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Oliver Strand

Oliver Strand

Oliver Strand is a Staff Writer for Time Out New York Kids and joined the team in 2019.

He moved to NYC in 1996, but Oliver is seeing the city with new eyes now that he's exploring it with his son. NYC is their playground, and you can find them taking the ferry to the Rockaways, or catching the latest production at the New Victory Theater, or watching NYCFC play at Yankee Stadium—at least until the team builds its long-promised soccer arena.
Connect with him on Instagram @oliver_strand

Articles (88)

The best Broadway shows for kids right now

The best Broadway shows for kids right now

Theater is a big part of what makes New York shine. This city is bursting with talent that even the youngest among us can appreciate, and at the best Broadway shows for kids, everyone in your crew will be captivated. The Lion King, with its dancing wildlife and catchy songs, is a perennial favorite, but Disney aficionados will also get a kick out of the magical tale of Aladdin. At Wicked, you can visit the land of Oz and its conflicted green-skinned protagonist; at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you can enter an entirely different world of witches and strange creatures. These long-running hits are joined by newer offerings like Six and & Juliet, which may appeal to older kids. RECOMMENDED: More theater for kids in NYC If you've already caught these shows or are looking for something a little different, you won't have to go far: Be sure to explore our favorite Off Broadway shows for kids, too, where the stories can be just as memorable as their Broadway counterparts and the talent equally impressive. Make the day more memorable by hitting up one of our favorite fun restaurants for kids or the best family friendly restaurants before or after the show.

Free family activities in NYC

Free family activities in NYC

We love NYC, but the cost of living here can be a drag. Fortunately there are plenty of free things to do in the city, including free things to do with kids. Free family activities in NYC are a welcome option when it comes to keeping the kids entertained on a budget. It‚Äôs hard for kids to be bored in this city ‚ÄĒ with everything from kid-friendly Broadway shows and museums to energy-burning activities like go-karts and laser tag ‚ÄĒ but we know that parents are always grateful for some wallet-friendly entertainment. Playgrounds and parks are obvious choices for free activities, but there are other free options like kayaking, storytime and even restaurants where kids eat free. Check out these free family activities in NYC and you‚Äôll not only have a great time, you‚Äôll also save some cash to treat yourself later on.

Top NYC attractions for families

Top NYC attractions for families

While NYC is no doubt a destination for adults who flock to the city from all over to explore world-class museums, dine at fabulous restaurants and visit famous attractions, kids and families can have an equally grand time here. The top NYC attractions for families will wow everyone in your crew. The city is chock full of fun for the whole family, from kid-friendly Broadway shows and museums to family-friendly restaurants and outdoor activities. Even the littlest ones can enjoy the city, with plenty of toddler-friendly things to do. In fact, it’s likely that any attraction you might want to visit will have something geared towards the kids too, whether it’s iconic attractions like the Statue of Liberty or bucolic destinations like the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. These spots can be entertaining and educational for all ages. From Coney Island to Times Square and beyond, check out these NYC attractions that your kids will love. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best things to do in NYC with toddlers

The best things to do in NYC with toddlers

NYC is a great place for kids, even the littlest ones. Toddlers need a lot of attention (and a lot of activity to burn off energy), and fortunately there are plenty of things to do in NYC with toddlers. From playgrounds and parks to family-friendly attractions and kid-friendly museums, you’ll have no trouble finding enriching activities that will keep your toddlers active and entertained. Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities or indoor play options when the weather isn’t ideal, there are toddler-friendly spots that can be fun for the whole family. After burning energy and working up an appetite, head to one of the best family restaurants in the city for a family-friendly feast.

The best indoor amusement parks in New York

The best indoor amusement parks in New York

While NYC has an amazing array of outdoor playgrounds where kids can run wild and free, plus outdoor activities aplenty for burning off all that energy, there are times when the weather is not ideal for outdoor play. No worries ‚ÄĒ there are more than enough indoor activities for kids to keep them occupied, including a variety of indoor amusement parks in New York. Take the kiddos out for a full day of indoor fun featuring arcade games, bowling, go karts and more. These spots offer entertainment for the kids plus drinks and snacks to fuel them up for play. Whether you join the kids in a round of mini golf or just keep an eye on them while enjoying adult-worthy refreshments, these indoor amusement parks are perfect for a rainy or snowy day. For more family fun, check out indoor water parks and indoor playgrounds in the area.

