Don't allow the Summer Solstice to steal the spotlight—there's plenty to look forward to on June 21. Though you might be inclined to kickstart the sunny season with a popsicle, it's of the utmost importance to celebrate National Cookie Dough Day to the fullest. With the super-sweet deals on the horizon, you won't be able to resist. This Friday, DŌ will get the party started with a variety of happenings, and of course, freebies! You'll need to keep your eye on social media, as the Instagrammable dessert spot will announce pop-up locales throughout NYC where free cookie dough will be up for grabs. Those who visit the Gotham flagship store (550 LaGuardia Pl) or the Dumbo locale—aka Time Out Market New York—will be entitled to discounts, receive scratch-off cards, sample doughlicious treats and even strike a pose in a photo booth. Sounds like the perfect start to your summer bucket list. If you're looking to take the festivities up a notch, be sure to keep an eye on the 'Gram for DŌ's Ult-DŌ-mate Giveaway and fun online sales! To learn more about the spectacular holiday, visit cookiedonyc.com. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth even more, make sure to check out our favorite cookie delivery services! Don't forget to pre-order a copy of Hello, Cookie Dough by DŌ's founder and CEO, Kristen Tomlan, which goes on sale this fall! Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.
Summer in the city isn't complete without a rooftop soiree, and now lil' New Yorkers can embrace the trend. One of our favorite kids' museums is taking the fun to new heights with an epic interactive playscape, just in time for the sunny season. Make your way to the Brooklyn Children's Museum's roof to let little patrons scale the 1,800 jungle gym titled NEST (ideal for ages 2–8). Photograph: Courtesy Tri-Lox + Brooklyn Children's Museum Tri-Lox, a design and fabrication practice, decided to recreate baya weaver birds' nests for NYC kiddos. Needless to say, the awe-inspiring attraction will climb to the top of your outdoor activities bucket list. “In exploring the museum’s educational collection, we came upon a series of incredible bird nests and let them inspire our design,” said Alexander Bender, co-founder and managing partner of Tri-Lox. "This concept wasthen transformed into a climbable playscape that retains the natural materiality of the nest and tells a story of aniconic design within our vertical urban habitat." Photograph: Courtesy Tri-Lox + Brooklyn Children's Museum In true Brooklyn fashion, NEST pays homage to Gotham's past, as it is made from reclaimed NYC water towers. The new go-to summer spot also fosters a creative way of playing thanks to its circular hammock area and permeable interior. Chances are high that kiddos will climb for hours on end. Photograph: Courtesy Tri-Lox + Brooklyn Children's Museum “We were especially proud to
Heads up! The beloved Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is taking a recess from June 15–Oct 21. During the closure, the iconic attraction will undergo an extensive renovation and reorganization of its galleries, a $450 million undertaking according to The New York Times. While we know you and your family will miss its great treasures, this highly-anticipated project will accommodate more artwork and exciting additions such as The Studio, which will feature live programming and performances. "The real value of this expansion is not just more space, but space that allows us to rethink the experience of art in the Museum,” said Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art. Before saying goodbye, stroll through the galleries for good old-fashioned art inspo, courtesy of exhibitions like “Joan Miró: Birth of the World” and “Constantin Brancusi Sculpture." If the four-month hiatus is too lengthy for your young Picassos, we have some good news. While the construction is underway this summer, the MoMA will still keep families entertained with fun art classes for kids. Venture downtown to the MoMA Design Store in Soho and let the Museum's experts lead your young artists in fun projects and cool things to do with kids. OH! And these workshops are free. On July 14 and Aug 4 from 11am–1pm, kiddos 5 and up are encouraged to participate in Art Making with MoMA, which could have your tiny creatives designing their own toys or using the Museum's work as inspir
