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10 New Things To Do In and Around NYC

With November comes a chill in the air, darker days, holiday lights — and new things to do on KidPass!

From adorable new baby classes to wacky art exhibits to the largest planetarium in the US, you’re sure to find something you and your kiddos will love. Read on to find the best activity for you!

Liberty Science Center

Where: Jersey City
Best for: all ages

Kids can discover new ideas, ask questions at a live science show, and visit outer space in the largest planetarium on this side of the world. In the summer, kids can dig for discoveries at a huge dinosaur excavation site and burn off steam at an outdoor obstacle course. Most families stay over four hours to enjoy all LSC has to offer. There’s even a private nursing room!

ThinkerTales

Where: Tribeca
Best for: age 4 years and under

This adorable class uses singing, dancing, motor skill play and group activities to tell a story as a class. Each class introduces a new “Thinker” (usually a stuffed animal!) who goes on a new adventure each week and the class contributes both physically and verbally to the imaginary tale. This way of storytelling is to help children understand that their imagination can take them anywhere!

KidVille Montclair

Where: Montclair, NJ
Best for: age 2 – 5 years

Attention North Jersey! Kidville Montclair is now on KidPass. Kidville’s goal is to make the lives of families with young children better and easier by providing a fun, safe, and clean environment for children to learn, play, and grow. Choose from a wide range of classes and programs designed by early childhood development specialists in one convenient location.

Fun Station

Where: Staten Island
Best for: age 6 – 17 years

This arcade and family entertainment center on Staten Island offers tons of fun under one roof. Choose from laser tag, batting cages, or choose the 1-, 2-, or 3-hour open passes which include a variety of awesome carnival rides and mazes!

Kid and Playspace

Where: Williamsburg
Best for: age 6 months – 6 years

This neighborhood indoor playspace co-op was conceived and is operated by North Brooklyn parents. Open playtime features a bevy of toys (ride-on toys, push toys, pretend play, tents, tunnels, and more) as well as add-on activities from various neighborhood businesses they partner with throughout their run.

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Tomatoland

Where: SoHo
Best for: age 3 years and up

This unique and immersive pop-up exhibit lets you explore New York City from a tomato’s perspective! It was created by Dr. Tomato to increase environmental awareness in the city. Featuring 7 rooms and 20+ amusing scenes, the exhibit provides plenty of fun Instagrammable moments for your kids.

Economy Candy

Where: Lower East Side
Best for: all (candy-eating) ages

Didn’t get your fill of Halloween candy? Head down to the oldest candy store in NYC to browse the aisles, then leave with a bag (or box) of candy all of your own.

Fferins of Brooklyn

Where: South Slope
Best for: all (candy-eating) ages

Another spot where all you have to do is show up and indulge your sweet tooth. Fferins has a sizable collection of UK treats, nostalgic retro candies, and everything in between.

Baby Bandstand

Where: Astoria and Hoboken
Best for: 3 years and under

Baby Bandstand believes in using music to help children form an early foundation for strong speech, literacy, language, and social skills. Classes are filled with live music including guitar, ukulele and more!

Everybody Knows Bob

Where: East Village
Best for: 12 years and under

Everybody Knows Bob is the coolest multi-sensorial art show that presents pop art in an interactive way. Come lose yourself in heart-pounding beats and dope art installations, conceptualized and handcrafted by pop artist Raphael Zhou. You’ll sprinkle cash on a skyrocketing money mountain of $200,000,000, get lost in the misty forest of butterflies, find an exquisite life-sized gorilla skeleton decorated in 86,320 Swarovski crystals, and more!

Looking for more ways to play in the city? Here are 9 playspaces to visit in the NYC area. And if you want to discover and book even more fun, check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro area. 

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