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Kids Day Out In Flatiron


The Flatiron District is a neighborhood right in the center of Manhattan. It’s an area of the city that is very hard to place in a box. Geographically it bridges Midtown and Downtown and that fact is very visible in the mixture of businesses, retail shops and locals that inhabit the area. It is partly a design and business district, home to the Flatiron building that gives the area it’s name as well as the headquarters of many companies from design agencies to banks. It’s also become a foodie magnet with Eleven Madison Park anchoring the area. It’s also an amazing place to enjoy with your kids. Whether you’re a local or just visiting there’s tons of great shops, parks, restaurants and museums to explore. Enjoy this little guide with just a few of my favorites!

Blake B.Blake B.

Blake is a native New Yorker and an upper east side mom of three young children. On the weekends, she is often exploring new neighborhoods with her family taking in the sights and experiences the city offers.

Maison Kayser - FlatironRestaurants & Cafes
Popular French bakery chain
(212) 979-1600website
921 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

There are many great places in the neighborhood to grab a coffee or a juice to get the day started. Maison Kayser is a personal favorite. They are open early (7AM) and serve up delicious pastries and tasty egg dishes. The cafe is usually pretty busy but you can always grab something at the bakery counter and go. Also when the weather permits they have outdoor seating which is great and you can take in the hustle and bustle of the area with a great view of the Empire State building no less.

Space KiddetsClothing boutiques
Children's boutique with unique toys & apparel
(212) 420-9878website
26 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

This is a fun little children’s shop with a unique collection of quirky toys and clothes. We always have fun exploring and usually find a few new favorites when we visit. The shop opens at 10:30AM on most days (11:00AM on Sunday) so you have plenty of time yo enjoy your coffee and take in the view from Broadway and 22nd street before it opens.

The LEGO StoreKids Play Spaces
NYC LEGO flagship store
(212) 255-3217website
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Hate stepping on Legos left on your playroom floor in the middle of the night? Then this is not the store for you! All kidding aside, both you and your children will love how interactive the LEGO Store can be. Use the Digital Box to bring your LEGO set to life in 3D, check out the NYC landmarks created in LEGOs throughout the store, and even scan your likeness with the Mosaic Maker! This customized LEGO photo booth turns your portrait into a custom LEGO kit to build your face with blocks.

Eataly NYC FlatironRestaurants & Cafes
Italian market with groceries, wine bars, counter service and sit down restaurants
$$ - $$$
(212) 229-2560website
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Eataly is a chain of Italian markets loaded with tons of Italian imports and a number of delicious counters and cafes. My kids love the Pizza and Pasta restaurant but you can’t go wrong with any of the options. Also, after lunch there is an amazing Gelato and coffee and pastry bar near the entrance closest to the LEGO store. Worth a visit.

If your outing is in the spring time then you will also likely have all of the vendors that crowd this area as part of Madison Square Eats which takes place every May and usually includes such famous NYC eateries as Roberta’s, Mr Bing, Melt Bakery, and Gotham Poké. Even outside of this annual festival you can't go wrong.

Breather NYC - FlatironQuiet Space
Book private spaces by the hour

When you’re traveling around the city and out all day with kids it can be exhausting. It’s often helpful to have a little quiet and private space even it’s just for 30 minutes. Breather is a life saver. It’s a site that allows you to book private meeting spaces and rooms by the hour. There are tons of locations around the city and a number of them in the Flatiron area. It’s mainly designed for businesses and meetings but it’s super helpful. Whether you need to feed or change one of your kids with a little privacy or just put your feet up and take an hour as a family to ‘breath’. Check it out and use the code above for

Madison Square ParkParks
Public Park Between 5th and Madison Avenue and 23rd and 26th Street
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

The park is in the heart of the Flatiron District. If you’re a lover of New York’s industrial gilded age of architecture then this is a walk you will enjoy. I’d say walking from the Empire State Building to the Flatiron building would be the 101 class in a course on New York 1900’s design and architecture. Madison Square Park is a great spot to see. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan. Much more intimate then Central Park and still full of tons of life, art installations, sculptures, playground, a dog run and several small lawns surrounded by winding walk way lined with benches . . .not to mention there's a Shake Shack.There is something for everyone on this walk. Just past Madison Square Park heading south to Union Square Park there is some great shopping along this stretch of Broadway and 5th Avenue. with outposts of many of the cities shops and boutiques from funky housewares at Fishs Eddy to the Flying Tiger Copenhagen a fun home / children’s shop, Paragon Sports a local landmark sports store as well as name brands like the name brands like Kate Spade New York, Madewell, Zara and lululemon.

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