It looks like spring break activities for kids (and adults) just got a whole lot sweeter. Mark your calendars because a beloved character is NYC-bound on Apr 27...and she's bringing treats! Hello Kitty will roll into town in style courtesy of her adorable pink café truck, and needless to say this mobile venue is one of the cutest Instagrammable dessert spots in NYC, even if it's only here temporarily. Head to Flushing near The Shops at SkyView Center from 10am–8pm next Saturday to catch some sweets and swag. There's a lot for little Willy Wonkas to love. The menu includes a five-piece macaron set, a four-piece minicake set, a three-piece cookie set and much more. To add to the excitement, free totes will be given (while supplies last) to those who spend $25 or more. No need to tell us twice! Even better news? Cool merch—shirts, mugs, lunchboxes, plush toys—are also available for purchase. While we always encourage a trip to the best toy stores in NYC, we definitely suggest switching gears and making your way to the cafe truck while its parked in NYC. For all of those who will want to end spring break with a bang—and lots of delicious dishes—we also suggest a trip to the best ice cream shops in NYC. Don't forget to keep track of Hello Kitty's cafe truck schedule by visiting her website. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.
It's time to stock up on popcorn. Your kids' go-to Disney princess movies and Disney Channel Original Movies will be at their fingertips with the push of a button. After much anticipation, we've just learned that the Disney+ streaming service will grace viewers' TVs beginning Nov. 12, 2019 for $6.99 per month, according to Vox. We certainly hope you have your mouse ears on hand for the occasion. What could be better than the most magical characters, series and films in one place? Prepare for some stunning reveals: Following Disney's Apr 11 presentation, Vox further reports that a whopping 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel shows will be available on the service, in addition to exclusive Marvel favorites with a new twist on famous stories (thanks to series such as WandaVision, Winter Soldier and Loki). A debut Marvel series titled What If? is also in the works for the streaming service. Expect old-school favorites hidden in the Disney Vault to make an appearance (hopefully!) as the program will allegedly come to an end in time for the Disney+ debut, The Verge reports. This program added pressure to parents to snag films for a limited time before they became unavailable, but fingers crossed this will no longer be the case. Parents, you will be remiss not to tune in to Disney+, especially since The Simpsons has named the service its exclusive streaming platform. If Lizzy McGuire or Frozen isn't up your alley, Homer and his crew will be at the ready. Unlike other streaming
As the city begins to come alive after a long winter—one cherry blossom tree at a time—we're ready to enjoy warm weather and sunshine as much as humanly possible! Celebrate the spring season with one of your favorite outdoor activities for kids: roller skating. Brooklyn Bridge Park kicks off its skating season on Friday, April 12. On that day, the roller rink at Pier 2 will host its 2019 grand opening (weather permitting) and offer free admission from 3:30–7pm. It's definitely one of our favorite things to do this weekend. Photograph: Courtesy Julienne Schaer A couple of important factors to note before you lace up your skates: Although admission is free (typically it's $9), skate rentals will cost $7. If you have younger kids in tow who aren't terribly comfortable on wheels, you might want to consider renting a skate mate for $6 for a little support. Plus, the park is also home to some of our favorite kids' playgrounds in all of NYC, so don't miss out on an opportunity to explore 'em. The freebie fun doesn't stop there. Put Brooklyn Bridge Park on your radar as you start planning spring break activities: There will be a free public skate on Sunday, April 14 from 10am–noon, Friday, April 19 from 3:30–7pm, Monday, April 22 from 3:30–6pm, Friday April 26 from 3:30–6pm and Sunday, April 28 from 10am–noon (not including equipment rentals). If your littles can't stop spinning around the rink, perhaps it's the perfect place to hold your child's next birthday party. F
