Kids Activities

Fun Things to do in NYC

Manhattan is a Playground

We live in Inwood Manhattan but frequently travel all over this amazing metropolis doing all kinds of activities. Manhattan is an amazing playground for families with everything under the sun. Some activities cost money whereas many do not. The great thing is that many of the activities are educational yet fun and will make a big impression on kids.

Fun and Interesting Activities

Some fun and interesting activities include The Empire State Building, New York Transit Museum, The Highline Park, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Central Park, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Natural History Museum just to name a few.

Harmony in New York

As a mom of an 11 year old living in Manhattan, it is important to me that my child experience all the city has to offer. One of our favorite activities is swimming. Another is simply going through the city and visiting the exciting and different areas of cultures that live together in harmony.

Free Stuff to Do With Your Child

Plus, there is lots of free stuff you can do. This includes the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Houdini Museum, The Queens County Farm Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. This is just the tip of the iceberg of wonderful things that can be done in Manhattan for free.

Manhattan is Magical

My husband, who has a background in magic, especially likes the Houdini Museum and several of his Society of American Magician meetings have been held there. Although we have gone to several different magic shows, my daughter and I have yet to visit the Houdini Museum. We look forward to doing so.

Scratching the Surface

Of course we’ve barely scratched the surface of what is possible in this wonderous city. The key is to keep you eyes open for more new experiences that you and your kids can have. We wish to thank Lights Camera Read for giving us some of these ideas.

What Do You Think?

Disney Whistle Blower as Seen in Manhattan Kids Guide

Disney? Is it Possible?

We generally stick to articles just about kids, their families and magical journeys. But we thought this would be an important look at an aspect of growing up for many children: Walt Disney.

Billions Over?

The somewhat shocking accusation comes from a former senior accountant at Disney. The gist of it is that this whistle blower is claiming that Disney overstated it’s revenue by billions of dollars – as much as 6 billion in fact.

Claims Denied

Disney’s response to this whistle blower’s accusation was that  the claims were “Utterly without merit.” Manhattan Magician would tend to agree.

Your Kids

How could this be important to you as a parent? If these accusations are accurate it could cause you to look again at Disney as a supplier of entertainment and more for your children.


Don’t get us wrong. We love Disney. In truth, our daughter is a major Disney fan, especially of their cruises, where you get to live the magic.

Sandra Kuba

But has the magic now been tainted? Sandra Kuba, an employee at Disney for nearly two decades made her claims known by filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A Trustworthy Source?

Also, can the whistle blower be trusted? This employee was fired because of apparently displaying a pattern of workplace complaints against coworkers without a reasonable basis for doing so. Manhattan Magician tends to believe this also.

What Do YOU Think?!

We believe, as does Market Your Journey, that it is likely that Disney will snap back like it always does and this incident will be a small blip in its stellar reputation. But we want to know what you think.

Does this Affect Your Feelings About Disney?

Would this cause you to think twice about purchasing Disney items? Or is it considered, in these weird times, something that is just business doing business?

Thanks to Those Who Have Already Responded

We received responses from readers of an early version of this blog post and thank them for their input. Seems most feel Disney will get through this without a scratch!

Making a Difference

The Magic of Magic Neighbors Theater Company

A World of Magic

There are certain organizations that are really making a difference in the Inwood Manhattan community and beyond. Magic Neighbors Theater Company is one such group. They primarily perform in libraries but basically will share their magic virtually anywhere they are needed. They help affirm for kids that magic is real, a feeling that hopefully they will keep as they get older. One thing we can never have enough of in this world is magic.

Manhattan Magician is Still a Member of Magic Neighbors

We have long supported Magic Neighbors and have been to many of their shows. The thing that makes them different is that their presentations are part story and part magic show. In fact, Manhattan Magician holds a book from which he reads, interspersed with the display of magic tricks. And as we understand it, a group called Market Your Journey are acting as consultants for the “Real Magic” aspect. Magic Neighbors are always the pioneers!

A Big Thumbs Up to Organizations that Support Magic Neighbors

We know that it is tough to keep a company like Magic Neighbors going, so we are thrilled that they are finding assistance through How to Get New Customers. This new resource assists those who need help doing something that is making a difference in their neighborhood and community.

Magic Neighbors is a Community Forum

A factor of Magic Neighbors is the way they open up their process for possible participation from all. They appreciate any input and from what we’ve been told have at times had great impact from the ideas presented.

Changing the Lives of Kids

It’s no surprise that Magic Neighbors is at times literally continuing on fumes as donations are hard to come by. Now that the fiscally sponsored organization Lights Camera Read is no longer able to provide them with capital, Magic Neighbors is really existing on the pure love of theater and changing the lives of kids through performance.

