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Saturday with the kids in Yorkville

Manhattan-Upper East Side

Yorkville is a sub neighborhood in Manhattan. It roughly consists of the area east of 3rd Avenue between 79th street and 96th street. It’s one of the most family and kid friendly areas in Manhattan with a number of public and private play spaces, quiet streets, and a growing list of great coffee shops, bakeries and of course, diners! Whether it’s fall, spring, an early Saturday morning, or a lazy Friday afternoon, this guide consists of a few of my favorite spots to take the kids. Hope you enjoy this outing as much as we have!

Perry S.Perry S.

Perry  is a husband and Dad with a love for planning beautiful outings for family and  friends from New York to Nafplion. He loves shooting photos of the streets of the city and thinks Battery Park City remains one of the most underrated corners of Manhattan.

The MansionRestaurants & Cafes
Classic New York Diner
(212) 535-8888website
1634 York Ave, New York, NY

Whether you’ve got your own kids or you’re watching someone else’s for the day, kids start the day early. Let’s face it, diners were invented so Dads would have somewhere to take the kids at 7AM on Saturday morning. This is one of my favorites. Tucked away in Yorkville way over on York Avenue, it’s far from the chaos and tourism you come to think of when you think of a Manhattan diner. It’s a neighborhood spot with some of the best breakfast dishes in the city. By the time you slide into your booth your coffee cup will be full, the test of any great diner.

My Gym Upper East 83rdKids Play Spaces
Play place for kids with classes and camps
(212) 249-0894website
1608 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10028

After brunch, you’ll all be ready to stretch your legs and if your kids are anything like mine they will certainly enjoy a chance to run and bounce around at the My Gym. This location usually opens up at 9AM and they often have open play in between classes and events and birthday parties. Grab a little coffee to go and take the short walk one avenue west and two blocks south.

Two Little Red HensBakeries
American Bakery | Counter service
(212) 452-0476website
1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

After an hour or two at My Gym, your coffee will likely have worn off and everyone will be in need of a little pick-me up. Two Little Red Hens is a crowd pleaser. The morning baked goods are all amazing but the real attraction is the Brooklyn Blackout cupcakes. You can get them in mini form as well if you want to sample a few flavors. They bake them throughout the day so no matter what time you arrive, something is always just out of the oven, grab a small box and head to the park to enjoy your treats!

Carl Schurz ParkParks
Public Park
East 86th Street & East End Ave, New York, NY 10028

Carl Schurz is a neighborhood favorite. It’s fairly large park that stretches from 84th street to 91st street along the East River. You’ll find swings, a basketball court, a dog run and playground and a number of grassy areas as well as the John Finley walk that is lined with benches overlooking the river. Be glad you have a sweet in hand and if the weather is nice enough roll out your picnic blanked and enjoy a little time by the water.

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