The Museum of Natural History is celebrating its 150th anniversary in a big way. Not only has the popular family attraction gifted paleontologists with the new exhibit, "T. rex: The Ultimate Predator," (a must for those who love dinosaur activities), but it has officially kicked off its grand expansion project. As of today, the Museum broke ground on The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. This $383 million project—which encountered a few setbacks regarding its proximity to Theodore Roosevelt Park—will include new classrooms, an immersive theater, a redesigned library and other impressive amenities. Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates “For 150 years, the American Museum of National History has reigned as one the greatest cultural and scientific institutions in the world,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during the event, according to a press release from AMNH. “In addition to the Museum’s outsized conservation efforts, it has also become a place of joy and exploration for children around the world. The City’s investment in the Gilder Center project will enable the Museum to provide enrichment programs to more children and share more of its vast collection with the public.” Thanks to a new, year-round Butterfly Vivarium, four learning zones (middle school, high school, family and teachers), a Collections Core that boasts upwards of 4 million species and so many other features to explore, patrons just might be inclined to spend a night
It's true, parents: You can swim, but you can't hide. One of the the catchiest kids' songs of all time is getting the theater treatment later this year. It's time to put your fins together for Baby Shark Live! In the slight chance you haven't heard the sensation that is "Baby Shark," the family jam from Pinkfong has permanently seeped into toddlers' brains and garnered a total of over 2 billion YouTube plays. Needless to say, this fun beat about a family of fish has been quite a hit (and deserves a spot on your dance songs for kids playlist). Although news just broke of the alleged tour hitting the U.S. in the fall, courtesy of Billboard, new social media accounts have given us a sneak peek into what we can expect this autumn. Follow @BabySharkTour on Twitter and Baby Shark Live on Facebook for up-to-date happenings regarding the can't-miss event. According to the account's first tweet, all U.S. tour information will be announced on July 9. The viral song and dance sensation, @pinkfong_usa Baby Shark, comes to life - live on stage- in Pinkfong Baby Shark Live! This one of a kind concert experience will tour North America for the first time ever this fall! The tour schedule will be announced on July 9th. pic.twitter.com/rEkdMxTJ6V — Baby Shark Live! (@BabySharkTour) June 12, 2019 Round Room Live and Pinkfong will join forces to bring this experience to the stage, and needless to say, we're swinging, swaying and singing, "Doo doo doo doo doo doo." Make sure to vis
In search of the best summer activities for kids? Prepare for takeoff with a new intergalactic experience (no spaceship required). EdTech enterprise Creators Tech recently launched a pop-up planetarium, a debut project on view at Crossing Art Gallery in Chelsea until July 7. Astronomy scholars of all ages will certainly want to explore the immersive STEAM activity before its departure, so add it to your list of things to do with kids. Attendees will be able to journey through three digital interactive spaces, work on creative activities, enjoy stories and of course, snap social media-worthy moments, all in the name of space exploration. Thanks to collaboration from educators, scientists and artists, young visitors will gain a new perspective on the planets. Photograph: Courtesy @CreatorsPlanetarium Arguably one of the most engaging aspects of the planetarium is the interactive black hole—the attention its drawn is just as strong as a real-life black gravitational force (and the photo ops are seriously stellar). The gallery is open Monday through Sunday from 10:30am to 8:30pm. Head online for tickets, which are $25 for adults, $15 for teens and $10 for kiddos under 13. If your youngsters are anxious to explore other science topics, check out the new and upcoming exhibits on display at NYC's coolest museums. For those who want the party to continue 24/7, check out the best museum sleepovers for kids. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your
Last summer, Build-A-Bear offered its greatest perk to date, yet the affair unfortunately resulted in a traumatic experience for little shoppers. The teddy bear bonanza known as Pay Your Age Day ended in store closures across the country, as the company could not accommodate the massive crowds who wanted to participate. This year, however, our go-to New York toy store has a few plans in place to ensure that all little ones can get their furry friend for a cool price. Plus, there are more perks underway! Time is of the essence teddy fans: Head to the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club page (which is free to join) and fill out a birthday profile on your account by June 16. From there, parents can enter their kiddos in the Pay Your Age limited ticket event. Shoppers will then have to venture to their local store during one of two redemption periods from June 24–28 to cash in on their desired pay-your-age stuffed animal. (Note the deal offers one furry friend per child present, with a limit two furry friends per ticket.) The fun is set to continue. If you're planning an epic birthday party for kids, you'll want to enter the Count Your Candles sweepstakes. This also requires completing a birthday profile by June 16. Ten lucky winners will score the grand prize of a birthday party at Build-A-Bear, which they can use any time over the next 12 months. "We love parties and want to help parents create special birthday moments with their children,” Sharon Price John, president and chief exec
