The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York has unveiled its new ‘Childrens Closet at The Pierre’ just in time for summer. The programme is part of the Kids @ Taj global family travel initiative created to engage with savvy families seeking the finer things in life.Directly facing Central Park, footsteps from Museum Mile, Central Park Zoo, the Apple Store and FAO Schwarz, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel is perfectly placed to welcome younger guests seeking an upscale Gotham adventure. With special turndown and welcome amenities, a dedicated ‘Pierre The Penguin’ package, children’s cooking classes, special art-inspired babysitting services, and Mommy & Me Afternoon Tea at Two E Bar/Lounge, the hotel is perfectly positioned to welcome children from newborns to teens.Pierre the Penguin reigns supremeYounger guests at the hotel are greeted with their own plush Pierre the Penguin toy at check-in to take home and keep, a nod to the Penguin House located across the street in Central Park Zoo. Those seeking a greater penguin experience can book the new “Pierre The Penguin Package”, prices lead in at $555+ per night (based on July-August rates), based on one family sharing a City View Room, inclusive of: personalised chocolate Penguin welcome amenity from Executive Pastry Chef Michael Mignano; complimentary Central Park Zoo passes for the family; one Pierre the Penguin plush toy; complimentary loan of the ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ DVD library during your stay; and a turndown amenity of milk and cookies with a copy of the children’s etiquette book, ‘Penguin Says Please’.Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!Embracing its Taj heritage, the hotel will place a plush rocking tiger inside all of its 11 Grand Suites that are booked by families with preschoolers to enjoy in-suite for the duration of their stay. This trusty rocking tiger toy is perfect for little ones to enjoy in the comfort of their own guest accommodations.Cooking classes with the professionalsYoung cooks and would-be mini chefs are invited into the kitchen at The Pierre to participate in a unique two-hour hands-on cooking experience spearheaded by Executive Chef, Ashfer Biju. Two carefully-selected options (one for four to seven year olds, the other for eight to 12 year olds) provide junior culinary aficionados the opportunity to hone their skills and learn new dishes under the expert supervision of Chef Ashfer and his team. Pint-sized chef aprons embroidered with each child’s name upon it, hats and kitchen tools are provided to participants, and upon completion of the class, children receive a signed ‘Certificate of Completion’ to take home. The classes cost $190 per child for two hours, based on a minimum of two children per class, bookable 48 hours in advance.Everything but the babyThe hotel will outfit each guest room with baby necessities in advance of each mini guests’ arrival, ranging from baby cribs; baby bath tubs; a Diaper Genie; bottle sterilisers and bottle warmers; to complimentary children’s bathroom products from ‘Jungle Care’, and the loan of petit children’s bathrobes and slippers for the duration of their stay.An arty party babysitter night The Pierre provides a very special babysitting service to create an arts-focused evening in-room for children of all ages. The experienced sitters specialise in music, dance, fine art and drama, and can curate a fabulous night of fun for the children to enjoy while parents enjoy a much deserved night out. Similarly, the hotel can arrange for special shopping adventures at FAO Schwarz or American Girl Place, both within easy walking distance of The Pierre. And for the mini beauty-queen, the hotel beauty parlour, ‘Dominique Salon’ can create a makeover or little girls manicure with one easy call.One lump or two?Our signature lounge, Two E Bar/Lounge, serves delicious afternoon tea daily from 3 to 6pm and is a wonderful location for a ‘Mommy & Me’ tea, from macaroons to cucumber finger sandwiches and half chocolate dipped Madeleine’s.