Once a temporary NYC pop-up experience for families (see our earlier coverage from 2016 here), Pip's Island will now return to the city permanently! So what is Pip's Island, exactly? It's a space where your kids take charge and lead themselves (with the help of staff) through an exciting adventure...almost as though they're the main characters in their very own video game. The attraction is set to include immersive sets, exploratory spaces and audiovisual features that will help bring your kid's creativity to new heights, and to be honest, it's one of those things you'll need to try out for yourself, since it's unlike any other experience we've encountered. Photograph: Courtesy Pip's Island "Pip’s Island is a special blend of the creative arts including interactive space design, performance art, music, animation, digital gadgetry and play—all brought together with seamless storytelling and audience engagement," Rania Ajami, Pip’s Island’s chief creative officer said in a statement. "We exist to cater to kids of today who take a 360 multi-sensory, multi-platform approach to engaging with their world." Little visitors (specifically those ages 4–10) will embark on an hour-long “hero’s journey,” where they’re tasked with saving the island from darkness. With the help of fun puppets, STEAM-related activities and music, youngsters will be in the driver’s seat. "Pip's Island is as real as 'make-believe' gets for children,” Pip’s Island Creative Director Walter Krudop said
Attention New Yorkers: Christmas is arriving earlier than ever this year! Macy's is already preparing for Christmas to arrive (Let's be honest...secretly, so are we). Even though Halloween for kids and Thanksgiving for kids haven't made it to New York quite yet, Macy's Santaland will open for the season on Friday November 23, 2018 and remain open through Monday, December 24, 2018! Yippee! The famous Macy's Santaland display—complete with Santa, his elves and a full floor of sparkling winter wonderland—will open at Macy's Herald Square with a bang. This year, you'll see elves at the Welcome Station, a Kinder Sweet Shoppe, The Aflac Ducks, The Enchanted Forest (igloos, ice sculptures, Christmas trees, etc), The Rainbow Bridge and even the Lionel Trains Industrial City (tons of model trains zip around a six-foot-tall Christmas tree and other decorations). Shortly before meeting Mr. Claus, you'll get a peek at Santa's Workshop and see his sleigh being prepped for the big night (reindeer and all)! A new feature in 2018: Visitors who come to Macy's Santaland Friday through Sunday can opt to skip the Santaland Village attraction and head straight to Santa via a Santa Express Lane (time slots are subject to availability). Also important, a new feature from 2017: As of last year, families no longer need to line up for hours to get through the Santaland Village. Visitors reserve a time slot when they book their tickets, which helps you and your youngins get through the lines
There's a lot to love about Union Square, especially the nabe's newest retreat for little ones. Enter Union Square Play (36 E 18th St). The family-friendly oasis for tots and parents offers a chance to recoup and reconnect. "We want to know, educate and support each family who walks through our door," says co-founder and parent Jennie Monness. "We give babies the opportunity to be who they are. Our classes are based on free exploration and our open play space is made up of equipment and toys that are open ended and inviting." Photograph: Courtesy Union Square Play Currently in the soft launch phase—the grand opening slated for January 2019—the venue is operating Monday through Friday with offerings in art, music, sensory play, movement and more. Classes range from $30–$45 and open play is available for $18 for three hours (which will increase to $30/two hours come the grand opening). "Our current model is drop in classes, where parents don't need to pay for any membership, registration or cancellation fees and they can just try single classes and not be tied down to anything that is an entire semester," Monness adds. Another sweet benefit of the space? The neighbors. Should your kiddo crave a snack, Kellogg's is located above the venue, so this section of Union Square is basically calling your kids' name. Photograph: Courtesy Union Square Play Whether you're dropping in for a little down time, letting your tot explore painting or getting them acquainted on th
