As we kick off the summer, it seems everyone is making plans to leave the City. But, not everyone has a lot of extra time to escape the City for more than a few days. Our suggestion is to consider a “staycation” in Lower Manhattan. Downtown boasts iconic destinations, beautiful waterfront and many family-friendly activities.
We recently had a staycation at the beautiful Conrad Hotel in Battery Park and traveled with another family, to enjoy the amenities that NYC offers in luxury hotels and confirm our thought that a staycation can be a great way to enjoy the Big Apple in a new and fun way. The hotel boasts 463 guest suites and artwork by Sol LeWitt. It’s hard to impress kids, but even our budding artists were captivated by the massive 10 story art on display.
We appreciated the 2 bedroom layout that truly afforded us the opportunity to have the kids sleep in one room while we ordered room service and enjoyed the views from our room. And, it helped that we were next door to each other when we needed to charge our phones!
One of the features that the kids and adults loved was the open atrium lobby. The rooms wrap around the cool artwork, too.
The views from the lobby overlook the Hudson River and stopped us in our tracks. We appreciated the beautiful water views as we made our way to our rooms. The rooms were spacious and modern. The kids were greeted by the famous Hilton plush bear, upon arrival. They loved the scavenger hunt games and crayons that were gifted to them. As parents, we were thrilled to see the espresso machine!
The idea of family travel can conjure up images of downgrading your expectations and ordering a pizza for dinner. However, the Conrad was more than accommodating and welcoming of our kids. We took advantage of the restaurants steps away from the hotel for snacks and morning treats. But, we appreciated the accommodations of one of our kids who has a food allergy and they let the kids be kids. We felt that the restaurant was more than happy to answer our questions, chat with the kids and help clean up after one of them spilled a glass of water.
The Conrad Hotel is located near a number of amazing destinations. Not only are their multiple retail destinations, such as Westfield World Trade Center and Brookfield Place, but they also offer a great package known as Shopper in the City. Let’s just say, the products and gift card included in the promo, are a shoppers dream!
Some of our favorite destinations and things to do with kids include a ride on the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park, a sail on the Clipper City tall ship, a visit to the National September 11 Memorial Museum, a visit to Rockefeller Park and for a day that the weather may not cooperate, a stop at the Regal Cinema, located in the hotel complex. The City is a walking exploration and the hotel is truly located within walking distance of local and easy to get to neighborhoods, via the subway. We love exploring SoHo, for shopping, Chelsea for the art galleries and a visit to the Meatpacking District for the incredible High Line Park.
The fitness center is 24/7 so getting a workout in, with kids in tow, is something that can be done, at any hour! As a working Mom, I loved the fact that the business center was accessible at any time as well. I also appreciated the fact that when I called from the business center, requesting technical assistance, someone arrived within a minute and helped me get set up for printing out work documents.
The Conrad Hotel is known for their impeccable service, but in the social media world, they are especially known for their Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar and the stunning views of the Hudson River. Their social media following is impressive, in large part, due to their signature Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail – a fruity People’s Pop ice pop topped with chilled Prosecco or Rose. And, their signature restaurant Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant offers an incredible dinner menu, but also serves a weekend brunch that is outstanding. Our dinner with the kids was easy and fun and our server offered an adjusted recipe, due to allergies. The Executive Chef is Gerron Douglas and the menu and service are truly impressive.
Staying in the City for the Summer or not going away for a Winter vacation doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. Take advantage of the amazing promotions that the Conrad Hotel offers and consider a staycation in the heart of Lower Manhattan. It’s a great hotel to bring kids to and the staff couldn’t be friendlier and more knowledgeable about the downtown scene.
FTC Disclosure: We were invited to be a guest of the hotel. All opinions are our own.
Calling all Dads and Lego fans…
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is inviting all Lego Dads and families to spend the weekend with them, with a great promo, in honor of Father’s Day. The “Dads Go Free” offer will allow Dad free entry into this fantastic Lego destination. Simply use promo code 171019 for online purchase or purchase on site. It is valid for one free one-day adult ticket with the purchase of a full-price one-day child ticket to be used on June 17 and 18th. If you decide to purchase tickets at the window, simply show the Legoland cashier your promo code (171020) either printed or displayed on your smart phone.
If you haven’t yet been to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester (LDC Westchester), you will be surprised at the vast space and the amount of interactive exhibits and opportunities for kids to explore and use their imaginations. Master Builder Academy is a workshop driven class that are offered throughout the day, a Lego short film is screened at regular intervals in their theatre and the new Ninjago City Adventure area with the Dojo has become incredibly popular since its unveiling last month. And, we absolutely love the MINILAND – the LDC Westchester’s signature re-creation of NYC locations, comprised of over 1 million Lego® bricks.
We are hosting a giveaway, in honor of Dad’s near and far with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, so hurry now to enter for your chance to win a family 4-pack. Please Note: The complimentary tickets are good for three months from the date they are reserved.
Location: 39 Fitzgerald Street (Ridge Hill Mall in Yonkers)
For more information, please visit their website HERE
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North Cove Sailing invites families in NYC to their special Memorial Day family day. Each session will be 2 hours and feature a interactive themed activity with fun contests and giveaways. At 10am, grab a treasure map and embark on a sailfari around New York Harbor. The 1pm session will feature a patriotic family fleet sail to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. And at 4pm, it’s a kid captain sail, where kids will get to drive the actual boat!
Date: Monday, May 29th
Time: 10a – 6p
Location: 300 Vesey Street – North Cove Marina
Age(s): All ages welcomed
Fee: $25 per child, $75 per adult
For more information and to purchase a ticket please visit their website HERE.
New York Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
Come search for Easter Egg’s at Engine 30’s Firehouse. Bags will be provided for kids to fill with their easter eggs and get a chance to take a photo with the FDNY and EMS mascots.
Date: Sunday, April 9th
Location: NYC Fire Museum- 278 Spring Street
Ages: 3 – 12
Ticket: $8 Adults/ $5 Kids
FiDi Insiders: No ticket sales will be available at the door, and please do not bring easter baskets/buckets
To learn more, please visit the website HERE
Staying in town for Easter and don’t feel like cooking? ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant is hosting a traditional Easter brunch complete with carving stations. The kids will get a visit by the Easter Bunny, decorate donuts provided by Underwest Donuts featuring their infamous, limited edition Peep donut (yes, you heard right!) and can participate in a Easter Egg Hunt while you brunch.Winner of the “Golden Egg” will get an overnight stay at the Conrad New York.
Date: Sunday, April 16th
Time: 12p – 3p
Location: 102 North End Ave (ATRIO Restaurant)
Ages: All Ages
Fee: $85 per person, $35 per child (children aged 4-12), under 4 go free.
For reservations please call 646.769.4250 or email ATRIO.Restaurant@hilton.com
For more information, please visit their website HERE
Lower Manhattan’s largest Easter egg hunt won’t disappoint! Dozens and dozens of eggs will be hidden, for kids of all ages to find at this annual event. Kids can enjoy carnival games, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and more!
Date: Saturday, April 15th
Time: 11a – 1p
Location: 10 Desbrosses Street
Ages: All Ages
Fee: Free, but everyone must register in advance
FiDi Insiders: This hunt has become very popular over the years so we suggested getting there early and please note that no walk-ins are allowed!