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created by | Blake
transit | walkable
total distance | 0.7 miles
est. travel time | 14 minute walk end to end

NoMad, the area north of Madison Square Park, is home to some of the city’s newest and best high-end restaurants (Eleven Madison Park!), hotels (NoMad Hotel!) and shopping (Project No. 8!). It is also a great place for the whole family, with child-friendly museums, restaurants and playgrounds.


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MOMATH - National Museum of Mathematics

$$ | Math museum with exhibits on patterns & structures perfect for all ages
11 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010
(212) 542-0566


MOMATH is open 364 days a year (closed on Thanksgiving), and is a great place to start your day, especially in cold weather. This museum is interactive, educational, and fun, and is age appropriate for all ages. Watch your kids ride a square-wheeled trike, shoot basketballs on the Hoop Curves machine and play mathematical games on the Math Square which you control by the movements of your feet. It’s definitely a ”smart” move!


The LEGO Store

$$ | NYC LEGO flagship store
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (near 23rd street)
(212) 255-3217


Hate stepping on Legos left on your playroom floor in the middle of the night? Then this is not the store for you! All kidding aside, both you and your children will love how interactive the LEGO Store can be. Use the Digital Box to bring your LEGO set to life in 3D, check out the NYC landmarks created in LEGOs throughout the store, and even scan your likeness with the Mosaic Maker! This customized LEGO photo booth turns your portrait into a custom LEGO kit to build your face with blocks.


The Smith – NoMad

$$ | Stylish American Gastropub
1150 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 (near 27th street)
(212) 685-4500


With several locations throughout the city, the Smith is one of our family’s “go to” restaurants. The upbeat and buzzy crowd creates a fun atmosphere, the menu is delicious and extensive, and the staff and food is very kid friendly. Grab a booth, ask your waiter to recite the kids menu and enjoy your Spicy Salmon Tartare and Vegetable Bibimbap while your kids take old timey photos in the unisex restrooms downstairs.

Mom tip: only order one dessert - they’re huge! My kids love the S’mores in a Jar.


Moira Ann Smith Playground - Madison Square Park

Free | Public Park
38 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010


Enter the playground inside the park at Madison Avenue and 25th Street to burn off some energy! This playground skews a little toward the bigger kid crowd, as the play structure is also on the bigger side. However, there is plenty of space for little ones to run and lots to see in a beautiful setting. In the Summer, there is a 15-foot tall waterwheel with sprinklers. If you need even more cooling off, head towards Shake Shack for a milkshake or float!

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