New Yorkers will be graced with a new 34,000 square-foot Greatland Target at Columbus Circle (61st St and Broadway), and needless to say all moms and dads are anxiously planning their pitstops. "We’re thrilled to continue growing our footprint throughout New York City with small-format stores that provide local families, commuters and visitors with a convenient, one-stop shopping experience," Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Properties, Target, said in a statement. In a city with such a fast-paced lifestyle, convenience is welcome, especially when stocking up on goods for the family. At this new location, patrons can expect to find food and beverage items, beauty products, apparel, home décor and more. It's great to be able to stock up on your family's favorite snacks or extra, toilet paper, but it's equally important to browse the home décor aisle, especially when we're at the start of a new season (c'mon, that holiday pillow is calling your name). Parents will especially appreciate the order pickup feature, which allows 95 percent of online purchases to be picked up within the hour. Target, we'll see you on the Upper West Side at 1865 Broadway! Learn more about the new location—and other upcoming NYC locales—here. While you have Target on the brain, check out the store's best kids' Christmas gifts for under $30. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. On your next shopping spree, visit the best toy stores in NYC, kids' cl
If you're a pint-size New Yorker, there's one spot in Central Park that surpasses the rest: Billy Johnson Playground. The go-to green space is beloved by youngsters city-wide—largely thanks to its epic 45-foot slide—and it just received a little TLC from the Central Park Conservancy, architect M. Paul Friedberg and families who frequent the attraction on a regular basis. Thanks to their collaboration, the park reopened on Nov 10 with exciting new and revamped features. Photograph: Courtesy Central Park Conservancy First things first, the bucket swings are being replaced for safety reasons, and now a cool tire swing will join the ranks of the playground's offerings. What kiddo doesn't love spinning in a tire swing? It's one of the go-to perks of recess. For those who are feeling adventurous, there is a new net-climbing experience (which will be completed in 2019) that'll keep children moving and grooving. We're always excited about a new challenge. Also, when the warm weather hits, families are going to want to visit the new water feature located at the amphitheater, which will take the place of the spray bollard and conserve water. Photograph: Courtesy Central Park Conservancy And—drumroll please—a *second* granite embarkment slide, accessible to little visitors, officially made its grand debut. Ready your cardboard! “The Conservancy works tirelessly to maintain and enhance Central Park’s 21 playgrounds, and integrate each one into the landscape of the Park,
Poppy is having a party, and every New Yorker is on the guest list. “DreamWorks Trolls The Experience” just opened its colorful doors to visitors. The 12,000 square-foot-immersive experience—decked out in vibrant decor akin to the Trolls movie—encourages littles to journey on its rainbow road to a variety of activities, all of which have a common goal: getting the party started. BUY TICKETS HERE From the Hair-We-Go Salon, where kiddies can get a makeup and 'do like their favorite character ($50), to a ride on the Caterbus, where you'll find confetti blowing from every possible inch, the exhibition is nothing short of magical. "We really want kids to have the best day ever," says Nicole Feld, executive vice president of Feld Entertainment, which produced the experience. Ready to take a look? Photograph: Danielle Valente Photograph: Danielle Valente Photograph: Danielle Valente When all is said and done, a photo op with Poppy is a must! Photograph: Danielle Valente With 207 yards of fur (which, for context, is the size of two NFL football fields), 360 Banyan branches to recreate Bergen Town tree and a total of 560 hours to turn the Midtown space to all-things Trolls, you know this interactive adventure is going to be a hit (plus, you'll be able to enjoy colorful treats such as cupcakes and Rice Krispies in the cafe). Be on the lookout for birthday party packages and other fun happenings! Tickets are $40. Visit us on Instagram for more Trolls fun.
