It looks like NYC kids are on Santa's nice list this year. Students are beginning the holiday season on a high note with an extra day off from school. Merry Christmas, indeed! The New York City Department of Education has now canceled class on Monday, Dec 23. The original one-day school week was met with criticism, according to NY1, and the DOE has decided to take action. "Every year, we work towards a calendar that meets the needs of students and families. In response to feedback, we have adjusted the 2019-20 School Calendar and @NYCschools will close on December 23, 2019," the department says in a tweet. 🗓️ Every year, we work towards a calendar that meets the needs of students and families. In response to feedback, we have adjusted the 2019-20 School Calendar and @NYCschools will close on December 23, 2019: https://t.co/H1Pku7klbw pic.twitter.com/phVYCXSswe — NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) September 24, 2019 This means families have an extra day to participate in fun winter activities for kids. You'll need those extra 24 hours, as NYC plans to become a winter wonderland. Between a lengthy list of festivals (the largest lantern fest in North America is coming to Citi Field), fun Christmas events for kids and generous amounts of hot chocolate in NYC that require consumption, you will most likely be plenty busy on Dec 23. Be sure to take a look at the NYC 2019–2020 school calendar for more information. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals
Now that the Autumnal Equinox is 24 hours behind us, we're asking you to bypass pumpkin spice and jack o'lanterns and turn your attention toward peppermint and gingerbread houses. Yes, you might even be inclined to break out an ugly Christmas sweater for this holly, jolly news we're about to bestow upon you: Macy's Santaland 2019 will run from Nov 29–Dec 24, according to Macy's reps, and we're feeling festive just thinking about the celebration that awaits. You'll certainly want to make room on your list of winter activities for kids for this holiday bonanza. Every year, the eighth floor of the Herald Square shop transforms into a winter wonderland. Expect 13,000 square feet of holiday goodness, which in years past has included a rainbow bridge to a giant Lionel train-scape, Santa's workshop, Christmas trees and of course, the man in the red suit. If the kiddos are anxious to see St. Nick, here's what you need to know! Meet and greets with Kris Kringle will begin Nov 29, and visitors will be able to RSVP online beginning Nov 24. According to Macy's reps, information about slots will be available online in mid-October, so keep your eye on the site! Last year, the store allowed visitors to bypass the Santaland Village attraction and head straight to Santa via a Santa Express Lane (time slots are subject to availability). Visit macys.com (or call 212-494-4495) for an update on the free holiday festivities. Don't forget to review our guide to Macy's Santaland for the f
Summer 2019 might be wrapping up, but we're already thinking about what's in store for us next year. New broke that the construction-themed Diggerland USA in New Jersey is adding an aquatic play zone called the Water Main in 2020. Your fam can visit one of the best amusement parks close to NYC and finish off a day of operating backhoe loaders, flying down zip lines, climbing rock walls and other outdoor activities for kids with a cooling splash session. The two-acre water park will include two multi-zone pools, a slide tower, an obstacle course and in-pool basketball. Neat! There are family swim zones for the little ones, and deck chairs and lawns for chilling out. If your crew loves water parks for kids—and who doesn't want to spend a steamy day cooling down in one of the best water parks close to NYC—then this is for you. Best of all, there's no additional fee: The Water Main is included in the price of admission ($38.95 for non-dated tickets). Fall might be starting up, but When the Water Main opens over Memorial Day weekend in 2020 you'll want to add it to your list of awesome summer activities for kids. Until then, make the most out of autumn with our go-to fall activities for kids, including fun corn mazes, harvest festivals and pumpkin picking. Diggerland, we'll be anxiously waiting. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.
