Now, my regular Junkies know, that whilst my body is firmly here on British soil – crappy weather and all, my spiritual home is in New York City. I’m about to take my girls there for Easter.
Of COURSE I know the usual tourist things to do there. But I wanted MORE MORE MORE. I wanted tips from the INSIDE! And who better to provide them than WOWMUM?
WOWMUM launched their brilliant service in January this year. It’s a FREE App designed to make life easy for busy mums on the go. It instantly locates nearby baby and child friendly places sorted into three simple categories Eat, Play and Pamper.
They have it for all major cities in the UK. AND AND AND they are officially launching in NY at the end of the month! So they made this just for ME and YOU! Here you go….
Brunch where fairy wings line the walls and little princesses can fill up on the signature fresh fruit crepe with vanilla creme anglaise and other sumptuous treats. (Suri Cruise is a regular KSJ adds!). 102 West 73rd Street, Manhattan, New York 10023-3047, tel 212 799 3006
NOM NOM forget the BUM! 545 9th Ave Manhattan, 10018-1304, tel : 212 268 9975
This place is like Magnolia Bakery (made famous by Sex and the City – though I very much doubt with those bodies, they really ate anything from there!) but cooler.
Buttercup Bake Shop in Midtown East, 973 Second Avenue (between 51/52nd streets), New York, NY 10022, tel (212) 350-4144
Known as “The best free show on Broadway” this classic American retro diner has all singing and dancing waitstaff! A MUST! But note, you go for the show, not so much the food!
1650 Broadway @ 51st Street New York, NY 10019, tel (212) 956-5151
It’s all about dressing up at Let’s Dress Up -The Premiere Princess Party and Playdate Place … a place where you become the princess! A popular experience for children ages 3 through 8.
345 East 85th Street, Manhattan, New York, 10028-5447, tel 212 879 0956
Specializes in creating and performing sophisticated ballet performances just for kids.
30 East 31st Street, Manhattan, New York, 10016-6825, tel 212-679-0401
Located on the Upper West Side, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan features five floors of exhibits, programs and events (including an outdoor water area in the summer!) for children.
212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan, New York, 10024-4901, tel 212 721 1234
Spend an entire day with your doll lover at this giant concept store picking out a new doll, accessories, matching daughter and doll outfits, or simply enjoying the doll hair salon, doll hospital or having a meal at the cafe. Play area and cafe in store.
609 5th Ave, Manhattan, New York, 10017-1021, tel 212 644 1145
Offer special nail services for children. I can TOTALLY see my pampered pooches wanting a bit of this action. And my husband saying NO!
41 East 8th Street (at University Place), New York, 10003-6450, tel 212 375 1350
Opened by a local mom who often brings her infant daughter to work with her, this stylish salon has a bright interior decorated with a large tree and colorful animals. You can also pop in for manicures, pedicures or kids’ music and dance classes. Time Out New York voted it the city’s BEST place for kids haircuts.
365 First Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Streets, Manhattan, New York, 10010-6503 tel: 646 476 6294
The revamped Times Square flagship store is almost as good as visiting the House of Mouse. Disney fans of any age will love the Magical Escalator Experience, the Pixie Dust Path and the Magic Trees.
1540 Broadway, Manhattan, New York, 10036-4039 Tel, 212 626 2910
As can be expected by an offspring of the great Ralph Lauren – this is a super amazing, Willy-Wonka-esque candy store. With over 5,000 types of candy under one roof, park the diet people and whatever you do, don’t tell the dentist!
1011 Third Ave at 60th St. Tel, 646-735-0078
A super-modern boutique for kids ages four to fourteen on the edge of the Meat Packing district, this shop is known for its futuristic clothing, nursery furniture and playthings. Oh, and it’s rather large celebrity following.
636 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 tel 646 336 6844
So people, even if you’re not going to NYC soon – you’ve hopefully enjoyed a little trip there through this great insider guide by WOWMUM and Moi! Have a nice daaaay ;o)