Indoor water parks near New York

Indoor water parks near New York

The winter weather is getting frightful! While little snow bunnies might love the opportunity to hit the slopes at a family-friendly ski resort (or fly down an ace sledding hill closer to home), some kids long for the balmy days of summer. Good thing there are a number of indoor water parks in New York that will surely chase the winter blues away. Splash around in a wave pool or experience the thrill of a twisty water slide. If you‚Äôve got both snow bunnies and water babies in your family, there are even indoor water parks located in ski resorts ‚ÄĒ the best of both worlds. These water parks are great when the temps are unbearably hot too. So if your family is looking for good old fashioned water fun, pack your swimsuits and head to one of these indoor water parks regardless of the weather outside. No frostbite, no sunburn, all smiles!

Best winter weekend getaways from NYC for families

Best winter weekend getaways from NYC for families

Winter can be magical in NYC, with plenty of options for ice skating, sledding and sipping hot chocolate. These seasonal activities are just a few of the amazing things to do with kids in the winter. When the crew needs a change of scenery, however, think about planning a little break. These winter getaways from NYC for families will scratch the itch for something new while embracing the best of the season. If your family is into skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing, head to a nearby family-friendly ski resort. Or maybe the kids would like to take in the wintry landscape with a train ride. Nature lovers might consider a cozy, family-friendly cabin for a little R&R and exploration. If you need a break from the cold, no problem ‚ÄĒ check out one of the fun indoor amusement parks or indoor water parks that are within just a few hours from the city. So pack up the car, bundle up and head out for one of these fun winter weekend getaways from NYC that the whole family will love.

Where to go sledding in NYC

Where to go sledding in NYC

As peak winter kicks in and the snow piles up, thoughts turn to winter activities for kids like snowball fights, snow angels and ice skating. Adventurous crews may head for the hills to ski or snow tube the slopes at various family-friendly ski resorts in the area, but there’s no need to venture far for a wintry day out: sledding in NYC can be just as fun. The best sledding hills are right in our own backyard, in the city’s many beautiful parks. There’s nothing better than romping around in freshly fallen snow, running up a hill and sledding right back down. No need to plan a winter weekend getaway, you can make a spur-of-the-moment decision to pack up the family and head out as soon as the flakes start to fall. From Central Park to Prospect Park, here are the best spots for getting your sled on in NYC.

The best snow tubing near New York

The best snow tubing near New York

When there’s snow in the forecast, you know it’s prime time for snowball fights, snow angels, sledding and ice skating. Playing in the snow is fun for the whole family. For more adventurous families, racing down snow-packed mountains is at the top of the list of snow-centric activities. One of the most fun ways to race downhill in the winter? Snow tubing. There are plenty of spots for snow tubing in New York at family-friendly ski resorts in the area. Snow tubing is one of the best winter activities for kids, and can be a part of an epic winter weekend getaway. Snow tubing will get the adrenaline pumping as the kids (safely) fly through the wintry air. If you’re looking for something a little more easy going, head to a nearby hill in one of the city’s best parks for a fun day of sledding. Of course the best way to wrap up a snowy excursion is to indulge in a warm mug of hot chocolate.

The best holiday train rides near NYC

The best holiday train rides near NYC

You may not be able to ride on Santa’s sleigh, but you can enjoy a thrilling holiday journey by hopping on a holiday train ride near NYC. These Santa train rides are among the most exciting Christmas events for kids. The festive excursions are filled with holiday cheer, delightful treats, lots of caroling and a visit from Santa himself. If you want to catch a ride on one of these express trains to the North Pole, be sure to book early as they are very popular. When you’re back at the station, keep rolling with the holiday spirit by checking out holiday light displays, going ice skating or snapping a pic with Santa.

