Family Fun

Sweet Treats and Sugar-Burning Activities

Take advantage of the city’s amazing confections, then put your kids’ sugar highs to good use.

Photo courtesy of Huascar & Co. Bakeshop

Given the green light, children are quite capable of taking sugar highs to new heights. While we’re not condoning making this a regular occurrence, a dessert crawl every now and then makes life, well, sweeter—especially since New York City is a veritable capital of cupcakes, candy, cookies, and over-the-top ice cream.

But what to do once your kid is all hopped up on sugar? Don’t worry, for every indulgent treat, we’ve got an inventive way to burn off the high, from skateboarding to juggling to rock climbing. Get started on your NYC confection-recreation adventures!

Eat and run: Indulge in special sweet treats with your kids, then harness that energy at nearby, only-in-NYC spots for fun physical feats.

Let us know if you’re ready to climb, paddle, skate, or tumble—we’ve got ideas for every borough.

Sweet treat: We’ll start in Chelsea at Billy’s Bakery (184 Ninth Avenue between West 21st and 22nd Streets). Step into the warm space (does it remind anyone else of their grandmother’s kitchen?) for an assortment of retro-inspired cupcakes, icebox cakes, and more. The hardest part will be narrowing down your order. While your kids will likely go for a whoopie pie, we highly encourage you to order the famed carrot cake.

Sugar-burning activity: Head 10 minutes west to Pier 62 Skatepark at Chelsea Piers (enter at West 22nd Street). Bring skateboards, roller skates, or inline skates; a helmet; and a sense of adventure. With a beginner Ollie Zone and different levels of difficulty throughout the park, it shouldn’t take your kids long to find a place to get started, test their skills, and burn off some energy.

Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park

Need other ideas for a family-friendly day in Chelsea? We have it covered.