7 Fun Family-Friendly Experiences in NYC

7 Fun Family-Friendly Experiences in NYC

Make yummy ice cream in just minutes right at your table! (Courtesy CoolMess)

For those traveling to NYC with little ones, as well as locals looking for something family-friendly to do, here are some suggestions that are fun for everyone!

CoolMess (Upper East Side): Eating ice cream is always fun—but how about making it yourself? Pick a chocolate or vanilla base (both organic, gluten-free, egg-free and nut-free) and mix-ins (two dozen to choose from!), load them into the provided machine on your table and in mere minutes there will be custom ice cream made just for you. There are recipes for guidance, as well as a menu of sundaes, milkshakes and gelato flavors.

Pip’s Island (Chelsea): This live interactive adventure at Skylight Modern takes explorers on a whimsical journey to save the magical inhabitants of the island from danger. An immersive play experience, participants will gain skills and earn Spark badges, empowering kids to solve problems and make positive change as they help complete their mission. Recommended for children ages 4-10, though older children are welcome, and guardians must accompany kids during their adventure. Click here for more information and tickets. (Through January 8, 2017 only!)

Milk & Cookies Kids Spa and Salon (Upper East Side): Relaxing and getting pampered at a place where there are dessert-inspired spa treatments sounds amazing right about now. With services like haircuts, washes, up-dos, manicures, pedicures and facials, kids of all genders will enjoy being the center of attention. Parents can join in on the fun too, as there are “Mommy & Me” and “Daddy & Me” packages that also include a “create your own” bubble bath, scrub or body lotion. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also book appointments in advance here.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park): This cottage came to Central Park in 1877 after being built in Sweden two years prior. Though it has housed many things (tools, books, the Civil Defense headquarters during World War II), it became home to the Marionette Theatre in 1947 where marionette productions have been delighting children and their classmates and families. Presently, “The Three Bears Holiday Bash” is taking center stage. This hit show combines music, puppetry and tales from a trio of holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa). Click here for more information and tickets. (Through December 30, 2016.)

Voilà Chocolat (Upper West Side): The only thing better than eating chocolate is eating chocolate that you helped make. At Voilà Chocolat, you can design Voilàllipops, chocolate-dipped treats, chocolate bars, chocolate bark and more. Choose your flavor of chocolate (white, milk or dark) and other fun flavors and toppings to create personalized sweets. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can reserve your chocolate-making time in advance for up to 10 people by clicking here.  

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (Upper West Side): Learning, playing and growing together are the pillars of this museum’s philosophy. Exhibits and programs are rooted in the importance of healthy lifestyles, the arts and communication, as well as the promotion of understanding world cultures. Little ones will be engaged with the sights and hands-on aspects of the museum’s offerings, giving them an educational experience that’s equally fun. Click here for information about hours and admissions.

Kellogg’s NYC (Times Square): While cereal is traditionally considered a breakfast food, it can really be enjoyed any time of day—especially in milkshake, sundae or parfait form. Yes, you can also get a bowl of cereal with milk (whole, skim, soy or almond), but you don’t have to. At Kellogg’s NYC, you can choose a creation from a curated menu of paired cereal and toppings, or “raid the pantry” and choose your own mix of five from cereals, fruit, nuts & seeds, “kid at heart boosts” (jams, sprinkles, sauces) and “big kid boosts” (spices, honey, powders and more).

At Kellogg's NYC, bowls of cereal can be as adventurous as you and your kiddos! (Courtesy Kellogg's NYC)

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