New York
Traveling to New York with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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Bakeri in Brooklyn
Bakeri is the kind of café I would visit daily if either of the two locations were a bit closer to my house: casual and welcoming, with an excellent selection of house-baked breads, good coffee, and an appealing menu of breakfast and lunch choices. That the light-filled space also the most dreamy wallpaper in all of New York ...
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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
New York is magical place to be at Christmastime, with tree stands lining the sidewalks and filling the air with the woodsy smell of pine and fir, store windows decorated with enchanting displays, lights strung across avenues and intersections, European-style Christmas markets to visit, and special holiday shows and sights to take in. As I sat down at ...
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Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl
We've had a few very cold days this winter in New York, and as a result I've been on the hunt for new indoor activities to add to our mix of favorites. This morning we stopped by Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl and were absolutely won over by the combination of kid-friendly bowling, well-executed bistro food, ...
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Norman & Jules Toy Shop
Like most apartment-dwellers in New York, the amount of space available in our home for toys and playthings is relatively modest. In theory this means I try to be thoughtful about new items brought home or gifted to us, doing my best to rotate toys to keep them fresh and to remove items that are ...
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Bakeri in Brooklyn
Bakeri is the kind of café I would visit daily if either of the two locations were a bit closer to my house: casual and welcoming, with an excellent selection of house-baked breads, good coffee, and an appealing menu of breakfast and lunch choices. That the light-filled space also the most dreamy wallpaper in all of New York ...
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
Both my children have an endless appetite for smoked salmon.  Personally, I hadn't tasted smoked salmon until I was a teenager, but living on the Upper West Side, these little girls are fortunate to have sampled some of the best.  While on the Lower East Side to visit the Tenement Museum, we tried Russ & Daughters Cafe, ...
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Lower East Side food: Kossar's Bialys
Around the corner on Grand Street from The Pickle Guys is Kossar's, one of the last bialy stores left in New York. For those unfamiliar with the bialy, think of a cross between an english muffin and a bagel, with an indented center traditionally filled with onions. Bialys are baked not boiled, and have floury exteriors and ...
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La Newyorkina
My husband passed his love of popsicles on to our daughter, and despite the arrival of cooler weather here in New York, they're both convinced it's very much still popsicle season. Our local coffee shop, along with nearly 30 other locations around the city, carries a small selection of the La Newyorkina paletas (Mexican ice popsicles made by ...
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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
New York is magical place to be at Christmastime, with tree stands lining the sidewalks and filling the air with the woodsy smell of pine and fir, store windows decorated with enchanting displays, lights strung across avenues and intersections, European-style Christmas markets to visit, and special holiday shows and sights to take in. As I sat down at ...
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Bronx Zoo
Each of New York's five boroughs has a zoo to call its own, but the city's flagship zoo, the Bronx Zoo, is not only the largest in New York, but also the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and among the largest zoos in the world. It is part of a system of four zoos and one ...
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Roosevelt Island Tram
Judging by my daughter's joyous reaction to most of New York City's public transportation options, our journey to a particular destination is often nearly as much fun as the destination itself. We sometimes opt for the subway or bus when a cab or Uber would be far more efficient simply because we know she loves ...
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Empire State Building
Aside from the Statue of Liberty, there is hardly a more recognizable New York landmark than the Empire State Building. Since its completion in 1931, at which point it was the tallest building in the world, its presence has dominated the New York skyline. I clearly remember visiting the observatory as a child on a ...
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Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl
We've had a few very cold days this winter in New York, and as a result I've been on the hunt for new indoor activities to add to our mix of favorites. This morning we stopped by Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl and were absolutely won over by the combination of kid-friendly bowling, well-executed bistro food, ...
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Pier 25
For children in New York, summer unofficially begins when the sprinklers, or spray showers, turn on in parks and playgrounds. Nearly every play space has a water feature and the anticipation of the first truly warm day seems to be a May ritual, with children willing the temperature to break 80 degrees fahrenheit in order to trigger the ...
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Governor's Island
One of New York's best quick escapes doesn't require leaving New York at all: Governor's Island lies just off the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Harbor and a 5-minute ferry ride (even shorter if you're coming from Brooklyn) delivers you to an island where you'll feel a world away from bustling streets and sidewalks. ...
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Imagination Playground
The vast majority of playgrounds in New York City offer variations on relatively constant themes: slides, swings, ladders, and elevated structures to encourage physical play. I'm grateful for the proliferation of these playgrounds - regardless of where in the city we end up there's almost always a playground a couple blocks away presenting the perfect ...
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Norman & Jules Toy Shop
Like most apartment-dwellers in New York, the amount of space available in our home for toys and playthings is relatively modest. In theory this means I try to be thoughtful about new items brought home or gifted to us, doing my best to rotate toys to keep them fresh and to remove items that are ...
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Hazel Village
Is there anything sweeter than a little stuffed animal wearing tiny clothes? A staple in the packages I've sent friends to help welcome their new babies for some time now, the animal dolls from Brooklyn-based Hazel Village are beyond charming. Lovingly made from organic cotton, they can be hand-embroidered with a name or initials and - ...