NYC's communal backyard has a major project underway. The Central Park Conservancy just released the design of a new $150 million pool and ice rink, and it's a beaut. The need to replace the aging Lasker Pool and Rink was announced earlier this year, and now we have our first peek at a complex that will open in 2024, according to Curbed. The Lasker Pool and Rink never quite fit in Central Park. The enormous concrete structure is a barrier between the Ravine and the Harlem Meer, cutting off the natural flow of water to the north of the park. The new pool, which will certainly become one of your favorite summer activities, will be built into the hill along the site, opening room for a boardwalk that will connect the waterway to the freshwater marsh. During the winter, when the pool is converted into an ice skating rink, the boardwalk will be turned into a supercool skating ribbon. (In the meantime, you can check out these cool spots for ice skating in NYC until it opens.) Rendering: Courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture and the Central Park Conservancy Smaller footprint, local materials, passive climate control, a pool house with a green roof that will blend into the landscape: This is what we want to find in our parks today. When the Lasker Pool and Rink opened in 1966, it was fashionable to dominate nature. Now, designers set out to be as discrete as possible, and follow nature's lead. According to the Central Park Conservancy, the redesign will repair "the da
New Yorkers take their immersive experiences quite seriously, and this fall promises a slew of sensory-filled adventures. After indulging in creamy goodness at the Museum of Ice Cream's new Soho flagship, head over for a creative afternoon at Sloomoo Institute. This 8,000 square-foot entertainment hub, also in Soho, opens Oct 25 and guarantees a slimy encounter like no other. "We are all excited to bring the wonder and happiness of slime to the world in a large way,” says Karen Robinovitz, one of the three co-founders of the installation, alongside Sara Schiller and Toni Ko. “Our hope is that people of all ages will come to Sloomoo Institute and delight and evoke their inner child.” Photograph: Sloomoo Institute Prepare to get your hands dirty! Sloomoo acts as an art exhibit and art class for kids, too. Visitors big and lil' will enter a black light cove with glow in the dark slime, let an EEG machine provide a sneak peek of your brain on slime and much more. For creative youngsters who love STEM project, this is one of the coolest fall activities for kids taking place this year. Tickets are now on sale ($38) and include an 8-ounce custom slime and other fun trinkets. For those who take their sliming super seriously, visitors can participate in a Sloomoo photoshoot (for an additional $30) where slime pours down on eager participants a la 90's Nickelodeon days. Learn more at sloomooinstitute.com! In the meantime, check out NYC's coolest new exhibits at our go-to k
There are Plan Aheaders, and there Last Minuters. Plan Aheaders know it's time to start booking at family ski resorts near NYC for the midwinter break that's, oh, five months away. Why? Because Plan Aheaders know that the ski industry offers steep discounts in September and October. At Killington in Vermont, the walk-up price for a lift pass on a Saturday or Sunday is $130 for adults, $100 for youth ages 7-18; that same pass costs just $79 for adults, $69 for youth when you buy a K-Ticket before Oct 17. That's a 41 percent saving. Many of the big weekend winter getaways offer such discounts. Check out the Triple Play Card at Windham in New York, or the $200 discount on the season pass at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. Generally, savings are at their peak right now. Prices jump around Halloween, when the chill in the air reminds us that there's something called winter. Wait until December, and you're paying the sticker price for high-use periods on weekends and school breaks. It's not just lift passes. Plan Aheaders take their young ski bums to Paragon for the preseason discount on youth seasonal ski rentals. Right now, a season-long lease for skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots is $120 for used equipment, $220 for new. After Nov 1 it's $170 for used, $270 for new. As for snow tubing, the price doesn't change. Plan Aheaders can take it easy, and wait until first heavy snowfall blankets the Northeast. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your i
