As you may already know, the Citywide Ferry Service is about to launch in NYC (starting with Astoria, South Brooklyn and Rockaway) in 2017, bringing convenient NYC subway-and-bus–priced transit to folks in the five boroughs ($2.75). While we’re totally excited for anything that makes our daily commutes a little easier, we’re also pretty pumped to learn that 13 of the vessels set to run this summer will be named by NYC kids! We’ve confirmed with a source in New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Public Affairs Department that several Second Grade classes around the city have been invited to propose fun names for the boats (with a reveal on the final names sometime around April). DNAinfo reports that two names in the running are “Friendship Express” and “Lunchbox”…we’ll just have to wait and see if those stick. The Citywide Ferry Service project will be completed with the addition of Soundview and Lower East Side routes in 2018, which will make journeys between these spots a little more convenient. For more family fun around the city, visit our favorite 101 things to do with kids in NYC and our favorite outdoor activities for kids.
Whether you're running on four hours of sleep (hello, new baby!) or running around after your kids of all ages, one thing is certain: Now is a great time to treat yourself. Spa Week (April 17–23) is almost here, and with it some very reasonably priced spa services that'll recharge your batteries even better than the three cups of coffee you inhaled this morning. Find a friend to babysit (or check out our favorite babysitter services to book a sitter) and try one of these uber-relaxing–looking services below. Here are a handful of our Spa Week NYC favorites for $50, though there are many more to be seen on the Spa Week website in cities all over! 1. DAPHNE Sign yourself up for a 60-minute Hydrating Body Wrap or French Sudatonic Wrap (infrared blanket) and sigh with relief. 2. Organic Elements Spa Settle in for a 60-minute Stress Relief Massage (woohoo!) or a rejuvenating Ginger Sugar Scrub or Seaweed Mud Wrap, or try an Essential Organic Facial to get your skin feeling radiant. 3. Faina European Day Spa "New Yorkers have nothing but good things to say about this midtown haven’s facials, so book a Microdermabrasion option and bring the life back to your hide. If you really need to unwind and cater to the knots in your back, you can’t go wrong with the Swedish or Deep Tissue Tension Tamer Massage." —Jennifer Picht, Time Out New York 4. Enliven Body Work Don't miss out on Enliven's 50-minute offerings like their Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Classic Facial tha
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!