While many of you will be staying local, many families like to explore other neighborhoods and venues. Brooklyn Mamas has gathered a whole host of events, shows, and museums that are worth trekking to see.
Head to the Theatre
Depending your child’s age, there is a play that caters their age group. For younger audiences, ,there is “Freckleface Strawberry”, “Pinkalicious”, “Angelina Ballerina The Musical“, “Berenstein Bears“, “Traces“, The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things.
For the tween/teen set, don’t miss “Mary Poppins”, “Superman: Turn on the Dark”. The best place to find information about these shows is the New York Times Off and Off –Off Broadway list. Want to save on show tickets, check out Seasons of Savings to take advantage of their easy-to-use coupons for up to 50% off show tickets.
Explore Area Children’s Museums
New York is home to some great local children’s museums. In Manhattan, there is the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Nitchen Children’s Cultural Center of Native America, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Heading to Long Island, try the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. All of the children’s museums have exceptional children’s programming.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Tuxedo Ridge is one of the more popular ski resorts. Tuxedo Ridge is located at Sterling Forest just off of Route 17A in Orange County. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there is snowtubing is the most popular activity here. Reservations are required a day in advance. Snowtubing sessions are held Friday-Sunday. Lift ticket prices vary depending on age and days.
Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ is about a 90-minute drive from Queens. It offers skiing and an all-mountain terrain park. Mountain Creek is open seven days a week, but hours are adjusted for the holiday season, so it is best to call ahead.
Bear Mountain State Park offers both hiking and an outdoor ice-skating. Skate rentals are available.
Explore The Tri-State Area
Long Island Mamas recommends visiting Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Cold Spring is located in Putnam County about 50 miles away. Historic homes, delicious restaurants, and antique and specialty shops line the streets. Check out visitor information here and Long Island Mamas review.
Lambertville, Frenchtown, and New Hope are towns in western New Jersey /Eastern PA along the Delaware River. Families will love exploring the charming streets of Lambertville. All three towns are truly near each other. Start with a quick walk across the bridge to New Hope. Then drive 10 minutes west from New Hope and you’ll hit Peddler’s Village, an amazing cluster of shops, restaurants, and a family entertainment center. Finally, a 20-minute drive north from Lambertville will take you to Frenchtown, which offers more of the same. This area also boasts some decent wineries for a more adult-centered escape. One benefit to having all three towns so close in proximity is that it can all be seen in one day. Don’t want to drive back to New York, there are plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts. For Hunterdon County visitor information can be found here. For information about New Hope, click here.
Brooklyn Area Activities
Staying close to home, Brooklyn Mamas has Free and Cheap Activities that are sure to keep everyone happy.