New York City / Winter

Winter Warm Up – 7 Places in NYC to Warm Up with the Family


Baby its cold outside! Chilled to the bone and looking for ways to warm up that doesn’t involve just staying home? New York City has plenty of warm ways to spend the day. From nature-inspired staycations and tropical foliage destinations, to a palm trees abyss and a places where you can take a pool dip – there’s no reason why winter in the city has to involve wearing snow boots! Avoid a trip to an indoor playroom with our list of fun things to do! Read on for 7 ways to have a winter warm up in the city.

Indoor Atriums for the Ultimate Nature Stay-cation

Central Park Zoo

Walk in a Rainforest – Central Park Zoo
Turn the cabin fever into Jungle fever in Central Park Zoo’s Rainforest – the Tropic Zone. The two-level, indoor jungle is full of exotic plants and animal friends, including tamarins, frogs, lemurs, and even bats. The room is always kept at a balmy temperature, it is sooo warm you will be taking off the layers and feeling relieved to get back into the cold weather after you leave. Trust us on this one.
Central Park Zoo – Tropic Zone. Central Park Zoo, inside the park near 64th Street and Fifth Avenue. More information HERE.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Sit within a Tropical Pavilion – Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Warm air and palm trees- sign us up please! One winter warm up where you can see both of these is the Tropical Pavilion at the New York Botanical Garden. The largest pavilion of BBG’s conservatory complex, the 6,000 square foot pavilion all under glass—soaring to a height of 65 feet to accommodate its tallest palm trees, a tropical forest, and even waterfalls and streams. The main tropical regions of the world are represented here: the Amazon basin, African rainforest, and tropical eastern Asia, and the best part? Its always around 75 degrees.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  1000 Washington Avenue. Brooklyn, NY. More information HERE. 

American Museum of Natural History

Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History
Celebrating its 18th year at the Museum, this popular attraction transforms the coldest day into a summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle and get up close and personal with up to 500 fluttering butterflies. Aside from the flying friends, guests will be walk among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation opportunity to learn about the roles butterflies play in ecosystems and why it is so critical that we protect them- all in 80-degree temperatures.
American Museum of Natural History – The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter. Central Park West at 79th Street. More information HERE.

Palm Trees and Beach Please! 

Brookfield Place 

Winter Garden in the City  – Brookfield Place
Palm trees is what you need? Head over to Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, where you can sit under enormous palms and soak into the sun through the gorgeous glass atrium. The large courtyard setting is surrounded by many family amenities, including coffee and quick food shops, restaurants galore, and even children’s apparel stores. During the winter months you can ice skate with Olympic greats at their ice rink (which we love, read about our recent experience HERE). Even better? Brookfield Place offers FREE Saturday morning programming for families through April.
Brookfield Place. 230 Vesey Street, near West Street, Battery Park City. More information HERE.

Surf Bar 

Surf Bar Brooklyn
Longing for a vacation with sun overhead and where you can put your toes in the sand? The Surf Bar in Willamsburg Brooklyn is the closest you’ll get to a vacation – all while only a few miles outside of Manhattan. While there isn’t a sun overhead, perhaps a dozen surf boards will do instead? Surf Bar is famous for its surf vibes, sandy floors, large aquarium and tropical decor.  Grab some of their famous seafood for a meal with the fam and a tiki drink or two for mom and dad, and you’ll be warm in no time.
Surf Bar. 139 N 6th Street. Willamsburg, Brooklyn. More information HERE.


Dive Into Warm Water

Asphalt Green

Swimming with Asphalt Green 
Sometimes the only winter warm up that will do, is taking a dip in a pool! Aside from an actual city stay-cation that involves a hotel pool pass, the easiest way is to swim laps with Asphalt Green. The mega sports complex offers swimming lessons for the kids and drop in offerings (no membership needed) for families on the weekends. Even more convenient, there are two locations; one in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the other in Battery Park City – so getting there should be easy. Make a day of it! Asphalt Green’s day pass also includes the complex’s many amenities.
Asphalt Green Upper East Side. 555 East 90th Street (between York and East End). More information HERE.  Battery Park City. 212 North End Avenue (near Warren Street). More information HERE.

