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A Full Family Day in Harlem That Your Kids Will Love

Eat, play, and learn in the historic neighborhood.

Photo courtesy of Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling/Facebook

Spend a whole day in the culturally rich neighborhood of Harlem, complete with a Founding Father’s home, an old-school toy store, Ethiopian food, and vegan ice cream.

DO: Tour the Historic Hamilton Grange

Start your day with a guided tour of the early-1800s period rooms inside the only home that Alexander Hamilton ever owned and where much of the country-founding drama unfolded. Get there on the early side to sign up for one of the first-come, first-served tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. 409 West 141st Street (at Hamilton Terrace)

EAT: Ethiopian Food at Benyam

Kids love to eat with their hands—soaking up curried lentils and spiced cabbage with spongy injera bread—at this favorite local spot, less than a 15-minute walk from the Grange. 2795 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (between West 148th and 149th Streets)

SEE: The Art at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

On the other side of Jackie Robinson Park from Benyam is this bright, welcoming haven for creative children, offering daily performances and art workshops every weekend. 898 St. Nicholas Avenue (at West 155th Street)

DESSERT: Ice cream Cones at Sugar Hill Creamery

No family day is complete without an ice cream break or two, and this place—with its charming storefront and handmade, small-batch flavors (including vegan options)—is a goodie. 184 Lenox Avenue (between West 119th and 120th Streets)

SHOP: At Grandma’s Place Toy Store

A staple in Harlem since 1984, Grandma’s Place—owned by a gem of a lady and actual grandparent, Dawn Harris-Martine—has an incredible collection of black dolls and children’s books by black authors. 84 West 120th Street (at Lenox Avenue)

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