Who are we to refuse complimentary treats? Today (June 7) is National Doughnut Day, and we intend to celebrate the holiday in all of its doughy, delicious glory. If you and the kiddos are in search of a quick bite, you'll want to check out all of the perks at these NYC locales. Dunkin' Donuts Our go-to spot for munchkins (and coffee for the adults in the brood) will provide a free doughnut with any beverage purchase while supplies last. Let's be honest: You were thinking about adding something to that drink order, anyway. Now there's no excuse not to indulge. Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme is on a mission—to give away a total of 1 million free doughnuts across the nation (no purchase necessary). If you just so happen to pass a store or kiosk on your commute, you'll have to snag a glazed treat. Plus, there's an incentive: The chain will host another giveaway of its next new doughnut later in month if it reaches its goal. You wouldn't want to see Krispy Kreme fall short, would you?! Doughnut Plant While supplies last, the popular sweet shop will offer a free doughnut with mini carnival sprinkles when you make a purchase. If you have sweets on the brain, be sure to explore our favorite ice cream shops in NYC, feast your eyes on the city's best Instagrammable desserts and make a pitstop at our favorite candy shops. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.
Kids are liable to get antsy once June rolls around. School's still in session, days are getting warmer and summer camp seems so close, yet so far. As of today, there are still 20 days until NYC pools open for the season (don't forget to peruse our list of the best pools for kids in NYC). But if your little fishes can't wait that long, there's good news. Pint-sized swimmers can attempt their best doggy paddle among the rainbow at Manhattan Park's outdoor pool—located at 30 River Rd in Roosevelt Island—which is officially open for the season. The tradition of bringing color to the pool deck began five years ago. Since then, kiddos and parents have enjoyed splashing in a kaleidoscope of color! Photograph: Courtesy Max Touhey for Citi Habitats, design by Elizabeth Sutton This year, local artist Elizabeth Sutton used 60 gallons of paint in 18 different shades to transform the pool area into a vibrant sunburst pattern, complete with playful yellow-striped umbrellas. It's certainly a feast for the eyes—and so is the Manhattan skyline hanging in the distance. Citi Habitats New Developments, K&Co and Pliskin Architecture worked alongside the artist to bring the happy shades of rainbow hues to life. We're definitely ready to take a dip! According to 6sqft, the pool mainly serves residents of Manhattan Park, but the public can get in on the rainbow experience, but for a fee. Those who are not from the island can enjoy the blissful space for $40 on weekdays and $60 on weeken
Although we're currently in a summer state of mind, Disney Cruise Line has us anxiously anticipating autumn. The fall 2020 itinerary has just been revealed, and eager explorers can start booking their forthcoming family vacations on June 13, 2019. Needless to say, we're ready to grab our mouse ears and pack our bags. There are family cruises departing from NYC, California, Texas and Florida, and they focus on a few things we love about the end of the year: Halloween and Christmas! Who wouldn't want to spend these holidays with Mickey and co?! Halloween on the High Seas sets sail in September and October, and vacationers are in for a ghoulishly good time thanks to costume parties, trick or treating and a magical pumpkin tree. Very Merrytime Cruises follow in November and December with a winter wonderland ball, a Frozen-themed snowfall and festive tree lightings, among other activities. New Yorkers: If your little mouseketeers are jumping for joy at this news, here's what you need to know! In October 2020, Halloween on the High Seas will depart from NYC and venture to Bermuda via The Disney Magic. Spending the spookiest time of year in a tropical paradise? We're totally onboard! Another autumn expedition worth noting is one five-night cruise to Canada's seaports, including Saint John and New Brunswick. Travelers on this trip will also venture to Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. Those who have their heart set on a holly jolly Very Merrytime Cruise, it m