Tuesday, April 1


Circle of Dance

Tuesday, April 1–Tuesday, April 30, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian - New York (One Bowling Green)

This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.


Friday, November 18


New York at Its Core

Friday, November 18–Monday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)

Follow the story of NYC’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in a changing world through more than 400 objects as well as interactive digital experiences. Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history comes alive through the stories of innovation, energy, struggle, and the vision of generations of immigrants, politicians, tycoons, dreamers, master builders, and ordinary New Yorkers.


Saturday, April 1


Connected Worlds

Saturday, April 1–Monday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)

Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. As visitors explore and play, their actions – gestures, movements, decisions – have both short and long-term effects on the digital habitats.


Saturday, April 8


The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Saturday, April 8–Sunday, June 24, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Jacques Torres Chocolate (350 Hudson Street)

Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.


Thursday, April 20


Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes

Thursday, April 20–Monday, October 8, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

See over 100 highlights from shoe designer Stuart Weitzman’s extensive private collection that tell the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production and explores larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women’s contributions as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs.


Thursday, June 1


Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York

Thursday, June 1–Sunday, September 23, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)

Look back at fifty years of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, installed in the public spaces of New York, the most robust and vibrant environment for public art in the world lucky us). Features renderings, models, photographs, and video footage tracing the creation of public artworks by such artists as Red Grooms, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Kara Walker marking the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Public Art Fund.


Thursday, June 15


Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection

Thursday, June 15–Sunday, September 16, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Displays evoking old-fashioned New York magic shops explore the careers of legendary magicians from the Golden Age of Magic and showcase iconic objects used by Harry Houdini in his famous escape stunts plus illusionistDavid Copperfields’ Death Saw. Artifcacts from the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts and Copperfields private collection of David include the Metamorphosis Trunk, used by Harry and Bess Houdini, that allowed the couple to magically trade places; handcuffs from the 1904 London Daily Mirror challenge, from which Houdini struggled to escape for more than 70 minutes; and Houdini’s Milk Can, an act that premiered in 1908 in which he attempted to escape from this colossal, locked can filled to the brim with water.


Saturday, July 1


Let's Dance!

Saturday, July 1–Monday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with an immersive video projection dome dance portal to learn with professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box. Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, props and costumes. Experiment with authentic percussion instruments. Lots of related workshops and performances, including daily dance and movement programs at 10:30 am, 11:30 am & 2 pm.


Friday, October 6


Dale Chihuly, Rose Crystal Tower

Friday, October 6–Friday, October 5, All Day
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

See a stunning 31-feet tall tower that looks like rose petals that is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel, by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

Friday, October 6–Friday, August 31, 10:00 am–10:00 pm
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey (226 West 44th Street)

Come face-to-face with (virtual) humpback whales and great white sharks, Humboldt squid and sea lions in an immersive experience that harnesses ground-breaking technology. Go on an underwater journey across the Pacific Ocean to interact with and encounter the ocean’s wonders and creatures.


Wednesday, November 1


100 Gates Project

Wednesday, November 1–Monday, December 31, All Day
Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island (See map for locations)

The 100 Gates Project connects artists and merchants to create original murals on roll-down security gates on the Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island, creating an open-air galleries that are open when your kids wake up too early and everything else is closed.


Friday, November 10


Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound

Friday, November 10–Sunday, January 6, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian - New York (One Bowling Green)

Ten artists use light, digital projection, and experimental media to reflect on their place in and between traditional and dominant cultures. Through innovative sound art, digital media, and installation, the exhibition demonstrates the continuity of Indigenous cultures and creativity in the digital age.


Monday, November 20


Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Monday, November 20–Sunday, January 6, 12:00 am
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

In a highly experiential exhibition, explore 11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses, then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and what’s unique about human perception during an interactive session hosted by a live presenter.


Friday, December 1


Hear, See, Play: Designing With Sound

Friday, December 1–Sunday, July 29, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

In this hands-on exhibition, become a sound designer for Trash Bot, a street-cleaning machine. Also see cool record covers and concert posters and play with different sounds.


Monday, January 1


On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses

Monday, January 1–Monday, December 31, 8:30 am–6:30 pm
New York Transit Museum (Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street )

Learn about ground mobility and surface transit from the early 1800s to the present by exploring a real life city bus, “fishbowl” bus cab, walk-don’t walk signs, parking meters, fire hydrants, traffic lights, and an array of other interactive “street furniture.”

