Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

NYC Staycation for Memorial Day – Adventures Your Family Will Love
Coney Island It’s a little cold for the beach, but it’s perfect timing for the boardwalk entertainment! Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is a family-owned amusement park situated right along the boardwalk in Coney Island, next to Nathan’s. It features 16 kiddie rides, about a dozen family rides and... Read more
Polar Bear Plunge with Kids, Coney Island – New Year’s Day 2017
My family goes to Coney Island every year on New Year’s Day as a tradition.  We cheer on my boyfriend as he does the polar bear plunge with thousands of other wacky NYers, starting their year with a fresh splash of water by jumping into the frigid Atlantic Ocean.... Read more
Gingerbread Lane and Gingerbread House Workshop – NY Hall Of Science
We love New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and have a unique experience with each visit. This year we made our annual visit to see Gingerbread lane, which we enjoy every year but we also took a gingerbread making workshop which the kids loved. We started our visit at... 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
Hip Hop Nutcracker – Palace Theatre NYC
This was such a fun family experience for my boyfriend and our 5 year old daughter. I used to dance classical ballet and performed in the Nutcracker countless times…and as much as I hate to admit it…I think it’s boring. Well, welcome Hip Hop Nutcracker! There’s nothing boring about... Read more
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights – Best Lights in NYC
We love the tradition in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn of residents decorating their houses, from roof to ground in festive holiday lights every year. These aren’t your run of the mill Costco Christmas decorations – professional services dress these houses like they’re ready for the Oscars, and the crowds show... Read more
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – from the comfort of our friend’s apartment!
After living in NYC for 20 years I FINALLY saw the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person! I was lucky to receive an invite from some friends to view it from their 29th floor apartment, an offer I couldn’t refuse. The views were fantastic, we were warm, had bathrooms... Read more
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
It’s that time of year again! Dates this year are: November 19, 2016–January 16, 2017 Here’s our experience of this fantastic show from last year: After hearing about this train show for years, I finally made it. It was so far beyond my expectations I am smiling as I... Read more
Pip’s Island – Incredible Experiential Children’s Theater
If you enjoyed the play Sleep No More, the immersion theatre that allowed you to wander through 5 floors of detailed scenes and follow a story line, there’s now an immersion show for kids!  We recently brought our 5 year old daughter to see Pip’s Island, it’s the most... Read more
5 Favorite Halloween Activities – Weekend Fun!
Here are some of our favorites: Bronx Zoo – Boo at the Zoo 2. Coney Island’s spooktacular at Luna park – here’s our review of Deno’s right next door: 3. Barton’s Orchard 4. Six  Flags Fright Fest 5. White Post Farms Fall Festival Save Save Save Save Save Save... Read more
Boo at the Zoo – Bronx Zoo Halloween Fun
Boo at the Zoo is back and we were sure to go early in the season…so we can try to go again if we have time 🙂 This is a really adorable event for children held at the Bronx Zoo – one that takes the creepy out of Halloween... Read more
Coney Island – Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park in the Fall
Coney Island isn’t just for summers! We made a visit the first weekend of Fall and had an awesome time hanging on the boardwalk and riding every ride in the kiddie section of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park with my family and friends! Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is... 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
Best Restaurants with Kids in NYC
I’m hardly a foodie and my active 5 year old and I tend to eat on the go, or pack food from home when we’re out. But I’m regularly asked about good NYC family restaurants. I teamed up with Fork and Bib and shared our favorite local restaurant on... Read more
The High Line – Best Place To See Free Public Art
It took me a while to admit I love the High Line. It’s a tourist destination that’s a public park built on a elevated freight line on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues all the way down to Gansevoort Street in... Read more
Rockaway Beach Day – Hurricane Sandy Remains – Public Art
The Rockaways has been a popular summer retreat since the 1830s. This beach resort town, especially Breezy Point  located on the western end of the Rockaways, was hit really hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Most Breezy Point homes were damaged or destroyed by high water and fire –130... Read more
Washington Square Park –  Best Fountain for Splashing
Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village is one of my favorite parks in NYC and also made our best playgrounds list. Yesterday we had a guest in town and wanted to do something very NYC, but we were in the middle of a heatwave so being... Read more
Sword Class NYC – Lightsaber Fitness for Kids
Brooklyn, my 4 year old with a sword…not such a good idea. Brooklyn practicing lightsaber fitness…bullseye! We were recently invited to attend a class at Sword Class NYC called Lightsaber Fitness for Kids. It’s designed for youth ages 5-12. She and her buddy, Pax, were pretty thrilled to learn... Read more
Best Views of the World’s Busiest Bridge Plus Some History Lessons – Fort Lee Historic Park
For the best views of the world’s busiest bridge, George Washington Bridge, head over to  Fort Lee Historic Park. This 33-acre park sits atop a cliff with scenic overlooks of the Hudson Palisades, George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River and Manhattan. We originally came for the views but we... Read more
Rye Playland – a Relic of America’s Premier Playground
What drew me to Rye Playland was it’s location, a nearby amusement park and beach from NYC. What I left with was a desire to learn more about the history of this relic and pride that the community invested in Landmarking this important piece of our history. We, myself,... Read more
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center – a Forest and Babbling Brook Minutes from NYC
After reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv I’ve been on more of a nature kick than normal. Growing up I basically lived outside. Now raising a little girl in NYC it seems this would be a challenge. It’s actually not, we spend most of our days... Read more
Meadowlands State Fair – Biggest Carnival near NYC and AWESOME!