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Makié
Behind an unassuming sliver of storefront on Thompson Street is Makié, a shop carrying a range of gorgeous children's clothing as well as select pieces of womenswear and small home goods. The vision of designer Makié Yahagi, the pieces pair a restrained and sophisticated color palette with classic designs and a very minimalist Japanese aesthetic. Makié's own line ...
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Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
The proliferation of chain stores in New York often means fewer and fewer of the mom-and-pop stores that give neighborhoods so much of their character and heart. In the past year alone, our neighborhood lost one independent bookshop to rising rent and taxes, and another downsized to a much smaller space to avoid an anticipated ...
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Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website for families!
I am really, super excited about the recent launch of Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website featuring stylish family homes all over the world. Imagine travelling to New York, Paris, San Francisco, Copenhagen... Mexico even (!) and being able to stay in a family home, complete with child-sized beds, toys for your kids, a ...
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Day Trip: Storm King Art Center
We anticipated being out of town this past weekend, but as sometimes happens our plans changed last minute and we woke up at home on Saturday morning to stunning blue skies outside our windows and a full day ahead of us without any obligations whatsoever. Intent on enjoying the beauty of an absolutely perfect fall day, ...
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Day Trip: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Even the most ardent city-dwellers can sometimes hunger for a bit of a breather somewhere else: to feel grass underfoot, see trees on the horizon, and hear the persistent buzzing that fills the heavy stillness of a hot summer day. For me the perfect escape is Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a working ...
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Tips for your visit to New York
Navigating New York can give any newcomer anxiety — the city is so big, so spread out, and has so many wonderful and different neighborhoods you’ll want to see. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
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Getting Around
New York prides itself on its amazing transportation system and it is only getting better, although more expensive, every year. When traveling with children, especially with a stroller, things can be a bit tricky but New Yorkers, contrary to popular belief, always help out when it comes to kids. I have seen strangers sprint to ...
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Grab a Quick Coffee
Over the last several years the coffee culture in New York has improved dramatically, and it's now possible to procure a serious cup of coffee in just about every neighborhood. Though I'm not myself a coffee drinker (one of the very few, it often seems!), I married into a family of coffee fanatics, and can ...
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Take a Break
With so much to see and do in New York, it can be easy to forget to schedule down time for play or relaxation. Happily, in most neighborhoods parks and playgrounds are never far, and a few especially full-featured parks are destinations in and of themselves. Following are a few of our favorite spots to take a ...
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Easy Meals
I remember hearing once that you could eat at a different New York restaurant for every meal, year round, for your entire life and still never run out of new restaurants to try - such is the pace of change and turnover in the restaurant industry here, where restaurants need to attract a faithful following ...
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Courtney answered some questions about toys, design for kids, and children's room decor on the inspiring website Afilii Design for Kids! Read the whole interview here: afilii.com/en/meet-courtney
4 hours ago
If you love breakfasts like we do, this book will delight you! 'Little Tables: Breakfasts from Around the World' from @vanessalewis features 32 children from 32 countries - and more than 70 breakfasts recipes from different cultures! The photos of the beautifully styled and dressed children are gorgeous, Esther shared a few on the blog, link in profile!️ #babyccinoreads #babyccinoeats
15 hours ago
How beautiful is this baby blanket from @hopeandfortuneblankets? Made of three layers of organic, unbleached muslin, it is reversible (with sweet faded grey stripes on the other side), and no nasty chemicals have been used on the fabric or in the dyes, perfect for your baby's delicate skin!#babyccinoboutiques #newshop
1 day ago
Today is a good day to go to the market and buy plenty of fresh vegetables! We're sharing the list of our favourite soups with their recipes, link in profile! #babyccinoeats ( @estherbabyccino)
1 day ago
A cup of rich, thick cocoa is what you need when you're wandering in New York on a winter day! Check out our 3 favourite places to get a delicious hot chocolate in our New York city guide - link in profile! ️🇺🇸#babyccinocityguides #newyork
2 days ago
So exciting to discover the new Spring Summer 2017 collections! We're having a big crush for this @maan_kids flowery dress spotted on @ladidakids brand new beautiful website! We'll keep coming back for sure #babyccinoboutiques
2 days ago
Yay! @theshopup will be back in LA on April 23rd and 24th and registration for shops is now open! Follow the link in profile for more information ️
3 days ago
On the blog today, Courtney shares beautiful photos of the picnic she had with her daughters and @yoli_and_otis a couple of weeks ago - you'll even find Ivy's fruit tart recipe as an extra treat! (photos from @madeline.johnson)
3 days ago
This great backpack from @goodordering_mini is perfect for kids! Fill all the pockets with their treasures or take it to school - it can also be attached to scooter handles! And check out our latest Top Ten to discover the other 9 cool, fun or cute blue items. Link in profile
4 days ago
Emilie talks about speech therapy today on the blog, and the fact that it is very common for kids to have such sessions in France (for free!). So we're wondering: as a parent, when do you think we should intervene with therapies and other kinds of educational support? How does it work in your country? We'd love to hear your thoughts!Follow the link in profile to read the blog post.
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