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Allie Early

Allie Early is Time Out's former New York Kids Editor.

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Family resorts in New York and beyond for a fun-filled getaway

Family resorts in New York and beyond for a fun-filled getaway

Picture it: a fun family vacation where all you need to do is pack your bags and get there. No planning, no corralling, no cooking, no decision-making… That’s the beauty of a family-friendly resort. Just check in and everything is taken care of. These family resorts in New York and beyond offer tons of fun for the kids—from horseback riding to water activities to themed events—plus plenty of opportunities for relaxation for the grownups. You’ll find cozy cabins and spacious suites, all designed for family comfort. There are activities for kids of all ages, and supervised activities that give parents well-deserved downtime. Dining is a breeze too, with on-site restaurants that are sure to please. A weekend getaway at one of these NYC-area resorts is a perfect blend of relaxation, recreation and convenience, and you’re sure to make plenty of memories. 

Unleash your inner speed demon go karting in NYC

Unleash your inner speed demon go karting in NYC

Do your kids get the zoomies on the weekend? If you’re looking for some high-speed fun, there’s nothing better than speeding around a track in a mini race car. Fortunately there are plenty of venues that offer adrenaline-pumping go karting near NYC. From indoor circuits that defy gravity with their hairpin turns to outdoor tracks where you can feel the wind in your hair as you zoom down straightaways, these spots offer thrills for everyone from casual racers to seasoned speed demons. Go karting is a great activity for kids any time, but especially when you need an indoor activity to stay out of the weather, as many are indoor features of larger amusement complexes. So next time you’re looking for some thrilling family fun, buckle up, rev your engines and get ready to unleash your inner race car drive.

The best water parks near NYC

The best water parks near NYC

Looking for ways to keep the kids cool during the summer? While outdoor activities like hiking and visiting PYO farms for fresh strawberries or blueberries are classic summer activities, sometimes you just need to find a place to beat the heat. Water playgrounds and beaches are options, but for an all-around cool summer activity, there’s nothing better than heading to a water park near NYC. These NYC-area water parks offer a thrilling escape with water slides, wave pools and more. If you prefer a more relaxed vibe, there are lazy rivers and shallow pools perfect for cooling off. From the largest water park in New York to toddler-friendly spots in Pennsylvania, these destinations are ideal for a family day trip or weekend getaway. Make a splash (and some amazing summer memories) with the family at one of these water parks near NYC.

The best mini golf in NYC

The best mini golf in NYC

A little friendly competition can be fun for the whole family. There are plenty of spots for kid-friendly bowling, go karting and arcade games around the city. If you’ve got a little golfer on your hands, or you’re just looking for a whimsical activity that will challenge the family’s skills, these spots for mini golf in NYC are for you. Mini golf courses have upped their game in recent years with themes, challenges and far-out designs. Go for blacklight golf, a beach-themed course or mini golf under the sea. Kids and adults alike will love putting away on these teeny tiny courses. Many of the courses aim to keep adults happy with adult beverages, and most offer snacks and such to feed the whole crew. So practice your swing and head out for a fun family outing at these mini golf courses in NYC.

The best indoor activities for kids in NYC for weather-proof fun

The best indoor activities for kids in NYC for weather-proof fun

Kids in NYC have it made: the city is a giant playground, featuring a slew of parks, plenty of green space, bike paths galore, accessible beaches, nearby hiking trails and of course amazing actual playgrounds. The outdoor options are endless, but what about the times when it’s too hot, too cold or too rainy for outdoor play? Fortunately there are plenty of  indoor activities for kids in NYC that offer a ton of weather-proof fun. Whether you’re looking for educational activities—think kids’ cooking classes or a kid-friendly museum—or an outing that involves some friendly competition—like bowling, arcade games or indoor mini golf—these indoor activities have all the makings of a fun day out. There are even indoor amusement parks in the area for some all-out indoor fun. Whatever your kids are into, they’ll love these indoor activities that keep them entertained regardless of the weather.

