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When you're looking for the perfect laid back day to spend with the kids this is a collection of a few regular spots my family loves. First off head to the Children’s Museum of Art enjoy a demonstration or a workshop with the kids. Cowgirl is great laid back restaurant perfect for a mid day bite and top it off with a stop at Magnolia - popular but well deserved.

Allison Teich McGowanAllison Teich McGowan

Allison McGowan has been a resident of the West Village for 15 years. In 2014 she opened Teich Toys & Books on Hudson Street because felt the neighborhood families could use a shop dedicated to toys and gifts for kids. She has an 8 year old son whose favorite local activities include playing basketball at Horatio Park and working at the toy store.

Children's Museum of the ArtsMuseums
Hands-on arts experiences for kids & families, including classes, performances & exhibits.
(212) 274-0986website
103 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014

The Children’s Museum of Art is a hands-on art museum dedicated to viewing, making, and sharing art. They have workshops and classes, interactive exhibits, and a sound booth where kids can record their own soundtrack.

CowgirlRestaurants & Cafes
Southwestern comfort food, like chili & Frito Pie, & potent drinks served up in a kitschy setting.
(212) 633-1133website
519 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Cowgirl is the most kid-friendly restaurant in the neighborhood with a large and creative kids menu. My son has always loved their corn dog. There’s plenty of room to wiggle around inside, but snag a table outside for the best people watching.

Magnolia Bakery - BleeckerBakeries
This down-home destination for classic baked desserts specializes in a variety of creative cupcakes.
(212) 462-2572website
West 11th Street, 401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Magnolia Cupcakes may be one of the more touristy spots in the neighborhood, but the crowds keep coming for a reason. Kids love their super sweet cupcakes and desserts and the shop is bursting with West Village charm. I myself prefer the Banana Pudding to a cupcake. Eat your treat across the street on a shady bench in Bleecker Street Park.

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