After a long, cold winter, New Yorkers are more than eager to trade in their scarves for sun dresses or their flannel for v-neck tees. Spring is upon us, but even though we’ve had some sun-kissed days, the temperature is still a daily conundrum. For those of us with children, cabin fever is likely at record highs, so before we’re fully able to picnic in the park in all its summery glory, here are some ideas to get your little ones out and about in NoMad.
The LEGO Store
200 5th Ave (Corner of Fifth Avenue)
The perfect follow-up to watching the LEGO Batman movie is to take your batman and batgirl over to toy Mecca and set your future architect to work designing the next high-rise in the neighborhood. You can throw a block-themed birthday party, go on the Easter Egg Hunt through the store (April 1-16), or revamp your child’s collection and pick out which pieces you’ll find on the carpet underfoot in the middle of the night.
Karma Kids Yoga
25 West 23rd Street (Next to The LEGO Store)
If the LEGO store is too frenetic, bring your kids right next door to zen out with the lovely teachers at Karma. Started by a former advertising VP, Karma specializes in parent-child yoga sessions, prenatal yoga and pilates, kids and teens community classes, and much more. Breathe deeply, as the cold weather won’t Namaste for long.
TADA! Youth Theater
15 W 28th Street (Between Broadway and Fifth Avenue)
If your son or daughter has a flair for the dramatic, head over to TADA! for a free introduction to musical theater. For over 30 years, TADA! has provided children of all ages professional training and youth development in musical theater. Whether it’s a scene study, improvisation class, how to build a character or just simply attending a professional Off-Broadway show, TADA! brings the magic of theatre to young people. Soon enough, you’ll be hearing quotes from Shakespeare, Moliere, and O’Neill coming out of your child’s room.
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street (Between Fifth and Sixth Avenue)
Just a hop, skip and a few blocks south of NoMad is the oldest and largest bookstore for your little bookworms. Adults will find that the helpful, knowledgeable staff at Books of Wonder can help you select perfect gift for infants, children and teens. Their events page is chock full, so you can fill your literary calendar easily, or simply head over for the popular Storytime on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
10 West 25th Street (Between Broadway and Fifth Avenue)
NoMad is quickly becoming a playground for adults, but the founders of Apple Seeds wanted to make sure the kids had a playground of their own. The all-in-one space offers over 100 classes a week that range from music, cooking, science, ballet, construction, and many more. Your little NoMadder can even get a new ‘do at the kid’s salon just in time for Spring.