While weekends used to be reserved for sleeping in, when you’re a parent, you know there’s no greater joy than spending quality time with your little ones when you have a break from work. If you and your family are in Manhattan this weekend and could use some time to catch up with one another, try checking out one of these family-friendly activities:
Book a live animal session with Big Apple Portraits | 143 West 72nd Street
There’s no greater delight than seeing your kiddos become BFF with some adorable animals — the only thing better is catching it on film, of course. This weekend, head uptown to Big Apple Portraits for one of their springtime live animal sessions. Your kids can pose with bunnies, baby chicks, and springtime props, and you can enjoy the memories and accompanying photos for a lifetime.
Hunt for eggs in Carl Schurz Park | 86th Street and East End Avenue
Give your kid a taste of Easter one week early by checking out the egg hunt at Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side. Unlike other egg hunts that become a free-for-all, this well-organized activity lets kids hunt for eggs in 20-minute increments, ensuring that everyone gets a prize and nobody gets knocked down in the process.
Check out the Museum of Natural History’s Amazing Amazon | 79th Street and Central Park West
Let your kids marvel at the wonder of nature with a trip to the Museum of Natural History’s Amazing Amazon exhibit. Hosted in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, this exhibit teaches kids about the amazing biodiversity found in and around the Amazon river. The exhibit makes nature come to life with performances, demonstrations featuring live animals, and the opportunity to meet scientists with expert knowledge of the Amazon.
Walkthrough the Astor Place Festival | Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette
Stretch your legs and check out all the excitement at the Astor Place Festival this weekend. This exciting festival combines the best New York street fairs have to offer, like live music, fun vendors, and tons of food worth breaking your healthy eating streak for.
Catch a glimpse of Gulliver’s Gate | 216 West 44th Street
Everything’s more amazing when it’s in miniature, which is why Gulliver’s Gate is such a surefire hit for the whole family. This exhibit in Times Square takes the creation of miniature worlds to new heights, with miniature versions of New York, and locations in Russia, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, meticulously capturing every detail, from the starry ceiling at Grand Central to placid waters of the Panama Canal.
Make this weekend in New York City an exciting one for your whole family by spending some quality time all together. Whether you’re hanging out with the Easter Bunny, exploring the wonders of the natural world, or perusing your local street fair, you’re sure to have a great time.