The Perfect Day for Kids of All Ages: Upper West Side Edition

New York City

  • The scene at Zabar's. Photo: Katherine Hooper
  • Thin slices of Nova Scotia Salmon. Photo: Katherine Hooper.
  • A raptor runs around the main lobby of the AMNH.
  • Entrance to the AMNH with Theodore Roosevelt on horseback.
  • A crowd forms in front of the walruses.
  • The giant blue whale.
  • The T-Rex in "hunting" position.
  • The apatosaurus fills the hallway.
  • Perfection in an edible form.
  • Shake Shack exterior.
  • The Diana Ross Playground.
  • A gate at the entrance of the playground keeps the kids in bounds.

3 hours and 30 minutes
1.6 mi
Guided by Jason
Jason Donahue


The Upper West Side offers a lot of kid-friendly experiences that will be fun for everyone. Come join us for a stroller-friendly, action-packed day that is guaranteed to delight, surprise, excite and put smiles on faces. This Sidewalk includes stops for breakfast, lunch and snack in addition to kid-approved indoor/outdoor activities and questions to engage children. Lace up some sneakers and let's get going.

About Your Guide

I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, tasty dim sum, high-design speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points

  1. Zabar's

    There is nothing quite like starting the day with some action and whimsy. Zabar's is equal parts chaos and order, expansive and narrow. Thi…

  2. American Museum of Natural History

    The American Museum of Natural History is one of the best museums in the world for kids and has inspired many to pursue an interest in scie…

  3. The Hall of Ocean Life - AMNH

    The two-level hall offers fantastic dioramas of sea creatures. Kids and adults alike are always surprised by how large these animals truly …

  4. Dinosaurs! - AMNH

    Take a left out of the elevator and find the first room on the left: the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs.

  5. Shake Shack

    Culinary legend Danny Meyer has done a masterful job with marrying kid-friendly tastes and speed with adult-friendly sophistication. Shake…

  6. Amorino Gelato

    Gelato is an great post-lunch treat. Amorino was started by two Italian friends who started a gelato shop in Paris that combines the flavo…

  7. Diana Ross Playground

    Entertainer Diana Ross is the benefactor of this wooden playground. This is a playground made the old fashioned way: wood beams, ropes, br…

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