The top things to do in New York with family

The top things to do in New York with family

Although New York City is renowned as a haven for adults, drawing visitors from far and wide to indulge in its world-class museums, exquisite dining and iconic landmarks, it's equally enchanting for kids and families. The city has a wealth of family-friendly attractions, sure to please everyone in the group. Among the top ten things to do in New York with family, options range from kid-friendly Broadway shows and museums to family-oriented eateries and outdoor adventures. There's no shortage of excitement for all ages—even the littlest ones will find delight in the city, with a myriad of toddler-friendly activities to enjoy. Whether you're visiting iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty or exploring serene spots like the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, there's something tailored for families at every turn. These attractions not only entertain but also provide educational experiences suitable for all ages. From the lively shores of Coney Island to the bustling streets of Times Square and beyond, discover these NYC attractions that the whole family will love. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Where to go strawberry picking near NYC

Where to go strawberry picking near NYC

Because crop availability varies, always call first! Strawberry picking near NYC is undeniably one of the most delightful summer pastimes for children and adults alike. Who can resist a sweet, ripe strawberry picked straight from the vine? Spending a day with the family in the strawberry fields is one of the best things to do with kids in the summer, and you're guaranteed a fun time and a basket full of nature's finest treats, perfect for snacking, baking and more. From the Hudson Valley to Long Island, many farms offer pick-your-own adventures once strawberries reach peak ripeness—typically in late May or early June. Many farms offer more than just strawberry picking; many also boast an array of other fruits like blueberries and cherries, as well as charming farm stands and onsite cafes where you can grab a quick bite or refreshing drink. Some even feature delightful additions like hayrides and petting zoos, adding an extra bit of excitement to your outing. Best of all, these idyllic farms are conveniently located within just a few hours' drive of the city. So pack up the fam and make strawberry picking part of your next family day trip.

The best outdoor activities for kids in NYC

The best outdoor activities for kids in NYC

There is no shortage of things to do with kids in NYC, ensuring boredom is never an issue. When weather permits, it’s always a good idea to get the kids outside for some fun in the sun. Outdoor activities for kids in NYC abound, offering adventure, exploration and of course energy-burning entertainment. Central Park is a vast playground of opportunities, with options ranging from boating on the lake to picnicking in lush green meadows. The High Line provides a unique elevated walkway adorned with vibrant gardens and art installations, perfect for leisurely strolls or scooter rides. Prospect Park in Brooklyn boasts a zoo, carousel, and nature trails for wildlife spotting and outdoor learning experiences. Governors Island offers a scenic escape from the city, featuring bike rentals, playgrounds, and wide-open spaces for running and playing. Various community gardens and waterfront parks throughout the city provide settings for gardening, birdwatching, hiking and enjoying the scenic beauty of the city's diverse landscapes. With endless possibilities, kids in NYC can revel in the joys of outdoor exploration year-round.

Celebrate at these kids birthday party places in NYC

Celebrate at these kids birthday party places in NYC

When it comes to throwing a birthday party for the little ones, there’s no need to stress. There are plenty of kids birthday party places in NYC that do all the work for you to make your child’s big day an extra special one, and the whole gang will have fun along with them. Classic spots like amusement parks, laser tag, go-karts or trampoline parks are always good birthday spots, but the city offers an even more dizzying array of options for a range of different interests. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best birthday party ideas, from arts-oriented birthday parties and museum parties to park parties, sports-centric parties and foodie parties. These birthday parties will handle everything, from balloons and cake to entertainment and cleanup, leaving more time for you to make memories with the kids.

The best playgrounds in NYC for outdoor playtime

The best playgrounds in NYC for outdoor playtime

From classic playgrounds to water playgrounds, NYC kids throughout the five boroughs have it made when it comes to outdoor playtime. The best playgrounds in NYC are places where the kids can gather, burn energy, have fun, make some memories and maybe get a little creative. The city is home to standard slides-and-swings playgrounds as well as innovative, design-forward playgrounds that stimulate the imagination. And who can forget the water playgrounds—featuring splash pads and sprinklers—that serve as summertime spots for staying cool. You’re never far from a playground in NYC, but some are worth a trip outside of the neighborhood. As fun as any kid-friendly attraction, these NYC playgrounds are sure to keep the kids entertained and help them burn off energy.

Las 54 mejores películas para ver en familia

Las 54 mejores películas para ver en familia

Reunid a la familia y coged un buen bol de palomitas: ¡las mejores películas familiares os están esperando! Hemos cogido un poco de todo: clásicos, de dibujos animados, películas de princesas Disney, niños de los 90... ¡y todo lo que os podáis imaginar!. ¿Lo que queréis es reíros? Poneos 'Los Goonies'. ¿Lo que os apetece es ver a Fido? Poneos 'Mi perro Skip'. Os garantizamos que tenemos películas para todos los gustos. RECOMENDADO: Juegos de mesa para toda la familia. 

