Read, ride, play games, and top it off with a scoop of gelato.
|Angelito Jusay Photography|
Summer in the city poses many challenges, not the least of which is getting the kids up and out of the house for some fresh air. If your charges are watching too much TV or playing too many video games, a trip to Bryant Park might be just the thing to get their minds and bodies moving again.
On the south side of the lawn, along the 40th Street Allée, the park offers an array of amenities and activities that your kids will love. At the eastern end, you’ll find Le Carrousel, our custom-built merry-go-round featuring fourteen delightful animals, including ten horses, a frog, deer, cat, and rabbit. Rides are just $3, and a Frequent Rider Card gets you ten rides for just $15.
Le Carrousel also offers free entertainment on weekends. On Saturdays through August 15, Flaubert Frog and Cali Co Cat co-host Le Carrousel Kids. This year’s theme is ‘Free to Be…Frog and Me’ as the hosts present stories, songs, and poems from the children’s classic Free to Be…You and Me. And on Sundays through August 16, professional magicians perform at Le Carrousel Magique. All chilren’s entertainment at Le Carrousel is from 1:00-2:00pm.
Moving west on the allée, you’ll come across Bryant Park Children’s Reading Room, where kids can choose from over 200 books generously donated by Scholastic and Random House. It’s free, and there are books for all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers.
Just south of the Children’s Reading Room is the Bryant Park Games area. Visitors can choose from 35 tabletop games to play free of charge, including kids’ favorites Candyland, Old Maid, Memory, Pick-Up Sticks, and more. On Saturdays and Sundays through September 28, Bryant Park Games hosts Kids Time Game Socials from 2:00-4:00pm.
All this activity will surely build a big appetite, so take a few more steps westward to the newly refitted Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto kiosk. The first brick and mortar store operated by Minneapolis’ up-and-coming producer of fine gelatos and sorbettos, the kiosk offers a rotating array of six gelatos by the scoop and two gelato pops.
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