My husband and I love taking our twins to the Pier 62 Carousel on the Hudson River. The carousel is brand new with beautiful wooden animal figures and sweeping views of the Hudson River. Once the kids have had enough with the carousel, we head over to Chelsea Waterside Park on 23rd Street and 11th Avenue. The park is shady, not crowded and perfect for kids (and parents) of all ages. An indoor alternative to the park would be the bowling alley at Chelsea Piers; they have ramps and tiny bowling shoes to make it really easy for young children to learn how to bowl.
Nancy Bass Wyden is co-owner of the legendary Strand Book Store, home of 18 miles of new, used and rare books in New York City. Founded in 1927 by her grandfather, Nancy and her father, Fred Bass, now run the store together.