Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

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
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
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
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
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
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
NY Aquarium, Coney Island
I’m a huge fan of the Wildlife Conservation Society. They  save wildlife and protect environments worldwide through science, conservation, education and by inspiring people to value nature. They’re also the organization that manages NY Aquarium as well as the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens... 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
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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GingerBread Lane, New York Hall of Science
We visited one of our favorite children’s museums yesterday, New York Hall of Science. And as an added bonus their annual GingerBread Lane exhibit is already up. While my 4 year old’s holiday spirit is already in full bloom, seeing these charming edible houses helped get me there a... 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
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
Maker Faire – interactive science fair
Yesterday we experienced the annual Maker Faire hosted by the New York Hall of Science in Corona Park. It was a science FRENZY! We first heard about the fair through our visit to the Hall of Science Museum earlier in the week. But I wasn’t sure if Brooklyn would... Read more
New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo, Fantasy Forest
It’s officially fall, NYC’s finest season. After morning pre-k yesterday we decided to venture out for our last car outing for a couple days. The Pope comes to town today, and traffic is going to be madness. We picked Queens, New York Hall of Science. You can get there... 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