Anyone who has kids knows they require a certain level of engagement. It’s not enough to spend the day gazing at the Hudson River and catching some sun. Most children need to be exploring, learning and moving constantly. Fortunately for guests of Wagner Battery Park, the Battery Park neighborhood is a haven for children that features wonderful family friendly attractions. Here is your perfect kid-friendly day in Battery Park.
Wake up somewhere between 6:00am and 7:00am, because that’s what children do. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at Wagner Battery Park and head out for a sunrise playground run at Rockefeller Park. Located at the north end of Battery Park, this park has a pet-free lawn and fenced-in playground for kids. It also features a duck pond, basketball and handball courts and a public garden where children can grow their own vegetables and fruits.
Take a breather at the Battery Park City Public Library, the first green library in Manhattan that was built to be a light and spacious environment for kids. It’s loaded with computers, books, videos and games. On weekends it features kid-friendly story programming, where even the most active little ones can enjoy some downtime before hitting the pavement.
Lunchtime rolls around quickly when you’re with your children. Few restaurants offer as many delicious options as Shake Shack. Its famous frozen custards, fries, hotdogs and burgers lend a major kid-worthy wow factor and the generous seating at this location is a family-friendly high five. For pickier eaters, the Hudson Eats food court at Brookfield Place offers something for everyone.
After lunch, venture back outside to cycle, scoot or stroll along the Hudson River on the Esplanade. Stop at the marina and grab a sweet while playing shuffleboard at Tartinery’s cafe’s outdoor seating area. Parents, take advantage of this opportunity to caffeinate via Tartinery’s popular French press coffee.
Once reawakened, head over the famous Seaglass Carousel, a classic carousel designed to resemble an under-the-sea garden. Each fish shimmers as though it were bioluminescent. The effect refers not only to the carousel’s waterfront site, but to nearby Castle Clinton, which once housed the New York aquarium. After a few rides, head back to the playground at Teardrop Park, which features artwork, sand boxes and water play designed to keep kids cool. Take part in one of the many lawn games and creative art projects. From there, it’s back to Wagner Battery Park for a much-deserved family nap.