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Hudson Yards opens today—here's what families can look forward to

The Vessel at Hudson Yards
Image: Courtesy Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

Manhattan's new city within a city is opening today, so make sure to put Hudson Yards on your list of things to do with kids

The $25 billion dollar project is home to many new features: stores, restaurants, public art, a nearby event space, offices and even a public school, according to Fast Company. We love exploring new neighborhoods, and this Midtown destination is new in every sense of the word. 

Now that this grand project has finally come to a close, here's what you'll want to explore with your brood:

The shops

If a shopping spree is in your future, have a look at the merch in Milk & Honey Babies, a charming boutique featuring toys, home decor, nursing stations and anything else new parents need to begin this exciting chapter of their lives. It's certainly one of the cutest baby stores in NYC. If you have older kiddos in your brood, a pitstop to the Micro Kickboard flagship pop-up is a must—what NYC kiddo can resist a scooter? 


Photograph: Courtesy Related Oxford


Although moms and dads will probably appreciate a little alone time to explore Hudson Yards' dining options, the kids will want to be in tow when you visit Dylan's Candy Bar—one of our go-to candy stores in NYCKith Treats, a cereal shop with all the bells and whistles, Van Leeuwen, one of the top ice cream shops in NYC and William Greenberg Desserts, among other shops. 

The views...

If you've already made visits to Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building, it's time to switch things up. Considered the "highest outdoor deck in the entire Western Hemisphere," Hudson Yards' new observation deck is a must-visit for new views of the NYC skyline.  


Photograph: Courtesy Related Oxford

...and even more

The Vessel, a spiral-staircase beehive-like landmark from Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio, will not only provide photo-worthy moments, but great exercise!  

Photograph: Courtesy Forbes Massie


While the independent, nonprofit organization The Shed features art programming catered to adult visitors—concerts, exhibits, dance programs, to name a few—Snark Park's interactive installation "Lost and Found," is a monochromatic piece that encourages visitors to touch and experience the art—and that's right up every kid's alley. (Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for children). The Shed, which opens April 5, is adjacent to the Hudson Yards' development and resides on city-owned land, but the Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group brainchild is certainly worth a peak while you're in the area. 

Photograph: Courtesy Brett Beyer




There's plenty to do in this new nabe, so take advantage! What's on your list? 

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