Named after the iconic Flatiron Building, the Flatiron District is one of the most alluring neighborhoods in the city. As more residential buildings are opening, the historic district is quickly becoming the community place to be. With its large selection of restaurants, stores, and entertainment, you’ll never run out of things to do with your children!
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
212-466-3340 Hours: Daily, 11am-11pm
Calling all cheese lovers, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is the place to be. Enjoy a sandwich while you and your child watch firsthand how cheese is crafted. You also have the opportunity to learn what pairs well with each cheese and purchase some for your future eating pleasure.
3 W. 18th St.
212-366-1414 Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6pm; Saturday, 8am-6pm; Sunday, 9am-5pm
Treat your child to some baked goods at City Bakery. Known for its pretzel croissants, the bakery is the perfect spot to grab a pastry on the go. In addition to breakfast food, the restaurant has a full lunch menu including sandwiches and hot foods. But that’s not the best part. Every year in February City Bakery holds an annual hot chocolate festival, during which a different flavor is served each day. Past unique flavors have included Lemon Dark Chocolate and Chili Pepper Hot Chocolate. For those too impatient to wait till February, the bakery serves its classic hot chocolate, with a homemade marshmallow, all year long.
200 Fifth Ave.
212-229-2560 Hours: Daily, 9am-11pm
Enjoy some pasta with your family at this famed Italian market. Eataly’s market has everything you need to feel like you’re a gourmet chef, from breads and cheeses to pastas and meat (there’s even a section dedicated to extra virgin olive oil). Not in the mood to cook? Eataly also has six different sit-down restaurants that features meals made with the ingredients sold in the store.
Karma Kids Yoga
25 W. 23rd St.
Your children will be saying “Namaste” in no time at this yoga studio for kids. At Karma Kids Yoga, kids learn yoga tools such as flexibility, strength, and breathing and visualization techniques that will help them in life. Through yoga poses and games, Karma Kids Yoga works to promote inner-strength and love in young children’s lives. The studio offers a wide spread of classes, including those for parent and child, family, prenatal, kids, and teens. Check out the website for further descriptions of the classes.
The Lego Store
200 Fifth Ave.
212-255-3217 Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
Lego loving kids will have the time of their lives at the Lego Store in Flatiron. Your child can pick and choose the bricks they want to build with as the store has a wall full of different shapes and colors to choose from, or sign up for the Monthly Mini Model Build, during which children learn to create mini Lego models in store and take them home. Kids can spend time building with the in-store Legos or purchase a kit to bring home.
Madison Square Park
11 Madison Ave.
This beautiful park, located in the heart of Flatiron, is the perfect place to take a stroll with your family, walk your dog, or just sit out and chill while the kids burn off energy in the gated playground. Throughout the summer the park hosts weekly activities for kids such as Art in the Park, artist led workshops for children to express their creativity, and Concerts for Kids, which are held on the Farragut Lawn. The Madison Square Park Conservancy also plans a variety of kid’s events throughout the year.
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E. 26th St.
212-542-0566 Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm Cost: Online: $16; $10 for children 12 and younger, students, and seniors; free for children 2 and under (all tickets are $1 more if purchased at door)
Known as MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics is North America’s only museum dedicated to math. Your child will learn and have fun through the museum’s innovative exhibits such as the Square-Wheeled Trike, a rideable bike that, true to its name, has square wheels, and Pattern Pants, where kids can design patterns that are then projected onto their clothes. There are more than 30 interactive exhibits for children to explore throughout the museum.
NY Kids Club
38 E. 22nd St.
At its Flatiron location, NY Kids Club contains a gym space that includes a 20-foot trampoline, balance beams, uneven and parallel bars, and rings, which are used for the club’s gymnastics lessons, starting at introductory level all the way to Gym Club and Advanced Gym Club for children ages 12 and younger. NY Kids Club also offers music classes, sports classes, and hands-on math, science and engineering classes for families looking to enrich their kid’s lives.
Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street, inside Madison Square Park
212-889-6600 Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-11pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am-11pm
Grab a classic ShackBurger (or a ‘Shroom Burger for the vegetarians) and some fries at the original Shake Shack, sit down, relax, and enjoy your meal in the park’s seating area. In addition to burgers, the menu includes chicken burgers, hot dogs, frozen custards, and shakes. Don’t worry gluten-free people: Shake Shack has gluten-free buns for your burgers!
TADA! Youth Theater
15 W. 28th St.
Catch a show at TADA!, a Drama Desk award-wining youth theater that produces original musicals staring children and teens for children and teens. For those kids who want to perform, TADA! offers summer camps and classes throughout the year, including a pre-professional and youth development program. For those who just want to enjoy the show, tickets for TADA!’s musical of the season are available to the general public.
Main photo: Madison Square Park regularly hosts programs geared toward kids. Jaime Bonchick
Family Outing: National Museum of Mathematics
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