Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

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
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
Sesame Place – Closest thing to Disney in the Northeast
I made my second annual trip to Sesame Place last week. I have to say….I liked it even more than last year. This sweet little park is all things Sesame. It’s both water park and carnival rides plus an incredible parade. Sesame Place is the ultimate mix to give... 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
Six flags – is it worth it for little kids?
Short answer, YES, Six Flags may be one of the best places on earth to take kids. Many people think of Six Flags as a place to drop your teenagers and pick them up when it’s dark. It’s filled with long lines topping two hours sometimes for the big... 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
Kids Food Fest NYC, Bryant Park
Cooking with kids can be creative and educational but for me it’s normally just terrifying. My strong willed four year old is happy to jump in the kitchen with me, but specifically to handle sharp objects and to make a mess. There’s absolutely no way she’s putting anything she... Read more
Rainbow Bagel – the new bagel in town
Move over The Bagel Store, there’s a new rainbow bagel in town and they’re not sold out…yet. All American Bagel and Barista has arrived on the rainbow bagel scene and is taking it to a whole new level. A fruity pebble level! This restaurant is located in an unassuming... Read more
Rainy Day Adventures
It’s too windy and rainy to play outside, I’ve got a hacking cough, and my kid is jumping from couch to couch…I know I’m not the only one. My top pick for rainy day adventures is a visit to the Palisades Mall, about 30 minutes from Manhattan. My view... 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
Bronx Zoo in the Winter

The Bronx Zoo is truly remarkable, it’s one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the world. And it’s huge, more than 265 acres. The winding sidewalks, naturalistic habitats and Bronx River served as my daughter’s backdrop as she ran wild without hearing me yell ‘watch out’ or ‘slow down.’ She roamed and ran and explored at her own free will – it was great seeing her take such delight in the wide open space.

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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
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
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