Happy Weekend! We've rounded up loads of fun things to do if you and the kids will be spending it in New York City. So break out those UNICEF Kid Power Bands and head on out to any or all of these fun and cultural family attractions happening in the Big Apple this weekend!
Harlem Globetrotters: Entertaining is an understatement! The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will be playing at Madison Square Garden this weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday, the star-studded roster of players will show off their skills and tricks! Post-game, they will stay after for lucky fans to get an autograph, take a picture, or share a high five! Friday’s game is at 12 PM, and tipoff on Saturday will be at 1 PM. Kids will be in awe of the great slam dunks and the four point shots. Not to mention, the the team’s hi-jinx, which are sure to make everyone laugh!
Winter Village at Bryant Park: It’s official: Winter Village at Bryant Park’s 17,000 square foot ice skating rink is open and the holidays are here! The Rink, New York City’s only free public ice skating rink, nestled in one of the city’s most charming parks, also offers skate rentals, holiday shops and a pop-up eatery, Public Fare, for an après-skate snack or hot chocolate.
Model Train Show: Just outside of the city, the Greenberg Train Show is taking place this weekend in Edison, New Jersey. The great Train & Toy show is the longest running model train and collectible toy show in the country. Kids — 11-and-under get in free — will have fun exploring the show’s interactive exhibits, including a chance to build your own railroad, race model trains and cars and ride a vintage train.
Prospect Park: The park has a wonderful zoo, plenty of trees to climb, green fields perfect for picnics, playgrounds — and a fave with the neighborhood's canines: Dog Beach. For more familiy friendly fun, the Prospect Park Alliance offers interesting programming at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House, both conveniently located near the Prospect Park Carousel.
Brooklyn Bridge: Walk it, run it, jog it, bike it - this is a must do. The approximately 1.3 mile-long stretch high above the East River affords incredible panoramic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It could take you thirty minutes to wander across but build in some extra time to stand and take it all in. If you’re walking from the Manhattan side over to Brooklyn, stick to the right hand side for a great shot of the skyline and Statue of Liberty.
Central Park: How many different playgrounds are there in Central Park? Twenty one. There’s a wonderful array of spaces and fun activities for kids of all ages. Among our favorites are the Ancient Playground, the Diana Ross Playground and the Tarr Family Playground. There’s more family fun to be had at the Zoo, the Marionette Theater and the Wollman Ice Rink during the holidays. In the sunny months renting a bike is well worth it, especially since cars are banned from the Park during weekends.
Bronx Zoo: If watching acrobatic lemurs and feeding lions is your thing, then America’s largest zoo is the place to be for a whole day! Home to some 4,000 animals, the Bronx Zoo is a great place to rack up UNICEF Kid Power points wandering the many paths in your quest to see as many animals as possible. Be sure to visit Tiger Mountain and the Congo Gorilla Forest. For weary legs, there’s a tram and monorail!
The Highline: In 1934 the Highline opened to trains and in 1980 the last train ran its course on the overhead freight tracks (carrying three carloads of frozen turkeys)! Fast-forward thirty years, the entire structure of the tracks has been retrofitted to create a beautiful walkway offering incredible views of the Hudson and Chelsea stands. Open all year round, the Highline has multiple tours on offer, lots of art and culture and long open stretches for must-not-miss views of the beautiful Hudson, busy river traffic and New Jersey!
Photo from Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park