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Traveling to New York with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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Pizza at Roberta's in Brooklyn
Ask ten New Yorkers where to find the best pizza and you're likely to receive ten different responses. New York is a serious pizza town, and opinions, like the styles of the pizzas themselves, vary. It might surprise some, then, that one of my very favorite pizza places isn't focused only on pizza, and may ...
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Children's Museum of the Arts
Children's Museum of the Arts in Manhattan's West Village is a nonprofit arts institution with a valuable mission: it aims to provide space and materials to introduce families to the transformative power of the arts and allow them to immerse themselves in the joy of creating together. For children, the museum is a magical place ...
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The Play Area at Chelsea Waterside Park
Add this to our list of favorite playgrounds in New York (and perhaps to your list of playgrounds to visit if you're traveling to New York!): Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. I'd seen little glimpses of it previously, and with a day off from school, perfect fall weather, and two kids ...
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Geometry Kids
Geometry Kids, which opened last fall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a lovely children's boutique carrying a well-curated and edited range of toys, clothing and accessories, decor, and books. Ownership of the store is shared by several local families with small children, and their experiences and beliefs about parenting and children are reflected in the products they ...
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Pizza at Roberta's in Brooklyn
Ask ten New Yorkers where to find the best pizza and you're likely to receive ten different responses. New York is a serious pizza town, and opinions, like the styles of the pizzas themselves, vary. It might surprise some, then, that one of my very favorite pizza places isn't focused only on pizza, and may ...
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Bakeri in Brooklyn
Bakeri is the kind of café I would visit daily if either of the two locations were a bit closer to my house: casual and welcoming, with an excellent selection of house-baked breads, good coffee, and an appealing menu of breakfast and lunch choices. That the light-filled space also the most dreamy wallpaper in all of New York ...
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VHH Foods -- an all-day eatery in Brooklyn
We returned to Brooklyn on Sunday after a week and a half away and faced sights familiar, I'm sure, to many families upon return from travel: an empty refrigerator, a mountain of luggage needing unpacking, and tired-looking faces all around. In the name of making sure everyone turned in for the night with full bellies ...
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Insa - a modern Korean BBQ restaurant in Brooklyn
Not infrequently, it occurs to me that my children are experiencing a far different childhood growing up in Brooklyn than I did, being raised in a small town in a rural state. One area this certainly holds true is with food and restaurants, and so far I've loved taking advantage of New York's rich culinary ...
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Children's Museum of the Arts
Children's Museum of the Arts in Manhattan's West Village is a nonprofit arts institution with a valuable mission: it aims to provide space and materials to introduce families to the transformative power of the arts and allow them to immerse themselves in the joy of creating together. For children, the museum is a magical place ...
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Bronx Zoo
Each of New York's five boroughs has a zoo to call its own, but the city's flagship zoo, the Bronx Zoo, is not only the largest in New York, but also the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and among the largest zoos in the world. It is part of a system of four zoos and one ...
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Empire State Building
Aside from the Statue of Liberty, there is hardly a more recognizable New York landmark than the Empire State Building. Since its completion in 1931, at which point it was the tallest building in the world, its presence has dominated the New York skyline. I clearly remember visiting the observatory as a child on a ...
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
There's a reason the Metropolitan Museum of Art is world-renowned: its collection is encyclopedic and breathtaking, filled with recognizable masterpieces but also with works that expose you to artists or art forms you might know less intimately. It's an ideal place to start building an appreciation for art and art history in young children, and a range of family-focused ...
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The Play Area at Chelsea Waterside Park
Add this to our list of favorite playgrounds in New York (and perhaps to your list of playgrounds to visit if you're traveling to New York!): Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. I'd seen little glimpses of it previously, and with a day off from school, perfect fall weather, and two kids ...
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Ice Skating at The Standard Ice Rink
During the winter months ice skating rinks pop up around New York and they can be a great way to make the best of a season that otherwise doesn't always encourage you to spend a lot of time outside. The most famous rink is easily the one at Rockefeller Center, but I think my favorite ...
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Sailing model boats on Conservatory Water in Central Park
My daughter began attending preschool earlier this fall, and to help celebrate this milestone I took her for a special outing on one of the last days before the school year started. She had admired the model boats sailing on Conservatory Water during past trips to Central Park, so we decided to try our hand ...