Where to take pictures with Santa in NYC

Where to take pictures with Santa in NYC

Christmas in NYC is a festive, magical time filled with holiday markets, holiday lights, and other fun-filled Christmas events for the whole family. Tops on the list of holiday memory-making is, of course, getting some face time with the Big Man. There are plenty of spots where the kids can visit and take pictures with Santa in NYC. From Macy’s Santaland and Bryant Park to The Plaza Hotel and Top of the Rock, you can catch Santa all over town this holiday season. Once you’ve got those pics, make more memories with a bit of sledding, ice skating or just snuggling up with some hot chocolate and a classic Christmas movie.

The best best Thanksgiving movies for families with kids

The best best Thanksgiving movies for families with kids

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and with it family, turkey, movies and hopefully plenty of wintry good vibes. We can‚Äôt help with the turkey ‚Äď you‚Äôre on your own there ‚Äď but we can make a few suggestions of films to keep the little people in your brood occupied while you dust off the board games and catch up on Uncle Chuck‚Äôs latest predictaments. And because you don‚Äôt need us to tell you that Harry Potter¬†and The Lord of the Rings are evergreen viewing options at this festive time of the year, this selection of kid-friendly films digs into some of the lesser-visited corners of the streaming world. There aren‚Äôt too many on-screen Thanksgivings out there, because while Hollywood loves a good family Christmas, it‚Äôs rarely had much urge to recreate the late November (avoid sharing the grown-up joys of Planes, Trains & Automobiles with the children). But there are a few goodies like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to keep them out of trouble. RECOMMENDED:ūüďö The best¬†Thanksgiving books for kidsūüéĄ The 50 best Christmas movies of all-timeūüéÉ The best Halloween movies of all-time

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Virtual Teens Take The Met!

Virtual Teens Take The Met!

Since 2014, Teens Take The Met! has¬†welcomed youngsters from across the city for a night of entertainment. This year the party is going online with a virtual¬†Teens Take the Met!¬†on Friday, Nov 6 from¬†3-8pm on Instagram.¬†The¬†lineup for this all-day¬†celebration¬†includes art making, games, music and so much more.¬†Ages 13‚Äď18.¬†

CMA Live! from the Children's Museum of the Arts

CMA Live! from the Children's Museum of the Arts

The Children's Museum of the Arts in SoHo will Zoom into your home‚ÄĒliterally. CMA Live! is a series of online¬†interactive activities that let¬†kids join Zoom meetings and¬†take part in sing-alongs, create their own artworks, explore creative movement and much more. There are new¬†events every day of the week.¬†Some classes are free, while others require a fee;¬†registration is¬†a must for all events. This month, expect a sculpture class, Thanksgiving centerpiece class and more!¬†All ages.

BAMboo!

BAMboo!

This annual bash is one of Brooklyn's hippest Halloween hangs. This year, it's going virtual. Costumed cuties can participate in a costume contest, let a magician wow them with neat tricks, sit in for stories, boogey at the digital dance party and more.¬†Ages 4‚Äď12.

"Spineless" at the New York Aquarium

"Spineless" at the New York Aquarium

Once only accessible through web cam, "Spineless" is finally open at the New York Aquarium for in-person viewing. Park-goers can learn all about lagoon jellies, Pacific octopi and other backbone-lacking invertebrates that call the ocean home. All ages.

Morningside Lights

Morningside Lights

This¬†twilight¬†parade¬†of handmade paper¬†lanterns, which is going digital for its ninth anniversary, is a gorgeous welcome to fall. Every year, more than 50 creatures and¬†shapes are created by members of the community. From Sept 17‚Äď19, at home lantern¬†kits will be distributed¬†at a socially-distanced pick-up location outside of Miller Theatre¬†at Columbia University. This year's theme is inspired by the Langston Hughes poem "Harlem Night Song." A few weeks later, the lanterns are in a glowing procession that starts in Morningside Park and winds its way up to Columbia.¬†On Oct 26 at 7pm, you can watch the parade video online¬†and see the creations come to life. However, Morningside Lights is¬†magical even if you're just a spectator.¬†All ages.

