How To...Entertain The Tots in NY
In Gotham with the tots in tow? Before you speed-dial the hotel nanny service, direct your peepers to LUXE’s suggestions for a fun day of family frolics that’ll please tikes, teens and big kids alike.
Firstly, food. Rather than reaching for the default Happy Meal, try Americana-rama Bubby’s for blueberry pancakes that’ll please even the fussiest of cherubs (plus a nice, tall Bloody Mary for you). Or blazing BBQ stalwart Blue Smoke offers a dedicated kiddie selection, including grilled cheese, baby back ribs and fountain soda.
Fuelled, but hopefully not too sugar-hyped, it’s time to find some tiny threads. Parisian ballet shoe maker Repetto has been fitting pretty pink slippers onto the tootsies of petites since 1947 – budding Prima-rinas should stop by their Broadway outpost for dancing shoes, tutus and tards. Then it’s on to the fantastical Magic Windows for divine vintage-style designs including cornflower blue pinstripe PJs and pink plaid skirts. Or, if your minis are less retro and more runway-ready, head to fun-size fashionista fave Little Marc Jacobs, before pushing on to Norman & Jules, carrying everything a young-un could wish for, from handcrafted toys to games, books and furniture.
If you sense a shopping-induced tantrum coming on, it may be wise to now ditch the stores for the streets and some site-seeing. Skip the Empire State’s long lines and tourist hordes in favour of Top of the Rock, where you’ll find ample space and a glass-walled panoramas to knock those wee socks off. Or, the more sporting might prefer to catch a ball game or take a grounds tour of the iconic Yankee Stadium.
If a little education is in order, cram some knowledge into those craniums at the fun and ever-popular Museum of Natural History – if they’re still not completely frazzled (seriously, how many cokes did they imbibe at lunch?!), disappear into the nearby greenery for bicycle and row-boat larks in Central Park. Or if they’re over that dinosaur phase, pack them off to the Tenement Museum, a sobering and fascinating recreation of how fresh-off-boat immigrant families would have lived in Manhattan. Finish with a scenic evening stroll along rail line turned green stretch, The High Line.
Now, drag those zonked-out bambini back to your suite for a guaranteed whine-free bedtime. Hallelujah!
Bubby’s / 120 Hudson St / Tribeca / +1 212 219 0666 / lunch daily, dinner Sun-Wed / bubbys.com
Blue Smoke / 116 E 27th St / Flatiron / +1 212 447 7733 / lunch & dinner daily / bluesmoke.com
Repetto / 400 W Broadway / South Village / +1 917 999 0501 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / repetto.com
Magic Windows / 1186 Madison Ave / Upper East Side / +1 212 289 0028 / 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun
Little Marc Jacobs / 298 W 4th St / Greenwich Village / +1 212 206 6644 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / marcjacobs.com
Norman & Jules / 158 7th Ave / Brooklyn / +1 347 987 3323 / 9am-7pm daily / normanandjules.com
Top of the Rock / Rockefeller Center / 30 Rockefeller Plaza / Midtown / +1 212 698 2000 / 8am-midnight daily / topoftherocknyc.com
Yankee Stadium / 1 E 161st St / Bronx / +1 718 293 4300 / mlb.com
American Museum of Natural History / Central Park W & 79th St / Upper West Side / +1 212 769 5100 / 10am- 5.45pm daily / amnh.org
Central Park / 6am-1am daily / centralparknyc.org
Tenement Museum / 103 Orchard St / Lower East Side / +1 877 975 3786 / 10am-6.30pm Fri-Wed, until 8.30pm Thu / tenement.org
The High Line / Chelsea / 7am-11pm daily (Jun 1-Sep 30) / +1 212 206 9922 / thehighline.org
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