Although the new school year has just begun, the Department of Education plans to excuse absences on Friday, Sept 20—for a cause. According to a series of tweets, the DOE supports students who plan to participate in the Climate Strike, a highly anticipated event on NYC's September events calendar. The event will begin at noon on Sept 20 with a rally in Foley Square. Then, participants will march through the Financial District to Battery Park, where a subsequent rally will take place. As long as parents give the green light, NYC public schools support those who choose to join the movement. The tweet is as follows: "@NYCschools will excuse absences of students participating in the #ClimateStrike on Friday 9/20. Students will need parental consent. Younger students can only leave school with a parent." .@NYCschools will excuse absences of students participating in the #ClimateStrike on Friday 9/20. Students will need parental consent. Younger students can only leave school with a parent. https://t.co/hcBO1Cnb3m — NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) September 12, 2019 The DOE expressed encouragement... "We will share guidance with schools, and encourage class discussions about the impact of climate change, and the importance of civic engagement. #ClimateStrike" We will share guidance with schools, and encourage class discussions about the impact of climate change, and the importance of civic engagement. #ClimateStrike — NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) September 12
The blueprint to a great museum adventure certainly includes "The Art of the Brick." Budding engineers and artists will be equally enthralled by the masterpieces Nathan Sawaya has intricately crafted with over 1,000,000 toy blocks. (No, that number is not a typo.) Venture to one of your favorite kids' museums, the New York Hall of Science, beginning Sept 28 for a glimpse at this record-breaking exhibit. "[It] takes LEGO somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before,” Sawaya said of his work. “The goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.” Photograph: Courtesy The Art of the Brick And that creativity comes in spades. Visitors who love dinosaur activities will gawk at the artist's 20-foot t. rex, which is comprised of over 80,000 pieces alone. Creative youngsters who participate in fun art classes for kids will enjoy Sawaya's recreation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Additionally, photographer Dean West partnered with Sawaya to produce a multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photos. Photograph: Courtesy The Art of the Brick If this isn't enough to whet your adventurer's appetite, make sure to participate in the exhibit's interactive elements as well. This includes "Hidden Hands," a sensory-based task where kiddos must build a mystery object inside a covered box. LEGO Drag Race lets builders make a car and test out its capabilities on v
Class is back in session, after-school programs are in full swing and, Christmas is right around the corner. You might as well kiss summer goodbye because NYC is already gearing up for a holly, jolly holiday season. Just take a look at the festivities making their way to Citi Field later this year. The Mets' home turf will host Hello Panda Festival, the largest celebration of its kind in North America, and we're anxiously looking for our ugly Christmas sweaters in anticipation. From Dec 6–Jan 26, the luminous spectacular will take place seven days per week from 5–10pm, so mark your December—and January—events calendar. Visitors making their way to the stadium have plenty to look forward to: over 100 lantern displays from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, a holiday market, performances, games and more seasonal fun. Attendees can also expect to tap into various cultural traditions, such as Chinese crafts like paper-cutting and dough sculpting. Don't forget venture to the market to taste test foods from around the world, including China, Thailand, Mexico and more. Until the wintery goodness gets underway at the end of the year, be sure to check out our favorite fall activities for kids. Tickets for the Hello Panda Festival are $28, $25 for children and free for those 3 and under. Learn more at hellopandafest.com and snag your tickets online. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.
As the crisp autumn air sweeps in, it's only appropriate to seek out the best comfort food in the city. Fortunately for Brooklynites, a new Park Slope outpost offers sweets in spades. Miss American Pie, a small 50's-styled shop, has just debuted on Fifth Ave, much to residents' delight. Photograph: Danielle Valente "The response from the neighborhood has been great," says owner Lindsey Hill. "They’re saying, 'This is just what we needed in Park Slope; we're so excited that you’re here; we’ve been waiting for you to open,' so that’s been a real blessing." The impressive selection—which includes apple pie, chocolate peanut butter pie and lavender chiffon pie, to name a few—is enough to draw patrons inside, but the welcoming ambiance is equally as charming as the menu. Photograph: Danielle Valente "It’s a throwback to the 50's diners," Hill says of the space, which is equipped with black-and-white-checkered floors, bright wallpaper, family homages on exposed brick walls, and of course, an eye-catching area where the tasty creations come to life. "I wanted it to look like you’re looking into a person’s kitchen," she adds. "The idea was to have it be like someone’s home." Photograph: Danielle Valente Hungry visitors are able to order by the slice ($5.75, $6.50 for gluten-free and vegan options) and full pies for parties and get-togethers. As the business continues to grow, Hill—a fashion industry transplant, but a lifelong baker—plans to turn the locatio