Winter 'Pop Up' activities for kids in NYC

After a lovely vacation in Australia we are back in NYC and searching for activities to keep the kids off the Ipad and out and about!

There are lots of ‘pop up’ exhibits in the city at the moment and i have been to a few of them, and plan to visit a few others over the next few months. Most of them are not cheap but always look for Groupon or discount online codes before purchasing tickets.

1.PIP’s Island - This is the best kids theater experience i have been to, and they often have discount tickets on Groupon. This interactive, 60 min adventure takes kids on a moving journey throughout the theater trying to save Pips Island. Kids crawl through caves, run up mountains, dance around and have a fantastic time. parents are always close by, but can avoid the crawling etc Highly recommend. Location W42nd and 9th Ave.

2. SpyScape - A hands on, interactive museum that teaches you and your kids all about the world of spying. There are fun games to play, quizzes to take and lots of history relating to both World Wars and significant history making events that have shaped our modern day. I was surprised by how much i enjoyed this experience and learnt a lot. We used kidpass.com for our tickets. Otherwise it will cost $39 per adult and $32 per child. I also recommend for kids 7 and above, not for younger kids, as there is a lot of reading and they will just be bored.

3.Museum of Ice Cream - i have not been to this one, but it is on my list as my kids LOVE ice cream ( like everyone’s kids, I’m sure!) located in SOHO, it has been ‘hyped up’ as a great fun day out, and i can imagine it will be a lot of themed rooms with color, sprinkles, slides, ball pits, treats, ice cream etc Instagram lovers dream! It is expensive at $39pp. no kids price. Perhaps only 1 parent goes on that adventure!

4. Color factory- I took my kids to this pop up in SOHO last year and they really enjoyed it. Lots of different rooms, each with a color theme, very interactive and special treats along the way. You finish your experience with a dive in the worlds biggest ball pit! tickets are $28pp, kids under 2 yrs are free.

5. Arcadia Earth - I have not been to this exhibition but it gets great reviews and i will add to my to-do list. Described as a large scale sensory journey through many different 'worlds' including underwater, fantasy land & natural environment. They Use VR (virtual reality) to take you on an unreal adventure through planet earth. Tickets are expensive $33per adult and $27 per child plus booking fee!

Also, if you are in NYC, our first mum's and dads catch up for the year will be in Brooklyn on

TUE 25 Feb, at Aussie owned cafe Carthage Must Be Destroyed. invite on our AWNY facebook page. We look forward to seeing you there.


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