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A Perfect Summer Saturday for Kids in NYC

School is out, and you are going to want to keep the kids entertained during summer break. So why not start the weekend off right with a day of fun-filled activities just for them. After all, the city is ripe with kid-friendly venues, restaurants and things to do that not only the youngsters will enjoy, but older folks too.

 

Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History (Photo: C. Chesek)

Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History (Photo: C. Chesek)

9am: Have Brunch at Good Enough To Eat
Starting your day on the Upper West Side is great for one particular reason — eating at this inexpensive neighborhood joint. You will need your strength for this action-packed day, so fill up on homestyle breakfast items like apple pancakes, specialty omelets and waffles with orange butter. 520 Columbus Ave., 212-496-0163; goodenoughtoeat.com

10:30am: Head to Central Park
Since the restaurant is off 85th Street, you are in the perfect location to enter the park and take a nice stroll to digest your meal as your tyke runs wild in the greenery. Head south and hit up one of the playgrounds like Mariner’s Gate or Diana Ross, both of which are on the way to your next destination and give your kid a chance to get some fresh air before it gets too hot. centralparknyc.org

Noon: Explore the American Museum of Natural History
Now that the sun is fully out and the city is steaming, take refuge in the American Museum of Natural History, an institution perfect for kids of all ages. Besides the amazing dioramas and dinosaur fossils, there are special exhibits this summer like Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs and Spiders Alive (opening July 4). Make sure to also check out what’s playing at the IMAX theater, where you can watch larger than life microbes in the 3D film, Mysteries of the Unseen World, or check out the documentary all about Great White sharks (starting July 7). You are likely still full from brunch, but the museum’s Café on Four has light sandwiches and treats like fruit and hummus and pita chips for a pick-me-up. Central Park West at 79th Street; 212-769-5100; get tickets

4pm: Ride the Central Park Carousel
Kids these days may be used to bigger thrills, but why not introduce them to the simple pleasure of a carousel ride. This being New York, it is, of course, a pretty impressive carousel. One of the largest in the US, the structure dates back to 1908 and has stood here since the early 1950s. Let the kids pick their own horse as you all pile on and just watch their faces transform as the music begins, the lights come on and the ride starts. Mid-park at 64th St, 212-439-6900, ex. 12

5pm: Get a Sweet Treat
Is there any better joy for kids than ice cream on a hot summer day? After you’ve ridden the carousel, head southwest to Columbus Circle and make a stop at Grom. The authentic Italian chain serves gelato in flavors like mint chocolate chip and vanilla, as well as tiramisu and hazelnut. There are also seasonal fruit sorbets like pink grapefruit, strawberry and limone (using lemons from Sicily). Sure, ice cream this late may ruin their dinner. But that just adds to the fun. 1796 Broadway, 212-974-3444, grom.it

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