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Teardrop Park in Battery Park City
I included Teardrop Park in Battery Park City in my list of favorite places to take a break around town, but a repeat visit this past weekend made me eager to share more about why I think it's such a fantastic little park. Filling the space created between four tall residential towers, the park offers ...
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Geometry Kids
Geometry Kids, which opened last fall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a lovely children's boutique carrying a well-curated and edited range of toys, clothing and accessories, decor, and books. Ownership of the store is shared by several local families with small children, and their experiences and beliefs about parenting and children are reflected in the products they ...
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Norman & Jules Toy Shop
Like most apartment-dwellers in New York, the amount of space available in our home for toys and playthings is relatively modest. In theory this means I try to be thoughtful about new items brought home or gifted to us, doing my best to rotate toys to keep them fresh and to remove items that are ...
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Books Are Magic
A neighborhood bookstore is so much more than simply a place to purchase books, don't you think? As a local, a bookstore's a place to be home without being home, a second living room, a place to gather, relax, mingle and watch your children dive headfirst into the magical worlds only books reveal. As a ...
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Thomas Sires - A boutique for women, children, and home in Nolita
I popped into the boutique Thomas Sires, in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood, on a dreary February day and it was just the bright spot I needed during these last few weeks of winter, when it seems spring may never come back around again. In the store, which carries gorgeous items for women, children, and home, the ...
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Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website for families!
I am really, super excited about the recent launch of Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website featuring stylish family homes all over the world. Imagine travelling to New York, Paris, San Francisco, Copenhagen... Mexico even (!) and being able to stay in a family home, complete with child-sized beds, toys for your kids, a ...
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Getting Around
New York prides itself on its amazing transportation system and it is only getting better, although more expensive, every year. When traveling with children, especially with a stroller, things can be a bit tricky but New Yorkers, contrary to popular belief, always help out when it comes to kids. I have seen strangers sprint to ...
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Grab a Quick Coffee
Over the last several years the coffee culture in New York has improved dramatically, and it's now possible to procure a serious cup of coffee in just about every neighborhood. Though I'm not myself a coffee drinker (one of the very few, it often seems!), I married into a family of coffee fanatics, and can ...
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Take a Break
With so much to see and do in New York, it can be easy to forget to schedule down time for play or relaxation. Happily, in most neighborhoods parks and playgrounds are never far, and a few especially full-featured parks are destinations in and of themselves. Following are a few of our favorite spots to take a ...
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Easy Meals
I remember hearing once that you could eat at a different New York restaurant for every meal, year round, for your entire life and still never run out of new restaurants to try - such is the pace of change and turnover in the restaurant industry here, where restaurants need to attract a faithful following ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Day Trip to Dia:Beacon
Eighty minutes north of New York City sits Dia:Beacon, one of New York's great destinations for viewing contemporary art. Housed in a former Nabisco box factory, the expansive galleries contain the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present, and it's a joy to meander through the the maze of rooms spread over ...
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Day Trip: Storm King Art Center
We anticipated being out of town this past weekend, but as sometimes happens our plans changed last minute and we woke up at home on Saturday morning to stunning blue skies outside our windows and a full day ahead of us without any obligations whatsoever. Intent on enjoying the beauty of an absolutely perfect fall day, ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Day Trip: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Even the most ardent city-dwellers can sometimes hunger for a bit of a breather somewhere else: to feel grass underfoot, see trees on the horizon, and hear the persistent buzzing that fills the heavy stillness of a hot summer day. For me the perfect escape is Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a working ...
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The Play Area at Chelsea Waterside Park
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Statue of Liberty Cruise with Classic Harbor Line
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Tips for your visit to New York
Navigating New York can give any newcomer anxiety — the city is so big, so spread out, and has so many wonderful and different neighborhoods you’ll want to see. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
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Getting Around
New York prides itself on its amazing transportation system and it is only getting better, although more expensive, every year. When traveling with children, especially with a stroller, things can be a bit tricky but New Yorkers, contrary to popular belief, always help out when it comes to kids. I have seen strangers sprint to ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Grab a Quick Coffee
Over the last several years the coffee culture in New York has improved dramatically, and it's now possible to procure a serious cup of coffee in just about every neighborhood. Though I'm not myself a coffee drinker (one of the very few, it often seems!), I married into a family of coffee fanatics, and can ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Take a Break
With so much to see and do in New York, it can be easy to forget to schedule down time for play or relaxation. Happily, in most neighborhoods parks and playgrounds are never far, and a few especially full-featured parks are destinations in and of themselves. Following are a few of our favorite spots to take a ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Easy Meals
I remember hearing once that you could eat at a different New York restaurant for every meal, year round, for your entire life and still never run out of new restaurants to try - such is the pace of change and turnover in the restaurant industry here, where restaurants need to attract a faithful following ...
