Children and Family Friendly Activities

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The Vanderbilt was built in 1908 by Alfred Vanderbilt and donated to the YMCA for the benefit of the young men of the area. This commitment to the engagement, development, and entertainment of children and young adults is a legacy that we hope cary on, over a century later. Explore these children and family friendly activities or connect with our team to create a customized experience sure to create lasting memories.


Children's Amenity
Children's Amenity

Children's Welcome Amenity

For our little adventurers, a treasure trove awaits with a fun surprise upon arrival. Children can choose a fun an enriching gift upon arrival. Create, discovery and play with us.
  • Complimentary gift options include:
  • - Stuffed whale
  • - Coloring book and pencils
  • - Kaleidoscope
  • - Deck of cards
  • - Puzzles

Teepee for Kids
Teepee for Kids

Teepees with roll out mats & coloring book

Every explorer needs a retreat, to chart his course or count his booty. Your tent awaits you on arrival to your room! Every kid under 12
  • Complimentary
  • Contact the Concierge to request your teepee
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Alfred the fish
Alfred the fish

Host Alfred the Fish as your guest during your stay

Little visitors can have Alfred or Consuelo as guest in their room or suite during their stay. Little visitors will be responsible for taking care of their aquatic guests including feeding and entertaining them ;)
  • Complimentary
  • Contact the Concierge to inquire about Alfred or Consuelo's availability
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Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Little Adventurers explore the Downtown Mansion. Climb the stairs, circle the halls, slide down our banisters in search of the fun facts about the Vanderbilt. A treat awaits at each next discovery and a delicious treat is your final reward.
  • Complimentary
  • Contact the Concierge to arrange your hunt
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Kids in the pool
Kids in the pool

Family Swim Time with Toys

Enjoy family swim time with toys in either the indoor our outdoor pool. (Outdoor pool is open during the Summer).
  • Complimentary
  • Includes a variety of pool toys and floats

Kids Chef Experience
Kids Chef Experience

Young Chef in Training

A cooking experience designed for young chefs in training. An interactive class taught by a member of our extraordinary culinary team and includes a tour of the Chef’s kitchen. Young chefs can pick from learning to bake cookies from scratch, making homemade pasta or the perfect grill cheese sandwich.
  • 60 minute class I $100 per person
  • 30 minute class I $75 per person
  • Add a chef hat and apron for $25
  • Contact the Concierge to reserve your class
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Mommy and Me Spa Services

We all work and play hard. Share some relaxation with your little one. Quiet the body and quiet the mind with a massage or facial in our Duet Spa Room together.
  • $130 Experience
  • Contact the Concierge to reserve your experience
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