When you raise your kids in New York City, you give up a spacious, open floor plan for a real-world view.
But that doesn’t mean your dollhouse has to follow suit. The Emerson House dollhouse, by NYC design firm Brinca Dada, is the perfect toy: You’ll actually want to live in it, er, look at it, and your kids will want to play with it.
Inspired by the clean lines and spare spaces of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House and A. Quincy Jones’s Gary Cooper house, it features six (!) light-filled rooms, including a kitchen, library, and sleek bathroom. Outrageous details like working solar panels, sliding glass doors, and recessed LED lights make it drool worthy; nontoxic, lead-free stains and paints make it environmentally noteworthy.
The clamshell design allows the house to open wide so that multiple hands can play at the same time. And floor-to-ceiling windows let you keep an eye on what’s happening inside. Talk about a view.
Available at Babesta Cribz, 56 Warren Street, between West Broadway and Church Street, Tribeca (646-290-5508 or babesta.com), $299.
The Deedle Deedle Dees
What: Grab a spot on the Oval Lawn and sing along to everybody’s favorite teaching band.
Why: A mix of hip-hop, rock ’n’ roll, country, and punk music makes the lesson fun.
When: Tues., 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Where: Madison Square Park, Madison Ave., b/t 23rd & 27th Sts. Info at 212-538-6667. Admission is free.
Bastille Day Celebration
What: Fete France with face painters, live music, dancing, et plus.
Why: French treats and games will delight all ages.
When: Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St., b/t Madison & Park Aves. (212-355-6100). Admission is free.
Race to the End of the Earth
What: Escape the heat at this interactive exhibit dedicated to Amundsen and Scott’s trips to the South Pole.
Why: Kids can explore models of base camps and tools used during Arctic expeditions.
When: Thru Jan. 2. Daily, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Where: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, at 79th St. (212-769-5100). Adults, $24; children, $14.
Photo: Courtesy of Brinca Dada