Indoor water parks near NYC

Indoor water parks near NYC

A cold, rainy or crazy hot day doesn’t mean you have to scrap plans with the kids. They can still have plenty of energy-burning fun at a slew of indoor activities for kids around the city. From bowling and laser tag to indoor amusement parks, there’s no shortage of weather-proof fun. But for a year-round taste of summer, there’s nothing better than an indoor water park. Kids can splash around, zoom down water slides and have an all-around good time regardless of the weather. These indoor water parks near NYC are an easy day trip—or excellent weekend adventure—and fun for the whole family. Whether it’s the dead of winter or a scorching summer, head to one of these indoor water parks for some serious splashy fun, no sunscreen required.

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Sanctuary Hotel New York

Sanctuary Hotel New York

4 out of 5 stars

At first glance, you might confuse Sanctuary Hotel for a nice, private residence (it isn’t marked). But by the time you see the sign for the Tender Steak & Sushi restaurant outside, you’ll realize you’re in the right spot. Enter through a massive wooden door flanked by white pillars and find the concierge on your right. The lobby has a warm-yet-modern ambiance with cozy fireplaces, soft (non-tacky!) music and gray, gold and red accents. Sanctuary’s S.T.A.R. program (Service Tailored to Any Request) is an additional offering the hotel provides to make sure everyone feels at home. They’re your go-to for personal shoppers and local event and activity recommendations. They’ll even help you facilitate over-the-top celebrations or proposals—including delivery and setup of hundreds of roses and candles! Aww.   The rooms feel large and luxurious, with floor-to-ceiling leather headboards, travel-size bath products and small welcome amenities like a shower cap and blow-dryer that actually packs some power. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi and the rain-style shower has killer. But Sanctuary also keeps a light sense of humor, as well: See the cheeky artwork in your bathroom.   After you’ve checked in, stop by Tender Steak & Sushi, the hotel’s restaurant. It offers a pre fixe menu ($45) for the pre-theater crowd. If you’re in for regular dinner, do not miss the Croquette roll ($22) with tuna and spicy aioli, or The Blessing roll ($19) with lobster, seared salmon and truffle honey miso. After y

Arlo Soho

Arlo Soho

3 out of 5 stars

If you’re hunting for a unique place to hang your hat near Soho and Little Italy, Arlo’s one of your best bets. Opened in September of 2016, Arlo brings a soon-to-be futuristic lobby (the hotel is working on digital check-in kiosks at the moment), plus a small bodega, a lounge area, a study area, conference spaces, a tasty food hall-style restaurant (Harold’s Meat + Three) and a rooftop indoor-outdoor bar.  Guests should be aware that its reputation as a micro hotel isn’t exactly exaggerating—these rooms feel pretty tight even for one person. But what it lacks in room space, it makes up for in location and amenities. While Arlo is still trying it nail down its vibe/clientele, the brand new lounge spaces are relaxed and welcoming, and they have attentive servers and bartenders. The rooftop bar is also especially beautiful and offers stunning views, indoor seating and outdoor bench-style seating, plus Arlo plans to host yoga and other fitness classes there in warmer months. Inside the compact hotel rooms, you’ll find beds nestled inside wall-to-wall wood paneled nooks, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi (throughout the hotel), Somfy smart system shades and a space-saving desk—great for folks who plan to spend much of their day out and about and just need a comfy spot to return to in the evening. The bed, shower and bathroom are in one room with a glass separation, and guests are offered pump-style shampoo, conditioner and body wash plus hand soap. You won’t find your usual hotel amen

