An irresistible hybrid of high-tech gallery and nifty gift shop, the Makerbot 3D-printer store in NoHo is a must-see for kids who love computers, art or just awesomely cool gadgets. While it would take a lot of tooth-fairy money to actually buy one of the printers (they start at $2,199), kids can watch as the Replicator 2 spins micro-thin strands of plastic filament into solid 3-D items such as flowers, robots and bracelets. Step into the photo booth to create a 3-D self-portrait, buy a colorful computer-generated helicopter or car, or sign up for a Saturday-morning kids’ workshop (just $10). And don’t miss the world’s coolest gumball machines—for $5, slip a token in the slot and get your very own computer-generated toy. It’s the closest we’ve come yet to those Star Trek replicators. 347-457-5758, makerbot.com.—Marisa Cohen
From the city's best new sports hub for little athletes to a beer-garden in Brooklyn that's extremely kid-friendly, our best of 2013 list has something for every New York City family. Read on to see which attractions, birthday party entertainers, restaurants and other things to do in New York City our editors named the best of 2013. Plus, find out who took top honors in our best of 2013 readers' choice poll!