These are strange, and yes, occasionally trying times. Even if you’re “New York Tough,” you still need some help, support and possibly some pizza or toys delivered. We’ve been doing our best to find all of the above for New York City kids and families in the age of corona. As we head into an NYC summer the likes of which none of us have ever experienced, we’re rounding up all of our current resources in one place so you can have them at your fingertips. (More to come!) And don’t forget to check out our full and updated calendar of virtual events and online classes for kids here!

photo: The Greenbelt Conservancy

Where to Go For an Urban Hike in NYC

Go for an urban hike with the kids. We found treks in along the Hudson, in historic cemeteries, through parks in northern Manhattan and beyond. Click here to find your NYC kid-friendly hike! 

photo: Magic Evan

To Host a Virtual Birthday Party

Everybody's doing it! We found entertainers, kits delivered, cooking parties, magicians and more. Click here for NYC online birthday party planning! 

photo: Barking Cat Art Studio

For Online Art Classes and Activities

Join a class, get a crafting kit delivered, tackle a project—these NYC businesses will help keep your kids engaged and creative! 

To Get Garden Supplies & Plants Delivered

Grow some veggies, plant a flower box, start some seeds. These NYC garden centers and hardware stores can help you! 

photo: Michelle Rose Photo

For a Special Remote Photo Shoot

Yes, you CAN get a first birthday cake smash photo, have a maternity photo shoot or special birthday portrait during COVID-19. These professional photographers will capture your special moments via Zoom and FaceTime—at a reduced rate! Click here to find out how! 

photo: Bilingual Birdies

To Practice or Learn a New Language With the Kids

For little ones or bigger kids, there are virtual singalongs, online classes in French, Spanish, Mandarin and more. Click here to see our favorite online foreign language classes and activities for kids from NYC folks! 

photo: Fornino

For NYC Pizza Delivered

The pies are still coming out of the ovens, and many of the best pizzerias in the city! Click here to find yours! 

For NYC-themed Rainy Day Entertainment

Too hot or too wet to get outside? Hit the couch and watch one of our favorite movies for kids featuring NYC. Click here for our recs! 

photo: Birth Day Presence

For Online Parenting Classes, Breastfeeding Support & More

Expecting? Congrats! Didn't expect to prep for birth online but looking for some virtual birthing classes, or maybe some breastfeeding support or newborn care classes? These experienced providers are here to help! 

To Tour NYC Virtually

Check out Times Square, The Highline, the Manhattan skyline from near or far via these remote cameras. 

photo: Boomerang Toys

To Get Some Toys Delivered

Whether you need to refresh your puzzle stash or LEGO kits, want some new outdoor toys for summer fun or are looking for a few good board games, these NYC toy stores are here to help! Click here to find toy stores delivering, offering curbside pickup or reduced shipping. 

photo: New Victory Theater

For Online Activities, Events & Classes From NYC Providers

We rounded up some options for virtual classes and fun (much of it free) right here early on. Many of these peeps are still going strong, such as the New Victory Theater and its "Arts Break" (shown here), which has a new theme every week! Click here to explore more online fun for kids!

photo: Alyson Vitticore

To Get Inspired By Your Neighbors

See how other NYC kids and families are passing the time and having fun—and steal some ideas for your own PAUSE routine. Click here to be inspired by your fellow New Yorkers! 

 

—Mimi O’Connor

feature image: Piccoliny via Yelp

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