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What are your favourite things to do this time of year? Share them with us in the comments below and let’s get inspired! We LOVE this simple idea by our contributor Shannon of a scavenger hunt throughout the neighbourhood! And if you’re looking for more activities for December, do check out our #babyccinoactivityadvent ideas (and free printables) which is in our bio. @slcorlis #babyccinotips
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Have you got a wreath up yet? We are dipping into our archives today for this wonderful DIY wreath by our contributor Lara. Discover how to make your own via the link in our bio. And do share please share with us if you do! @laraoflondon #babyccinocrafts
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Happy 1st December! Are you feeling festive yet? Ready for cosy evenings, tree decorating and reading favourite stories for this time of year? On the blog today our contributor Nomi shares the best Swedish gingerbread recipe to really get us into the spirit! Her gingerbread people are SO cute (swipe!) Link in our bio for the recipe @mrsnomi #babyccinoeats
2 days ago
Looking for last minute Advent calendar options? Create this gorgeous activity calendar that’s been a van de Paal tradition for 6 years running. See the link in our bio to recreate this simply and beautifully at home (with printables too). Share yours if you do recreate using #babyccinoactivityadvent @estherbabyccino
3 days ago
We tried to hold off until December 1st, but we could not! Simple yet beautiful clay ornaments and decorations by our @courtneyadamo and family. A perfect craft with which to get into the Christmas spirit! We have lots more Christmas inspiration to share with you over the festive period so be sure to check back! To have a go these, check the link in our bio. #babyccinocrafts
4 days ago
Cosy at home Happy Saturday, we hope you are all having cosy ones. We’ve compiled a product guide of the cosiest, most comfortable items for you and your home. From loungewear to linen, pyjamas to prints, including these beautiful ones from @choulalakids. Discover via the link in our bio #babyccinoboutiques
5 days ago
“This is a book written and illustrated by two Indigenous artists. And it opens our eyes to books by and about Indigenous people. It celebrates the beauty of a culture, which is more important than ever to teach alongside the more antiquated aspects of Thanksgiving.” On the blog this week, our contributor Lara shares her family’s favourite book for Thanksgiving, and some others, as part of Native American Heritage Month. Discover via the link in our bio @laraoflondon #babyccinoreads
6 days ago
Wishing all our American readers and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! How beautiful is this Thanksgiving table by our contributor Lara, with place-setting leaves! @laraoflondon @thestyledwritingco #babyccinocrafts
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On the blog last week our contributor Sydney shared this homemade cardboard spa set she made to play with her daughter! Link in the bio for how she made it all, including nail colour swatches too! Who will be giving this a go? @sydney.piercey #babyccinocrafts
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CLOSED GLOBAL GIVEAWAY! We have teamed up with @magiccatpublishing for a giveaway in honour of their beautiful latest book The Dragon Ark. The lucky winner will receive an ORIGINAL (!!), hand-drawn artwork by Croatian artist Tomislav Tomic, the illustrator of The Dragon Ark *PLUS* a The Dragon Ark jigsaw puzzle *AND* of course a copy of the beautiful book! What an amazing, unique prize! To enter: 1. Follow @magiccatpublishing and @babyccinokids 2. Tag a friend in the below comments (Tag as many friends as you like in separate comments! Each tag is an extra entry!) 3. Share this give-away in your stories for another extra entry! This giveaway is open worldwide. Giveaway ‪ends on Nov. 27th at 11.59pm PST. Good luck! #thedragonark #magiccatpublishing #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #giveaway This giveaway is not associated by @instagram. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
2 years ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
4 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
4 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
4 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago