There’s no better excuse to get out and explore the city than a visit from out-of-town grandparents. After all, these Spoilers-in-Chief come ready for some serious quality time with your children, not to mention they’re often anxious to lend a helping hand by entertaining the little ones—and injecting them with a little culture in the process. Click through for seven fresh itineraries fit to please visiting grandparents and NYC regulars alike—that’s one for every day of the week.

The Cooper Hewitt Museum

A museum dedicated to design may seem high-minded, but there is plenty here to please everyone. A few of our faves: The Immersion Room, an interactive space where visitors can select digital images from the museum’s vast wallpaper selection or draw their own designs and have them projected onto the walls all around. Also: the beautiful birdcages collected by the Hewitt sisters, who founded the museum, and the extensive family programming.

Eat: Open to the public, the charming outdoor space next to the museum is a favorite hangout for neighborhood parents looking to picnic and let their little ones roam. Grab a bite at Tarallucci e Vino, the museum’s own outpost of the beloved Union Square modern Italian café, and enjoy your food outdoors. Or meander down the street to Bluestone Lane. Located inside the historic Church of the Heavenly Rest on Museum Mile, this hip and delicious café boasts gluten-free banana bread, Instagram-worthy avocado toast, and an unbeatable cup of joe.

2 E. 91st St.
Upper East Side

photo: via Cooper-Hewitt Facebook page 

What’s your favorite thing to do with visiting grandparents? Tell us in the comments!

—  Meredith Barnett