The Pool at Chelsea Piers Fitness

Chelsea Piers Pool
The 6-lane, 75-foot indoor pool at Chelsea Piers Fitness in New York features expansive views of the Hudson River, an adjacent whirlpool spa and plenty of deck space for relaxing. Daily lap swimming sessions are available during all club hours. While a little bit more expensive, the day pass will also grant you access to the Sports Center’s many other amenities.
The Pool at Chelsea Piers Fitness.  60 Chelsea Piers (20th Street and 11th Avenue). New York., NY. More information HERE.

Itinerary / New York City / Winter

NYC Winter Adventure: Icy Day in the City Family Itinerary


It’s (literally!) as cold as ice in NYC! With a relentless cold spell on the horizon – there’s no beating this wintry misery we are in, so why not enjoy it instead? Bundle up the kids and grab our list of the best ways to (dare we say) EMBRACE this bitter cold weather by enjoying a wintry day together with the family. Read on for our Icy Day in the City Itinerary – and don’t forget to map your NYC Winter Adventure at the end of the article!

NYC Winter Adventure: Bryant Park Frozen Fountain

NYC Winter Adventure: Icy Day in the City Itinerary

Stop 1: Frozen Fountain

Start off the day by seeing a Manhattan marvel – the famous Bryant Park fountain covered in icicles!  Undoubtedly one of our favorite things to see during winter in NYC, is the Bryant Park fountain frozen in all its glory. Be forewarned – if the cold stretch continues for long, the weight of the ice becomes damaging to the fountain structure itself so the Bryant Park Corporation may turn off the water and started chipping away at the ice to relieve some of the weight. But no matter what the state of the ice, its still a pretty amazing (and rare) sight.

  • The fountain at Bryant Park. Located inside the park near 41st Street and 6th Avenue.


NYC Winter Adventure: Bryant Park Ice Rink with NYC Skyline

Stop 2: The Rink at Bryant Park

We’ve been slip sliding all over Manhattan’s sidewalks all winter – why not lace up some skates and slip on a proper surface? A beautiful rink. A beautiful Manhattan skyline view.  A beautiful price tag – FREE.  The Rink at Bryant Park is one of our favorite winter things to do in the city. Beginner skater? Don’t forget to ask about the cute skate aids that are shaped like penguins for kids.

  • Getting There: The RInk at Bryant Park is located mere steps from the fountain.
  • Bryant Park Ice Rink: 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd. 212.661.6640. Ice Rink Entrance near 40th street and 6th Avenue. Skating is free, skate rental is $20. More information HERE.

The Famous Milkshakes at Black Tap

Stop 3: Black Tap

Skating on ice can work up an appetite! If you can’t shake the chill – then why not embrace the icy spell with a ginormous milkshake. Black Tap has a location now in Midtown Manhattan – walk from Bryant Park (if you are not frozen) or grab a quick Uber up to 55th Street to grab one of these happy sweet treats. We love Black Tap, the infamous burger bar and milkshake mecca that has taken Manhattan (and Instagram) by storm. Their beautiful works of art are over the top- literally! Standing at a foot tall and bursting with candies, treats, and more – these overwhelming and overflowing milkshakes are a sweet treat any season, or weather. The menu changes frequently with new shake concoctions – and has a menu full of food options such as their craft burgers and burger salads as well.

  • Getting There: From Bryant Park Walk up 5th Avenue to 55th Street (a 13 block walk). Uber/taxi would be quick ride up 6th Avenue.
  • Black Tap Midtown.  136 West 55th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Open daily at 11am. More information on this location HERE.

Minus5 Ice Bar located in NYC

Stop 4: Minus 5 Ice Bar

Now with a full belly you’ll be able to handle this icy mansion in the city. Minus 5 Ice Bar is only 1 1/2 blocks away from Black Tap – it’s such a quick walk you may not have to argue with the kids about wearing a hat! The whole family will love chillin’ in this house made of ice. At Minus5 Ice Bar  everything is made of ice – the furniture, chairs, sculptures, chandeliers, and even the walls are all ice, creating a cool way to start out an afternoon of family fun! Named for its constant temperature – the ice bar is always, as one would guess, -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). Upon entering, and depending on which package you have chosen, you receive a parka and gloves to wear and keep you warm. In comparison to the current weather in NYC – this would be considered a warm up.