Downtown Dance Factory

Monday, January 1–Monday, December 31, 9:00 am–8:30 pm
Downtown Dance Factory (291 Broadway)

Downtown Dance Factory offers over 175 classes a week for girls and boys, from 1 year olds to teens, in a variety of dance styles including ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz and lyrical.

Jim Henson's World

Monday, January 1–Monday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )

Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture and learn how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Among the nearly 300 objects on view are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. See film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage and try interactive experiences puppeteering on screen and designing a puppet character.

The NFL Experience

Monday, January 1–Saturday, June 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
The NFL Experience ( 20 Times Square)

An interactive and immersive attraction brings fans closer to the National Football League and their favorite teams. Experience football from the stands to the field, from kickoff through playoffs with interactive displays, state-of-the-art 4D cinema and other multimedia effects.

MoMA Art Lab: Nature

Monday, January 1–Monday, December 31, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation. Beautiful discovery boxes contain creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom – I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather – it’s right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900–1960

Monday, January 1–Monday, December 31, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

This stunning exhibition of works made from 1900 to 1960 is organized around five themes: family and community, work, home, the spiritual, and the nation. Includes iconic works by Louise Bourgeois, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Jacob Lawrence, and Georgia O’Keeffe, among many others.


Monday, January 15


The Art Farm in the City

Monday, January 15–Saturday, December 22, All Day
The Art Farm in the City (419 E 91st Street between First Avenue and York)

A variety of classes for ages 1-8 include cooking, arts/crafts, music, singing and cuddling time with live animals.


Friday, January 19


Music Shakers

Friday, January 19–Friday, December 21, 11:15 am–12:00 pm
Silver Music Morningside Heights (45 Tiemann Place at West 125th Street)

Children 8 months to 3 years combine rhythm instrument play and exploration to live music and seasonal songs, musical movement, story and active listening.


Monday, January 22


Kids At Work

Monday, January 22–Saturday, December 22, 9:00 am–5:30 pm
Kids At Work (123 West 20th Street, Second floor)

Drop-in art, music, and movement classes incorporate educational best practices (and are also lots of fun). Outdoor classes offered in the summer.

ABC Do-Re-ME! Musical Playdate

Monday, January 22–Saturday, December 22, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

Musicians play piano or guitar and sing favorite kids songs. Some teachers are more engaging and entertaining than others, so ask around and try different class times. Kids up to five-years-old sing along, play instruments, dance with scarves and other sometimes-silly activities in a dance studio in the basement. Advanced registration required, though cancellations are allowed up to 1 hour before the class with no penalty.

Music for Aardvarks

Monday, January 22–Saturday, December 22, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Modern Martial Art (103 West 73th Street)

Fun, laid-back music class with witty original NYC-centric songs including the beloved ‘Taxi!.’

The Art Studio NY

Monday, January 22–Saturday, December 22, 10:30 am–11:15 am
The Art Studio NY (145 West 96th Street #1B)

Entertaining, educational children’s artistic experience for ages ages 2+ combine technique with authentic self-expression.


Friday, February 2


Hello from Japan!

Friday, February 2–Saturday, June 30, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a playful, highly immersive environment. In Kawaii Central, a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, sing karaoke, smile for a photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design family mascots. In the beautiful Shinto shrine park build a bridge, crawl through a forest, encounter kami spirits, and make wishes at a wishing tree.


Friday, February 23


A Lost Future

Friday, February 23–Monday, January 28, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

Through neon art, painting, film, sculpture, photography, an immersive lake and virtual reality(ages 9+), three contemporary artists–Shezad Dawood, the Otolith Group, and Matti Braun-challenge existing histories and speculative futures across cultures and in Bengal, a culturally rich region divided between present-day India and Bangladesh.


Thursday, March 1


Brancusi

Thursday, March 1–Sunday, September 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)

Try to find animals including a seal, sting ray and bird in the abstract-looking sculptures of Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957). Fun shapes and forms in a lovely space.


Friday, March 2


David Bowie is

Friday, March 2–Sunday, July 15, 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

Explore 400 objects drawn primarily from the David Bowie’s personal archive in an immersive, multimedia installation that includes continuous audio along with projected animation and video. Original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets, original album art, photographs, and videos trace Bowie’s fascinating creative process from his teenage years in England through his last twenty years in NYC. Advanced purchase ticket recommended.