It's that time of year in NYC when the weather isn't quite sure how to behave. We straddle between warm and cold while making a checklist of things to do in spring. It's safe to say Mother Nature likes throwing us for a loop. For those who are sick of wearing winter sweaters, we have some good news: Cherry blossom season is underway, and the gorgeous blooms are beginning to appear in our go-to gardens throughout the city. It's time to embrace the beautiful spring flower, and we have the perfect ways to celebrate the season with your little ones. 1. Explore fun places to see the cherry blossoms throughout the city There is no shortage of locations in NYC boasting the pink flowers. Although the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the hot spot to catch these babies, don't forget to stop by other locales such as Randall's Island, Riverside Park and more. 2. Enjoy a Sakura Matsuri festival Brooklyn Botanical Garden is known for its annual Sakura Matsuri celebration. Catch performances, tea ceremonies, games and of course, beautiful flowers on April 27 and 28 as the venue participates in this Japanese tradition. Visit the NYC Parks website to see other locations that are hosting their own Sakura Matsuri events. (Ticket prices for the BBG event vary, but you can find yours on Showclix.) Photograph: Courtesy Caroline Voagen Nelson 3. Go on a walking tour NYC's most beloved green space, Central Park, will host a variety of cherry blossom walking tours ($15). The dates are as
LEGOLAND New York might be a year away from its grand opening, but we're confident the venue in Goshen, New York is bound to become one of your kids' favorite family attractions. On April 4, the venue's reps took to the Oculus to reveal some of its plans to the brick-loving crowd, including the new 1st to Play Pass, which grants visitors an invite to the park before its debut (for $94.99). In addition to exclusive access such as a pre-opening event, pass members can enjoy 12 months admission to LEGOLAND New York. We can taste the family weekend getaways that await! To keep you and your builders extra curious about this oasis for budding engineers, have a look at some of the features we are so stoked to explore! Brick Party What kid can resist a few loops on a carousel? Just don't expect to see any horses here! You'll find this in Bricktopia. Photograph: Courtesy LEGOLAND New York Duplo Express Who's up for a ride?! Those who hop aboard will be treated to sounds from awesome musical instruments...made from LEGO bricks! This is nestled in the Bricktopia section of the park. Photograph: Courtesy LEGOLAND New York Splash Battle Ahoy, mateys! Grab a towel and head to LEGO Pirates for a splashing good time at this water cannon game. Photograph: Courtesy LEGOLAND New York Driving School No license, no problem! Kiddos are able to get behind the wheel in this (safe) space for LEGO-loving drivers. This feature is available in LEGO City. Photograph: C
As you hop aboard the ferry and peruse our Governors Island guide for families, make sure The Yard earns a top spot on your list of things to do. While moms and dads might be inclined to take a breather on Hammock Grove, little adventurers are going to make a beeline to this 50,000-square-foot play area once it reopens on May 4 (Governors Island itself will reopen on May 1). We certainly can't blame tykes—after all, The Yard is one of the coolest kids' playgrounds NYC has on its roster! Previously known as Play:Ground, the Yard takes a unique approach to downtime. Kiddies 6 and up can tinker with loose parts and atypical objects (think cardboard, rope, wood planks, tires) as they work toward creating something out of this world. Don't worry, parents: Staffers are on hand to assist when needed. It's certainly a great way to keep kiddies active and curious, especially as the fourth season approaches. The go-to spot will now offer one of the coolest after-school programs in town: Adventure Club, a three-hour playtime on Monday through Thursday from 3–6pm from Apr 29–Jun 20. Enrollment ranges from $300–$1,100 for the semester, and spots are filling up fast! (Learn how to register on The Yard's website). Adventure doesn't stop there: There will also be field trips, summer camps and even professional development programs for teachers. Let the games begin! For more things to do on Governors Island, have a gander at our favorite activities. Sign up to receive great Time Out
As of late, dinosaur activities in NYC have been all the rage! One of the coolest new exhibits is the Museum of Natural History's "T. rex: The Ultimate Predator," a kickstart to the attraction's 150 year anniversary celebrations. One of the go-to things to do in spring is the April 19 debut of the Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari, considered the most realistic dinosaur experience in the U.S. Now, there's another activity for paleontologists to flag: Jurassic World Live Tour. Photograph: Courtesy Feld Entertainment Tickets have just gone on sale for the show's Brooklyn production, which will take place Feb 20–23, 2020 at the Barclays Center. Fans will feel as though they stepped straight into a scene of the beloved films. The family experience is a performance featuring over 20 life-sized animatronic dinos—some of which are 40 feet in length—a thrilling score and a captivating tale that'll engage everyone in the audience. Prepare for an afternoon out like none other. “Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” Juliette Feld Grossman, chief operating officer of Feld Entertainment, said in a statement. “Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.” Visit the Jurassic World
