AWNY Mums and Dads Update, August 2018

I truly can not believe we are at the end of August and the end of another summer! The summer holidays went by so quickly and my kids started back at school this week.

I really enjoy the summer break with the kids at home and the sense of freedom to do what we want, when we want and not be rushing to get to school, get to afternoon sport, finish homework etc. It’s so nice to have a relaxed schedule for 2 months.

One of our favorite activities from the summer break was a trip to Governors Island.

Governors Island is, in fact, a little island just off the lower end of Manhattan and is a quick 5 min ferry ride from South Ferry. They have their own ferry terminal which is very well signposted next door to the famous Staten Island ferry terminal. Governors Island will be open until 31 October 2018. It then closes over the winter and is open only for private events during the cooler months.

It is truly a kid-friendly destination with plenty of things to do, including:

  • Biking – with 7 miles of bike track to enjoy. Individual, adult and kid bikes or family wagon type bikes can be hired or you can bring your own bike! Blazing saddles offer free bike rental 10am – 12pm daily!
  • The adventures area was my kids’ favorite part of the day which includes a zipline, mini golf, rock climbing and a big maze.  A combo ticket is $22 or you can pay individually for each adventure.
  • Ice Skating – it’s strange to ice skate outdoors when the temperature it is 88F, but you can do it here. Free skating is available on weekdays for the first hour from 10am – 12pm. For Skate Rentals and Rink Access, the rates are as follows: $15 for adults and $10 for children.
  • Slide Hill – so much fun for all ages! Ride down four slides of varying lengths, including the longest slide in NYC at 57 feet. In addition, Slide Hill includes a wide family slide and two ADA accessible slides.
  • Hammock Grove play area – features play structures for all ages. Climb and swing in the middle of the new park. My kids love hammocks and other kids seem to love them too.
  • play:groundNYC –  This looks like a big area of scrap/abandoned rubbish at first sight, but it is actually a huge play area for kids. The yard boasts 50,000 square feet of space in which they supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Tools provided include nails, hammers and saws, paint, tyres, wood, fabrics and more. Great for your little builders, architects or inquisitive kids!  This area is for kids only, with a recommended age of 6 and up. Parents are not allowed. They also have a Family Play area, open to all ages and parents, adjacent to the Yard.

After all that activity, you may be wondering, “where can we eat?”. There are a few options:

  • Bring your own picnic and enjoy all the green space and the amazing views.
  • Food Courts – there are a few food vendors at the 2 food courts, including tacos, crepes, ice cream
  • Island Oyster – my favorite option. A hip seafood restaurant with the most amazing view back across to lower Manhattan. They also have ping-pong tables and bean bags to keep the kids happy.

I highly recommend a day out to Governors Island.

The AWNY Mums also enjoyed a lovely Sip & Shop night out in August at the Scanlan Theodore gorgeous Flatiron store. It was a great chance to catch up with a fabulous group of women, shop and drink bubbles. A win-win!

We look forward to a few more Mums and Dads events over the next few months as the weather cools and the kids are back to school. So be sure to stay in touch with by joining the Australian Mums and Dads in NYC Facebook Group or by dropping us a line at



Author: Nakia Gordon

Nakia is a busy mum of two kids. Originally from Sydney, Spent a few years in London and now calls New York City home. Nakia writes a blog in her spare time to help newcomers navigate life in this great city -

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