Wednesday, March 7


Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG)

Wednesday, March 7–Tuesday, August 14, All Day
Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue at 59th Street)

Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, this 23-foot-tall sculpture sculpture by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE rises grandly above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colors that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the “perfect metaphor for multilayered identities”.


Friday, March 9


$40 Tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Friday, March 9–Friday, December 28, All Day
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Every Friday between 12 am and 1 pm; enter a lottery to purchase $40 tickets to the sold out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the following week via the TodayTix App.


Monday, March 12


Unseen Oceans

Monday, March 12–Sunday, January 6, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

Explore the alien world lies hidden beneath the sunlit surface of the ocean in a fascinating, interactive exhibition. Encounter giant sea creatures on a life-size screen, go on on a vertical journey through marine environments at different depths, sit inside a scale model Triton submersible, and learn about new technologies and research.


Thursday, March 15


Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine…

Thursday, March 15–Sunday, August 5, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)

See pretty wallpaper and furniture by Polish/Jewish/French/Catholic artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz plus cross-disciplinary work in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation,, lighting, ceramics and textiles.


Wednesday, March 21


Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)

Wednesday, March 21–Sunday, July 22, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
The Met Breuer ( 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street)

See seven hundred years of sculptural practice—from fourteenth-century Europe to the global present—in this astonishing exhibition. Well-known masterpieces from Donatello, El Greco, Rodin and Degas are juxtsposed with modern works by Louise Bourgeois and Jeff Koons. Be warned there is lots of realistic looking nudity and some effigies (including ones made of real bones, blood, and hair) can be creepy. One sculptre even looks at you and talks.


Sunday, April 1


Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

Sunday, April 1–Sunday, July 29, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Pretend you’re in a pretty French park among gorgeous paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, illustrated books, and objects that explore French horticultural developments that reshaped the landscape of France and grounded innovative movements—artistic and green—in an era that gave rise to Naturalism, Impressionism, and Art Nouveau. See the works of artists extending from Camille Corot to Henri Matisse, many of whom were gardeners themselves Then go play in Central Park, which was designed in the spirit of Parisian public parks of the same period.


Friday, April 6


Dream Machine

Friday, April 6–Sunday, July 29, 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Dream Machine (93 North 9th Street)

Walk through 10 rooms of tactile interactive experiences inspired by dreams. Float through clouds, dream in black and white, and explore a galactic infinity room.

Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife

Friday, April 6–Friday, July 13, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Explore the history of the ground-breaking Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and its early environmentalist champions—many of them women and New Yorkers- through clothing and accessories, books, ephemera, photographs, and original watercolor models by John James Audubon for The Birds of America, accompanied by recorded bird songs from The Macaulay Library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Saturday, April 7


The Egg House

Saturday, April 7–Tuesday, July 31, 10:30 am–10:30 pm
The Egg House (195 Chrystie Street)

Explore an egg-themed pop-up space with six rooms of immersive installations and interactive experiences honoring the beloved breakfast staple. Some free samples and more egg treats available for purchase.


Friday, April 13


Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985

Friday, April 13–Sunday, July 22, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

Explore the groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art of Latin American and Latina women artists during a period of extraordinary conceptual and aesthetic experimentation. Featuring 123 artists from 15 countries, Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 focuses on their use of the female body for political and social critique and artistic expression. Includes painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, and other new mediums. Ask a guard or info desk how to steer clear of mature content.


Tuesday, April 17


The Met Roof Garden: Huma Bhabha's We Come In Peace

Tuesday, April 17–Sunday, October 28, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Two haunting monumental sculptures of intriguing figures by Pakistani-born artist Huma Bhabha are now on the roof of the Met. The commentary on colonialism, war and displacement is thought-provoking and the view of Central Park stunning. Snacks allowed (and available for purchase – we like the popcorn).


Thursday, April 19


Agora

Thursday, April 19–Sunday, March 31, 7:00 am–10:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

Nine artists share their experiences inhabiting, speaking out of, and challenging the assumed boundaries of public space, where different voices can be heard, addressing important topics such as women’s rights, mass incarceration, the environment, and immigration.