It's a rite of passage for children to tuck into bed while listening to Corduroy's story—the tale of a little teddy bear who goes on a quest for his missing button in an empty department store. The cute little fella clad in green overalls has stolen hearts big and small for the past 50 years, and it's only right to celebrate this milestone accordingly. Beginning Nov 21, the Museum of the City of New York will pay homage to Corduroy's creator, illustrator Don Freeman, with the new exhibit, “A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York.” Expect a glimpse into the creative process of the 1968 story, as well as other popular work from the creator, including drawings, paintings and original sketches. Courtesy of Kerlan Collection, Children’s Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota “Don Freeman was the quintessential New Yorker. After arriving in New York as a young man, he became enchanted with the city and captured the spirit and human drama of it in his illustrations, posters and children’s books,” Whitney W. Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director and President of the Museum of the City of New York said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have many of Freeman’s works in our permanent collection and are delighted to present this exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the publication of his classic children’s book Corduroy.” Little visitors will love seeing the behind-the-scenes making of their favorite teddy, as well as glimpses into Pet of the Met and Hattie
Yes, we're fully aware that it's still November. However, we thought you might like to know that a new upscale toy store—specializing in sturdy, shiny, impeccably-designed wooden toys—is opening right here in the city at the Oculus. If you're sick of each year's hottest toys barely making it to January, this new spot might be your ticket to mile-wide smiles on Christmas morning or during Hanukkah. The new shop, which opens at 185 Greenwich St (Oculus at World Trade Center) on November 9 (Grand opening celebration 5–9pm), boasts small luxury toy cars, ride-on cars, airplane toys and other interesting wooden playthings—a welcome addition to the existing lineup of fantastic toy stores in NYC. Photograph: Courtesy Toytoise Most of the small toys at Toytoise will run you between $30 and $60, while toy sets and puzzles generally fall in the $75–$100 range. Large ride-on toys for your tykes range anywhere from $150–$850, with the most expensive item being an $850 Deluxe Roadster inspired by the first Saab. There's even a $400 Bentley! Photograph: Courtesy Toytoise Looking for more fun stuff online? Toytoise also has an online shop where you can find epic toys like these speedsters (you can buy 'em here and here). Photograph: Courtesy Toytoise Photograph: Courtesy Toytoise Happy shopping! If you're looking for even more thoughtful gift ideas this season, check out our favorite Christmas gifts for kids and our guide to the coolest subscription b
We certainly hope you have your party hats—er, we mean mouse ears—ready. On Nov 8, “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” will open its doors to New Yorkers, and this is one 90th birthday bash you won't want to miss. BUY TICKETS HERE “There are incredible installations where we will deep dive into the history of Mickey,” says curator Darren Romanelli. “There will be a mix of archives that will be in direct dialogue with a curated assortment of contemporary artists that created specific works.” Get ready to experience Mickey like you've never seen him before! Whether it's a tribute to our mouse's Steamboat Willie beginnings or a magical, fantasy-inspired room dedicated to all-things Fantasia, the exhibition puts a modern, engaging touch on all of its content, while still honoring the cute pop culture icon we all adore. Take a peek below! Photograph: Danielle Valente Photograph: Danielle Valente Artist Daniel Arsham created a super-cool piece. “It's an usual way of seeing Mickey,” the artist says. “There's something kind of playful. When we think about Disney now, it seems like such a big entity, but it started with a single, individual and an idea.” Photograph: Danielle Valente It's certainly hard to nail down a favorite! The exhibit closes with a look back at old-school Mickey merch and a larger-than-life Mickey from curator Darren Romanelli. Photograph: Danielle Valente Photograph: Danielle Valente Photograph: Da
