You know what they say: The days are long, the years are short. Still—2017 in NYC managed to pack in a lot of cool stuff! Sadly, some high points and places have moved on (we hope you milked that eclipse), but plenty are here at least for a little while longer, and some are here for the long haul. Take a look back at our greatest hits of the past year, and take notes for 2018!

pictured: Books are Magic in Cobble Hill

Who says bookstores are dying? We count at least three that opened their doors in 2017!

pictured: Fairy Tale Island in Bay Ridge

New play spaces continue to open, offering kids (and parents) a place to hang when it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, etc.

pictured: ARTech in the Meatpacking District

STEAM exhibits made a strong showing this year.

pictured: Coming to Our Senses/ photo:AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History blew our minds yet again with Mummies and Our Senses.

Brooklyn Owl unicorn horns/photo: Brooklyn Owl

The world’s first unicorn horn store opened on Flatbush Avenue.

photo: NYBG

Dale Cihuly’s magnificent glass sculptures made the New York Botanical Garden even more magical by day, or night.

Eloise got the attention she so deserves (and demands) with a museum exhibit dedicated to her.

photo: Jim Henson Company

The long-awaited Jim Henson exhibit took up permanent residence at the Museum of the Moving Image.

photo: Lincoln Center 

Double Dutch returned to Lincoln Center.

pictured: City Point

We got a Harry Potter-themed restaurant, an eatery dedicated to avocados, and the food market at City Point. (Plus: a ton of great new vegan spots!)

photo: National Geographic

National Geographic took us into the deep in Times Square with Ocean Odyssey.

And miniature extravaganza Gulliver’s Gate took us around the globe—also in Times Square.

Lyft introduced a car seat option!

The Bronx Zoo its doubly-fun zip-line and tree canopy course Treetop Adventure. (Plus a separate course just for little visitors.)

photo: Little People Party/Kid Focus

The Little People Party now rages all week long! 

Both Build-a-Bear and American Girl Place debuted new NYC stores where kids can create a new best friend.

photo: Rick Feinberg

New York City looked up—and learned!—together during the eclipse.

Where did you have the most fun as a family in 2017? Tell us in the comments!



—Mimi O’Connor