Laurie Berkner's Dinosaur Beach Party

Laurie Berkner's Dinosaur Beach Party

Do dinosaurs like to play in the surf? Kiddie music superstar Laurie Berkner of "We Are the Dinosaurs" fame will answer that question with her Dinosaur Beach Party, a live online concert on Sunday, August 9 at 5pm. The interactive event includes crafts in the virtual lobby before and after the show! Get your tickets online. Ages 6 and under.

Transit Tots

Transit Tots

The New York Transit Museum has taken Transit Tots online! Now your little ones can listen to stories, create crafts and play transportation-themed games at home. New videos are posted every Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 2 to 5.

Virtual Access Workshops from the New York City Ballet

Virtual Access Workshops from the New York City Ballet

The New York City Ballet is providing free¬†access workshops via Zoom for¬†children with disabilities¬†ages 4-12‚ÄĒall you have to do is register. The 45-minute workshops are held every¬†Wednesday at noon through August 19. Every session includes a warm-up followed by choreography inspired by some of the¬†ballet's most¬†celebrated performances. There is also a class for teens and adults with disabilities ages 13 and up.¬†Ages 4-12.

BCM+You

BCM+You

BCM+You lets you enjoy activities from the Brooklyn Children's Museum in your home for free. The dozens of hands-on art activities and up-tempo movement exercises you'll find online will help you make this a crafty, upbeat time for your kids. All ages.

MarsFest at Home

MarsFest at Home

The American Museum of Natural History is hosting a day of live online events that highlight NASA's upcoming mission to Mars. On Wednesday, July 29, MarsFest at Home will feature a special edition of the Museum’s Scientists at Home program, a live guided virtual flight with Caltech professor and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist Bethany L. Ehlmann, a space comedy jam and more. All ages. 

Folding Fridays

Folding Fridays

Get your origami on with Folding Fridays¬†from MoMATH, the National Museum of Mathematics. Origami expert Kathleen Sheridan will¬†lead a class every Friday at 3pm, teaching you the ancient art of paper folding‚ÄĒand the mathematics behind those elegant forms. Ages 7 and up.

Digital Dessert Goals

Digital Dessert Goals

Dessert Goals is going online this year with Digital Dessert Goals, a two-day interactive event on July 31 and August 1 that will include live panels, baking demos, dessert happy hour, a morning fitness class and other family-friendly activities. Participants include Buttery Popcorn Co., Gracie Baked, Illuminatea, Insomnia Cookies, Little Red Kitchen Treats and more. Tickets are available here. All ages.

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NYC will pay youth $1,200 to take online courses this summer

NYC will pay youth $1,200 to take online courses this summer

June 2021 Update: While NeON Summer was a 2020 initiative, you can find out more NeON programs‚ÄĒincluding both free and paid opportunities‚ÄĒat the official NeON Site. You can also check out a digital magazine put together by last year's participants here! This summer, the¬†Big Apple¬†will pay young New Yorkers to learn online. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced NeON Summer, a new¬†initiative that will¬†enroll 2,700 youth in six weeks of online instruction that will help build skills, focus career goals ad express creativity. Participating New Yorkers will receive a¬†stipend, and could earn up to $1,200. Only certain New Yorkers are eligible. NeON Summer is open to young people¬†ages 14-24 who live in the seven¬†Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) communities¬†of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, Harlem, Jamaica, North Staten Island and the South Bronx; who live in the¬†27 hardest-hit COVID-19 communities; or who live anywhere in New York City¬†and are on probation. The program helps offset the¬†lack of opportunity¬†available to some young New Yorkers. Applications from those living in¬†NeON communities¬†and the¬†hardest-hit COVID-19 communities¬†are due June 15. The online programs will be run by community-based¬†organizations that¬†specialize in mentorship, cultural, arts programming, mental health and wellness services. According to the city, NeON Summer is¬†"designed to strengthen social, civic, and leadership abilities."¬† NeON Summer¬†will help fill the gap left by the

Here's when and how to use Culture Pass for free access to NYC's best attractions

Here's when and how to use Culture Pass for free access to NYC's best attractions