  • Getting There: From Black Tap walk East  1/2 block to 6th Avenue and South 1 block to 54th Street. The Hilton Midtown takes up the entire block of 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th Street. Minus 5 Ice Bar is located on the ground level and immediately view-able at street level.
  • Minus 5 Ice Bar. 1335 6th Avenue, between 53rd and 54th Street. Children are “cool” before 9pm. Check website for hours and entry packages HERE.

 LOVE Sculpture in NYC

Stop 5: Because you LOVE this Weather

Lovely weather we’re having! Cross 6th Avenue to see the famous LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, and take your photo opp proclaiming your love for this cold winter weather extravaganza. The Love Sculpture is one of the most famous pieces of pop art in history and sits prominently on the corner of Sixth Avenue at 55th Street. A must see during your NYC Winter Adventure through the city.

  • Getting There: Cross the street from Minus 5 Ice Bar and walk North a half block.
  • Love Sculpture. Northwest corner of 55th Street and 6th Avenue.


Igloos in the City at 230 Fifth

Stop 6: Igloos in the City

Do not adjust your screen – that is an Igloo in NYC! The perfect way to cap off your icy adventure – is sitting in an igloo perched high upon the 230 Fifth Rooftop in the Flatiron district. If you have any energy left after the icy itinerary – make your way to see these amazing igloos that seemingly sit atop of the city. Located on the largest rooftop in Manhattan, there are over a half-dozen igloos at 230 Fifth that welcome guests on a first come first serve basis. Come to experience an igloo,  but then stay for the view  – the Empire State building is almost directly next to you.  Read about our full experience HERE.

  • Getting There:  Walk from Minus 5 over to the yellow subway line and take  R W train to 28th Street 230 Fifth is located one block south on 5th Avenue.
  • 230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge. Location: 230 Fifth Avenue (27th Street and 5th Avenue). Hours: Rooftop Igloos are open from 4:00pm – 4:00am daily. Note: Children allowed on the rooftop from 4pm – 8pm during weekday hours, and during brunch service. More on 230 Fifth HERE

Map Your Adventure 

Find locations and more information on your NYC Winter Adventure below!


New York City

New Year, New Name – Little Kid Big City


New Year, New Name!

A big announcement to share –  we have officially updated our name from Lil Kid Big City to Little Kid Big City! The new name comes with a fancy new website domain to match. Don’t worry – we have been working behind the scenes to be sure that both domains still work no matter what you search, and we have been busy to make sure the transition is smooth and all redirects are in place and work.

Not just the name – we have been hard at work on future endeavors, and we have just been awarded the Trademark on our new name Little Kid Big City so we may protect our brand go-forward.

The trademark and new website domain is just the beginning of many exciting things to come! Stay tuned for other announcements in the next couple months – the adventure has only just begun!



Perfect Book for City Exploring – 50 Cities of the USA


We ADORE travel related children’s books and cannot get enough of them in our house. Inspirational and educational – a great travel book allows little ones an adventure from your couch, and opens curious minds to new destinations and fun travel possibilities.

50 Cities of the USA Travel Book

We were delighted to learn that Author Gabrielle Balkan and illustrator Sol Linero, the team that brought us the beloved book “50 States,” have released the book “50 Cities of the U.S.A.” just in time for gifting season. The book features 50 of the beloved cities in the USA, from Anchorage to Washington D.C., and everything in between – this book is a young adventurers dream.

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Art / Christmas / Experiences / New York City

Bright Lights Big City – Best Holiday Lights in NYC


New York City transforms into a twinkling winter wonderland during the Holidays. From elaborate over-the-top décor in Brooklyn, to illuminated stars and interactive lanterns, and even a new sea of lights in Lower Manhattan, there are plenty of bright ways to celebrate the Holidays with the family. The best part? They are all completely free! Grab your shades and read on as we shine a light on our favorite light displays in the city with Mommy Nearest HERE.

Dyker Heights Lights in BrooklynDyker Heights Lights – Brooklyn

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