What Should We Do?!

Living in New York City, we have unlimited opportunities for new experiences and adventures, but I have to admit that we often find ourselves doing same things over and over again. In the months of December, the city exudes holiday magic with so many events and sites, so there is no excuse to not try something new. Jason is home most of this month, so we plan to take full advantage of the holiday fun, and last Saturday was a perfect example.

 What Should We Do?! concierge service

On a regular basis, I receive emails or direct messages from readers headed to town, all with the same burning question of “What Should We Do?”. Well, I recently discovered What Should We Do?!, a concierge service that plans out your day. Founded by Arielle Tepper Madover, a six-time Tony Award-winning Theater & Film Producer and native New Yorker, WSWD?! offers experience advisors who are experts in all things NYC. From the latest openings, to hottest tickets, and hidden gems throughout the five boroughs. Be it backstage tours of beloved Broadway shows, or gallery strolls led by top art historians, they’ll do the research, planning and booking, so you can make the most of your free time. They know what’s happening, where to go, and how to get the most out of any experience.

 What Should We Do?! concierge service

The service is accessible via desktop or app, available on iTunes. It’s pretty easy to get started too, I quickly entered my info, and immediately began browsing their favorites section. I knew we definitely wanted to hit the Top Of The Rock, so I told our experience advisor how many people were in our party, along with some ideas of what we wanted to do. She asked some details, including the kids’ ages, and within minutes I had a perfectly planned itinerary.

 What Should We Do?! concierge service

Here’s what we planned. We started our morning at 10am, with brunch at Momofuku’s Ma Peche restaurant. I was psyched with this recommendation, because I’ve been dying to try it. The kids enjoyed macha pancakes, a play on a bacon, egg, and cheese on a steamed bun, and us big kids split the fried chicken and waffles, and brisket bowl. Not your run of the mill brunch! And, no trip to Momofuku is complete without birthday cake truffles, which I picked up on the way out.

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Next, we headed to the Top Of The Rock. Sure, it was a little touristy, but it’s fun to play tourist in your hometown once in a while; especially when you can take some awesome pics in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, before heading up to the observation deck! We spend so much time making our way around the streets of Manhattan, so it was pretty cool to see it from 60 floors up, with 360 degree views! Our tickets were super handy on my WSWD?! app, and I loved that I didn’t have to search through my emails for them. I was able to access a perfectly organized itinerary.

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Our final stop was Roosevelt Island. The kids got a kick out of this, because it was the first time we had ever taken the tram ride over the East River. When we landed on the Island, we walked over to Sue’s Tech Kitchen. Founded by Randi Zuckerberg, this month long pop up offers fun STEM interactive stations for the kids.  

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After we geeked out over the all things tech, we took some photos by the water, and went for an early dinner before heading home. After walking a few miles over the course of our day, we all collapsed when we walked in the door.

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The What Should We Do?! has a monthly fee starting at $4.99, but with my code STROLLERCITY, you can try it out for TWO months, free of charge! This app is a must for the next time you plan a day in NYC, or have friends visiting from out of town! It’s been so fun discovering hidden gems in the city!

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29 thoughts on “What Should We Do?!”

  1. It is so funny that when you live in a place you don’t usually get a chance to do the touristy things. I have not done so many things that people visiting do its justbthe nature of living in a city. It is nice once in a while to sight see.

  2. Laura @ MommyDearest

    Wow this is a fantastic service. I wish we had something like that here (for the bigger city of course, we live in a tiny town with nothing to see) I love that it was all planned and easily done. Looks like you had a great day.

  3. This app sounds awesome, it’s definitely a great way to find things to do around the city! And it looks like you had a great time with the whole family!

  4. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    What a really great app! I have been to NYC once, and fell in love. It would be one place if given the chance I’d move too. I love everything there is to offer!

  5. Can we just talk about how fabulous your jacket is?! I’ve been wanting metallic outerwear for the longest time and this one is sheer perfection!

  6. What a cool service! I have never been to New York, so something like this would be pretty nice for me when I do finally get to visit. I really like having someone else plan things for me and help pick out things to do, especially on vacation.

  7. That brunch sounds delicious…I would want to try matcha pancakes and a different version of chicken and waffles (there are so many varied takes on it). I go to NYC often, and I feel like I need to do some touristy things next time we pass through.

  8. Wow this looks like a great idea, especially when I find myself wanting to tack on an extra day in NYC after a work trip! Thanks and happy holidays!

  9. Wow this looks like a great idea, especially when I find myself wanting to tack on an extra day in NYC after a work trip! Thanks and happy holidays!

  10. The what should we do app sounds great. I’ve lived in NYC and Los Angeles, but I’ve never really gone through the cities as a tourist. It’s really fun to do that from time to time. I did once take the tram to Roosevelt Island. That was a really unique experience.

  11. Oh gosh this service sounds amazing! I would totally do this to plan a New York trip. There’s so much to do and it’s so overwhelming! I love planning tourist in my own city and am always looking for new things to do.

  12. What in the world! That service looks amazing. I wonder if there is something like that where we live. We aren’t too far from a big city.

  13. Sounds fantastic this What Should We Do?! service. Especially when you have kids, it helps to have it all figured out and makes your trip or day worth every minute. The photo of you crossing the road with the kids is just priceless.

  14. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com

    My favorite time of year to visit NYC is Christmas! It looks like you all had a blast there, such a fun time in a great city!!

  15. This looks like an awesome service. Visiting a city, especially with kids, I never know what to do, especially with NYC having so much to do.

  16. Talk about a convenient way to plan out your itinerary! I think this app is awesome and it’s definitely something that I’d use when we visit family in NYC! Your brunch sounds amazing!

  17. First of all, the picture of the Empire State Building is amazing.
    What an awesome service! I love the 2 months free, thank you!

  18. What an awesome service for adventures! And how cute are your daughters sweaters?! I’m sure living in NYC is so much different than having that same enthusiasm as a NYC tourist but the holidays just feel so much more magical there.

  19. Enjoyed looking through your photos of New York City. This Texas girl could not image ever living there, I did, however visit once in the month of January and remember getting snowed in and couldn’t get home. I would definitely go back but not in the winter!!

  20. This is such a great idea. It’s nice to have someone else plan your activities, especially in NYC where is so much to do. It looks like you had an action-packed day. I’ll keep this in mind next time I come to NYC.

  21. Oh I bet you all had a wonderful time in NYC. I love the city that never sleeps and how you can literally find something to do all the time. I was just there on a work trip earlier this year and it was way too short.

  22. I think this is an issue for everyone, no matter where they live. We are creatures of comfort & routine so we prefer doing the same things most of the time 🙂 But it’s SO GOOD to push ourselves out of that comfort zone!!! Loved seeing your little adventures! I love and miss NYC so much (I studied and lived there for a few years – always feels like home when we go and visit – now living in the UK).
    xox Nadia
    (Miel and Mint blog)

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