Friday, April 20


Hive

Friday, April 20–Monday, December 31, All Day
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station (Broadway & Lafayette)

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

Peanuts Global Artist Collective

Friday, April 20–Saturday, July 21, All Day
Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)

Happiness is a colorful pop-up of seven giant artsy murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang by acclaimed artists including Kenny Scharf and Rob Pruitt around Hudson Square. Stop by the Children’s Museum of the Arts for a free map showing their locations.


Thursday, April 26


Visitors To Versailles

Thursday, April 26–Sunday, July 29, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Pretend your a princess at this gorgeous exhibition bringing together works from The Met, the Château de Versailles, and over fifty lenders. Learn about the experiences of travelers from 1682, when Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, to 1789, when the royal family was forced to leave the palace and return to Paris. Through paintings, portraits, furniture, tapestries, carpets, costumes, porcelain, sculpture, arms and armor, and guidebooks, the exhibition illustrates what visitors encountered at court, what kind of welcome and access to the palace they received, and what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them.


Friday, April 27


Dolce & Gabbana 'Clubhouse for Millennials'

Friday, April 27–Monday, December 31, 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Dolce & Gabbana (155 Mercer Street)

Dolce & Gabbana painted the bricks of a restored 19th-century fire station gold and pastel rainbow i honor has into of colorful NYC kids. Also find lots of leopard print, graffitied sofas, see-through stairs and other fin decor and clothes.


Saturday, April 28


LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration

Saturday, April 28–Saturday, August 4, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

To mark the 60th anniversary of the LEGO® brick, the American-Scandinavian Foundation presents an exhibition featuring sculptures, mosaics, and interactive play zones by renowned LEGO® Certified Professional artist Sean Kenney plus an overview of the LEGO Group’s history and educational mission and a variety of children’s workshops.


Tuesday, May 1


Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake

Tuesday, May 1–Thursday, February 28, All Day
Broadway Malls ( Broadway malls from Columbus Circle to 157th Street)

Kathy Ruttenberg’s large scale fantastical sculptures on Broadway malls between 64th to 157th Street combine human, animal, and plant forms in surprising ways. Touch, explore and search for what my daughter calls ‘trapped princesses’ in a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting.

Mural Outside Fluevog

Tuesday, May 1–Monday, December 31, All Day
Fluevog New York (250 Mulberry Street)

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

Alec Monopoly

Tuesday, May 1–Monday, December 31, 9:00 am–9:00 pm
Eden Fine Art (470 Broome at Greene )

See colorful renditions of Monopoly Man, Richie Rich, and Scrooge McDuck in Graffiti Artist Alec Monopoly’s paintings and sculptures commenting on wealth and influence in America. Then try to get the ‘Duck Tales’ theme song out of your head (woo-ooo). Also find his Monopoly Man mural at a Mobil gas station on 8th Avenue & West 14th Street.

The Peace Fountain & Children’s Sculpture Garden

Tuesday, May 1–Monday, December 31, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)

See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40 foot-high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Also look for peacocks roaming around the lovely grands of the grand Cathedral.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 1–Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)

50 works of mixed-media collage, assemblage on wood panels, and sculpture reimagine safe destinations for the black American traveler during the mid-twentieth century. This exhibit inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guidebook for black American road-trippers during the Jim Crow era will make grown-ups think and delight little car lovers.

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

Tuesday, May 1–Sunday, January 13, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Rainbow lovers can explore the elusive, complex phenomenon of color perception and how it has captivated artists, designers, scientists, and sages. Featuring over 190 objects spanning antiquity to the present from, the exhibition reveals how designers apply the theories of the world’s greatest color thinkers to bring order and excitement to the visual world.

 

The Senses: Design Beyond Vision

Tuesday, May 1–Sunday, October 28, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Explore experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world. Wander through a scented snowstorm, play a furry instrument in a Tactile Orchestra, investigate the sonic properties of glass, and experience many more multisensory experiences from some of the world’s most creative thinker. Designed to be an accessible experience welcoming to visitors of all abilities.


Wednesday, May 2


Pascale Marthine Tayou's Colorful Line

Wednesday, May 2–Wednesday, August 22, 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Richard Taittinger Gallery (154 Ludlow Street)

See colorful sculpture, paintings, installations, drawings and video by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou exploring diversity and plurality in a large, immersive exhibit.


Friday, May 4


Damien Hirst’s Colour Space Paintings

Friday, May 4–Saturday, June 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Gagosian (555 West 24th Street)

Search for favorites among polka dots – all the same size but never the same color – on giant canvases.