Arlo Soho

Arlo Soho

3 out of 5 stars

If you’re hunting for a unique place to hang your hat near Soho and Little Italy, Arlo’s one of your best bets (though be aware that its reputation as a micro hotel isn’t exactly exaggerating—these rooms feel pretty tight even for one person). Opened in September of 2016, Arlo brings a soon-to-be futuristic lobby (the hotel is working on digital check-in kiosks at the moment), plus a small bodega, a lounge area, a study area, conference spaces, a tasty food hall-style restaurant (Harold’s Meat + Three) and a rooftop indoor-outdoor bar. While Arlo is still trying it nail down its vibe/clientele, the brand new lounge spaces are relaxed and welcoming, and they have attentive servers and bartenders. The rooftop bar is also especially beautiful and offers stunning views, indoor seating and outdoor bench-style seating, plus Arlo plans to host yoga and other fitness classes there in warmer months. Inside the compact hotel rooms, you’ll find beds nestled inside wall-to-wall wood paneled nooks, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi (throughout the hotel), Somfy smart system shades and a space-saving desk—great for folks who plan to spend much of their day out and about and just need a comfy spot to return to in the evening. The bed, shower and bathroom are in one room with a glass separation, and guests are offered pump-style shampoo, conditioner and body wash plus hand soap. You won’t find your usual hotel amenities like an extra toothbrush or toothpaste readily available, and guests should b

The Redbury New York

The Redbury New York

4 out of 5 stars

The vibrant Redbury New York packs a punch with a stately, high-ceilinged reception area draped in velvet curtains, a bold design aesthetic inspired by Tin Pan Alley—a nickname given to a nearby stretch known as the home of song publishing in NYC—265 newly-renovated rooms, and the continued excellence of its Roman-inspired pizzeria, Marta. In fact, when you enter the hotel, you’ll have a hard time walking past Marta without popping in for a glass from its extensive wine menu, a Spritz (Prosecco, Contratto Aperitif, Carpano Bianco and club soda, $14) or decadent treats like the ricotta e pere (oven-roasted balsamic pears with ricotta and hunks of sourdough bread, $17). The restaurant and bar offer a lively ambiance for folks seeking a craft cocktail or a mouthwatering three-course meal. Redbury’s quirky décor and welcoming amenities (plush bedding, Wi-Fi access, cute faux phonograph bedside speakers, armoire and drawers, mini fridge, a 24-hour fitness center, excellent water pressure, Ciel bath products…and the softest hotel bathrobe ever) are only made cooler by the preservation of some of the building’s antique accents (such as original doors from its days as Women’s Hotel/Martha Washington Hotel).  Redbury is an excellent spot for those new to the city or anyone looking for a conveniently-located staycation. You’ll be a short trip from area favorites like The PIT and the Gramercy Theatre, plus the hotel is only a seven-minute walk to the Empire State Building (we checked).

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Go bowling at an undersea aquarium with sea turtles and stingrays!

Go bowling at an undersea aquarium with sea turtles and stingrays!

Looking for a fun day trip out of the city with kids? Look no further than this under-the-sea bowling adventure. That's right, a great non-traditional kids' bowling opportunity is right under your nose! If your aspiring mermaids and mermen (or marine biologists) want to take a trip beneath the surface for a wild ride, here's your chance...and we can't believe we haven't been here before. Photograph: Courtesy Bass Pro Shops The kitschy undersea decor at Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl and Grill, a restaurant, bar and 12-lane bowling alley located in Bridgeport, CT, delivers loads of charm with themed lighting, backdrops, custom bowling balls that look like an octopus or mermaid and even wooden lanes with faux sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and other salt water critters—the perfect spot to visit for a quick weekend trip! Bowl Mon–Fri 11am–5pm ($25/hour per lane), Sun–Thu after 5pm ($30/hr per lane) and Fri 5pm–Sunday until 5pm ($35/hr per lane). No more than eight people to a lane. Shoe rentals $3.25. Billiards is also available at this location. Head to the grill for tasty American fare, or stop by the island-theme bar if the adults are in need of a cocktail or two. There, you'll find real tropical fish swimming in a 750-gallon saltwater aquarium. See more photos below, and learn more about Uncle Buck's various locations here. Photograph: Courtesy Bass Pro Shops   Photograph: Courtesy Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl and Grill is located at 1 Bass Pro Dr, Bridgeport, CT (203

NYC Parks opens free after-school program signups this month

NYC Parks opens free after-school program signups this month

It's that time of year again!  NYC Parks' (much coveted) *free* after-school program signups have begun! Since most ongoing after-school programs cost anywhere between hundreds and thousands of dollars, we thought you might want a quick reminder.  Every year, NYC Parks offers after-school classes  (Mon–Fri 3–6pm) for kids ages 6–13, which includes supervised computer use, a healthy snack, academic support, sports and arts programming and even fun field trips around the city. Parents or guardians must visit the location of their choice with completed paperwork (application, program agreement, photo release and updated medical form) to sign children up for the program, and the program is first come, first served. All program forms and requirements, as well as available locations in each borough, can be found here. Registration for NYC Parks After-School Program is currently underway, and the first day of programming will begin on September 16. Don't miss out! For more family fun, see our guides to the best free activities for kids and our favorite 101 things to do with kids in NYC. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.

