While SoHo and Tribeca may have risen through the ranks thanks to their rather grown-up artistic and culinary attractions, both neighborhoods still have a wealth of family-friendly activities, making the adjacent Hudson Square a great starting place for a weekend family outing. Of course, any weekend outing ultimately starts at the home, and 70 Charlton's amenities were designed with this in mind. A children's playroom provides a structured, thoughtful space for recreation, while rendering inclement weather obsolete. Lush landscaping in the Courtyard creates the foundation for an enduring connection to and appreciation for nature. The indoor saltwater swimming pool and outdoor sports court provide wonderful outlets for recreation and exercise, for both children and parents alike.
Once everyone is ready to head out, stroll through 70 Charlton's stunning glass-enclosed Courtyard Breezeway to an array of parks, museums, gardens, unique toy stores, and kid-friendly restaurants that can keep families entertained and engaged. What follows are some of our favorite activities for all ages near 70 Charlton:
Breathe at Elizabeth Street Garden
This half-acre garden on Elizabeth Street is large enough to sweep you away for a few minutes, while small enough to remind you that you’re still in New York City. More than 1,200 different plants, herbs, and trees are scattered throughout its expanse, and it offers several volunteer programs that teach children all about gardening. The garden is open year-round from 10 am to 6 pm and is a great way to remind kids that Manhattan is more than a concrete jungle.
Shop at Playing Mantis | 32 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013
Toy stores are a dime a dozen in NYC, but none of them are quite like Tribeca’s Playing Mantis shop. The toys here are all beautiful, handmade, mostly wooden creations. Owner Imelda McCain says that “the store exists to inspire children,” and her work toward this goal is apparent from the moment you step inside. It’s a truly enchanting space that kids will get absolutely swept away in, and adults will appreciate the craftsmanship of the pieces and the eco-friendly materials they are constructed from.
Picnic at Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is one of the most beloved parks in the city, and for good reason—there’s a pulsing energy within its verdant spaces. Known for a nearly constant buzz of eclectic music and art displays, the park also has a dog run, a playground, and a scattering of green areas that are ideal for a family picnic. We recommend packing provisions from Murray’s Cheese and Faicco’s Pork Store on nearby Bleecker Street and making a day of it.
Play at the Children’s Museum of the Arts | 103 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014
Boasting 10,000 square feet of space and more than 2,000 pieces of art from around the world, the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is one of the best family museums in the city, offering many interactive programs and workshops as well as rotating exhibitions. Recent shows have featured artwork rooted in cartography and alternate worlds. The CMA is not just kid-friendly; it’s kid-focused, meaning every inch is designed to keep children engaged and interested. It’s a phenomenal entry point into the arts.
Learn at the New York City Fire Museum | 278 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
Kids love learning about firefighting, and there is no better place to do so than the New York City Fire Museum. It has programs that teach children about fire safety and firefighting through real-world demonstrations, and a large collection of gear and artifacts that illustrate how much the job has changed over the last century. It’s a fascinating place that can educate and entertain kids of all ages.
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