Manhattan's Upper West Side is just the right kind of NYC neighborhood for a family day trip. We'll often pop down the West Side Highway and hit up our favorite spots…
The American Museum of Natural History. Forget Disney. Every kid needs to experience the magic of the giant whale, dinosaur skeletons, and museum's planetarium.
Shake Shack. Shack Burger, fries, and a shake. Times 3. Remember, the Upper West is sandwiched neatly between two great city parks: Riverside Park and Central Park. Just in case you're in the mood to walk off the other kind of sandwich.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan is a kid's dream come true. It's a one stop shop for crafting, sand play, and indoor climbing. The almost-life size play firetruck and MTA bus is a major hit for kids of all ages (including a certain dad I know who seemed to really enjoy announcing a downtown five-alarm fire over the working intercom).
The Bankstreet Bookstore near Columbia University almost makes me wish we stayed in our West End Avenue apartment and raised a city kid—and then I remember that we lived in a one bedroom, and not the Plaza. City and country kids alike are welcome to attend free story hours (check their site for schedule). Our favorite book and Bankstreet purchase of late is Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue. And, never fail, my daughter always does on the car ride home.
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