The Staycation Starts Here
So the kids are off school and you don’t have flights booked to the tropics? Set your sights on The Shops at Columbus Circle, where the temperature is always mild (set at a pleasant 73 to 74 degrees), it’s light and bright thanks to the 150-foot-high panoramic windows, and there are great indoor ideas to entertain kids of all ages. It’s the perfect way to replace screen time with some “me time.”
Get Those Babies Swinging
With WeBop, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s early-childhood program, babies and little ones are invited to sing, clap, and dance along to the jazz greats. There are single sessions throughout the week aimed at hipsters (8-16 months old) all the way up to syncopators (4-5 years old), plus family jazz parties and even an eight-week series of classes if you really want to get into the groove.
A Supercalafragalistic Tea Party
“Anything can happen if you let it,” sang Mary Poppins, and that’s definitely the case at the new Mary Poppins afternoon tea at Bluebird London. This quintessentially British experience features a host of festive delights, including a chocolate chimney cake, Jane’s macaron, and more. Plus, there are etiquette tips for the kids (don’t extend your pinky finger!). The tea is available every day from 2-4:30 p.m. until March 31 and starts at $45 per person.
Junior Cooking Classes
Start training young chefs early at Williams-Sonoma. Hidden in the back of the store is one of New York’s best-kept secrets: a test kitchen where you can book private cooking classes for kids, from a Pastry Party, where junior chefs shape palmiers filled with chocolate ganache and make whipped cream from scratch, to a Pizza Party, where they can learn the art of the perfect pie.
Where can you find fresh, hand-spun cotton candy in the dead of winter? Head to Landmarc and enjoy the kid-friendly menu, which includes its famous cotton candy. There’s also a great wine list for the grown-ups, plus killer views of Central Park. And if the little ones haven’t had enough sugar, head to Sugarfina for upscale treats like red velvet caramels. (For mom and dad, there are intoxicating candies, too, restricted to ages 21 and up.)
A Close Shave
For pre-teens who are just starting to get a little stubble on their chin and don’t know what to do, The Art of Shaving is ready to come to the rescue. The on-site experts will do a shaving demo and recommend all the tools needed to teach your budding gentleman how to get a proper shave.
Is your young lady obsessed with beauty videos on YouTube? Pull her away from her cellphone and set her up with a real-life tutorial that she’ll love at Sephora. There are plenty of beauty classes that you can book for a small fee, from Brow-Shaping Basics to Contouring Made Easy. Or just walk in and sign up for a free Personalized Skin Consultation, which any girl will love.
Mom and Dad Time
Want a little time off? Equinox has a kids club, so you can leave the little ones in good care while you’re working up a sweat on the high-tech equipment or taking a swim in the indoor pool. With art lessons, obstacle courses, tumbling, and plenty of inspired programming, it’s a pint-sized haven of well-being for ages 3 months to 7 years.
For the Fur Babies
Dog moms and dads can enjoy all of this and more. With the exception of the restaurants, The Shops at Columbus Circle is dog-friendly, so no need to leave your four-legged family member behind. Fido will especially love the foie gras dog biscuits at Bouchon Bakery. After all, pups needs to get out of the house, too.