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.

Gulliver’s Gate

There’s more to Times Square than Broadway shows and costumed characters. Opened this past spring, Gulliver’s Gate is a built-to-scale miniature world spanning a full city block. Budding explorers will love teaming up with grandparents to identify replicas of famous world landmarks, interacting with the exhibits, and chatting with the makers and craftspeople behind the intriguing new exhibition.

Eat: Avoid the neighborhood tourist traps and walk a few blocks to Toloache. The Midtown West outpost of the Upper East Side Mexican favorite offers an impeccable margarita for the grown-ups and chips and guac for all in an authentic (read: not cheesy) setting.

216 W. 44th St.
Times Square
Online: gulliversgate.com

photo: Gulliver's Gate

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

—  Meredith Barnett