Did you know that a 12-foot, 60-ton sand sculpture is currently on display at South Street Seaport? It was completed March 23 and will be on view through March 27, so catch it before it disappears! Why a massive sand sculpture in NYC, you ask? Visit California (in collaboration with famous sand sculptor Todd Vander Pluym) is showcasing kid-friendly California (or Kidifornia, as they've coined it), and what better way to show off some of the state's coolest offerings than a towering sculpture that includes redwood forests, cool sea critters and coveted landmarks? Find the sculpture at The South Street Seaport (at Fulton and Front Sts). Photograph: Courtesy Chiara G. Peretti Photos For more local fun, explore our top outdoor activities for kids, spring break activities for kids and the best April event calendar for kids to help you plan your month!
Love NYC's best carousels? We do too! This being said, we're super excited to hear that the Forest Park Carousel is opening for the season on March 25 at 11am (running through 6pm)—just another of the fun outdoor activities for kids (and other great free things to do in NYC that grownup folks are looking forward to) this season). Did you know that the Forest Park Carousel was made in 1903 (with substantial restorations along the way!), was originally operated in Massachusetts and currently contains 49 horses, a lion, a tiger, a deer and two chariots? Apart from the carousel itself circling back into action after its winter slumber, the event will also include the world premier of the "visual editorial" of rising star Demiana Esposito's song "Butterfly," plus some fun stuff from DJ Lusion. This portion of the event is free to the public! The Forest Park Carousel is located in Forest Park, Woodhaven, Queens.
Imagine the possibilities! This genius company just made every surface in your home compatible with LEGO blocks...which means your kids (OR YOU!) could turn a door, a desk, a fridge...pretty much anything into a surface that the world's favorite toy can stick to. This is life changing, folks! The Daily Dot reports that Nimuno Loops have been funded through Indiegogo (and we'd like to add that it's CRUSHED it's original fundraising goal), which means you can grab a roll of your own (estimated delivery in August) in colors like black, green, purple, blue, grey, red and packs with mixed colors for $13–$26 on average. They're even selling in bulk for those really passionate about building an insanely cool LEGOscape (or sharing with friends). If you plan to leave your apartment (this may keep you in there for days...), check out our top indoor playgrounds for kids, fun kids' play spaces and the city's best kids' playgrounds. Want more? Sign up here to get Time Out New York Kids' newsletter!
If you're in love with the cherished children's book Where the Wild Things Are, you'll definitely want to trek out to the Fenimore Art Museum to see its newest exhibit: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition. Opening on April 1 and running through May 13, this family-friendly pick will feature cool stuff like original illustrations from Little Bear, Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, plus set design and costume sketches, posters, sculptures and more. Seems like a great spring break adventure to us! Additionally, on Saturdays April 1–May 13 and on weekdays April 17–21 at 11am, the museum offers tours that include a reading of Where the Wild Things Are and a craft where kids can draw their own wild thing for themselves. For more great things to do with kids, visit our guide to the 101 best things to do with kids in NYC, more great children's museums and our March events calendar.
Ready for spring? We are too! We're sure your kids are getting a little stir-crazy from being cooped up inside, so it's great to have some fun, free outdoor adventures to look forward to. Every year, our very own Bryant Park offers a multitude of great activities kids love, and participating is as easy as stopping by to get in on the action (or, in some cases, a quick RSVP online). Here are a few of our favorite upcoming events to look out for this spring and summer: Juggling Upper terrace or deck, Bryant Park. Mon–Fri noon–1pm Test your juggling skills at this daily juggling session. Equipment is provided! Le Carrousel Kids Carnival Le Carrousel in Bryant Park. April 1 1–3pm Celebrate being a kid! Enjoy free crafts, face painting, story time and a set from DJ Flip Bundlez. Spring Birding Tours 42nd Street and 6th Avenue (Heiskell Plaza). April 10–May 18 Mondays 8–9am, Thursdays 5–6pm So many cool-looking birds call Bryant Park their home! Look for the birding sign at the park and enjoy a guided tour (a partnership with the New York City Audubon). Poem in Your Pocket Day Bryant Park Reading Room. April 27 10:30am–1:30pm Stop in for NYC’s 15th annual Poem in Your Pocket day, a day-long celebration of poetry where students from elementary, middle and high schools can read their latest poems aloud, coffee-house style! Le Carrousel Puppet Show Le Carrousel, Bryant Park. June 10, 17, 23 and July 1 1–2pm Visit the park on Saturday mornings to see quirky show
Preparing for your best summer ever? If your kiddos haven't learned to swim just yet (or simply need to brush up on their skills), this one's for you. A handful of NYC YMCA locations in all five boroughs are offering free swim lessons to children this spring for Safety Around Water Week. You heard us: FREE! Lessons will be offered to children during the week of April 10–14, YMCA's Safety Around Water Week, and must be signed up for in person at the YMCA branch you'd like your child to take his/her lessons at (full list below) on March 27 (first come, first served!). Safety Around Water Week helps to teach children essential water safety skills. · Bronx· Bed-Stuy -- Brooklyn· Chinatown – Manahattan· Coney Island – Brooklyn· Cross Island – Queens· Dodge – Brooklyn· Flushing – Queens· Greenpoint – Brooklyn· Harlem – Manhattan· Long Island City – Queens· McBurney -- Manhattan· North Brooklyn – Brooklyn· Vanderbilt – Manhattan· West Side -- Manhattan· Rockaway – Queens· Staten Island Broadway· Staten Island South Shore The registration link for Safety Around Water Week will be live March 27 as well. For more information, visit the event's page here! See our guide to the best swimming lessons for kids, too. Want more? Sign up here to get Time Out New York Kids' newsletter!
