Must-See Upper West Side
by nycgo.com staff, 12/02/2014
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Photo: Marley White
The strollers rolling down Central Park West don't lie: the Upper West Side is a decidedly family-friendly neighborhood. Central Park's Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre—complete with kid-size furniture—stages a rotating roster of shows packed with dance, music and enchanting storylines. The Children's Museum of Manhattan puts kids at the center of the action with interactive exhibitions on the likes of ancient Greece, jazz in Harlem and Nickelodeon character Dora (from Dora the Explorer), plus workshops and special events. When hunger strikes, duck into whimsical eatery Alice's Tea Cup, which includes a few Alice in Wonderland–themed items among its breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack and tea selections. Order "The Mad Hatter," for example, and you'll get tea with two scones, preserves and cream, plus two sandwiches and a variety of cookies—just one of many offerings that will fill your family and keep the magic of Lewis Carroll alive. Fairy wings for kids to wear while they dine don't hurt, either.