Kids day out in Flatiron | New York City
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created by | Arya
transit | walkable
total distance | 0.5 miles
est. transit time | 9 minute walk end to end
The Flatiron District is a neighborhood right in the center of Manhattan. It’s an area of the city that is very hard to place in a box. Geographically it bridges Midtown and Downtown and that fact is very visible in the mixture of businesses, retail shops and locals that inhabit the area. It is partly a design and business district, home to the Flatiron building that gives the area it’s name as well as the headquarters of many companies from design agencies to banks. It’s also become a foodie magnet with Eleven Madison Park anchoring the area. It’s also an amazing place to enjoy with your kids. Whether you’re a local or just visiting there’s tons of great shops, parks, restaurants and museums to explore. Enjoy this little guide with just a few of my favorites!
$$ Popular French bakery chain
921 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 (near 21st)
There are many great places in the neighborhood to grab a coffee or a juice to get the day started. Maison Kayser is a personal favorite. They are open early (7AM) and serve up delicious pastries and tasty egg dishes. The cafe is usually pretty busy but you can always grab something at the bakery counter and go. Also when the weather permits they have outdoor seating which is great and you can take in the hustle and bustle of the area with a great view of the Empire State building no less.
$$ | Children's boutique with unique toys & apparel
26 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010 (btwn Broadway and Park)
This is a fun little children’s shop with a unique collection of quirky toys and clothes. We always have fun exploring and usually find a few new favorites when we visit. The shop opens at 10:30AM on most days (11:00AM on Sunday) so you have plenty of time yo enjoy your coffee and take in the view from Broadway and 22nd street before it opens.
The LEGO Store
$$ NYC LEGO flagship store
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (near 23rd street)
While it’s often hard to rally the kids to leave a fun shop like Space Kiddets it’s doubtful you will hear any protests when you tell them they next stop is the LEGO store. My kids can never get enough LEGO time and this location showcases all of the best LEGO sets and designs!
Eataly NYC Flatiron
$$ - $$$ | Italian market with groceries, wine bars, counter service and sit down restaurants
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (between 23rd and 24th street)
Eataly is a chain of Italian markets loaded with tons of Italian imports and a number of delicious counters and cafes. My kids love the Pizza and Pasta restaurant but you can’t go wrong with any of the options. Also, after lunch there is an amazing Gelato and coffee and pastry bar near the entrance closest to the LEGO store. Worth a visit.
$$ Book private spaces by the hour
$30-$50/hr for a private 4-6 person space
Tip: Get $45 of credit with code: RN7WF6
When you’re traveling around the city and out all day with kids it can be exhausting. It’s often helpful to have a little quiet and private space even it’s just for 30 minutes. Breather is a life saver. It’s a site that allows you to book private meeting spaces and rooms by the hour. There are tons of locations around the city and a number of them in the Flatiron area. It’s mainly designed for businesses and meetings but it’s super helpful. Whether you need to feed or change one of your kids with a little privacy or just put your feet up and take an hour as a family to ‘breath’. Check it out and use the code above for $45 in credit to pay for your first space!
Madison Square Park
Free | Public Park
Between 5th and Madison Avenue and 23rd and 26th Street
Enjoy beautiful views of the Flatiron and Empire State buildings as well as great people watching in this public park in the center of the Flatiron neighborhood. The park features a variety of art installations, sculptures, playground, a dog run and several small lawns surrounded by winding walk way lined with benches . . .not to mention there's a Shake Shack.
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4 star hotel | rooms $200-$250/night
420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016
The Royalton Park Avenue is perfectly located just steps from Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park, The Empire State Building and dozens of the best restaurants in the city (Eataly, Shake Shack, Upland, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Square Park, NoMad Bar, SPiN New York). It’s the perfect place to stay with yourself or with your little ones. Book your room now!