With its central Manhattan location, quiet streets, international population and great schools, Murray Hill scores well as a great family neighborhood, but it may not be on your radar as a destination for a day of fun. With major city landmarks like the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station along with unique playspaces, there’s plenty to keep you busy for a day or more. Check out the following guide to Murray Hill to discover great activities, shopping, food and more that the whole family will enjoy.

Image: Tina Buckman, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2011

A Sweet Spot for LEGO Lovers

Scandinavia House/ Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center is inspired by the Nordic preschool model (remember how Finland was a big educational buzzword a few years back?). This child-centered space features both an active playroom with a special LEGO building area, and a sensory zone with non-harsh lighting and soft materials, including shapes, to build with.

Scandinavia House
Tickets: $15/child
58 Park Ave.
Murray Hill
Online: scandinaviahouse.org

Where is your favorite family-friendly spot in Murray Hill?

–Stephanie Pedersen