Saturday, May 5


Swale: Floating Food Forest

Saturday, May 5–Sunday, July 1, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Brooklyn Army Terminal (Pier 4 at 58th Street)

Explore a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free.


Tuesday, May 8


ISLAND

Tuesday, May 8–Saturday, June 30, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue)

Enter a small immersive jungle installation designed by Laura O’Connor andTommy Coleman in Chelsea Market (across from yummy bakery Amy’s Bread).


Thursday, May 10


Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Thursday, May 10–Monday, October 8, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Explore fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism through papal robes and accessories on loan from the Vatican and Catholic-inspired fashions from the early twentieth century to the present juxtaposed with and medieval art. Also at The Met Cloisters.

Scale: Possibilities of Perspective

Thursday, May 10–Sunday, September 9, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)

Explore the notion of scale and its ability to alter our impressions of the universe and our existence inside it. Interactive sculptures, photographs, dioramas, drawings, and installation by ten artists include highly exaggerated, whimsical environments, sentimental reflections, miniature figurines humorously navigating a world made of food and a three-dimensional collage formed from layered glass.


Friday, May 11


Grown Up Flowers

Friday, May 11–Tuesday, July 31, All Day
Avenue of the Americas (Avenue of the Americas from West 44th Street to 55th Street)

Enormous inflatable flowers created by PLAYLAB, INC sit, lounge, float, stand tall and bend down along the Avenue of the Americas from West 44th to 55th Streets.


Monday, May 14


Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter

Monday, May 14–Monday, September 3, All Day
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Six site-specific sculptures Syrian-American Diana Al-Hadid interact with plants and fountains across the park. A haunting mix of fragmentary figuration and abstraction comments on history, globalism and the human condition (and kind of look like ghosts that are fun to hide from).


Saturday, May 19


Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii

Saturday, May 19–Sunday, October 28, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)

Pretend you’re in Hawai‘i at this exhibit of 17 paintings by American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s created on commission for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign plus lush Hawaiian flora in the Conservatory. Visit the Children’s Garden to create art inspired by O’Keeffe’s unique style of representing close-up views of flowers and fruit. Also play in a Hawaiian sand table featuring real shell and rock specimens to uncover. Pot up a tropical ginger cutting to take home. On weekends, see hula and native artisan demonstrations. Moana costume optional.


Monday, May 21


ARMORS

Monday, May 21–Sunday, September 16, All Day
The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)

On the lawn of the magical Cloisters, three androgynous, humanlike figures by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir seem to interact with casts from a custom 3D scan of a carefully chosen suit of armors from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection.


Tuesday, May 22


Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro

Tuesday, May 22–Sunday, September 9, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)

See pioneering feminist Miriam Schapiro’s “femmages, distinctive hybrids of painting and collage inspired by women’s domestic arts and crafts as well works by a select group of contemporary artists highlighting the tremendous role Schapiro played in the reframing of craft and decoration. Pretty patterns, so much color, and thought-provoking sculptures.


Friday, May 25


Pariaso

Friday, May 25–Friday, August 31, 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Galleria Melissa NY (500 Broadway)

Enter a world of glittery stars in this magical video installation by Natalia Stuyk and SOFTlab NYC.

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms

Friday, May 25–Sunday, September 2, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Explores how Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want—gave visual voice to Roosevelt’s call to the defense of freedom worldwide and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art. See paintings, illustrations, and other works by Rockwell and a broad range of his contemporaries, as well as historical documents, photographs, videos, and artifacts; interactive digital displays; and immersive settings, some using virtual-reality technology.


Saturday, May 26


Dynamic H2O

Saturday, May 26–Sunday, September 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

Cool off at a splashy water exhibit with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics. Children can trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. Learn about the water cycle, pretend to fish, pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create a 92 mile aqueduct and construct a city at the water’s edge.


Tuesday, May 29


Discounted Toys, Gifts & Clothes at Zulily

Tuesday, May 29–Monday, December 31, All Day
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Online family-focused sample-sale Zulily offers deep discounts on clothes, toys, home goods, gifts and other family essentials (and not-so-essentials). The brands rotate; some regulars we like include Hanna Andersson, Disney, Star Wars, Nickelodeon, KidKraft and more.


