Upicnic | 5 Outdoor Spring Activities for Kids in New York City

5 Outdoor Spring Activities for Kids in New York City

BY THE UPICNIC TEAM
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4/25/2016

Parents rejoice, for the season of no scarves, no coats, and no gloves is finally here! For a few glorious months, you won’t have to set foot into the chaos that is the Children Museum, nor pretend to be amazed by yet the same unpronounceable dinosaur.

This is the season of playgrounds and all things outdoors – though we’ll have to wait for Memorial Day for the fountains and sprinklers to work. Le sigh.

Every parent in New York knows not to venture into a playground without an adequate supply of snacks, or a lunch ready to grab – why? Because otherwise you’ll be stuck feeding your children endlessly reheated pretzels, questionable hotdogs, and Sponge-Bob-shaped “ice cream”. Those are literally the only food options in the park other than that guy rolling his shopping cart through Sheep Meadow selling mojitos (which, btw, I’ve heard are totally legit).

Thanks to Upicnic, you can now plan ahead and have everything you need show up directly where you are in the park: food, games, drinks, sunscreen, and even little treats. Imagine: you won’t have to carry a thing on your way there, or on your way out. No packing. No cleaning. No stressing. All you have to do is show up, and Upicnic delivers and picks up everything.

Stomped for ideas of what to do with the kids on these gorgeous spring weekends? Not to worry, Upicnic is here to save the day with tips on 5 outdoor spring activities for kids in New York City:

Zoo(s):  the Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, the Queens Petting Zoo, and even the New York Aquarium: not only are these places amazing on every given day (and will keep your kids busy all day) but they also organize cool and interactive experiences and special events all the time. Make sure to follow them on social media (especially Facebook) to stay up to date with everything they have going on. That way, uou can easily turn even the most familiar venue into unexplored and exciting territory.

Botanical Gardens: this time of year they are a must! The Botanical Garden in the Bronx will take your breath away year-round with their amazing orchid displays, but spring is the only time you can see the Rose Garden in full bloom. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden even offers classes in their Children Garden, and that’s something to keep in mind for both a dull afternoon as well as those awkward half-days and inexplicable days off.

Conservatory Garden: located on the East side of Central Park (enter the park from 5th Ave btw 104th and 105th street) the Conservatory Garden is one of the “hidden” gems of our glorious New York. Having served as the setting of every single Manhattan wedding photo shoot, there is no place more ideal than this for you to take your kids and fill up your phone’s memory with all the pictures you can take. It’s not a day-long activity, but can easily be complemented by nearby playgrounds – plus, you know, the rest of Central Park.

On Wheels: buy them a good helmet and have faith they won’t run towards every tree they see. Bikes, rollerblades and scooters, this is the season of everything with wheels. Embrace it – it doesn’t matter how disciplined, slow and patient you think your kids are – once they are on wheels they will outrun you. I suggest you arm yourself with their same gear and roll around with them.

On Water: you might have to track all the way to Coney Island for a sliver of sand, but New York is full of pretty decent alternatives to a dreadful 2-h train ride with little children. Granted, city pools will open on Memorial day, but you can rent rowboats from the Loeb Boathouse April through November (make them yearn to go kayaking on the Hudson during the summer!)

Never forget you live in the greatest city on earth – if you are at a total loss, have a tourist day and visit Roosevelt Island, the Queens County Farm Museum, discover a new neighborhood or simply take a hike to a new playground. Did you know New York City has more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities across the five boroughs? Start exploring!

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