Parents, we completely understand that it's not always easy to travel with kids in tow, but there's no reason to fret. We'll help you find ways to make the process a bit easier—and even tell you how to snag some perks along the way! For a third year, Target invites shoppers to participate in its car seat trade-in program from April 22-May 4. If your kiddo has outgrown his or her carseat, or if you're in the market for an upgrade, locate a drop-off box near you that allows you recycle your old item. What's accepted? Infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness and booster car seats are among the pieces you can donate. Target will even accept expired or damaged products. Although busy NYC parents are inclined to leave damaged materials out with the garbage, seriously consider adding this to your list of things to do in spring. Not only can you contribute to the brand's half a million recycled car seats (and counting) but you can enjoy a sweet deal: Shoppers who drop off their items will receive 20 percent off toward purchases such as new car seats, travel systems, stroller and baby home gear, among other items. Although you need to visit a local Target to participate, you can use your discount in-store and online until May 11. We smell a shopping spree on the horizon! Support a good cause and get a welcome discount when you stop by your go-to store. Now that you have the proper travel gear, it's time to embark on all of the fun things to do with kids in NYC!
Smorgasburg is a foodie's feast for the senses, and no list of things to do in spring is complete without a visit to the behemoth of outdoor markets. The beloved Brooklyn phenomenon will open for the 2019 season this weekend, so ready your napkins and Instagram feeds for savory dishes and eye-catching concoctions. Hungry visitors can make their way to East River State Park in Williamsburg on Saturday, April 6 at 11am or Prospect Park on Sunday April 7 at 11am to indulge. For the first time in 2019, Smorgasburg will also take place at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, which kicks off on April 12 at 11:30am. Mature palettes will have no problem finding something to satisfy their appetites, but as any parent knows, traveling with kids in tow is no easy feat. Fortunately, delicious ice cream shops in NYC and fun restaurants in NYC are on hand to make the experience epic for foodies of all ages. Breathe that sigh of relief, mom and dad—you'll find quite a few kid-approved vendors. This year, the new Pizza Cupcake (available Saturdays and Sundays) will be on hand to wow visitors. Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Flea Fluffies Soufflé Pancakes (available Saturdays and Sundays) are a new breakfast-dessert hybrid that the kiddies will love. Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Flea You can never go wrong with rolled ice cream from 10 Below, a returning vendor (available Saturdays and Sundays). Photograph: Courtesy Smorgasburg + Georgia Frierson No kid can
Homework, pop quizzes and after-school programs, oh my! Students have a lot on their plates, but we cannot forget the immense responsibility placed on teachers during the year. As summer vacation looms in the not-too distant future and you begin planning family beach vacations and booking your own Disney cruises, show your appreciation for your child's favorite educator with a Norwegian Cruise! (We're not expecting you to pay for it, of course.) What you need to do is simple: Just nominate your favorite teacher for a chance to win an epic vacation for two! To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6–10) and the North American debut of Norwegian Cruise Line's 15th ship, Norwegian Joy, you can nominate your child's favorite teacher for a free seven-day cruise during the Giving Joy campaign. The clock is ticking: Kids and parents have until April 12 to cast their votes, according to a press release. There will be a total of 15 teachers in the U.S. and Canada who score the prize of a week-long cruise for two and receive an invitation to attend an awards ceremony in Seattle on May 3. But the fun doesn't stop there. Even kiddos have a chance to reap the benefits. According to Norwegian Cruise Line, one teacher will receive a grand prize of $15,000 for his or her school. We have to say, this does sound awfully enticing. "Through our Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy campaign, we celebrate the power of education and travel, and reward teachers who have taken responsibility fo