One Mom’s Summer Staycation Guide

One local mom takes advantage of Summer Fridays and the leisurely pace of easygoing summer weekends. While many of the 8.5 million New Yorkers slip out of town to destinations out east and a flight away, some local families – like mom Ashley Seidman, her husband Doug and her 2-year-old daughter Scarlett – plan a staycation.

“It’s the best way to explore NYC – sunny days and no rush,” Ashley shares, with sheer relief. “We visit a few neighborhoods and stay active so that when we sit down to eat, Scarlett doesn’t use the restaurant as her playground.”


Summer Friday in West SoHo & Battery Park

🖌  Wee Arts painting & arts class

👫  Teardrop playground fun

🍕  El Vez nacho pizza *Seriously. Nacho pizza. Enough said.

🎠  SeaGlass carousel ride





Saturday in Brooklyn Heights & Fort Greene

⚽  Kick and Play soccer class

 ☕ Jack the Horse Tavern pancake brunch *Try the gluten-free buckwheat pancakes. 

🖍  Kids Corner arts & crafts (free!)

🌳  Fort Greene park nap

🍷  Olea sangria & paella dinner *Order the halloumi. Believe me.




Sunday in UES & Union Square

🎶  Funikijam music & garden party

🍉  Central Park picnic *Snack menu: Fruits, veggies, snack-size peanut butter, rice cakes, yogurts.

📚  Madeline storytime

🍦  Van Leeuwen vegan matcha tea ice cream break *Or the Salted Caramel ice cream. Mmm.