Update: Culture Pass will resume free admission to these 25 NYC attractions beginning Nov 1.¬† Why use Culture Pass? It's like having a free membership to New York City. The lineup includes everything from the Intrepid, to the recently-expanded MoMA, to the New York Botanical Garden, to the New York Transit Museum to other amazing family attractions. Not only will you find international headliners such as the Museum of Natural History and the Met, you‚Äôll see local gems such as the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning and the Wyckoff House Museum.¬†¬† Many of the best kids museums in NYC participate, including the Brooklyn Children‚Äôs Museum, the Children‚Äôs Museum of Manhattan, the Children‚Äôs Museum of the Arts and the¬†Sugar Hill Children‚Äôs Museum of Art & Storytelling. Others have great family programs, including the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society, Wave Hill and the Whitney Museum of American Art. (You'll find a full list below.) If you haven‚Äôt used Culture Pass: Don‚Äôt worry‚ÄĒit‚Äôs easy to register and take advantage of the fun things to do with kids in NYC. All you need is a valid library card from the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library or Queens Public Library with an active PIN and to be 13 or older. That‚Äôs it. No library card? No sweat: Go online or visit any branch, and you can get one for free in a couple of minutes. Now you‚Äôre ready to take advantage of one of the major perks of

NYC to provide free daycare for children ages 3 and up

NYC to provide free daycare for children ages 3 and up

Update:¬†"Additional programs are opening every week across the City to provide supervised¬†learning¬†and enrichment activities for young people who can‚Äôt be at home or in school. We will continue adding seats on a rolling basis throughout the fall, eventually reaching 100,000 young people by December,‚Ä̬† Mark Zustovich, spokesman, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) said.¬†As of the week of Oct 12,¬†18,515 students on the roster for all Learning Bridges programming, including early childhood and K-8. Seats are being added every week, and the NYC DOE expects to serve¬†100,000 children by December. You can learn more¬†online.¬† Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYC will provide free daycare¬†to 100,000 students¬†in the fall.¬† The no-cost childcare is a part of the city's plan to reopen public schools in September. Because NYC school buildings will¬†reopen with reduced capacity, classes will follow a "blended learning" model¬†with a mixture of in-person and remote learning. Students will be in¬†classrooms 2-3 days per week, and stay at home 2-3 days per week‚ÄĒif NYC meets the¬†benchmarks set by Governor Andrew Cuomo.¬† The free daycare¬†is designed¬†to help households fill the gaps left by blended learning. According to a statement issued by the Mayor's office, "the City's childcare options will provide relief for families who cannot stay home or find alternate care for their children on days they are not in school buildings." Students in 3K-8th grade enrolled in the progra

How to talk about race, justice and equality with your children

How to talk about race, justice and equality with your children

How do you talk about racial unrest, protests and news reports with your children?¬†¬† We're here to help you navigate these sensitive subjects. Whether¬†you already brought up these topics in a family meeting or you decided that now is the time to address these issues,¬†we found books, essays, videos and websites¬†that can lead you through discussions that¬†are careful, thoughtful and age-appropriate. Books and essays ‚Äʬ†Books about race that celebrate diversity There are many fantastic children's books that will help your kids address these issues as they arise. They include¬†AntiRacist Baby, a forthcoming board book for kids 3 and under;¬†Hands Up!, a joyful picture book for ages 4‚Äď8 and¬†New Kid, a Newbery-winning graphic novel for ages 8‚Äď12, among others. Some of these books can be downloaded for free on SimplyE, the e-reader from the New York Public Library. ‚ÄĘ "Talking to Kids About George Floyd" This short essay from the nonprofit Child Mind Institute is essential reading. It suggests we don't avoid the subject, be calm and factual, listen to¬†our kids and let them ask questions‚ÄĒand¬†be honest when¬†we don't know the answer. ¬† ‚Äʬ†Helping Children Cope with Crisis¬† This activity book¬†from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development can be downloaded for free.¬† ‚Äʬ†The Conscious Kid ¬†This book subscription service is for¬†kids ages 3 and under, and readers ages 4‚Äď8. It¬†highlights works from underrepresented groups.¬† Online Resources ‚Äʬ†Embrace Race Dedicated to rai