We can't resist a trip to the Museum of Natural History, and with the Richard Gilder Center for Science expansion underway, we're looking forward to more areas to explore. The $383 million project resumed on Monday, Nov 5, according to Patch.com. As much as patrons are excited about the possibilities that await, the plans have been met with several setbacks. Monday's construction took place one week after a state judge placed a temporary restraining order on the project—reported by Patch—and the Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park is fighting the Museum's proposed quarter-acre extension into the park. The construction was approved by NYC Parks in late 2017, yet the Museum is currently restricted on indoor and outdoor construction, as well as work within the park. Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates However, now that the wheels are turning, we're crossing our fingers that the project will be complete in 2020 as planned, just in time for the Museum's 150th anniversary. There will be plenty for curious minds to devour, including a state-of-the-art insectarium (fans of creepy crawlers will be delighted), a butterfly vivarium, additional learning spaces and a 21,000-square-foot Collections Core that will feature various artifacts. Dare we say, these upgrades just might take some spotlight off the beloved dinos. Here's to hoping that both parties needs are met so New Yorkers can enjoy new exhibits and some r&r in the park after their visit
Daylight Saving Time offers so many possibilities—an extra hour of rest and relaxation...or an extra hour of play. Chuck E. Cheese's is focusing on the latter with its program Daylight Playing Time, which will entitle sugar-crazed kiddos who are snacking on Halloween leftovers to amp up the fun. At any time on Nov 5, all those who make a purchase while at the venue will be entitled to one free hour of play. Typically, this is a $20 value. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless for tykes. Foosball, touch screen games, classic arcade games—the list goes on and on. Let's not forget about those epic prizes, too! Daylight Playing Time is a chance for families to enjoy a sample of the venue's All You Can Play program. All You Can Play lets patrons purchase a set amount of time so that kiddies can take advantage of unlimited activities. Sounds pretty sweet if you have a few rambunctious little ones looking to put their energy to good use! Find your local Chuck E. Cheese's here to see if it is participating in the fun on Nov 5. Happy playing! Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. There's a lot to do with that extra hour! Check out the best family attractions in NYC, visit fun indoor playgrounds for kids and enjoy a cone (or two) at the tastiest ice cream shops throughout the five boroughs. It's go time, NYC!
Believe it or not, now's the time to start thinking about the 2019 school year. (There's no time to waste in NYC!) If you're interested in NYC's fall 2019 Gifted & Talented programs for students in kindergarten to third grade, next month is go time. Friday, Nov 9 is the deadline to register little ones for the G&T tests—a combination of pictorial and verbal questions—which will be administered in January, according to the NYC Department of Education. Moms and dads are able to register kiddos online or in person at a family welcome center. Though the programs are varied, the curriculum aims to provide participants with enrichment opportunities and specialized instruction. Everyone is welcome to apply, and the Department of Education encourages English Language Learners and students with disabilities to consider the program. All that's required before signing up is that students are NYC residents and entering kindergarten through third grade beginning next fall. If you and your family are curious if this is an appropriate fit for your children—or if you have questions about the application process—visit the Department of Education's Gifted & Talented website or call 718-935-2009. There's still a lot to look forward to this year, so have a look at the 2018-2019 school calendar here. Best of luck to the little test takers! Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. When the kids aren't hitting the books, bring your whole crew to explore
Chipotle is in a ghoulishly generous mood this Halloween. When you're out trick or treating, make sure your neighborhood store is one of the destinations on your route. Those who head to the store in costume between 3pm and closing time on Oct 31 will be entitled to a sweet deal: $4 burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Sounds pretty delightful, huh? Forget the candy—this is the sweet treat you've been dreaming of all October long. If a wicked witch or scary goblin leads you down a frightening path and you somehow don't make it to Chipotle donned in your Halloween ensemble, you can take advantage of the deal by using the code BOORITO on the app. If you show up to the restaurant between the designated time block though, you have the chance to snag free burritos for a year thanks to the Boorito event, and that is a boo-tiful opportunity if we ever did hear one. Here's what you need to do: Strike a pose in your scary garb at the restaurant and post it to Instagram—a post or a story will do—and make sure you tag @chipotle. Participants must be 13 and up. From there, the top eight costumes will be entered in a contest, and the public will vote for a winner via Instagram. The winner who snags the freebie will be announced on Chipotle's Instagram account at approximately 6 pm EDT on Nov 1 according to the chain's press release. To make sure you're set to participate in the contest, click here. May the best ghoul win! Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in