If you're not doing summer camp, I would recommend a membership or two. We have a bunch and it is great being able to just go and do stuff with out really worrying about cost (much cheaper than summer camp.)The Natural History museum
is on the UWS. Membership to the NH is reciprocated at some other area museums (I just used it this weekend at the Newark Museum.) If you can't afford the membership though, general admission is a suggested
donation though, so you can give less.The Met
is on the other side of the park, but still convenient. The membership also includes the Cloisters. Again though, admission is a suggested
donation, so you can give what you want.The central park zoo
is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. It is a long but pleasant walk from the UWS. Membership to the zoo is a bit expensive, but it includes all
the NYC zoos and the aquarium (except for the small one on Staten Island.)
We moved out to the suburbs a few years ago, but when we lived in the city, Fairway was where I went for a larger selection. My MIL also took me shopping in china town a lot.
You will need a good cart to bring you groceries home. A nice tough one that will stand up to being lugged up and down stairs is worth paying for. This sort of thing
. I'm not recommending mail ordering though, you should find one already assembled to buy in the city, so you can judge size and sturdiness.