Stop everything! The Bronx Zoo will open a Dinosaur Safari experience

Stop everything! The Bronx Zoo will open a Dinosaur Safari experience

Looking for fun things to do with dinosaur-loving kids? Do we have some news for you! The Bronx Zoo just unveiled plans for a brand new dinosaur experience that will open on April 19 and run through November 3, 2019 (included in the Total Experience ticket). Your kids should definitely prepare for a roaring good time.    Advertised as the "biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America," the new attraction shuttles families (with narration) through a wooded area packed with 40 ultra-realistic (read: gigantic) animatronic dinosaurs. One of the most notable features will certainly be the two towering Tyrannosaurus rex—as well as the vegetarian Omeisaurus that stretches an impressive 60 feet long. And to make things as realistic as possible, the Bronx Zoo teamed up with a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History—Don Lessem even served as an advisor on the original Jurassic Park!  Take a look at all of the colossal fun you can expect from the dino-mite experience:    Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS     Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS   The experience is topped off with an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for kids to play in, plus some additional dino-themed activities around the zoo.  Until then, be sure to visit the brand new T.rex exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. If your kids see paleontology in their future, be sure to also snag tickets to Jurassic World Live,

Time Out Market New York will open near Jane's Carousel in 2019

Time Out Market New York will open near Jane's Carousel in 2019

Prepare your taste buds: DUMBO is getting a new, out-of-this-world food hall with spectacular views, and it's created by Time Out Group! How cool is that? Time Out Market New York will open on May 31 at 8am at 55 Water St (within Empire Stores), a charming pre Civil War-era building. The new space boasts 21,000 square feet across two floors and includes three bars plus a scenic fifth floor outdoor roof deck. Say hello to views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Lower Manhattan skyline—and our future-favorite spot to grab a cocktail and a bite with friends at sunset. Photograph: Time Out New York The first of Time Out Market New York's chefs and restaurateurs to join in on the adventure include local favorites such as Juliana's, Reserve Cut, Bessou, Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant, Miss Ada, Mermaid Oyster Bar, Alta Calidad, Jacob's Pickles, FELICE, DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections and Avocaderia. There are other Time Out Markets open/opening around the world too: The hugely popular Time Out Market Lisbon opened in 2014, Time Out Market Miami will open in South Beach in 2019, and the Boston and Chicago markets will also open in 2019. Photograph: Time Out New York For families, the location couldn't be better: Jane's Carousel is conveniently located right outside the building, and it's just a five-minute walk to Pier 1 Playground or Main St. Playground and an 11-minute walk to the Pier 2 Roller Rink! Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids

Psst! You can get free access to this zip line and adventure course

Psst! You can get free access to this zip line and adventure course

Let your kids rocket through the sky on a zip line or brave an elevated adventure course (all for free) on Sundays with the help of this sweet NYC program. This year, the Adventure Course Sunday series runs from May 5–Oct 27, and each event is free and available to kids ages 8 and up.  The Adventure Course offerings include a Nitro Swing (teams work together to problem-solve and get all teammates from one "island" to another), a climbing wall, the Human Swing Shot (where you'll be hoisted above the ground and let go on a big swing) and a 40-foot-high zip line that runs 100 yards. Between May 5 and June 30, 2019, this Sunday program is first-come, first-served and does not require registration, so arrive at least a half hour before the start time (9:30am or 1pm) to secure a spot. For Sunday programming from July 7 to Aug 25, 2019, pre-registration for this program is required and tickets are given on a lottery system. Online registration will occur the Monday before each program date, beginning on July 1. You'll be allotted a maximum of four participants per registered party if you are selected. Please have your kids wear closed-toed shoes for their adventure. Register at this page (look for each July 7–Aug 25 event as it pops up) and find even more information about the adventure course here.  Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.

