How exciting can a day in New York City be? In the case of this downtown Manhattan neighborhood, very exciting! If you’re located in New York, you already know that Tribeca is home to some of Manhattan’s most fun kid-friendly spots from restaurants to schools to stores—there’s something on every corner. And while it may sound like a pretty normal day: international spots for sweets to trendy book shops and toy stores, in true Tribeca fashion, we can vouch that this is so not your typical day in the big city. Here, we share the hot spots we love to frequent in Lower Manhattan with our kiddos.
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We love taking a trip down memory lane; back to the good old days of the Hardy Boys and the original Nancy Drew (pre-Emma Roberts). The Mysterious Bookshop is a cozy storefront, home to a huge selection of mystery hardcovers, paperbacks, and periodicals. The walls are lined with bookshelves, making the aesthetic straight out of a movie. For the true mystery-buffs, The Mysterious Bookshop publishes limited editions of books by famous authors including Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and James Ellroy.
Ninja New York is a mystifying experience that pays homage to Japanese culture. The menu presents sushi, soups and salads, chicken and steak, and, of course, food for the little ones. The ‘Castle of Ninja’ kids’ dish provides mac & cheese, grilled teriyaki chicken, french fries, and sushi—not your ordinary chicken fingers kids meal! Perhaps the best part is the interior, which is designed to resemble a ‘ninja village,’ which is sure to make your kids think you’re the coolest for picking this place to dine at. Finally—a kid-friendly restaurant that doesn’t feel like a kid-friendly restaurant. Pro tip: the dress code is ‘smart casual,’ so come prepared.
While you’re farther away from big parks like Central Park and Washington Square Park, Tribeca is no stranger to some good old fashioned NYC grass, playgrounds, and community gardens. Washington Market Park is a haven for children’s events, concerts, movie nights, and seasonal parties year-round and the perfect place to escape the concrete jungle without leaving it.
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For a not-your-average bakery experience, Takahachi Bakery exposes your whole family to some delicious Japanese treats that are hard to come by. Taste a variety of coffees, teas, hot chocolates for the little ones, cakes, and more.
The New York City Children’s Theater is now offering an interactive play for children based on the hit song by Laurie Berkner. At 10am and 12pm, you and your little ones can remove your shoes and dress up in your cuddliest pajamas for a fun and exciting adventure through Pillowland! Shows run on Sundays through April 14, 2019 and it is best for ages 2-5.