is a new mom, is targeting a much younger audience with a new YouTube channeled geared just for kids, Variety reports. GloBugz is a mix of live-action and animated characters, with Green as the lead bug. Together, they teach young viewers a variety of skills through song and dance alongside fellow lightning bugs Malik, Katie, Joaquin and Ella. The flying version of the creator even features Green’s signature green lipstick and golden curls. Kids will sing along to "London Bridge is Falling Down," "Humpty Dumpty" and other nursery rhymes as well as learn how to make art projects, discover new exercises and learn words in Spanish, Japanese, Russian and American Sign Language. So if you’re tired of watching Peppa Pig for the zillionth time, buzz on over to the GloBugz YouTube channel for a refreshing take on children's programming. The channel will launch with 15 episodes and new ones will be posted every week, but if you need something else to hold the little ones over in between, check out our list of the best kids' shows on TV for families.
If you’ve got little Star Wars fans in the house who love all things lightsabers and Stormtroopers, then the coolest toy in the universe has just arrived! Radio Flyer introduced a kid-sized drivable Star Wars landspeeder at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Photograph: Courtesy Toys 'R' Us/Radio Flyer The landspeeder is a replica of the X-34 vehicle in Star Wars: A New Hope and features an interactive dashboard with lights and soundbites from the movie, including dialogue from C-3PO, R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker. It can zoom up to a lightning fast speed of 5mph and is powered by a 12V rechargeable battery. The craft can also go in reverse for those intergalactic parallel parking situations. Photograph: Courtesy Toys 'R' Us/Radio Flyer While the toy vehicle can seat up to two riders ages 4 and up, Mom and Dad will probably have to hang back—unless both fit in the small seats and the combined weight is no more than 130 pounds. Photograph: Courtesy Toys 'R' Us/Radio Flyer These sweet wheels will cost a pretty penny though with Toys 'R' Us offering it up for $499.99. The good news is that after shelling out that much for this ride, Toys 'R' Us will ship it for free. It’s currently on pre-order with an estimated ship date of September 5th, which leaves plenty of time to find an awesome Star Wars costume at Halloween costume stores for this October's festivities.
Friends of + POOL, the nonprofit that’s hoping to bring New York City’s first water-filtering floating pool to the East River, has once again teamed up with the New York City Housing Authority for its Summer Bluefish Swim Program. Thanks to the partnership, 60 kids aged 8 to 13 living in public housing complexes have been receiving free swimming lessons at the Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletic Center in the Upper East Side over the course of July. While NYC has swimming pools across the city, there are many families who don’t have access to swimming lessons for kids. Knowing how to swim is an essential survival skill and The Summer Bluefish Swim Program is geared on providing underserved youth with the opportunity to learn how for free. Kids are also equipped with swimsuits, swim cap, goggles, towel, T-shirt, bag and a booklet with lessons. The towels are available for sale to the public with proceeds benefiting the Friends of + POOL’s Summer Bluefish program. Friends of + POOL and the NYCHA first launched the program in 2016 and ten kids from the inaugural class have been given the chance to return this year for advanced classes. Their mission: to someday train these students to become lifeguards at the completed + POOL.
Families living in Jackson Heights, Queens will now have a new place to frolic, play and cool off this summer because the Junction Playground has been reopened following a $1.75 million renovation. The community park has received a welcomed facelift with updated handball and basketball courts, colorful playground equipment like swings and slides and a new spray shower. Photograph: Courtesy Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks The playground has also been outfitted with new entrance plazas, landscaping, staircases, perimeter walls and sidewalks. Parents visiting the park with their tots will have seating near the play equipment so they can monitor the kids while resting their feet, and additional seating has been added around the three entrances to the park. Photograph: Courtesy Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks The spray shower will be fully accessible, is designed with a variety of spray features that can be manually activated by kids and is set on a seven-minute timer to conserve water. With all these fun updates, Junction Park might just become the coolest new splash park in town. If you’re on the search for more fun this summer, check out our list of the best swimming pools for kids and the best free things to do with kids this summer.
It looks like Tesla-and-SpaceX–billionaire Elon Musk is continuing to make leaps and bounds in improving the way we travel—including the way we travel from NYC! Families, get ready for this: Your relatives in DC (and of course, DC’s most incredible family museums and attractions) are going to be hours closer than they were before. Hyperloop, Musk’s newest initiative, will allegedly not only get you from NYC to DC in 30 minutes, but it’ll do so in an underground tunnel on a train going nearly 800mph! If that doesn’t excite kids just as much as a rocket into space, we don't know what will. P.S. Can you imagine hours of bickering kids in the car/on the bus no longer being a thing? Heck. Yeah. We hope this offering will expand to plenty more cities, too. For the full scoop, visit Time Out New York’s coverage here. Looking for more new, cool news about city happenings? See our newest stories: a dog café opening in NYC, Governors Island’s extended season and fun Shark Week festivities.
If you’re more of a dog person than a cat person, then you’re finally going to get a café made just for you. A dog cafe named Boris & Horton will be popping up in the East Village by the end of the year and our tails are wagging at the thought of sitting down with a cup of coffee while watching pups play around. New York City’s first dog café is the dream of father-daughter team Coppy and Logan Holzman and named after their two dogs, DNAinfo reports. Patrons will be able to snack on pastries, sandwiches and drinks while the pooches play in a lounging space. To comply with the Department of Health’s rules, the café area and the doggie play area will be divided by a glass wall and while humans can travel between the two spaces, their four-legged counterparts have to remain in the dog area. That side will also offer pet supplies and a photo booth for selfies with your pup. Don’t have a dog because your landlord forbids pets? You can snuggle with someone else’s dog. And if you’re on the search for a new best friend, the cafe will team up with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue to bring in dogs that need forever homes. If dog owners need to run over to the cafe side to grab a drink or food, staff members will stay behind to watch their pets. But perhaps this will be a great way to meet other dog owners in your neighborhood, watch each other's dogs and later coordinate your own puppy playdates for the future. If you ask us, this sounds like a fun place to visit whether you own a lova