The West Village is arguably one of the most perfect places to raise children in all of New York City, thanks to its tree-lined streets, close proximity to plenty of playgrounds and an abundance of kid-friendly activities in the neighborhood. Thanks to a new breed of luxury condominium developments in the area—like the expansive four bedroom condos featured at the Printing House—there are also plenty of great new homes that are suitable for families. Here are five activities your little ones will love in the West Village.
Children’s Museum of Art
103 Charlton St
Forget any preconceived notions you may have about art museums being too stuffy for children—the CMA prides itself on keeping kids amused for hours with a wealth of activities to stimulate all of their senses. While, as you’d expect, the Museum always has an exhibition, there are also daily workshops, a clay bar, a music room, after-school groups and painting classes available for babies as young as 10 months old. And once kids decide they need a break from all that creativity, there’s a giant ball-pond to roll around in.
Karma Kids Yoga
104 West 14h St
This fantastic, forward-thinking studio has come up with a great way for health-conscious moms and dads to hit the yoga mat with their kids and have some fun while they’re there! Karma Kids Yoga will teach your little ones about movement and the importance of exercise, while encouraging body-positive ideas and learning about respecting others. There are fun parent-child exercises and even some education about nature and animals along the way. And, at Karma Kids Yoga, it’s never too early to start—there are even pre-natal classes.
Pier 51 Water Park
Horatio St and West 12th
Pier 51’s play area is a great park to visit with your little ones in the summer time, thanks to it being an elaborate combination of a regular playground and a water park. With a wide variety of sprinklers, fountains and other water features—including a mini-canal, this is the ideal place to cool off in hot weather or even get your kids used to playing with water before they can swim. This park is so much fun, parents might even be tempted to jump in too.
Playgrounds and Parks
Bleecker Playground and James J. Walker Parkhave everything your child could want from adventure playgrounds, regardless of age—swings, slides, climbing frames and interactive sections. Bleecker even has a mini-car area for toddlers, and James J. Walker Park has a central water feature to splash in. If you’ve got kids of varying ages, Hudson River Park is a good choice, which, in addition to Pier 51’s water park, has a carousel, a mini-golf course, playgrounds, a skate park and even picturesque places to picnic.
327 West 14th St
If you have a child under five-years old, Gymboree’s experts in early child development are here to offer a nurturing environment in which your little one can play, learn and socialize before he or she is old enough for school. With excellent play facilities, as well as classes in art, music, sports, school preparation and more, Gymboree is a great place to bond with your kids and make learning fun.
Image courtesy of: David Robert Bliwas
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