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created by | Emily
transit | walkable
distance | 0.4 miles
est. transit time | 10 minute walk end to end

When you are looking for the perfect activity fit for you and your kids around Manhattan it’s hard to beat the Upper West Side. The neighborhood is very family friendly and even if the weather is less than pleasant this guide highlights some great spots that each just a 2 minute walk apart so you won’t have to be outside for long.



Children's Museum Of Manhattan

Kids' museum featuring a range of hands-on activities.
212 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024
(212) 721-1223


So easy to spend hours at this museum with five floors of fun for your kids. They do a great job of featuring new exhibits and there are always a number of educational activities for your little ones. This February they have a Stuffed Animal Repair Workshop for teddies and soft friends needing a little love. It will certainly bring a smile to your child’s face and a creative way to incorporate a little toy maintenance.



$$ Neapolitan-style pizzas from a wood-burning oven
510 Columbus, New York, NY 10024
(917) 675-7581


Just a couple blocks north of the Children’s Museum is Motorino. It’s the perfect place to grab a little lunch after a full afternoon at the CMOM. Mouthwatering neapolitan style pizza’s and all the toppings you could want. Just be warned they don’t take reservations!


Milk Bar Upper West Side

$$ Snug bakery (a Momofuku offshoot) for quirky, inventive desserts.
561 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
(212) 256-0586


Playtime and pizza can only be followed up by one thing right? Milk Bar Cereal Milk and Cookies. Two blocks north on Columbus you will find the little Upper West Side location of the Milk Bar. The Milk Bar is the dessert bar that was born out of the Momofuku restaurant empire. They have everything from very fun and elaborate birthday cakes to classic cookies and some inventive desserts like Crack Pie and Cereal Milk. Your kids (and let’s be honest) you will certainly enjoy it.


Looking for a hotel near this guide? Book a stay at the Hotel Beacon

Hotel Beacon is conveniently located just a block from all of the locations mentioned in this guide as well as many more great destinations on the Upper West Side. Additionally, it’s worth nothing that the hotel does offer small kitchenette as well as a laundry room, both important ammenties when traveling with kids!

Hotel Beacon

3 Star Hotel | rooms $100 - $200/night
2130 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(212) 787-1100


“Room was spacious and rates were very reasonable. Location was great”

Claudia, U.S. - Booking.com

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