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Ten great Grandparents Day activities for families

Take Grandma and Grandpa for a fun day out and about! Sample some ice cream, visit a zoo or take in the scenery at a public garden

This Sunday is National Grandparents Day! Get the whole family together and show Grandma and Grandpa how much you care. From checking out NYC zoos to visiting new museum exhibits and pick your own opportunities, here are some of the best fun ideas for things to do with your grandparents this weekend. Looking for more? See our favorite 101 things to do with kids in NYC

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Stake out a spot in a park and pack a picnic basket

NYC restaurants offer some great outdoor dining options when the family is craving dinner with a side of fresh air, but summer days are the perfect opportunity to move mealtime out in the open. Take the kids picnicking in NYC parks where they can munch away under the shade of a tree, then hit up some of the best playgrounds afterward. Don't forget to grab some grub from the stellar food trucks that tend to park nearby.

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By: Hannah Doolin
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Share a scoop (or two!) of ice cream

New Yorkers don't often end up with a naked scoop on a sugar cone, and that's because we expect the works from our favorite ice cream shops—and no, we’re not just talking sprinkles. Options at the best ice cream shops for kids in New York City range from the whimsical (think gelato in the shape of a flower) and the obsessively pure (locally sourced milk pasteurized and infused on-site) to the just plain bananas (care for some Sriracha on your sundae?). Don't worry—they all offer classic favorites, too. See our Time Out Kids ice cream taste test to see local kiddos taste some of the city's quirkier flavors while you're at it, and if you're also in need of a more substantial snack, visit one of the best 50 family restaurants in NYC or cruise our list of New York pizza for families.

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By: Rebecca Jennings
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Munch on some early afternoon eats

Ready for the best brunch NYC has to offer? These fifteen picks offer plenty of dishes adults will love, plus tons of kid-friendly options for the pickier eaters. If you’re on the hunt for even more options to please the whole crew, check out our list of the 50 best family restaurants in NYC—a few spots can even hook your gang up with outdoor dining on sunny days—and if you’re craving something great to make at home, be sure to try these tasty recipes for kids from NYC’s best family restaurants.

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By: Hannah Doolin
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Snuggle up on the couch and put on a movie

Got a ‘lil film buff on your hands? We thought so. Thankfully, there are plenty of classics and new family favorites to make each popcorn and New York pizza–packed movie night better than the next. To help you make your selections, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids' movies to please all generations squeezed on the couch (plus the babysitter, if she’s left in charge).  As you can probably guess, the competition was pretty fierce—you’ll see a number of blockbusters that are in your regular rotation alongside some newer kid-pleasing picks, and we have no doubt we may have missed some of your favorite flicks. Weigh in below and let us know what titles you think deserve recognition (or to give us two thumbs up on our selections), and while you’re at it, check out our ideas for other free things to do with kids in New York.

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By: Hannah Doolin
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Check out a cool museum exhibit

With so many amazing NYC museums across the city (and plenty of children's museum exhibits to go around), the Big Apple is by far the best place for your kiddos to dive into the coolest new art, history, STEM and interactive play exhibits! We get it—it can be hard to determine which exhibits are best for kids—that's why we've narrowed the field to those that every kid should see before they hit five feet. Spend your weekend afternoons exploring staples like the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Egyptian Art space at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History. In warmer months (when you're not exploring our top children's museum picks), don't forget to eyeball our roundup of top outdoor art in NYC—your kiddos will love it!

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By: Allie Early
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Stroll through a public garden

Non New Yorkers might have the impression the city lacks the awesome green spaces rural kids grow up loving—no need to underestimate! There are a million reasons why NYC is the best place to raise a family, and one of them is the beautiful gardens right in the area. While you're at it, be sure to check out our favorite nyc parks and beautiful carousels, too. What are your favorite gardens in NYC?

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By: Allie Early
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Kick back and enjoy story time together

We've kept you plenty busy with our list of 101 things to do with kids in NYC, fun indoor activities for kids and even events at our favorite book stores—but have you attended a story time with the kids yet this season? If you haven't (or if you just can't get enough of them like us), these are the ones you really need to see.

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By: Allie Early
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Get up close and personal with animals at the zoo

Thanks to the fantastic zoos in NYC, most of which are backed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, families have the opportunity to see animals from across the globe without ever leaving the city. From the massive Bronx Zoo (one of the biggest in North America) to the petite Central Park Zoo, these family attractions invite kids to learn about numerous species through storytimes, art activities and hands-on interactions with nature. A few NYC zoos are even outfitted with petting zoos and critter-themed carousels to keep your gang entertained all day. Don't forget to hit up the New York Aquarium with kids who are fascinated by marine life!

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By: Hannah Doolin
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Take a spin on a carousel

It's clear to us that New York City carousels are the coolest ever—some even date back to the early 1900s! As a detour on your next family walk around one of the best NYC parks or trip to one of the 25 best playgrounds in New York City, let the kiddos take a ride on a horse, unicorn or even a gigantic grasshopper. With rides between $1.50 and $5, it's an easy way to put the cherry on top of an awesome outdoor adventure.

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By: Allie Early
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Hunt for the best-tasting apples

Labor Day marks the start of apple picking season on the East Coast—ready your baskets and little red wagons! If you're not busy going on one of these fantastic Labor Day getaways, venture out for a sweet day trip to visit one of the dozens of orchards opening to the public for apple picking season. It's one of our favorite things to do with kids this fall, and many also have pumpkin patches and other pick your own fruits and vegetables, too. Times, prices and availability vary, so phone ahead or you may find yourself, well, up a tree! For additional info on apple picking in the area, visit nyapplecountry.com or pickyourown.org.

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By: Evelyn Derico

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