Snow Day Activities in NYC

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It doesn’t take much for New York City to call a snow day, but that doesn’t mean that learning for the day comes to a halt! Our city is filled with plenty of activities to keep your children entertained both indoor and out. Whether you want to head out to play in the snow, check out an indoor activity, or cozy up in your own Glenwood apartment building, we’ve rounded up five brilliant plans to keep your little ones engaged and you sane!

Sledding in Central Park

There’s something magical about spending a snowy morning or afternoon in Central Park. Take advantage of these beautiful days by bundling up your kids, grab your sled, and head to your closest park. While fun can happen in any green space in Manhattan (hello snowmen building and playful snowball wars!), it’s also good to know that Central Park has two large hills perfect for sledding: Pilgrim Hill and Cedar Hill. Pilgrim Hill has the steepest slopes, but is also typically the most crowded. The easiest route to get there is by entering the park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Cedar Hill has two areas: the lower portion, that is separated by a walkway, is great for the younger and beginning sledders. The hill from the top of the east drive down, is for the more adventuresome. You can reach Cedar Hill by entering the park between 76th and 79th Streets at Fifth Avenue. Glenwood’s Upper East Side building, The Marlowe, is a quick walk away from both of these sledding locations!

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Spend Time in Your Building’s Library and Lounge

Many Glenwood buildings offer libraries, which are fabulous gems to have in the case of bad weather! While it may be too yucky to venture anywhere outside, it can do wonders to just have a change of scenery for a few hours. Hence, pack up your children and some supplies and head to your building’s library! A few great things you can bring along are board games, art supplies, books and magazines, puzzles, and of course, snacks! A thermos of hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies will make the trip to your building’s library seem all the more special. Barclay Tower and Grand Tier are just two of the spots that offer these amenities. Indoor pools are also another great amenity to take advantage of on chilly snow days.

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Delivery and a Movie

When the wind chill is below zero and the sidewalks are icy and slick, it’s nice to have a few ideas in your back pocket for entertaining your little ones at home.

Logging on to your Seamless account and ordering delivery of your family’s favorite cuisine, followed by a favorite family film is an excellent way to spend time together. Netflix and Amazon Prime offer a great selection of films that are good for the whole gang, but if you don’t have accounts on either of those two streaming services, another amazing go-to for renting movies for free is the New York Public Library. They have everything available from the latest releases to the early classics, and the best part? You can create a que online of “holds” that you would like to watch, and as they become available the library will shoot you an email, and all you have to do is pop into your nearest branch for pickup!

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Visit Art Farm

As NYC parents know, sometimes getting kids bundled up in snow gear to play in the snow is way more effort than it’s worth. If your child is going through a phase of hating to put on snow pants, hats, and gloves, save everyone the stress and hop in a cab heading to the Upper East Side’s Art Farm.

Art Farm is a facility that is part preschool, part playgroup, but offers drop-in hours for non-members, and serves children ages 6 months to 8 years. For a $20 fee, you can bring your child to play all afternoon or just for an hour. They’ll be able to enjoy animal time with real pets, arts and craft activities, and creative play in the playroom. Glenwood residents living in The Andover, The Barclay, and The Cambridge will be pleased to know it’s located right around the corner from their buildings.

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Utilize Your Building’s Playrooms

If you live in a Glenwood building with a playroom, such as the Westside’s The Regent, take full advantage of it on a snowy day! Not only are they well equipped with toys and activities to keep your little ones happily busy, but you will have the added benefit of being able to meet other caregivers with children of the same age in your building. Perfect way to set up future playdates!

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