Friday, June 1


Dragon Curve

Friday, June 1–Friday, July 27, 12:00 am
LMAKbooks+design (298 Grand Street)

Explore an immersive installation of objects, wall pieces and home goods by Ellen Van Dusen. The walls and floors are covered with the designer’s pattern, “Arc,” which is inspired by an infinite fractal pattern first described by NASA physicist John Heighway in the 1960s known as the “Dragon Curve.” Kids love the patterns, mirrors, and bright bold colors.

Spirit of the City

Friday, June 1–Sunday, September 2, 9:00 am–7:00 pm
A/D/O (29 Norman Avenue)

16 revolving mirrored columns explore the emotional and physical response that people experience while navigating urban environments in a site-specific installation by United Visual Artists. A magical place for hide and seek.

Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams

Friday, June 1–Tuesday, January 1, 10:30 am–5:30 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Explore visionary artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s vibrant, ambitious sculptures created from an incredible range of everyday materials and found objects—colored paper, commercial packaging, plastic, soda cans, and bottle caps—all meticulously repurposed and arranged into imagined buildings and cities that reflected dreams for his country (then-Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo), his continent, and the world.

Magnum New York

Friday, June 1–Friday, August 31, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Magnum New York (875 Washington Street)

Decorate your dream Magnum ice cream bar, covered in thick chocolate, & drizzled with toppings like rose petals and Himalayan sea salt and enjoy among fun designs and ice cream-inspired art.


Saturday, June 2


Art, Artists & You

Saturday, June 2–Monday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

In a dynamic, hands-on environment, watch, follow, collaborate with, and take inspiration from working contemporary artists in studio workspaces. Explore the work of a diverse set of artists who work with materials and techniques such as assemblage/collage, fiber arts, technology/new media and paper.

Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island

Saturday, June 2–Wednesday, October 31, 10:30 am–5:30 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

Walk under Jacob Hashimoto’s monumental work of thousands of delicate rice paper kites creating an ever shifting fog in the newly reopened St. Cornelius Chapel. Also see a colorful, whimsical overhead outdoor installation adapted for Governors Island’s landmark Liggett Hall Archway. Hundreds of wooden cubes and massive steel funnels create a virtual time tunnel or vortex between the Island’s Historic District and newly designed park with its colorful installation of forms.

Monday-Friday 10:30 am-5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-6 pm
Through Oct 31


Tuesday, June 5


Grimanesa Amorós: HEDERA

Tuesday, June 5–Saturday, August 11, All Day
Prospect Park Bandshell (62 West Drive)

Walk under around a monumental light structure by interdisciplinary New York-based Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós.
Flowing and pulsating red and white tubing reflects the form of the Bandshell and the natural beauty and grandeur of the park’s landscape. Look for your reflection in the cupola.

Sing for Hope Pianos

Tuesday, June 5–Sunday, June 24, All Day
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Visit – and play – Sing for Hope’s brightly colored pianos throughout NYC parks and public spaces including Lincoln Center and Central Park. Fifty pianos – each a unique art piece created by a different artist or designer – host impromptu concerts by professionals and amateurs alike. See ten at once in Chase Plaza in the Financial District and download the free SFH Pianos iphone app to find one near you. Later the instruments are donated to NYC public schools, where they will become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs.


Wednesday, June 6


The Pint Shop by Museum of Ice Cream

Wednesday, June 6–Friday, August 31, 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
The Pint Shop (459 West 14th Street)

Sample and shop for seven original flavors designed by the Museum of Ice Cream including Churro Churro, Cherrylicious, and Sprinkle Pool at an “interactive grocery experience,” featuring immersive installations (but sadly no actual sprinkle pool). Ice cream sold only by the pint, so come hungry or on your way home. Tasting experiences, involving an in-depth look at the components of ice cream in addition to featuring all 7 ice cream flavors, available with a reservation; more time slots for on sale on June 18.


Friday, June 8


Escher: The Exhibition and Experience

Friday, June 8–Sunday, February 3, 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Industry City (274 36th Street, Courtyard 1/2 )

See over 200 original mind-bending works by graphic artist M.C. Escher. Explore highlights of Escher’s journey as an artist – from his earlier works of nature and landscape in the 1920s and 1930s, to the figurative and abstract art developed in the late 1930s, through the 1960s when he sought to explore infinity. Also enjoy scientific experiments, play areas and educational resources for all ages including immersive photo booths constructed to emulate Escher’s hypnotic environments.