Here are the reopening plans for the best kids' museums in NYC

Here are the reopening plans for the best kids' museums in NYC

New York City continues to reopen, but it's not always clear what families can and cannot do. Parents and kids can go to a playground and spend time running around at one of the 50 best in NYC. Families can eat outside and enjoy a meal at one of our favorite outdoor restaurants. But as for a visit to one of the best kids' museums in NYC, that's more complicated.  While some locations have announced opening plans, others will remain closed for the immediate future. Here is our guide to the reopening plans of kids' museums in NYC. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.  American Museum of Natural History Members will be able to visit beginning Sept 2 and the general public will be able to visit beginning Sept 9. Learn more about its opening and new safety features. Brooklyn Children's Museum  BCM will reopen on Oct 10. Advanced registration is recommended, as only a limited number of tickets will be sold at the front desk. Learn more on brooklynkids.org.   Photograph: Courtesy Wendy Connett   Children's Museum of the Arts CMANY won't reopen its doors in 2021. Learn more about its virtual programming online.  Children's Museum of Manhattan CMOM is reopening for members on Oct 1 and to the general public on Oct 16. Timed tickets are required. Learn more online. Jewish Children's Museum JCM will reopen on Aug 24 with limited capacity. Advanced registration is required.  Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum The Intrepid will reopen Sept 25 at limited capacity. Advanced regi

NYC officials push for a delayed start to the 2020‚Äď2021 school year

NYC officials push for a delayed start to the 2020‚Äď2021 school year

Will schools¬†open in September?¬† This simple question has become one of the most contested issues in NYC this summer. Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio released plans for schools¬†to reopen as scheduled on¬†Sept 10 with blended learning, a mix of remote and in-person¬†instruction. Governor Andrew Cuomo responded with an¬†update on the academic year¬†by¬†outlining¬†the state's "data-driven guidance for reopening schools." Now, some NYC officials are considering¬†a delayed start to the new year.¬† Public Advocate¬†Jumaane Williams¬†just proposed that schools¬†push back¬†opening until October for elementary¬†school, and January for middle and high school. He¬†addresses issues that¬†currently remain uncertain, including:¬†¬† ‚Äʬ†Setting a budget to make possible any necessary infrastructure changes ‚Äʬ†Conducting a childcare survey to¬†gauge needs ‚ÄĘ Engaging a reopening task force driven by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ¬† By¬†framing school reopening a health issue, rather than¬†primarily an¬†economic or political issue, Williams echoes¬†City Council member and Education Chair Mark Treyger, who tweeted that the "school year should begin later in the fall to allow for DOE & schools to fully plan and program a safe reopening." THREAD: Here‚Äôs the 411 on my School Reopening Plan: - School year should begin later in the fall to allow for DOE & schools to fully plan and program a safe reopening- Prioritize access to in-person instruction for younger students, students w

The GIANT Room reveals its reopening plans and a new installation

The GIANT Room reveals its reopening plans and a new installation

Good news for families with STEAM-minded kids: The GIANT Room, the maker space and gallery in Chelsea, will reopen in August. When the innovation hub opened last year, it¬†was an immediate hit with creative thinkers¬†ages 3‚Äď12 excited to work with 3-D printers, painting spaces, laser cutters and other innovative tools that engage curious minds. We can attest that¬†visiting¬†the GIANT Room¬†is one of the best things to do with kids in NYC‚ÄĒit's up there with treating everybody to a cone of the best soft-serve¬†spots in the city. The¬†GIANT Room¬†will reopen¬†on¬†Thursday, August 6¬†with¬†"Futurescaping," an installation by artist Lexy Ho-Tai¬†that features a¬†utopian world called "Kookerville" made from found and recycled materials.¬†The¬†virtual gallery opening¬†will include a puppet-making workshop and will take place online via Zoom. (RSVP here to attend the free event.) ¬† Photograph: Courtesy GIANT Room ¬† Visitors can stop by the GIANT Room on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am‚Äď4pm to see the installation, pick up¬†free activities and purchase¬†STEAM kits designed by the staff.¬†More free online workshops will take place in the coming weeks. In addition, families or pods can book a private session and have the entire GIANT Room to themselves. Two-hour private sessions are held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and cost $500 for up to six children and two adults. You'll get to use all of the GIANT Room's tools and maker spaces, and the team will structure activities¬†and workshops based on your int

Need last-minute camp plans? These programs are here to help!

