Fall is the perfect time for a day trip to the city! The weather is cooler, the tourists have cleared out, and there are plenty of kid-friendly events. Here’s an easy (and fun) day trip itinerary for this weekend!

TO DO:

In celebration of everyone’s favorite sweet treat – chocolate! – The Big Chocolate Show returns to New York September 20-22.  This family friendly event features samples and tastings from chocolatiers around the world and live demonstrations.  Classes with leading pastry chefs and chocolate experts include Lollipop Making, S’mores Workshop, Truffle Making and more!

Not only are tickets affordable – children under three are free and the festival offers Family Packs of discounted tickets – but the festival benefits Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, a non-profit that raises money to find less toxic and less invasive treatments for pediatric cancers.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website, here.

If chocolate making intrigues your kids, the New York Hall of Science makes for another great stop to to learn more about science and demystify the world.  With more than 450 interactive exhibits, NYSCI also presents seasonal art and science exhibits to entertain and educate imaginations of all ages!

If the kids are sugared up (and you’re in need of some caffeine!), the Mini Galaxy Play Café is a bright, open space offering coffee for parents and an indoor play area with a climbing structure including bridges, slides and ball pits, as well as swings, a maze and ride-on cars.  There’s also a dedicated toddler area for younger children.

WHERE TO EAT:

While we can’t live on chocolate and caffeine alone (although, who doesn’t wish they could?) there are some great options to grab a unique meal in Queens on the drive home to Connecticut.

The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden offers a traditional Czech menu – pierogies and potato pancakes – as well as Nachos, Chicken Wings and Mac and Cheese, along with a kid-friendly outdoor area with tall trees.  

The Food Court at the New World Mall offers more than 30 food stalls of sweet and savory South-East Asian cuisine – dumplings, noodles, Bento Boxes, Sushi, Ramen and more! – in a casual atmosphere to offer something for everyone!  The mall offers a large parking garage – with validated parking if you shop at Jmart Super Market!  

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