Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Upper West Side

by Alyssa Grossman, 10/08/2013

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  • Kids
    Got children in tow? The Upper West Side is arguably one of Manhattan's most family-friendly neighborhoods. 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, healthy habits and Nickelodeon character Dora the Explorer, plus workshops and special events. The hands-on fun continues at Make Meaning, a shop dedicated to kids' creations. Learn how to make soap, candles, ceramics, jewelry or some other craft item. 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 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. 

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