JetBlue: A Family Day—With the Perfect History–to–Bubble Tea Ratio!—On the Lower East Side

Sneak in some education on this mostly play day.

Photo by Patty Onderko

Squid-ink ice cream? Your family selfie on bubble tea foam? A virtual reality playground? We know, this day is bananas! And your kids will love it.

EAT: Whatever You Want at the Essex Market

Everyone in the family can choose their own lunch adventure at the new-and-improved Essex Market, featuring the best of the Lower East Side’s gourmand treats: Thai fried chicken wings from Eat Gai; rice balls from Arancini Bros.; giant bodega sammies from Heroes & Villains; and much more. Dare your kids to try the squid-ink ice cream at the Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory! 115 Delancey Street (at Essex Street)

DO: Climb the Alps at Jump Into the Light

At this VR cinema and play-lab studio, you can scale the Alps, skydive over the Grand Canyon, race cars, fight zombies, and take a trip around the world—all virtually, of course. 180 Orchard Street (between East Houston and Stanton Streets)

SIP: Bubble Tea at DIU Tea

Take a family selfie and have it printed on the foam of your drink—really, this is a thing!—at this adorable shop just down the block from Jump Into the Light. 160 Orchard Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets)

DO: Go Back in Time at the Tenement Museum

One of NYC’s best interactive museums, this Lower East Side gem will win you over the second you embark on one of its famous tours of refurbished 19th-century buildings—and learn about the people who lived there long before this area was a hipster magnet. 103 Orchard Street (between Delancey and Broome Streets)

SNACK: With Cats at the Meow Parlour

Felines (all up for adoption) rule this café! Sit, have a scone, and stroke the dozen or so kittens and cats that roam the space. Kids 8 and under are welcome 4–5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (plus every first and third Sunday of the month, 11 a.m.–noon). Kids 9 and up are welcome anytime. 46 Hester Street (between Hester and Ludlow Streets)

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