Need last-minute camp plans? These programs are here to help!

NYC might be¬†reopening, but many families are still left¬†wondering what they can and cannot do¬†with their children. Even though we're¬†deep into the season, parents are asking¬†"Is summer camp canceled?"¬† Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that day camps and child care can reopen¬†under strict new guidelines. While some camps have reopened with¬†those limitations in mind, others opted for a virtual experience that will let your little one enjoy learning with other kids (and goofing off over Zoom!) while staying¬†safe at home. We tracked programs from our 2020 camp issue and other popular offerings that NYC families love, and complied their latest¬†lineups here, including schedules¬†and pricing. Summer isn't over yet! There's still plenty of time for (virtual) camp fun. Read on for¬†more info¬†and check back frequently, as we'll be updating this page¬†regularly.¬† 92Y 92 Y Virtual Camp Live is open to ages 5‚Äď13 and runs until¬† August 21 with full and half days available. Activities run the gamut from Zumba and cooking to STEM and filmmaking. One week is $250, one week half-days are $175 and drop-ins are $40. Register online.¬† American Museum of Natural History Online Camp The¬†virtual¬†summer camp from the AMNH uses online learning to spark thought-provoking hands-on investigations, and includes guided virtual tours of Museum exhibits. The camps are divided into grades 2-3,¬†4-6 and 6-9.¬†Camps for¬†grades 2-3 include Key to the Kingdoms of Life and Planetary Power, while grades 4-6 can¬†get geo

Meet Pasta Louise: Your new favorite family-friendly restaurant in NYC

Meet Pasta Louise: Your new favorite family-friendly restaurant in NYC

UPDATE: After a hectic spring, Pasta Louise will open on July 27, offering limited take-out dishes¬†before graduating to full meals in a few weeks when restrictions lift.¬† View this post on Instagram ūüéČūüéČJULY 27ūüéČūüéČ . . A little over a week! We‚Äôll be starting out with coffee, ice cream, egg sandwiches, banana bread, beer and wine... and moving toward full on meals in the next couple of weeks! I‚Äôll be posting every day til opening, introducing you to our amazing staff and giving you a peak at our products! A post shared by Pasta Louise | BKLYN (@pastalouise) on Jul 18, 2020 at 1:40pm PDT ¬† If the stars align‚ÄĒand the contractors keep¬†to their schedules‚ÄĒAllison Arevalo will open Pasta Louise¬†in Park Slope (803 8th Ave) in late May. Arevalo is a prophet of pasta, the chef and author behind Homeroom, a mac-and-cheese restaurant in Oakland, CA, and Pasta Friday, a weekly meal that became a¬†community-building event‚ÄĒand a cookbook!¬†As Sophia Loren once said, "Everything¬†you see I¬†owe¬†to¬†spaghetti.‚ÄĚ When¬†Arevalo moved back to New York with her family,¬†she decided to open the kind of family-friendly where she would want to go: A fun restaurant¬†that lets kids be kids, and that lets adults eat and drink like adults. Pasta Louise will¬†give back to Brooklyn with¬†the Pasta Rose Scholarship, which will be awarded¬†to college-bound high school students who¬†have lost a parent to cancer. What more could you want from great¬†family restaurants¬†in NYC?¬† Photograph: Courtesy Sara

