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Best for Kids in New York

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Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground is a revolutionary space conceptualized by David Rockwell of Kodak Theatre fame. This interactive playing field promotes the free play philosophy significant to a child's all-round development and growth. The safe, walled area features random objects like foam blocks, cloths, cartons, crates, wagons and sand giving children the rare opportunity to build their own games and toys from seeming waste items, in turn nurtuting their creative minds. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, it is a recreational oasis amidst Burling Slip's urban backdrop.

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The James New York - SoHo

Located in SoHo, an area known for fashion, art and shops, this hotel offers two bars and a restaurant on-site. Guests can enjoy views of the city from the rooftop. Rooms at The James New York - Soho boast a floor-to-ceiling glass wall separating the bathroom from the living quarters. Each room includes wood floors, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and a Sony® alarm clock with iPod docking station. Free WiFi is available. The Sky Lobby, reached by a glass elevator, offers free snacks and beverages daily. A 2-story glass wall overlooks the outdoor Urban Garden and neighboring sculpture garden. Inspired by, and imported from, our home Tulum in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Gitano Jungle Room inhabits two floors inside the James New York - SoHo. Flanked by signature lush, tropical plants, the Gitano pink and gray, design is paired back and minimal, colonial and opulent. The rooftop lounge, Jimmy, offers views of the Hudson River and features a seasonal outdoor pool. The James Club offers snacks from Balthazar bakery and La Colombe coffee, as well as complimentary wine served nightly. The James New York - Soho is 161 metres from the Canal Street subway station. The City Hall is 1.4 km from the property.

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Makie

Dress up your bundle of joy with lovely handmade outfits by Yuji Ogata. Each baby dress at Makie is tailored to perfection for a chic look that is sure to be noticed. The light cotton baby wear is quite comfy even to look at, so you can be rest assured that your little one will be snug too. Even you will want something as light and cute to wear when you see your child cozy in the outfits.

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Children's Museum of the Arts

Children's Museum of the Arts concentrates on children's education. They have a number of artists that work full time with children and parents always finding something interesting to do here. Children can explore, create, paint, draw, act, sculpt and experiment with a lot of materials made available. Each exhibition is made to inspire the child towards art and creativity. Children's Museum of the Arts holds a collection of 2000 pieces made by children from over 50 countries. Special sessions, workshops, art lessons and classes make for a fun learning experience! You can also rent the space to host private events or children's parties. Check website for more details.

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Clementine Consignment

With a collection to die for, Clementine Consignment manages to draw in the crowds. The shop, which is famous for storing some of the best designer kids' threads in town, will leave you breathless. They also have some choice maternity wear and cute baby accessories. Be sure to drop by their store and simply browse. You are sure to find that perfect piece.

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Toy Tokyo

A world without toys is a drab place! That's why Toy Tokyo in the East Village has taken it upon itself to sell these beloved products to New York's residents. While the latest toy imports from Japan and Hong Kong mostly fill the shelves, there is also a collection of rare and vintage toys from as long ago as the 1920s. In addition to selling cool toys, the shop hosts events to promote certain toys and artists.

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Dinosaur Hill

If you are looking for the perfect fun gift, stop by the children's store Dinosaur Hill. Favorites from past decades continue to be sold in this eclectic East Village toy shop. Items such as Babar the Elephant plate sets, Le Petit Prince lunchboxes, and monsters from Where the Wild Things Are are just a few of the many items that can be enjoyed by kids of all generations. Beautiful handcrafted marionettes dangle from the ceiling, also waiting to be purchased.

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Forbidden Planet

Find rare comics, manga, and more at Forbidden Planet, the ultimate shop for science fiction. Star Trek fans will find much to love among toys and other items relating to the show. Toy aficionados will love the KISS and Batman dolls sold here; they even have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer figurine. Located at 12th Street and Broadway, there's a lot to discover at this eclectic shop.

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Kidding Around

A child's happiness knows no bounds while visiting this popular toy store in New York. Kidding Around houses a wide range of dolls, puppets, toy vehicles, educational games, clothing and furniture for children. There are pretend play, dress-up, toy construction bricks, scientific and electronic games as well. While your little ones have a grand old time, browsing through the collection is sure to make you too reminisce about sweet childhood memories.

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Books of Wonder

Books of Wonder is one of the best known children's bookstores in New York City. The staff knows everything about children's books, their authors and famous characters. This is an important store to publishers, so most weeks an event is planned with a major author. It is a wonderful place to buy gifts for your child or to re-discover classics from your youth. Don't forget to enjoy a tasty snack at the adjacent Cupcake Cafe.

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The Brooklyn Strategist

The Brooklyn Strategists prides itself in its expansive collection of games, including a generous number of rare board games. But The Brooklyn Strategist is no ordinary game store. It is a unique space where anyone interested can, for a nominal fee, play any of the games available. They promote interactive and strategic games, those that challenge our cognitive capabilities as well as involve a one-on-one interaction. The staff, well-versed in game rules, are avid game players themselves and are more than willing to assist people. Even if you don't have a partner to play with, they'd be happy to play or to find a suitable partner. The store is often host to a number of game nights and other related events. They also have a delectable spread for hungry gamers and also allow BYOB. If you are confused about buying a game, this is the place to try your hand at it and then make your decision. It also serves as an awesome hangout with your friends and family.

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Museum of Mathematics

The foundation of the Museum of Mathematics stemmed from the closing of the several institutions of higher learning around the city. Glen Whitney was at the forefront of the movement that involved math enthusiasts looking for an establishment dedicated to the science. On the floor are an array of interactive displays and math-based games that tap into your analytical side and make for an interesting time out with the family. The museum organizes a lecture series by educational luminaries and has previously played host to Craig Kaplan and Paul Hoffman.

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