Have you ever wanted to join the circus, immerse yourself in Saturday morning cartoons, or just be silly? Just because we have grown up and have responsibilities doesn't mean that we can't revisit our childhood. New York City has some great spots for you to embrace your inner kid.
Trapeze School New York
353 West St.
New York, NY
So maybe you never quite fulfilled that promise to yourself to run away and join the circus. Don't fret--This trapeze school in gives this opportunity for people to soar through the air, have gossamer landings, while getting fit and having fun. They have classes for beginners as well as for experienced flyers, so everyone can take part and add some excitement to their lives.
48 East 23rd St.
New York, NY
You definitely remember playing ping-pong as a kid and now as an adult you can go to Spin Galactic bar and restaurant ping-pong social club. You and your friends, donÕt have to be as good as Forest Gump to reserve a table, but be prepared to have some friendly competition. Every Friday night they have professional players come to compete for a prize, and while you watch them play you can also enjoy some of the variety shows, and bands that will be performing. By day itÕs a Ping Pong place and by night it turns into a real social scene. Talk about giving a boost to a beloved past-time.
4601 21st St.
Long Island City, NY
Everyone has made some art growing up, and perhaps now looking back on it, your pieces were probably more experimental than you intended them to be. A great way to relive your early Jackson Pollock days is to stop by MoMA PS1. This nonprofit art institution is dedicated to using NYC space to display contemporary art. MoMA PS1 is also constantly looking for innovative and venturesome pieces of artwork as well as performances and music. There isn't a better way to unlock your imagination than to peer into what other people have come up with.
481 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
What's the deal with getting rid of story time after elementary school? Well, the practical answer is that we now have to read them ourselves, but The Moth a not-for-profit organization takes pride in the craftsmanship of a story. The Moth only allows true stories to entertain their crowd, and their directors work with each storyteller to help form and present their story. Each show has a theme and the stories told during that show dive into and investigate the theme. This is sure not you average story time; performances can be seen on stage or on their radio show now airing on over 200 stations. Also head over to their website to read more true stories or sign up to tell one yourself.
The Chamber Magic Show
100 East 50th St.
New York, NY
Figured out every secret to the tricks that the magician at your 7th birthday performed? Be mystified by Steven Cohen's entertaining yet classy show of illusions. Hosted in The Waldorf-Astoria, this cocktail attire event is limited, creating an intimate show for the special guests. This is not your average pulling a rabbit out of a hat type show, but a mature atmosphere that leaves you questioning yourself in the "I can't believe my eyes" kind of way. In the words of the magician himself, my magic is more of a thinking man's magic. Most of it happens in your head. Whoa, I wouldn't be surprised if he pulled a rabbit out of his hat sipping a cocktail.
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
594 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 10012
Those cartoons and comic books you lounged with on Saturday mornings meant a lot to you didn't they? Of course they did! Now with a whole museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, study, and education of comic and cartoon art, you can revisit your old fiction friends again. What's cool about this place is that it does give a bit of a history lesson on the cartoon art form--basically the stuff you wish you were learning in social studies.
315 W 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
Since kindergarten, people have taken the emphasis off relaxation and rest. Yelo Spa's main goal is to help people deal with the pressures of city life. Stop by for some aromatherapy, messages, facials, tea, or even a nap in their zero gravity YeloCab. Maybe back in the day you spent your nap time talking and goofing off, in that case, take advantage of this place and recharge your senses.
Scavenger hunt--what we all loved to do during recess, and now you can do it for real! Accomplice is a live improv theater scavenger hunt through New York City. First, you and a group of friends sign up to go on a scavenger hunt through the city. You will then be given clues, and real actors (similar to live dinner theater) will be interacting with you. This is a great experience for anyone who craves some adventure, but who is on your side? Who isn't? Where do you go next? Happy hunting!