I’ve been visiting Meadowlands Fair for over 18 years now, it has grown and gotten better than ever. This year I brought my four year old for the first time. The fireworks finale sealed the deal and we’ll be making this an annual tradition. State Fair Meadowlands (formerly called... Read more
Bronx Zoo with kids – how to tackle the largest zoo in the U.S.
We love visiting the Bronx Zoo. It happens to be a short drive from our apartment in upper Manhattan and we have a family membership so visit often. The truth is, if you don’t have a car or membership it’s a pain to get to and quite expensive. With... Read more
Field Station Dinosaurs – Be an  Archaeologist for a Day
Field Station: Dinosaurs is like the base camp from Jurassic Park. The ‘wow’ factor for the four and five year olds I brought couldn’t be any higher. They got to play paleontologist for the day, excavate fossils from a sand pit, sort through artifacts and eat ice cream 🙂... Read more
Madame Tussauds – Easiest place to hang with celebrities
Madame Tussauds is the ultimate place to snap selfies in NYC. This five story gallery-like museum is filled with wax figures ranging from celebrities to historical figures.  The best part about this place is you’re allowed to touch and interact with the wax figures. They’re not behind a velvet... Read more
Clipper City – Sailing the Hudson River
It sounded like a good idea, turned out to be a FANTASTIC one! My boyfriend and I brought our four year old daughter and her four year old little buddy on the Clipper City Sail Boat to celebrate the beautiful weather, and well, just to try something different. This... Read more
SeaGlass Carousel – closest thing to riding a fish underwater
My boyfriend and I took two happy four year olds down to battery park this week to do some exploring, and number one on the list was the SeaGlass Carousel! My daughter and I rode this once last year and it really impressed me so I was looking forward... Read more
Big Apple Circus – a remarkable nonprofit organization
My family and friends just had a special night enjoying the Big Apple Circus in Cunningham Park, Queens,NY. It wasn’t until mid show that we realized it’s a nonprofit circus serving over 300,000 under the big top each year and 250,000 other spectators through their various community programs. Pretty... Read more
Voilà Chocolat – make and decorate your own gourmet chocolate!
I recently had visitors in town and we took NYC by storm, hitting all the major tourist attractions and the best NYC has to offer. What stood out amongst all the fun was the morning we spent at Voilà Chocolat. This adorable little chocolate atelier has a range of... Read more
Central Park – Row Boat Rentals
I LOVE renting row boats in Central Park. It’s already my third time doing it this summer and it’s only June 3rd! This past weekend we rented a boat with guests in town. Since only 4 people can fit in a boat, I opted to stay out and video... Read more
Victorian Gardens – Central Park’s Carnival
Victorian Gardens in Central Park feels like a scene out of the movie Mary Poppins! This perfectly manicured miniature carnival is an annual pop up that takes over Wollman rink every summer. We visited this charming amusement park over Memorial Day weekend, and to our surprise it wasn’t very... Read more
The Beast – speedboat through the Hudson River and to the Statue of Liberty
I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years and one of my favorite things to do with visitors is take them on The Beast. This speedboat races through the NYC harbor at 45 miles per hour while pointing out NYC landmarks. It feels more like an amusement ride than a... Read more
10 NYC Carousels – and a little history behind each
My family loves thrilling roller coasters with steep drops, upside down turns and neon lights flashing, but we also love the beautiful simplicity of riding a carousel. NYC has no shortage of these, each one unique with it’s own personality, just like the neighborhoods in this kid friendly city.... Read more
Central Park Zoo & Tisch Children’s Zoo
One of my favorite spots in NYC, even before I became a mom is Central Park Zoo. I love watching the snow monkeys climb around on their rock island then looking up to enjoy the gorgeous NYC skyline. Around the corner are grizzly bears, snow leopards and penguins. This... 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
Empire State Building – Kids Under 6 Are Free
Even though I’ve been living in NYC for  20 years the skyline never gets old and there’s no better place to see it than the top of the Empire State Building. When my daughter’s best friend requested to go to the top of the Empire State Building for his... Read more
Queens County Farm Children’s Carnival – Petting Zoo – Pony Rides
Simply Charming. This annual event held at Queens County Farm Museum has all the classic carnival fun you would expect. This past weekend was the opening weekend and next weekend, April 16-17th 2016 is the closing weekend, so there’s still time to go! We made the trip out to... Read more
Build-A-Bear – Is It Worth It?
Crap. I took my daughter to  Build-A-Bear Workshop and now I’m addicted. The whole thing kind of happened on accident. A routine cold afternoon running errands in a mall turned into an impulsive decision to step inside the ridiculously cute storefront. And here’s what happened next: As you walk... 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
Best Playgrounds in NYC – Our Favorites
Something is happening to NYC’s playgrounds, and it’s awesome. New York City has more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities across the five boroughs and it’s investing a TON of money into them.  The Parks and Recreation Department’s budget for 2016 is in excess of $440 million! I... Read more