CULTURE: Rainy Day Activities For All Ages PART 1
Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. It’s too rainy, too cold, or even too hot, to spend too much time outside, crushing your dreams of spending the afternoon at a park or brunching outside. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck in the confines of your apartment watching endless episodes of [INSERT YOUR KID’S FAVORITE TV SHOW DU JOUR HERE] or binging on Netflix and Seamless.
Here’s Part 1 of a 2-part series offering a rundown of ideas for all ages below Canal Street that won’t leave you wandering the aisles of Whole Foods endlessly trying to kill time.
Did you know that the Apple Store offers plenty of free classes? If you and/or your kids have been looking to enhance your skills or passions, whether it’s shooting better photos with your iPhone or editing videos with GarageBand, a rainy day is a perfect
Architecture your thing? Designed by architect Cass Gilbert in 1913 as Frank W. Woolworth’s New York City headquarters, the landmarked Woolworth Building was the tallest building in the world for 17 years. Long closed to the public, it now offers architectural tours of its magnificent vintage lobby are now available. Tickets are required for tours that are either 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
Hear From Your Favorite Celebrity At Barnes & Nobles Tribeca
Asides a stroller parking section, storytime events and a coffee shop, this location often has great events from famous authors, musicians, TV/movie stars and known personalities reading from or talking about their latest books or albums.
Learn A Skill At Eataly
Eataly offers daily free cooking demos at their free food university Foodiversita daily. They also offer free cooking classes for kids on the weekends. Advance registration is required but the classes are free!
Get Your Game On at the Community Center @ Stuyvesant High School
For those indoor days, if you’re not already a member, you can get a day pass ($15 for adults and $10 for youth, seniors, military and Battery Park City residents) which gives you access to the half-Olympic sized pool, basketball courts, gym, fitness equipment and other amenities during Community Center hours of operation. If you’re a member, you can also enjoy free programs and classes such as swimming lessons, badminton, yoga, and more.
Check Out A Movie In Style
You’ve got great options below Canal Street. The recently renovated Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 has a few theaters with reclining oversized seats, as well as the ability to select your seats in advance (which is awesome). We’ve been known to sneak in Pick a Bagel or Shake Shack for a rainy day matinee screening. iPic Fulton Market at the Seaport not only offers a luxury movie experience with reclining chairs, tables & a full menu of food, but also features the Tuck Room, a modern cocktail bar featuring great artwork and drink options for before or after the movie (you can also check it out if you just want a drink and aren’t seeing a movie!).
Visit The Oculus
Sounds like a tourist thing to do, but, to be fair, the Oculus has it all...Great shops (and more coming every week!), an awesome spot for wine & oysters at Epicerie Boulud on the ground floor, as well as a constant flow of pop-up shopping and art events. You never know what you’ll find. And you can always swing by Sugarfina for a free sample to get your blood sugar going during that midday crash (we’re guilty of doing this every. time. we. pass. it.).
Explore The Library(s)
If you haven't been to a library since you were a kid, now is the time to get reacquainted with the great ones we have downtown. The Battery Park City Library is closed on the weekends, but during the week is a great place to spend a few hours and enjoy their free kids events. The New Amsterdam Library is closed on Sundays, but otherwise offers story time and activities for kids of all ages, as well as a great place to hole up with a good book for a few hours.
Hit The Mall
Need to get your steps in or just want go for a walk that isn’t weather dependant? We’ve been known to do a few laps around Brookfield Place. With great food options, a DryBar, a Starbucks Reserve, Warby Parker, Saks for Women AND Saks for Men, it’s a great mall where you can find plenty of seating for families and stores that cover any need you may have.
Find A New Favorite Wine
A few local wine shops do daily tastings. Pure Liquid does a daily 4PM tasting, offering a 10% discount on anything they’re pouring, while Pasanella And Son does one every Friday, 5-7PM and on Saturday 4-6PM. Chambers Street Wine has a schedule of rotating tastings, as does Tribeca Wine Merchants. We recommend calling before you show up to see what time they’re starting that day.
One of our favorite wine shops, New York Vintners, does daily classes that go beyond the tradition wine tasting to teach you how to pair wine with foods like pizza and Thai. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to spend a few hours.
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week!