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.

City Treehouse

If nothing pleases your little sailors more than splashing around, ship them off with Grandma and Grandpa to City Treehouse. The highlight here is the expansive interactive water table featuring all sorts of sprinklers, water wheels, and buckets for dumping. (The kids can wear waterproof smocks so they don’t get soaked.) There’s also a two-story indoor treehouse with a slide and a soft play studio. The space is big enough to be interesting, but small enough so it won’t feel overwhelming to children or adults.

129 W 20th St.
Chelsea
212-255-2050
Online: www.citytreehouse.com

Eat: Now celebrating its 25th year, The City Bakery sells incredible fresh food and some of the best carbohydrates around. For the kids: oversize chocolate chip cookies and world-famous homemade marshmallows; for the kids at heart: pretzel croissants and a hot cup of coffee.

photo: City Treehouse

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

—  Meredith Barnett