New York City has some of the greatest Jewish culture hotspots on the planet. We’ve captured some kid-friendly ones here for you. Now go and explore!
1. Lower East Side Food Experience
Lots of touring companies do a Jewish food tour of the Lower East Side, but really, there’s just a few highlights you and your child will want to hit. To get ready, read What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street. And don’t forget to pack a water bottle because it’s going to be a salty ride.
Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes: 137 East Houston between 1st and 2nd
The best knishes in the city, period.
The Pickle Guys: 49 Essex between Grand and Essex
There’s been pickle wars on the LES for years, but this one won out in our book. Salty and crunchy perfection.
Russ & Daughters: 179 East Houston between Allen and Orchard
Take home some bagels and cream cheese for tomorrow morning.
Economy Candy: 108 Rivington between Essex and Ludlow
Wrap up your visit with this amazingly overcrowded sweet shop where you can find just about anything. Your child will literally be a kid in a candy store. And so will you.
2. The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum has a whole section for children. Every Sunday is family day with storytime and arts and crafts for the 3-5 year-old set. A family membership is only $135 for two adults and children—after just a few visits at $12 per adult, that really pays off (an added plus with membership is a discount on space rental for kids’ birthday parties).
Located at 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St in Manhattan.
3. Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty
Though these iconic sights of New York are better for slightly older children, even the little ones will enjoy the boat ride and be impressed with Lady Liberty. To buy tickets for the ferry, click here. This trip will take a few hours, so be sure to keep that in mind when planning.
Ferry leaves from Battery Park.
4. The Jewish Children’s Museum
This museum takes you through the Jewish holidays, values, bible stories, and more. It has a pretty traditional bent, so just keep that in mind as you visit—but kids have a great time with these interactive exhibits.
Located at 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213.
5. Going Back to the Old Country…Sort Of
Chances are, your kid’s grandparents (or your grandparents) grew up somewhere in Brooklyn. Find their exact address, do some online research for nearby restaurants and playgrounds, and make the journey to the home country. You can even make a day of it by stopping by the crazy big new playground at Pier 6 and checking out our favorite Brooklyn-based deli, challah, and bagel joints.