Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

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
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
Best bouncy houses near NYC roundup

Bouncy houses, where your kids can go crazy so you don’t. Here’s a roundup of the best bouncy houses near NYC. We’ve been visiting these indoor romper rooms since our daughter, Brooklyn, was about a year old. These giant inflatables are a lot of fun and an awesome way to burn off energy while practicing motor skills and gaining confidence for little ones.

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Tattly Parlor – temporary tattoo parlor
Tattly is known for their ever growing collection of awesomely designed temporary tattoos. Well, they’ve upped their temporary tattoo game and opened up a pop up store, Tattly Parlor. Everything about this limited engagement location brings the experience of a traditional parlor to life for the non permanent tattoo... Read more
Play Fair NYC- Toy Fair’s first consumer’s expo
Today we went to NYC’s first ever Play Fair. It was a huge expo at the Javitz Center, produced by the makers behind the epic annual toy industry trade show Toy Fair. There’s been a lot of buzz about this new event, it was even sold out. We were... Read more
CoolMess, Ice Cream You Make Yourself
Monte, Brooklyn (4) our neighbor Oscar (3) and I just visited a brand new spot which is sure to be a hit, CoolMess. It’s the upstairs space above Burger Heaven on 62nd and Lexington. They’ve transformed the floor to a full blown make-it-yourself ice cream cafe. The entrance is... Read more
Perfect ice skating rink for kids – Standard Hotel
Yesterday evening my boyfriend brought Brooklyn, our four year old daughter, and me to a tiny little ice skating rink at the Standard Hotel in the meatpacking district in NYC. Our daughter and I finally got to try out our new Christmas skates and we all enjoyed a sweet... 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
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
Bronx Zoo in the Winter

Bronx Zoo in the Winter Hot

NYC with kids December 2, 2015 0

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
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
The High Line, The Lowline Lab
Yesterday we explored two different free parks in NYC. The High Line and the new temporary indoor park/garden, The Lowline Lab. High Line Park The High Line is an old above ground railway which was converted into an 1.5 mile outdoor urban park. It runs from Gansevoort Street in... Read more
Butterfly Conservatory, Museum of Natural History
We finally made it here! Yesterday we visited the Butterfly Conservatory at Museum of Natural History, it was like being in a fairy tale. This is the 18th annual seasonal butterfly exhibit at the museum that runs Sept – May 2016. We used some of our free passes included... 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
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Saturday was our last night with our friends visiting from Georgia. We had a great few days with them, showed them lots of NYC highlights, but saved the best for last. We ventured down to Union Square to score tickets for Fuerza Bruta Wayra. Always the deal hunter, I... Read more
Gazillion Bubble Show
I took Brooklyn to see her first off Broadway show today. We were torn between Bernstein Bears Live and Gazillion Bubble Show. Based on reviews we picked the bubble show and were extremely happy with our choice. I did some hunting online for discounted tickets, and found several, but... Read more
Yankees Game

Yankees Game

NYC with kids September 27, 2015 0

This Saturday we were invited to join some of our best friends at the Yankees game. We’re not a big baseball family and our four year old is so hyper it’s hard to imagine her doing anything in a seat for a couple hours, but I was surprisingly excited... Read more


NYC with kids September 7, 2015 0

I’m Estée Pouleris, a NYC stay-at-home mom who never stays home. My seven year old little girl, Brooklyn, is my inspiration to actively live life. I truly believe experiences shape how our children navigate their lives as they grow. Going on excursions allows families to connect in ways not... Read more