Kid-friendly things to do in NYC – Harlem edition

Kid-friendly things to do in NYC – Harlem edition

We’re excited to announce Hello Sitter is now available in Harlem (zipcodes 10029, 10037, and 10039 to be precise!)… well hello there Harlem! So many families live uptown and we know there’s always a need for high-quality babysitters wherever there are kids and parents.

We set out to explore the neighborhoods north of 110th Street looking for kid-friendly things to do in Harlem. We found plenty of fun activities and places to make the kids (and their grown-ups) happy. Here’s our kid-friendly guide to Harlem. Head uptown for all this and more.

  • Climb some hills, take in views of Manhattan, and explore four playgrounds in Morningside Park. If it’s a Saturday, head to the Farmers Market for organic produce, bakery items, and more.
    110th to W 123rd Sts between Manhattan Ave, Morningside Ave and Morningside Dr


  • Enjoy an elegant yet kid-friendly brunch from a James Beard Award winning chef at Lido. Bonus: they use organic ingredients and offer bottomless mimosas.
    2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St


  • Let your little foodies learn some real culinary skills (while wearing tiny aprons and chef hats!) with a class at Chef Toni’s Cooking Adventures.
    1937 Madison Ave b/t 124th St & 125th St


  • Grab an almond milk latte and pastries from Balthazar and Ovenly at Double Dutch Espresso (pictured above). Then direct your littles and their hot chocolate to their lovely back patio.
    2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd b/t 118th St & 119th St


  • Build your own personal pizza at the super-casual Custom FUEL Pizza. Quality toppings and salads (plus beer and wine!) provide good options for parents too.
    2288 Frederick Douglass Blvd b/t 123rd St & 124th St


  • Jump in the pool and learn the basics and more with swim lessons at Splash Fit Swimming.
    14-32 W 118th St b/t Fifth Ave & Malcolm X Blvd


  • Try a down dog at Land Yoga, where kids as young as three can transform into little yogis. There are pre- and postnatal classes for moms too!
    2116 Frederick Douglass Blvd b/t 114th St and 115th St


  • Indulge (seriously) in a huge, gooey, insanely satisfying, fist-sized cookie at Levain Bakery. The Harlem location tends to be much less busy than their UWS tourist mecca.
    2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd b/t 116th St and 117th St


  • Enjoy a “real NYC bagel” at the newly renovated BO’s Bagels, the brainchild of two Harlem locals who saw a lack of good bagels in the neighborhood and took action.
    235 W 116th St b/t Seventh Ave and Frederick Douglass Blvd


What are your favorite places in Harlem to take your kids? Let us know in the comments below!