Books, books, hooray! The Strand is coming to the UWS with a new kids' section

Books, books, hooray! The Strand is coming to the UWS with a new kids' section

UPDATE: The Strand's UWS location will open at 11am on Wednesday, July 15. The store will be open Tuesday‚ÄďSunday from 11am‚Äď6pm. Learn more on the bookstore's website.¬† The reports of print's death have been greatly exaggerated: The Strand Bookstore, the legendary literary emporium, will open a second location on the Upper West Side at 450 Columbus Ave by the end of March 2020. The Strand is taking over the space formerly occupied by Book Culture,¬†which will continue to operate three locations in New York. The 12-year lease begins next week.¬†The Strand will start renovating the store immediately, and the signature apple-red awning should be up before too long. Photograph: Courtesy the Strand Bookstore Take note that this¬†is going to be a mini-Strand, with a main floor clocking in at 3500 square-feet‚ÄĒthis will be fairly intimate, with the scale and the character of a neighborhood bookstore. Good news for families: There will be a children's section, with weekend storytime just like at the flagship Strand close to Union Square, which is one of the best storytime for kids locations in New York City. Times for the new locale have yet to be revealed.¬† So, get ready to¬†welcome the Strand when it opens. Browse our newly updated list of the¬†101 best books for kids of all ages, and make a list of the books you want to¬†get for¬†your kids, and to give away‚ÄĒbooks make for perfect birthday presents! The timing couldn't be better.¬†When April showers come¬†to town,¬†this new location of the S

Here's what day camps and child care facilities will look like when they reopen

Here's what day camps and child care facilities will look like when they reopen

UPDATE: Mayor Bill de Blasio that day camps and child care centers in NYC can reopen on Monday, July 13. All day camps and child care programs must adhere to the¬†state guidelines outlined below.¬† Big news for families in New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that child care and day camps may reopen provided that they follow a strict set of guidelines. It's just the latest¬†major announcement from Albany that¬†will shape¬†what families in NYC can and cannot do right now. In recent days, Governor Cuomo issued a statement that allows playgrounds to reopen,¬†but¬†made the decision that¬†sleepaway camp must remain closed. In other words: Your¬†children are allowed to¬†spend¬†time outside and¬†play with other kids,¬†but they must be placed in small groups that don't change every day, and they must¬†follow¬†social distance rules. The rules issued by New York State for day camp and child care facilities include: ‚ÄĘ Staff¬†must wear a face mask at all times when with children; masks should be provided by the employer at no cost ‚ÄĘ Hand sanitizer must be available in all common areas ‚ÄĘ Staff and children¬†groups will be stable, and ideally¬†stay the same whenever and wherever possible ‚ÄĘ Group size must be limited to no more than 10 children; different groups of children¬†should have no contact or minimal contact with one another or¬†use¬†spaces at the same time ‚ÄĘ Physical activities¬†should have little or no physical contact, such as¬†hiking and running ‚ÄĘ Field trips are discouraged, as are any activitie

The New York Public Library reveals ‚Äú125 Kids Books We Love‚ÄĚ

The New York Public Library reveals ‚Äú125 Kids Books We Love‚ÄĚ

Update from the NYPL:¬†As part of New York City‚Äôs reopening, The New York Public Library is beginning the careful,¬†phased process of returning¬†limited service to its physical locations. Starting on Monday, July 13, we will begin by offering grab-and-go service at eight library locations. At each of these locations, patrons will be able to access a limited area for returns and to pick up materials that they‚Äôve reserved. Patrons can start placing holds on physical materials via¬†our online catalog¬†starting on Monday, July 6 in advance of the reopening, or via phone starting July 13. The New York Public Library turns 125 on Saturday, and it‚Äôs celebrating the big 1-2-5 by giving a gift to the children of New York by releasing a list titled ‚Äú125 Kids Books We Love.‚Ä̬† The list was put together by expert librarians, and only includes books for readers ages 12 and under published after May 23, 1895‚ÄĒthe day of the library system‚Äôs incorporation. Most of the titles on the list can be borrowed online using SimplyE, the free e-reader from the NYPL‚ÄĒthe libraries might be closed for now, but your little reader can access each and every one of these amazing books from home. ‚Äú125 Kids Books We Love‚ÄĚ isn‚Äôt a best-of list (we took care of that for you with the 101 best books for kids of all ages), and it isn‚Äôt a rundown of the library‚Äôs most popular books (the NYPL already¬†revealed the top checkouts of all time).¬†Instead, the ‚Äú125 Kids Books We Love‚ÄĚ is a giant bear hug of a list that helps you

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