OMG. IKEA will open its first Manhattan store!

OMG. IKEA will open its first Manhattan store!

Buckle up for the best news we've heard all day: IKEA just announced that it is opening its first Manhattan store in spring of 2019, and we couldn't be more excited. (Side note: Did we mention how excited we also are about the new Target and FAO Schwarz?) The store concept, which was co-created with the help of New Yorkers, comes at a time when IKEA is focusing on becoming even more accessible. Schleps to Brooklyn via the cork-like yellow ferry will no longer be required for Manhattanites (though we can't resist the Småland play area and will still be going anyway). The new store will be one of 30 "touchpoints" that the company hopes will up its levels of convenience. “We recognize that we are in a rapidly changing retail environment, and to be fit for long-term growth, IKEA is transforming in a way that lets us meet our customers where they are,” said Lars Petersson, Country Manager, IKEA Retail U.S. “New York City is the natural choice to open the first city center store – the most vibrant, dynamic city in the US, and the epicenter of retail, business, and culture," reads the statement. The new IKEA location, dubbed The IKEA Planning Studio, will open on April 15, 2019 at 999 Third Avenue, NY, NY with a focus on smart solutions for urban living—which we take to mean sofas, tables and other accessories that can actually make it up your crazy walk-up. Plus, the new IKEA offers home delivery. P.S. Brooklynites: IKEA notes that the Brooklyn IKEA will be getting a remodel! Wooho

Here's why NYC kids are walking out of school tomorrow

Here's why NYC kids are walking out of school tomorrow

Kids around the world plan to skip school tomorrow (at least temporarily), and it's not your usual teen rebellion—it's about global warming. Tomorrow, March 15, 2019, thousands of school-aged children are taking to the streets to demand action from elected officials on climate change. Thanks to the #FridaysForFuture movement, aspiring Greta Thunbergs can participate in an organized Youth Climate Strike (which, might we add, was founded by a group of children ages 12–17!) to raise awareness for global warming. The event could be one of the biggest environmental protests in history. Though the key points of each strike vary slightly across the world, here in the US, the Youth Climate Strike website outlines the following objectives for the protest: - Green New Deal - Halt to fossil fuel infrastructure projects - Environmental decisions led with scientific research  - A National Emergency declaration for climate change - Widespread public education on climate change - Preserving public land and wildlife - Protecting our water supply   The current strikes listed in NYC for the Youth Climate Strike website are as follows: Columbia Climate Strike Students for a Future Climate Strike at New York City Hall NYC Climate Strike at Columbus Circle New York Youth Climate Strike (46th and First Ave; W 3rd St between Bleecker and E 4th St)   See a full list of active youth strikes in NYC and elsewhere around the world here. If you would like to learn more about students' rights during the w

Super cute Japanese dollar store Daiso will open in NYC

Super cute Japanese dollar store Daiso will open in NYC

Beloved Japanese dollar store Daiso has a cult following for a reason—it's jam-packed with inexpensive toys, Japanese treats, items for the home and other adorable, kitschy stuff you'll want to grab straight away. We have some great news: Daiso is opening a new store in NYC (40-24 College Point Boulevard in the Shops at Skyview Center), so you won't have to travel far to get your hands on these sweet products. SecretNYC reports that Daiso will debut on Friday March 8 at 10am with a grand opening celebration, and the first 100 customers will reportedly get a complimentary goodie bag with their purchases. Be sure to ask for a Great Prize Giveaway ticket (as available) at the front of the store before 4:30pm on March 8: Daiso is giving away a handful of big-ticket items and gift cards. Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Michael S Craving even more Japanese treats? You'll definitely want to head to our favorite new Japanese food hall in NYC, Japan Village, where you can see noodles being made and fill your bellies with delicious ramen and other tasty offerings. Oh, and don't forget to check out our guides to the best toy stores in NYC and kids' consignment shops if you're on the hunt for a great gift. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.