If the words "Your son/daughter is so well-behaved!" bring you utmost joy—and you're prepared to hear that particular compliment a little more often—you'll definitely want to look into The Plaza Hotel's brand new Children & Teen Etiquette Course for children ages 5 to 11 and young adults 12 to 17. Led by Beaumont Etiquette, this special program offers the basics, including proper table manners, greeting adults with respect and learning positive body language and eye contact. For the little ones, the class is taught in The Eloise Tea Room (rawther fancy, we might add), and it is limited to 15 students (a caregiver is permitted to accompany children under nine). The upcoming sessions will be held May 6 11am–1pm, May 17 4:30pm–6:30pm, July 15, 20 10am–noon. For the older children, class is held in The Todd English Food Hall Private Dining Room and will cover topics like conversation etiquette, dining etiquette, introductions and handshakes, positive body language, dating etiquette, dress codes, social media/phone etiquette and much more! That upcoming course will be held May 6 2:30pm–4:30pm, July 15, 20 1–3pm. Each course is $125 per child and includes light refreshments. Sign up for one here! Want more? Sign up here to get Time Out New York Kids' newsletter!
Staten Island Go Karts just got a makeover, and its grand reopening as Staten Island FunPark will be here just in time for spring! The FunPark will continue to offer great stuff like an 800-foot Go-Kart course, nine outdoor batting cages with softball and baseball pitching and an 18-hole landscaped minigolf course, and it's soon to have even more great stuff to enjoy as a family. The new and improved park, which reopens April 1st, 2017, will offer instant-win games, plus a snack bar for families called the "19th Hole Snack Bar." The look and feel of the park will also get a modern makeover in terms of design and guest experience. While we don't have a ton of information on the new look of the park, it definitely seems worth exploring. Learn more about it here before you visit! Want more? Sign up here to get Time Out New York Kids' newsletter!
If you're on the hunt for a fresh spot that offers great kids' classes, you'll be happy to hear that there's a new place for your mini-crew to channel some of their pent-up energy this summer. Bring your jumpers, climbers and explorers to Park Slope's newest kid-hangout, My Gym Park Slope, which is projected to open sometime in early May. Geared towards kids ages six weeks through 10 years, My Gym seems like a leap beyond your usual indoor play spaces, largely in the class department. With fifteen different class options to suit specific age groups—including little ones and ultra-active youngsters—there's certainly something for everyone. All classes focus in on fine and gross motor skills and incorporating things like games, music, gymnastics, rides, dance, relays and more to keep 'em moving It also looks like My Gym will be a new birthday party spot as well. There are three party tier options (running you $499–$849) that incorporate use of the space and decor and scale up to include food and drink, with most parties lasting between 1.5 and two hours. We look forward to seeing what the space looks like when it finally opens! My Gym Park Slope is located at 367 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Want more? Sign up here to get Time Out New York Kids' newsletter!
Did someone say SNOW DAY?! According to Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Public Schools' Twitter feeds, it looks like tomorrow, March 14, will indeed be a snow day for all NYC public schools. School will be closed for a full day thanks to winter storm Stella. New York City is expected to get a beastly heap of snow, likely somewhere between 12 and 20 inches starting early Tuesday morning. See the tweets for yourself below: Mayor Bill de Blasio: Because of tonight's expected snowstorm, @NYCSchools will be CLOSED tomorrow, March 14th. pic.twitter.com/FwWgV3bFaw — Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 13, 2017 NYC Department of Education: ⚠ Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. pic.twitter.com/1fSFz4CMqm — NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) March 13, 2017 NYC Department of Education: ⚠ After-school programs, adult education, YABC programs, and PSAL activities are also cancelled tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. — NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) March 13, 2017 Stay safe, everyone!!