You chose to live in this whirling city many moons ago, but having kids has put a whole new spin on things.
We asked Alison Lowenstein, author of City Kid New York: the Ultimate Guide for NYC Parents with Kids Ages 4-12, to share her five favorite spots where the crowds aren’t dizzying and little ones are welcome.
1. Tour Little Airplane Productions (the company behind Wonder Pets and Oobi) at South Street Seaport, where kids learn about creating cartoons and TV shows.
2. Have your pancakes with a side of tricks at the Magic Brunch (Saturday and Sunday, noon-2 p.m.; Cercle Rouge, 241 West Broadway; 212-226-6252). Clown Ragidy Supreme and his balloon wizardry dazzle.
3. Roam the trails in and around Staten Island’s Greenbelt. Enjoy Lake Ohrbach (formed by glaciers during the last ice age) and thick forests (really), plus mini day camps that let city kids commune with nature.
4. Get into the swing of things at the New York Circus Arts Academy in Long Island City (5321 Vernon Boulevard; 212-751-2174). Aerial and ground acrobatics build strong bodies and boost self-esteem (ages 7 and up).
5. How sweet it is at Dewey’s Candy in Dumbo (141 Front Street; 718-422-1333). This shop is a colorful cornucopia of Wax Lips, Sugar Babies, Fruit Stripe gum, and more.
Get more great adventure ideas from Alison Lowenstein, Saturday, 3-5 p.m., at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, 365 State Street, Boerum Hill (718-522-9848 or blueribbongeneralstore.net).
The Sippy Cups
What: Their rollicking mix of rock, pop, and folk includes everything from electric guitars to ukuleles to sitars.
Why: It’s kid tested, parent approved.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St. Tickets at 212-864-5400 or online at symphonyspace.org.
BubbleMania: Science, Art & Comedy
What: World-renowned bubble-ologist Casey Carle dazzles with six-foot soap spheres and dancing suds.
Why: Scrub in.
When: Sat.-Apr. 4.
Where: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens (718-699-0005). Tickets are first come, first served; also online at ticketweb.com.
PowerHouse Arena Kids’ Corner
What: This much-loved Brooklyn bookstore has launched an eclectic site full of the best children’s books, crafts, author events, and more.
Why: Browse at your leisure.
Where: Online at powerhousearena.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Little Airplane Studios; Courtesy of Cercle Rouge; Courtesy of Dewey’s Candy