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West Village with the Family

Manhattan-West Village

This guide is a few of my families favorite spots in the West Village. I've raised my son in the area and we've enjoyed many weekends hopping between the store and these destinations. Enjoy!

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.

Whitney Museum of American ArtMuseums
Museum featuring contemporary American art Tickets: Adults $25 | 18 under Free
(212) 570-3600website
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

The Whitney is a museum specializing in contemporary American art with a focus on living artists. Make sure to plan ahead- the museum is six floors so it might take some time getting through it!

It’s a great place to spend an afternoon with the family. The Whitney Family Programs offers a number of interactive tours, art making workshops, and events that encourage kids and adults to learn about art together. Children 18 and under enjoy free admission!

On Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 - 3pm the Museum also offers an Open Studio where families can make a fun art project inspired by works on display at the museum. It’s free with admission and your own art makes a pretty cool NYC souvenir

Ample Hills CreameryIce Cream
This chain outlet prepares a range of sweet creations using their own brand ice creams.
(646) 590-1288website
73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

One of Ample Hills Creamery's newest locations is inside Bubby's at the Highline just down the street from the The Whitney Museum. It's a delicious spot to stop whether your with the kids or on your own. They have wacky flavors like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Teich Toys & BooksShopping
Teich Toys & Books is a independently owned toy store located in downtown Manhattan's West Village neighborhood.
(212) 924-2232website
573 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Teich Toys & Books was opened in 2014 by Allison Teich McGowan, a West Village resident. Teich specializes in low-tech, interactive toys and games such as board games, building toys, arts & crafts supplies, puzzles, DIY kits, science and magic kits.  The selection is highly curated, chosen for it’s superb quality, attractive packaging, and fun factor.

Pier 51 at Hudson River ParkParks
Pier over the river with a sheltered children's playground & benches to enjoy city skyline views.
(212) 627-2020website
Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10014

Pier 51 Hudson River Park is on of my favorite playgrounds in the city. It’s right on the river, with spectacular views. The playground area has a soft surface and a cool water feature in the summer so its perfect for younger children. Older kids might enjoy walking or biking along the waterfront.

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