Everything we know about the Museum of Natural History's expansion project

Everything we know about the Museum of Natural History's expansion project

New York's beloved American Museum of Natural History is on the road to a much-anticipated expansion. You've likely encountered our previous coverage of the project on Time Out here and here, but in the event that you haven't, here's a recap of what's in the works: - The Richard Gilder Center for Science, a 245,000-square-foot wing designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, will feature a state-of-the-art insectarium (A.K.A. bug hall!), a 3,000-square-foot butterfly vivarium (modern, upgraded butterfly conservatory) packed with high-tech features, and expanded learning spaces. The project was approved by NYC parks December 4, 2017 and is projected to open in 2020. - The new wing will also feature a 21,000-square-foot Collections Core that includes specimens and artifacts (seen in our lead image). - The Center will be a candidate for LEED Gold certification, and the design will incorporate fritted glass for shading/bird safety, efficient landscaping, mindful lighting designs and water conservation initiatives in addition to outdoor landscaping that's water efficient. Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates - The Museum has collaborated with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) to minimize the environmental impact on Theodore Roosevelt Park and contribute park improvements that include new tree plantings, benches and expanded play areas.  - In April 2018, Patch reported that The Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park is "s

The Dr. Seuss Museum is now open—and worth visiting ASAP!

The Dr. Seuss Museum is now open—and worth visiting ASAP!

We blogged about The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum way back in November of 2016 before it opened to the public, and now we're following up to see what's there. Spoiler: It's really cool! Seuss lovers of all ages will appreciate amazing artifacts and exhibits that honor the master of tongue-twisty children's tales. If you're able to take a trip out to Springfield, MA, you'll certainly want to leave time to explore the museum's two floors. The first is dedicated to interactive exhibits and games, while the second recreates Theodor Geisel's (Seuss') studio and living room with real artifacts from his residence. Start your experience with the "Entry Hall," which offers a Mulberry Street police officer atop a bike (that kids can sit on, too!), a massive Mulberry Street mural and a custom glass trumpet lighting fixture that embodies the whimsy of Seuss stories. You might then head to exhibits like "Fairfield Street," which teaches visitors about the Springfield Geisel knew as a boy. Then, you might see "Young Ted in Springfield," where you'll encounter a play bakery, a zoo of fantastic characters, a digital fishing game and even a spot to "draw" on his childhood bedroom walls just like he did as a child. Photograph: Courtesy Springfield Museums "Readingville," the most colorful exhibit of all, brings Seuss's ABC story to life with floor-to-ceiling artwork that even talks (letters produce sounds when pressed), plus Green Eggs and Ham wordplay games. You'll also find characters

Your kids can see their aura at this trippy exhibit in Meatpacking

Your kids can see their aura at this trippy exhibit in Meatpacking

Ever wondered what your aura looks like? Now you can find out. This unique new pop-up exhibit is hidden up on the third floor of luxurious Lexus enthusiast hangout INTERSECT BY LEXUS - NYC—and while that might not be the first destination you'd associate with kid-friendly fun, "Essential Invisible" is certainly an interactive experience that'll entrance your tykes, and we're stopping in to see it. Also, did we mention its free??? In the exhibit, you'll experience the technology behind autonomous vehicles to "see the unseen" as digital auras. Essentially, guests can play with some pretty cool-looking digital projections and will get to see live artwork made from the data that's drawn from their movements. Visit it in February, Mon–Thu noon–10pm, Fri–Sun 11am–11pm. Photograph: Courtesy INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC Looking for even more cool experiences around NYC and sweet stuff happening in the city's best children's museums? Be sure to check out the new and improved Long Island Science Center and head to MoMA before it closes for three months this summer.  Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.

NASKART will open in CT as the largest indoor go-kart racing track in the world

NASKART will open in CT as the largest indoor go-kart racing track in the world

Children and adults with a need for speed will flip for this go-kart track, NASKART, which opened in Montville, Connecticut (2.5 hrs from NYC) on December 16, 2016. It’s touted as the largest indoor multi-level karting track in the world and offers zero-emission electric karts with top speeds of 45mph. Families will get to explore a 110,000-square-foot facility with two tracks and experiences for all ages and skill levels. There's also a café with quick eats for kids and adults, plus a full bar (of-age guests are subject to breathalyzer testing and will not be served until after their scheduled race).     P.S.—If this wasn’t exciting enough, there’s also a trampoline park in the same facility ($8–$14), complete with a foam pit, dodgeball and basketball nets. For more indoor fun, check out our favorite indoor playgrounds and kids' play spaces. Find NASKART at 1 Sachatello Industrial Dr, Montville, CT (860-444-7700, naskartracing.com). Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.