Family Fun

Kids’ Dream Days

Five 10-year-olds plan epic NYC itineraries (think: trapeze, parkour, rock climbing, and mini golf) for themselves.

Who better to help plan a kid-friendly day in NYC than city kids themselves? We asked five 10-year-olds to tell us their favorite activities, restaurants, and neighborhoods—and the “perfect” days they created are pretty epic. Want to take your young one on an adventure? Or create your own based on her/his interests? Get in touch; one of our grown-ups can make it happen.

Nate Onderko: An On-the-Move Day in Williamsburg

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A parkour class at Brooklyn Zoo
“The classes here are really fun. You get to climb walls, jump off of a high ledge into a foam pit, and be timed on obstacle courses.”
230 Bogart Street

Lunch at Emmy Squared
“My mom just got me pizza from here, and it was sooo good. I love square pizza.”
364 Grand Street

BMX biking at Brooklyn Bike Park
“I had a really bad accident here when I was going the wrong way on the pump track, but I still really like it. You need a smaller bike—not a regular one—to master all the bumps and turns [bikes are available for rent on-site].”
Velosolutions Brooklyn Bike Park, 318 Kent Avenue

Dinner at Peter Luger’s Steak House
“Meat lovers should go here. I died with every bite of the steak.”
178 Broadway

Zoe Alperin: Going Old-School in Lower Manhattan

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A tour at the Tenement Museum
“I love the interactive tours here, and I also love the gift shop!”
103 Orchard Street (between Delancey and Broome Streets), Lower East Side

Lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen
“I always order a cream soda and either a pastrami or corned beef sandwich.”
205 East Houston Street (at Ludlow Street), Lower East Side

Dessert at Economy Candy
“I like this candy shop a lot more than Dylan’s Candy Bar. I like to stock up on wax bottles, Now and Laters, red and black strings, and those Lego-shaped candies for the movie nights we have on our block.”
108 Rivington Street (between Ludlow and Essex Streets), Lower East Side

Snacks to go at The Pickle Guys
“I get a container of pickled baby corn and eat it for the rest of the day.”
357 Grand Street (at Essex Street), Lower East Side

A ride on the SeaGlass Carousel
“We walk off all the food on our way to Battery Park. This carousel is so beautiful.”
Entrance at State Street and Water Street in The Battery

Catch a play at Castle Clinton
“There are free outdoor plays at the Castle and in the park. The audience has to follow the action all around. I’ve seen Twelfth Night and The Tempest there.”
New York Classical Theater at The Battery

Mikey Negron: Something for Everyone

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Brunch at Sweet Chick 
“I love the biscuits and gravy here. It’s really fresh and authentic and delicious.”
164 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

Trapeze at Streb Lab
“I’m always bouncing off the wall, so I get to feel like a real monkey here. I love flying through the air. The space at Streb is massive.”
51 North 1st Street, Williamsburg

See Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway
“Next, I’d head into the Theater District in Manhattan. I love the theater, and I loved both movie versions of this story, so I’d like to see it on the stage.”
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway), Midtown

Lunch at KazuNori
“This is my favorite Japanese restaurant, and it’s near the TADA! Youth Theater, where I’m an ensemble member. I always order the hand-rolled blue crab sushi. It is sooo good.”
15 West 28th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), NoMad

Take in the view from the Freedom Tower
“I’ve never been there, but I really want to go! I’d try to see the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, Ellis Island…everything!”
285 Fulton Street (between West and Greenwich Streets), Tribeca

Dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille
“Get the lobster mac and cheese and seven-layer lemon cake. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had, basically.”
50 Rockefeller Plaza (at West 51st Street), Midtown

Isabella Scott-Nuti: The Life Aquatic

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Trapeze at Pier 40
“I’d start the day here. It’s so much fun, and you can see views of the water while you swing.”
Trapeze School New York, Pier 40 (at Houston Street and the West Side Highway), West Village

Lunch at Fairway
“You can sit outside in the back, right on the water. There’s a really nice breeze and view.”
480-500 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook

Bike to Pier 6
“From Fairway, you can bike along the water to the pier. It’s a nice view and a good challenge. I’d just watch the boats or go to the water park (if it’s summer).”
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo

Climb at Brooklyn Boulders
“This is a really fun place. I like repelling the best.”
575 Degraw Street, Gowanus

Dinner at Kyoto
“It’s one of my favorite restaurants. I’d get the shrimp shumai, lemonade, and green tea ice cream. Then I’d bike home [to Red Hook] with my parents.”
115 Smith Street, Cobble Hill

Jonah Madover: It’s All Fun and Games

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Lunch at Famous Ben’s Pizza
“They have the greatest pizza I have ever had!”
117 Spring Street (between West Broadway and Thompson Street), Soho

Ice cream at Sam’s Fried Ice Cream
“They rolled the ice cream in corn flakes and fried it!”
37B Orchard Street (between Canal and Hester Streets), Lower East Side

Arcade and carnival games at Luna Park
“I won so many prizes! My favorite was the giant poop emoji wearing sunglasses.”
1000 Surf Avenue, Coney Island

Putt-putt at Pier 25 Mini Golf
“I love mini golf and this course is really cool. I like that it’s on a pier!”
Hudson River Park (at North Moore and West Streets), Tribeca

Dinner at the 40/40 Club
“They have more TV screens in one place than I have ever seen. And the sliders are incredible.”
6 West 25th Street (between Sixth Avenue and Broadway), Flatiron