Staying at a high-end hotel may sound like exactly what the doctor ordered, but with a little one in tow, the reality of tiptoeing around a dark hotel room after he or she goes to sleep does not exactly make you feel four star. Kid & Coe founder Zoie Kingsbery Coe discovered this firsthand when her firstborn was still a baby on a family trip to Sydney, Australia where her musician husband was touring.
“We realized he wouldn’t be eating any healthy home-cooked meals, and we just needed more space to enjoy our family time together,” says Kingsbery Coe. After switching from a hotel to rental home--the search for a proper place to stay took a week--Coe says everything opened up. “As soon as we were situated, it felt that all of Sydney was our Sydney; we had a base to find local fresh grocers, nearby playgrounds, farmers markets and cafés.”
So to save parents the headache of finding the perfect space for families to enjoy their vacations in, she launched Kid & Coe in October of 2013. “Spending too much time going through uninspiring websites looking at uninspiring houses that claimed they were family-friendly made me realize there was a real lack in the market for people who need the space of a home the most,” says Kingsbery Coe. With kids that are 6 and 2 ½ years old , it’s safe to say that Kingsbery Coe knows exactly what a family-friendly home needs.
But even with all that travel under her belt, New York--Union Square in particular--is where Kingsbery Coe and her family call home. (Well, that and Spain and London during the summer as well.)
Here are 8 spots (and you know they have to be good) where you’ll find her ‘round town.
I must admit I do most of my kids shopping online, but I love Ibiza Kids on Broadway and Lucky Wang for cute little rocker tees. Kidding Around is a fantastic toy store--they have a train set to entertain kids and offer free gift-wrapping for birthday parties. One less thing to do!
I wish! :) I like getting manicures and pedicures from Renew and Relax on 3rd Avenue in the East Village, and I have this fantastic cheap massage place on 8th street. I sneak there late at night sometimes when the kids are asleep. It’s called Taiji Body.
We love to go to the McNally Jackson bookstore Saturday mornings. They do a free story hour and then an art project centered around the story’s theme. After, we head to Soho Park across the street for burgers and fries. I also LOVE the drop-in art class at Children’s Museum of Art. It’s proper messy creative freefrom art, and my kids love it.
The MoMA does tours for kids on Sunday morning, and they’re never crowded. It’s called the Tours for Fours series, and they ask great questions to help get kids thinking about art in an age-appropriate way. There’s also a great play area/bookstore for littles, and the sculpture garden is pretty great.
A dose of fresh air
It’s hard to remember playgrounds after this winter hibernation. We love taking picnics to Rockefeller Park down in Battery Park. There’s a great big lawn and it overlooks the Statue of Liberty. Lovely. The water playground across from Chelsea Piers is also fantastic in the summer.