Today’s post comes to us courtesy of the lovely Libi Molnar and Ashley Liemer of BILLIE BLOOMS, a gorgeous, hand-made line of 100% cotton, unisex baby bloomers, all with the sweetest names like the striped cotton Leo, the polka-dot flannel Morgan, and (our fave) the gorgeous black-and-white gingham Alex. The dynamic duo Libi and Ashley are based, respectively, in Brooklyn, New York, and Miami, Florida. They’ve been receiving rave reviews from all over on their cute, comfy baby bloomers, but still found time to pick for us their top insider family-friendly spots to eat, drink, play and even get a hair-cut, in both Brooklyn and Miami.
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Billie Blooms’ Top Picks: Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn: that modern-day Mecca for all that is hip, mummy-y, organic, and often far cooler-for-kids than what’s on offer in Manhattan. Here are Billie Blooms’ top spots with tinies in tow.
SEE & DO
- Jane’s Carousel Take a ride on the gorgeous Jane’s Carousel in the DUMBO neighborhood, and enjoy amazing views of Lower Manhattan.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park Amazing park for kids (and adults!) with a great playground and fun activities for all ages. pack a picnic and enjoy the grassy areas or eat some delicious pizza at Fornino’s. Very kid friendly!
- Transit Museum This museum (also good for not great weather days!) is underground in an old subway station. Take your little one to walk through all of the old subway cars from every decade. There are great old maps to check out and amazing old advertisements.
- Greenlight Bookstore The best Sing-A-Long and Story Time in Brooklyn takes place on Friday afternoon at 2.30pm and Sunday morning at 11am. Make sure you come at least half an hour early to snag a spot, and don’t worry about the stroller as they have “valet” outside, and someone designated to keep watch!
- Gumbo Fun and creative music classes and local kiddie band performances.
- Transmitter Park in Greenpoint Beautiful park in the Greenpoint neighborhood, with a new playground and grassy knolls to picnic on. You can catch the ferry to Williamsburg, downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan just one block away for $4 ($6 at weekends; under 5s free).
- Streb Lab Great rainy day activities for kids with either the Kid Action classes or Kid Fly (trapeze) classes. Perfect for any little one that has tons of energy!
EAT & DRINK
- Ted + Honey Great café in the Cobble Hill neighborhood to grab breakfast or lunch; they have a kid-friendly menu and tasty treats for adults as well. Next to a lovely little park!
- One Girl Cookies Delicious little sweets without being too sweet (for fear of sugar crash later in the day!).
- Ovenly Right next to Transmitter Park, a perfect spot for a coffee and a delicious chocolate chip cookie with sea salt.
- Brooklyn Farmacy + Soda Fountain Stop by for a soda, a sundae or an ice cream float – super cute and very friendly staff.
- Prime Meats If you are looking for a night out for dinner and cocktails, but also somewhere you can bring your little one, Prime Meats is it. Very kid-friendly and accommodating.
- Brooklyn Crab Tasty seafood and plenty of outdoor space for your littles to run around and play. There is also mini golf! Open year round, although it’s best in the warm-weather months.
- Our top pick for Brooklyn stays are Kid and Coe’s properties: all the comforts of home (and then some!)
- The easiest/safest ride around, Uber, now has a feature called “Uber Family” that you can sign up for which allows you request a car seat!
Billie Blooms’ Top Picks: Miami, Florida
Oh, the heat, the beach, the general laid-back loveliness of Miami. Here’s where you’ll keep your brood happy, no matter what the mercury is registering.
SEE & DO
- South Pointe Park A great park in Miami’s South of Fifth “SoFi” neighborhood – perfect for playing, picnicking and fun times for all littles.
- Wynwood Walls Rent bikes and take a ride along the streets. Great photo opportunities with larger than life street art.
- Play-In A wet-weather idea, this is an indoor multi-sensory environment for little ones.
- The Children’s Museum “Play, Learn, Imagine, Create” – whats better than that?? 56,000 square foot facility, perfect for rainy days.
- Junior and Hatter Not only for adults, your little ones can also climb into the barber chair for a a stylish do.
- The Milk House Shop Opening November 2015, this adorable family run kids/baby clothing store is already carrying a great variety of brands (including Billie Blooms!)
- Shark Valley Rent a bike or take the tram and go see Florida’s wildlife. Alligators! Egrets!
EAT & DRINK
- Jugo Fresh A healthy start to your day: share an early morning Acai bowl with fresh coconut water, or try one of their amazing juices or smoothies.
- Azucar After you wander around Wynwood seeing the walls (above), make sure to stop at here for a refreshing homemade ice-cream or sorbet cone.
- My Ceviche Fresh, delicious and well priced! Head over to My Ceviche for tacos and guacamole, bring your food to the South Pointe Park (above) for a fun picnic.
- Zak the Baker The most delicious baked treats. One of the best new lunch spots in town, it’s family friendly with a great atmosphere and an absolutely delicious menu.
- Knausberry Farm If you are visiting Shark Valley (above) between mid-November through April, make sure to head to for the best homemade cinnamon buns and strawberry milkshakes.
- For a great Miami stay, pick a place from Kid & Coe’s family-friendly Miami selection.
Thanks, Libi & Ashley!