Though we are currently consumed by all-things creepy and kooky, nothing diverts our attention away from Halloween quite like Christmas—FAO Shwarz in particular. We hate to rush the spooky season, but there are impending festivities that require our full attention. Set an alarm and mark your calendars for Nov 16—the day NYC's brand-new FAO Schwarz will make its debut in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, according to CNBC! If you were starting to fret over Christmas shopping with the Toys “R” Us void, you can rest easy knowing that there will be a place to splurge this holiday season. Rumors began to swirl earlier this year about FAO's return, and we're certainly glad to see a permanent Manhattan location open after the iconic Fifth Ave store closed its doors in 2015. The new space—in quite the ideal location for the holidays, albeit crowded—includes fan-favorite features such as the giant piano (think Tom Hanks in Big) and beloved clock tower. According to CNBC, new amenities such as a play grocery store, DIY race car station and impending magic shows will make this new FAO a great place to shop and spend a few hours with the kids. Even better news? FAO is planning to grow. You'll be able to find permanent stores in Canada and China as well as pop-ups across London, Spain and even Australia. Looks like the mother of all toy stores is back, and we're ready! See you at 30 Rock, and don't forget to keep an eye on FAO's Instagram adventures in the meantime. Sign up to receive great Ti
A wise man once said, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." With that in mind, we're en route to Pop International Galleries for a peek inside "The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection," a new exhibit debuting on Oct 13. Photograph: Courtesy TM & © 2018 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Images All Rights Reserved Roughly 20 years ago, a California art dealer met with Dr. Seuss' wife, Audrey Geisel, and both decided it was time that audiences receive a glimpse of the famed illustrator's unseen works. We adore The Cat in the Hat, we're simultaneously perplexed and enamored with Green Eggs and Ham, but there's so much more to discover. Now, we'll have that chance. Photograph: Courtesy TM & © 2018 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Images All Rights Reserved Visitors can make their way to the Bowery venue to check out rare pieces that Dr. Seuss created in his downtime—concept drawings, final line drawings, private paintings and more. All ages will love his quirky creations such as "The Two-Horned Drouberhannis" and the "Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast." According to the gallery, these Estate-Authorized limited editions have been reproduced from the original works. Exhibit-goers also have the option to expand their personal art collection, as pieces are available for acquisition. Photograph: Courtesy TM & © 2018 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Images All Rights Reserved Regardless of age, fans can't hel
Families and fresh frozen food-snackers everywhere are freaking out, and for good reason: A brand new Trader Joe's location is coming to the Lower East Side this month. This will be the 7th Trader Joe's built in Manhattan, and it will be located at 400 Grand St. With 30,000 square feet of shopping space, we're pretty sure that this fan-favorite chain will carry everything your heart desires—whether that's Cookie Butter, Gone Bananas or a big old helping of Mandarin Orange Chicken after a long day at the office. Did we mention that it's also above Target? The Lo-Down reports that the interior will feature some pretty cool murals that nod to some of the city's most iconic landmarks, and Trader Joe's' announcement comes just a few months after the Trader Joe's Soho location opened (May 2018). If you're available in the morning for some food tastings, giveaways and other cool stuff, head to the new location at 8am on Friday, October 19 (the grocery store's opening day) for its opening celebration. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. Since you'll have to wait a few weeks to set foot in the new location, fuel yourselves with visits to our favorite family restaurants, spots for ramen in NYC—if you're on a budget—restaurant where kids eat free.
