NYC Family Bucket List

Off-Broadway WeekNew to the city? Been here for years and now moving away? Read on for the quintessential Brooklyn and New York activities that received glowing reviews from Park Slope Parents members.

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Food and drink

Museums and attractions

Festivals/things to do

Parks and outdoor activities




Food and Drink


Chinatown dumpling/food crawl (end with ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory)
“You don't need to book anything, just look up a few different spots and go for pork buns and dumplings and the obligatory Nom Wah stop of course.”


Dim sum in Flushing, Queens Chinatown


Russ and Daughters for brunch




Queens Night Market
“Queens Night Market is an absolute must must must before you go.”


Italian dinner on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx




Saraghina Pizzeria with Shantell Martin’s murals


Sharing pizza at Giuseppina’s in South Slope


Miss Ada


Chelsea Market
“Especially Los Tacos No. 1!”


Industry City food court: Japan Village, Li-Lac Chocolates, etc.


Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain


Ellen’s Stardust Diner


Covenhoven beer and games


A cocktail at The Dead Rabbit


A cocktail at the hidden Campbell bar in Grand Central and the King Cole Bar with the Maxfield Parrish mural


Economy Candy


Your favorite bagel!


Museums and attractions

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The Cloisters
“Just beautiful.”


Intrepid Museum
“I spent the night there with the kids and it was super fun.”


Cathedral of St. John the Divine


The Met (and have lunch on the steps)


MoMA (and get Halal Guys outside)




The Shed


Tenement Museum


American Museum of Natural History (Check out the brand new Gilder Center


The Noguchi Museum
“Especially art at Rainey Park and open studio programs.”


The Morgan Library & Museum
“Peek at the Morgan Library’s secret staircase.”


Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island


One World Trade Center


Museum of Arts and Design


Crack is Wack mural by Keith Haring


New York Hall of Science


City Reliquary in Williamsburg 




New-York Historical Society


Museum of Mathematics


9/11 Memorial and Museum


International Center of Photography


Whitney Museum


New York Transit Museum


Children’s Museum of the Arts


Children’s Museum of Manhattan


Brooklyn Children’s Museum


Museum of the Moving Image


Brooklyn Museum


Museum of the City of New York


New York Aquarium in Coney Island


Dia Beacon


Storm King Art Center


Festivals and things to do

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Lunar New Year Parade & Festival (February)


Fleet Week (May)


Coney Island Mermaid Parade (June)
“So New York City— even more fun if you walk in the parade.”


BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert in Prospect Park (June)


Summer Movies Under the Stars in Prospect Park (July and August)


South Slope Derby (August)


Battle Week (August)
“Did you know The Battle of Brooklyn was one of the most important battles in the American Revolution?”


West Indies Parade (Labor Day)


The Great Pupkin (October)
“It’s a dog Halloween costume competition. We’ve done it every year since being in Brooklyn, including bringing our out of town wedding guests to the event - it blew everyone’s mind. It’s family friendly with loads of kids, non chaotic seating on the steps and often there are whole family entries with kids getting involved. This year there was a dog pulled out of a giant purse dressed as Mary ‘Puppins’ while three children dressed as chimney sweeps danced to Chimchimminy. Fort Greene park also has its harvest festival, aimed at kids (pumpkin patches, a train ride, haystacks) on the same day.”


Park Slope Children’s Halloween Parade (Halloween night, 6:30pm)


NYC Marathon (November)


Watch balloons inflate for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the day/night before


Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (December)


A comedy show at the Comedy Cellar


Skating or boating or the splash pad at LeFrak


Brooklyn Nets game


Brooklyn Cyclones game (Coney Island)


Broadway show
-Kids’ Night on Broadway (February) - kids under 18 can get a free ticket
-Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week - 2-for-1 tickets
-TKTS - cheap same day Broadway tickets


Axe throwing at Kick Axe


Rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders


Bronx Zoo
“Stop at Arthur Ave on the way back.”


Parks and outdoor activities

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Green-Wood Cemetery
“Green-wood Cemetery day and night (Niblo’s Garden is a magical and kid-friendly event at night) and sunset on the highest hill is great.”


Coney Island


Greenwood Park
“Visit before 7pm to play bocce.”


Take the ferries all around
-Staten Island Ferry
-“Brooklyn Bridge Park to Domino Park is fun and up to Socrates Sculpture Park.”


Brooklyn Botanic Garden
“Anytime, but Halloween and cherry blossoms are great. If you go the day before the big cherry blossom festival you can often see the rehearsals and miss the crowds the day of.”


Washington Square Park to picnic and people watch


Kayak on the Hudson at Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse


Walk or run the six-mile loop in Central Park


Little Island


Visit Belvedere Castle in Central Park


Governor's Island


Battery park Esplanade and SeaGlass Carousel


The High Line


Walk the Brooklyn Bridge


Brooklyn Bridge Park


Swim in NYC's Free Floating Infinity Pool 


Ride the Roosevelt Island Tramway


Domino Park


Chinese Scholar's Garden on Staten Island


Apple picking (see member-reviewed venues here)


Cool Down at Rockaway Beach 


Bear Mountain State Park and Harriman Lookout
Find more family-friendly hikes here!


SplashDown Beach water park in Fishkill



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Grab a coffee and walk the Chelsea Flower District


Walk around Vinegar Hill


Walk around Sunset Park and go to Industry City




The Strand - Greenlight - Books Are Magic are a few of our favs.”


Alamo Drafthouse, Nitehawk, Metrograph, BAM, and Film Forum Jr for kid movies.”


Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.


Shipwrecked Indoor Mini Golf 


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