Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

Snoopy and Belle in Fashion are Back in NYC!
Who doesn’t love Snoopy? The fashion industry certainly does! Snoopy & Belle in Fashion – a traveling art exhibit of the well dressed beagles – premiered at New York Fashion Week in September of 2014. Since then, it has been enchanting international audiences in NYC, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Mexico... Read more
Free PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens – Purchase, NY
PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens/ The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens I was pleasantly surprised to find out PepsiCo has a world-class sculpture garden at their corporate headquarters in Purchase, NY that’s completely free to the public! They just reopened their grounds April 1st, 2017. Formally the name of this incredible gem of... Read more
Macy’s Santaland, Lessons Learned – Skip the Line with App
This is a re-post of our visit to see Santa at  Macy’slast year. It started out as a tradition after doing it three years in a row, although it may be replaced by visiting Santa at Six Flags, Holiday in the Park now. Macy’s is such a NYC classic,... Read more
Annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon NYC
This is an annual event in my neighborhood and we tend to join in on the fun every year – and we did this past weekend. This Medieval festival a free fair sponsored by the City of New York Parks and Recreation and the Washington Heights and Inwood Development... Read more
Walkway Over The Hudson – Best Views in Hudson Valley, bring Fido
If you’re looking for a fun day trip to get out of NYC, Poughkeepsie, NY in the Mid-Hudson Valley should go to the top of the list! This adorable little town has a huge attraction, The Walkway Over the Hudson. This 1.28 mile bridge is dedicated specifically to walkers,... Read more
Constitution Marsh – perfect day trip hike with kids
One of my favorite places to hike with my family is in the sweet little town of Garrison, NY, about an hour north of Manhattan (even accessible by public transportation + short taxi ride). Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary is a 270-acre tidal wetland along the Hudson River.... Read more
High Bridge Pedestrian Bridge – Best Scooter Riding Bridge in NYC
The oldest bridge in NYC is not the classic Brooklyn Bridge but a hidden relic uptown, High Bridge and it’s perfect for scooter riding. This is a pedestrian bridge which crosses the Harlem river, connecting Manhattan to the Bronx. The original version of this bridge was constructed in 1848... Read more
Brooklyn Children’s Museum – An Educational Treasure
I finally made the trip to Brooklyn Children’s Museum this past weekend and am already planning a return trip. This unique indoor play space brings to life an enjoyable balance of educational yet playful experiences. I didn’t expect such a huge range of subject matter. I also didn’t expect... Read more
Disney World Free Under 3 – Tubing Fresh Water Springs
Going to Disney as a family is kind of like an American’s birthright. Fortunately we’ve checked this off our list…I say that now but I know we’ll be back. We decided to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida when my daughter was two years and 11 months old…because it’s... Read more
Wave Hill – Best Gardens in NYC
It’s been several months since I last visited my favorite spot in NYC, Wave Hill. This slice of bliss is located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, about 10 minutes north of Manhattan. I always drive but you can take public transit as well. Wave Hill is an... Read more
Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular
Last night we visited Turtle Back Zoo for their annual holiday lights spectacular. We enjoyed it so much it’s definitely one my family’s top picks for holiday fun with young kids this year. When we arrived we were greeted by costumed Frosty, Rudolph and a Turtle. As we entered... Read more
Nova, Gingerbread Blvd and LEGO
Yesterday we bundled up in our heavy winter coats and did a little family exploring in the Flatiron area of NYC. We started at the kaleidoscope-like free public art installation, Nova, by SOFTlab. It’s located across the street from the famous flatiron building, on the corner of 23rd Street... Read more
Target Wonderland, Chelsea
We visited Target Wonderland yesterday in Chelsea, NYC. It’s a pop up store at 15th street and 10th avenue, but it’s not like any store I’ve experienced. It’s more like Willy Wonka’s version of Target. It’s smartly designed, clean and impressive with lots of different stations for kids as... Read more
Best Christmas Lights in NYC
One of my favorite holiday traditions since having a family is driving around looking at Christmas lights. We’ve done this the last three years and have seen some outrageous, wacky and flat out bizarre displays. Dyker Heights – Brooklyn Last night we visited Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, and this is... Read more
Ice Skating in Bryant Park (Winter Village), Grand Central
My four year old is such an early riser we managed to pack in Ice Skating, holiday shopping, a walk through Grand Central and a ride on a carousel all by 1:00 on Saturday. It was a fun morning. I’m glad we got the exercise in early because it... Read more
Canstruction, Battery Park City and Pier 25
Yesterday we spent the day exploring an art exhibit, feeding ducks, spinning around in a playground, strolling through a sculpture park and climbing a jungle gym as tall as a skyscraper all within a one mile radius in the Battery Park City neighborhood of NYC. It happened to be... Read more
Hunter Island, Bronx – Pelham Bay Park
Yesterday afternoon we crossed the bridge into the Bronx to run an errand and decided to find an adventure while over there. I did a little hunting online and picked a hike out near Orchard Beach, a beach I’ve vowed to never visit again after a piece of fried... Read more
Cooper Hewitt Design Museum – Target Family Design Festival
A friend of ours told us about a free family art event at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, sponsored by Target Stores’ Community Programs. So Monte and Brooklyn headed down Sunday to check it out. Monte described Cooper Hewitt as a crafting wonderland. The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden was... Read more
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park
One of my favorite things about having guests visit from out of town is seeing NYC through their eyes.  The past few days I’ve had friends staying with us from down south. I often hear ‘How do you raise kids in NYC?’  I’ve happily been raising my daughter who... Read more
Van Saun Park, Bergen Zoo
Brooklyn and I typically head to NJ to run errands after her gymnastics class on Tuesdays. But yesterday our errand run turned into much more. We decided to visit Van Saun County Park. Van Saun is a sweet little park in Bergen, NJ, just 20  minutes from NYC. We’ve... Read more
Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Bronx Equestrian Center
It’s day five flying solo with my wild 4 year old daughter, Brooklyn while her dad is away on business. She woke me this morning with her mouth touching my eye asking where we were going today. I was so tired and stiff because I shared my bed with... Read more
Wave Hill, Family Art Project
Two weeks ago I discovered Wave Hill, an exquisite botanical park in the Bronx I can’t get off my mind, so I visited it again today. Admission is free on Saturdays 9-12. And it has a free art program for families on weekends called Family Art Project. I don’t... Read more
Seaglass Carousel, Staten Island Ferry
I’ve lived in NYC for 18 years and hate crowds and traffic. Sounds like a terrible fit but somehow I’m still enamored with the city. Even the classics. Today my daughter and I packed our backpacks for the day and took the subway to the end of Manhattan to... Read more
Central Park

Central Park

NYC with kids September 2, 2015 0

Today I realized summer is almost over. And it’s my last full week with my daughter before her morning pre-school and organized activities start up. We tackled today like we had a bucket list and we conquered Central Park. After living in NYC 18 years I can finally say... Read more
New York  Aquarium, Coney Island
Every New Year’s day my family heads to Coney Island for the Polar Bear Plunge. I never get in, but my boyfriend does, and I love catching a buzz off the fun energy. The rest of the year I try to avoid it. However I asked one of my... Read more
Constitution Marsh Sanctuary, Indian Brook Falls
I always perk up when someone starts by saying ‘have you ever been to…’ A friend of mine recently told me about a short hike with both a marsh and waterfall and I’ve been waiting for the right time to go. Today was the day. Constitution Marsh Sanctuary and... Read more