Never Grow Old: 10 Best Ways to Be a Kid Again in NYC―Without Playing Pokemon Go

Nearly two weeks ago, the iconic show "Blue's Clues" turned 20If that doesn't make you feel old AF, you're lying to yourself. 

Gone are the days when you would come home from Pre-K and enter Joe's (later Steve's) house and learn along with Salt, Pepper, Magenta and all of Blue's buddies. Now, the closest thing you have to 'Mail Time' is answering emails at the office.

While you're now an adult with responsibilities and bills and all that stupid stuff, it doesn't mean you can't recapture some of the joy of your youth. 

No, that does not mean start wearing pigtails and shopping at the children's place (read: DO NOT do that), because that would be creepy and no one wants to see you in a glittery 'Frozen' T shirt. 

Luckily, there's tons of ways to embrace your inner child right here in NYC. Read on.

1. Fall in Love with Central Park


Sail boats on the pond, swing 'til you puke at the playgrounds, ride the carousel, check out the adorable sea lions at the zoo, or simply just chill on the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and blow some bubbles. 'Nuff said.

2. Jump on a trampoline

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3. Dinosaurs!!

Call in sick and get your butt to The Museum of Natural History. Who needs a Tinder when you can see a Titanosaur!

4. Get chocolate wasted


Throw concern for blood sugar to the wind and head over to the touristy Dylan's Candy Bar

Other popular sugar coma-inducing spots are Max Brenner’s, Serendipity 3Emack and Bolio’s, Sugar Factory (sugar and alcohol, all the yes). 

If crowds ain't your thing, get all hipstery and hit up Handsome Dan's Snocone & Candy Stand or the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

5. Get lost in Da Bronx


While the Central Park Zoo may be the thing of movies, The Bronx Zoo is free on Wednesdays! That leaves you extra money to get cotton candy and animal crackers. Score!!

6. Break out the friendship bracelets

Be honest, the best part of summer camp was not the camaraderie or S’mores, it was the arts n’ crafts. Head over to your nearest Michael’s and stock up on rainbow string, tie dye materials, and don’t forget about adult coloring books! 

Or if you want to play the adolescent with a fake ID and check out Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor

7. Nap. Like seriously.


Remember being a kid and thinking you were too cool for naps? Yeah, virtually all adults regret it. Make up for all the lost sleep by heading to Governors Island and knocking out in the super comfy hammocks. 10/10 would recommend.

8. Go back to school


Most people would rather have their teeth pulled than go back to grade school, but LIC’s MoMA PS1 hopefully won’t cause any baby fat flashbacks. You know what this place is full of? Colors!!

9. Be a child

This is an immature one, but that makes it fun. 


Head to the Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal and giggle ‘til you pee when you see passersby smile when you whisper things like ‘bubblebutt.’

10. Just chill


The world would fall apart if everyone gave up responsibilities, but a little disorder is always okay. 

So make up a non lethal sickness or ‘miss’ your train, shamelessly break out your adult onesie, throw on some old cartoons and eat all the sugary cereal your heart desires, because your Mom’s not around to stop you. 

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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