It's been a lengthy wait, but NYC will finally be treated to a dose of Hogwarts magic. Beginning Oct 5, The New-York Historical Society will debut the UK-transplant exhibit, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic.” In honor of the beloved wizard's 20th anniversary, we will receive a sneak peek inside everything that went into the creation of J.K. Rowling's protagonist. Expect a taste of history, mythology, magic and literature thanks to the 150+ objects on display. Photograph: Danielle Valente "Our exhibit explores the tradition of folklore that animate the Harry Potter series," Alice Stevenson, director of the NYHS's DiMenna Children's History Museum, tells us. "There are some really interesting objects that kids and adults alike will really enjoy." So what can museum-goers expect? There will be rare artifacts from the British Library, Museum of Witchcraft & Magic and various other renowned venues. From JK Rowling's original sketches of Hogwarts and old manuscripts to ancient oracle bones, 20th century witches scrying mirrors and costumes from The Cursed Child production in the UK, there is certainly no shortage of artifacts to explore. If you and your crew are looking to celebrate Harry's anniversary to the fullest, make sure you scope out the museum's best family programs—book clubs (various dates), Harry Potter trivia (Oct 14 at 2:30pm) and many other epic offerings. (Fingers crossed you don't have a Hermoine in your trivia group who knows all the answers!) Pho
Sure, ghosts and ghouls are essentials for an epic spooky season, but see-it-to-believe tricks are also part of your magical month. This being said, The Magic Lab NYC just set up shop to dazzle visitors with interactive experiences, augmented reality, live presentations and more fun dedicated to all-things mystifying. The colorful immersive experience with a tech twist is expected to explore the world of magic and all of the creativity it has in store for curious minds. It's the perfect way to celebrate October without going overboard with creepy creatures (hey, those zombies and monsters need a break, too). Photograph: Courtesy The Magic Lab Visitors will have the opportunity to lose themselves in various installations such as "Magician's Room," "Poker Tunnel" and "Wandering in Space." To take the pop-up experience up a notch, Magic Lab goers can also experiment with projection mapping and sensor technology to truly examine magic from a new lens. For $38 (general admission is $26 and $21 for kids ages 4–12), attendees can enjoy interactive magic tricks with local magicians on Fridays–Sundays from 8–10pm. Photograph: Courtesy The Magic Lab Ready your wands and prepare for an epic—and photo-worthy—experience. The Magic Lab is open in Chelsea until Oct 28. Get your tickets here! Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day. While you're out and about, don't forget to scope out the best museums for kids in NYC, stop by these epic
Ready your wheels! Skaters and BMX bikers will soon be able to practice their moves at Red Hook's debut skate park, which will be accessible for all ages and abilities. The NYC Parks Department just revealed its plans at a community board meeting, and there are some shred-worthy features in store for the Brooklyn nabe. This debut skate park—which will feature a half pipe, wall ride, snake run, rails and other amenities—will be constructed on the home of Harold Ickes Playground, according to a presentation from the NYC Parks Department. Do you have your moves ready? Photograph: Courtesy NYC Parks Department If some of your kids are ready to channel their inner Tony Hawk but others are less inclined to hit the half pipe, rest assured there will be something for the non-skaters, too. The park will also include climbing boulders, game tables and benches where park goers can catch a breather. This will be a welcomed addition to the Brooklyn community, but skaters shouldn't fasten their helmets just yet. The estimated $3 million project will be completed in 2021, according to the Parks Department's presentation. Once Community Board 6 gives the green light (which they're expected to do later this month according to The Brooklyn Paper), next month will be dedicated to finding a contractor to make the dream a reality. It's going to be an epic place to practice those kick flips! To learn more about the project, visit the Parks Department website. Sign up to receive gre
L.M. Montgomery once said, "I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers," and to celebrate the first day of such a special month, we're fast forwarding to Christmas?? Macy's in Herald Square just unveiled some big news. On Nov 15 at 6pm, the iconic shopping locale will ring in the holidays with its festive window displays, so it's time to grab your heavy coats and mugs of cocoa. Six windows will get an other-worldly twist this year thanks largely to Macy's new character, the sweet and fierce Sunny the Snowpal, who will be at the forefront of the "Believe in the Wonder of Giving" theme. Photograph: Courtesy Macy's “We love to tell a new Christmas story in the windows each year, and I am excited to share Sunny’s adventure with our visitors,” Roya Sullivan, the artist behind Sunny, said in a statement. “The windows are set in space, but the gifts of friendship and family are universal. We hope guests of all ages will find holiday joy reflected in our windows.” Visitors and neighbors will be able to enjoy the holiday spirit with these installations where Sunny is trying to save Christmas with her BFFs by her side. If your kiddies can't help but fall for Sunny's sweet demeanor, they'll be able to snag an 11-inch plush of the character exclusively in the Midtown store. Are you getting ready for the big Nov 15 reveal? If you're interested in more Christmas events, click here. If you're still in a fall state of mind, peruse our October events calendar for kids.