Mission is Important

Additional ways you can support Magic Neighbors is through volunteering either behind the scenes or even as an actor. They are always looking for new participants in this area and even if you are short on theater training Magic Neighbors will likely give you a chance. This is because they are looking more for people who believe in their mission of making a difference in the lives of kids than you having to be a very experienced performer. Market Your Journey have recently volunteered.

Magic Through and Through

Always optimistic Magic Neighbors feels that 2020 is going to be a great year for them and we agree. They are most happy when they are making a difference and we know they will. Thank you Magic Neighbors for you terrific contribution to the community! You truly are magic!


Inwood Manhattan Several Month Later and It’s Stilll All About Middle Schools

Time to plan school supplies and more for the next school year!

Finally a Solution

We vented quite a bit last time regarding middle school placement for 6th grade and now several months later we have found a solution. In fact, in part, the reason we haven’t been updating this blog has a lot to do with M.S.A.D. (Middle School Application Distraction).

Schools Near Inwood Manhattan

Don’t get us wrong, we love Inwood Manhattan, but sometimes one wishes with a wave of the magician’s wand, this process could be over. In truth, it wasn’t until April when school selections were unveiled that relief was found. But frankly, that’s just the beginning of the next phase which is calling the school you wanted to have your child get into and hope that a slot opens up because someone who’s child had been accepted there decides to move on.

A Decision is Made!

Such was our story and ironically we ultimately did not accept offers from city schools but went with a Charter School instead!

Kids Activities

Manhattan Kids Guide Lists 5 Educational Websites

Manhattan Kids Guide Educational Websites
Although there are many wonderful education based websites out there, Manhattan Kids Guide selected 5 of them that our kids have enjoyed as well as ourselves.


This site is just what its name implies: it’s Fun for your Brain! It has wonderful online reading from Pre-K through to 8th Grade so if you have a very young child, she or he could end up enjoying FunBrain for many years to come.

FunBrain describes itself as being a site that is created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8. They also mention that they have been a leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.


As long as we’re on the topic of “Brains” here’s another enjoyable website for the mind of a child called BrainPop. This a terrific learning destination for kids and includes Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, Engineering & Tech as well as New & Trending topics. A great resource. describes BrainPop as being s a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17), together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, mathematics, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music. Amazingly BrainPop is used in more than 20% of U.S. schools and also offers subscriptions for families and homeschoolers.

National Geographic Kids

I love this site. My 10 year old has as strong interest in animals but there’s more to National Geographic Kids than just animals. It has answers to questions about the world around us. There’s also an entire family section which is very useful and illuminating.

National Geographic Kids describe themselves as being inspiring to young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events, and a website. And the differentiation factor between National Geographic Kids and other online experiences is that it is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. Impressive!

ABC Mouse

My child learned a lot from this kids website when she was very young. It made learning for her fun and engaging.

ABC Mouse describes itself as being a global education initiative of Age of Learning, Inc. Their goal is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs.

How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works is another terrific resource. It literally teaches older kids (and Mom and Dads too) How Stuff Works! A lot of interesting material here. Enough for hours of discussions!

Wikipedia describes How Stuff Works as being an American commercial educational website founded by Marshall Brain to provide its target audience an insight into the way many things work. The site uses various media to explain complex concepts, terminology, and mechanisms—including photographs, diagrams, videos, animations, and articles.

Final Notes

You can’t go wrong with any of these wonderful online education conduits. Hope you and your kids have a chance to enjoy them!


It All Started with a Parade of Kids through Inwood Manhattan in 2009

Inwood Hill Park where this bridge can be seen is, according to legend, the location where Manhattan was founded.
Inwood Hill Park where this bridge can be seen is, according to legend, the location where Manhattan was founded.

Today is Monday July 2nd, 20018 and it’s been almost a decade since the parade of kids made their way through Inwood Manhattan in 2009. The parade marked the introduction of this website Manhattan Kids Guide as well as represented the coming together of the community and local businesses. The kids, in costumes, would stop along the way at storefronts  where they would be given treats by business owners.

Since 2009 a lot has happened with Manhattan Kids Guide. We’ve let you know on a regular basis fun things for kids of all ages to do in Upper Manhattan and beyond, as well as have faced the challenges of this community face on. And now, as of today, we have a blog as seen in the entry you are currently reading.

We are continuing to be committed to bringing you activities and articles of interest to the Inwood Manhattan and Washington Heights neighborhoods. Stay tuned for more.