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 Jewish Museum

The Met is marvelous, as is the Natural History Museum. But haven’t we all been there a million times? Break the mold by bringing Bubbe and Zayde to the Jewish Museum, where the stellar family programs include concerts, studio art sessions in the sunlit art room, and simulated archeological digs. The museum is never crowded, and many of the ongoing exhibitions will fascinate both children and their grown-ups (Case in point, the recent Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland.) 


Eat: Kibbitz over knishes and pastrami at the museum’s own outpost of Russ & Daughters, the eatery by the famous Lower East Side appetizing. Then walk it off in Central Park—you’ll be right across the street.

1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St.
Upper East Side

photo: The Jewish Museum 

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

—  Meredith Barnett