Giacometti

Friday, June 8–Wednesday, September 12, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)

This comprehensive exhibition, a collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, examines anew
Italians Sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s practice and his unmistakable aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring important works in bronze and in oil, as well as plaster sculptures and drawings never before seen in this country, the exhibition aims to provide a deeper understanding of this artist, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations.

Bubble Garden at Tavern On The Green

Friday, June 8–Saturday, June 30, 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Tavern on the Green (Central Park West & 67th Street)

Iconic Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green is celebrating bubbles of all sorts in their magical garden. Bubble-themed menu items, bubbly drinks for the grown-ups, bubble shaped funfetti cake pops and bubble machines providing atmosphere.

Camp Cookie Do

Friday, June 8–Sunday, September 2, 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Chefs Club Counter (62 Spring Street at Lafayette Street)

Try safe-do-eat cookie dough in summer camp-themed concoctions like the Dirty Worm (ice cream, chocolate pudding and gummy worms) and Camp Fire (ice cream, chocolate and crumbled graham crackers ) at cookie dough shop D?’s pop-up. Eat your treats on  log seats, adirondack chairs and even a tire swing.

 


Saturday, June 9


Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus

Saturday, June 9–Sunday, August 26, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

A modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus serves free hot dogs (with buns and condiments), hinting at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and Erwin Wurm’s Austrian homeland. The bus’ bloated form will encourage audiences to reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in today’s culture, while the act of eating, according to Wurm, can be considered an additive sculptural process in its own right.

Happy-Go-Lucky Exhibit

Saturday, June 9–Saturday, July 28, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Happy-Go-Lucky ( 43 Wooster Street)

An interactive pop-up exhibit explore happiness with eight interactive immersive theme rooms including a Palace of Enchanted Crystals, an Ocean of Sunflowers, a Pink Beach and more.


Friday, June 15


Manhattan Color Walk

Friday, June 15–Sunday, July 15, 8:00 am–6:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

At Cooper Hewitt’s new (free) outdoor installation celebrating their exhibition , every color in the rainbow road corresponds to a specific moment encountered by the Color Factory creative team while walking and exploring 265 streets – from the uppermost part of Manhattan at West 220th Street down to Battery Park.

Adventures at Governors Island

Friday, June 15–Sunday, October 28, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

Enjoy active attractions with views of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Navigate through the nearly 3,600 square feet Amazen’ Maze to locate four checkpoints and get out ($8). Scale a choice of 3 unique 25 foot walls of varying ability in the Climbing Challenge. A self-guiding belay system, allows climbers to of all ages choose their line and pace. ($6, min 40 lbs).


Wednesday, June 20


Discount Gazillion Bubble Show Tickets

Wednesday, June 20–Friday, August 31, All Day
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Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry with $39-$49 tickets (usually $79) available for multiple dates. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening showtimes at West 50th Street & Eighth Avenue.


Thursday, June 21


Love Wall DUMBO

Thursday, June 21–Friday, August 31, All Day
Randolph Beer (82 Prospect Street)

Walk by a large wall of rainbow hearts in the latest mural by street artist JGoldcrown

WTC Street Murals

Thursday, June 21–Monday, December 31, All Day
7 World Trade Center ( Greenwich Street between Barclay Street & Vesey Street)

A group of street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding the newly opened 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place a mourning.


Friday, June 22


#PictureofPride

Friday, June 22–Sunday, June 24, All Day
Brookfield Place (220 Vesey Street)

Celebrate Pride Week by snapping a photo inside the larger-than-life #PictureofPride rainbow frames on the scenic Waterfront Terrace. Every post on social media that tags @BrookfieldPLNY and #PictureofPride truggers a $1 donating to the Hetrick-Martin Institute.

F*** Your Manners

Friday, June 22–Saturday, June 30, 9:00 am–7:00 pm
A/D/O (29 Norman Avenue)

Play on colorful inflatable sculptures in Shawna X’s reflecting on her embarrassment of her parent’s eating manners.

Pride at Magnum New York

Friday, June 22–Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Magnum New York (875 Washington Street)

Get a special rainbow version of customizable Magnum ice cream bars for Pride week.

Rainbow Pride Sugardoodles

Friday, June 22–Saturday, June 30, 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Citycakes Bakery (251 West 18th Street)

Celebrate Pride week with cookies – $1 from every gorgeous Rainbowdoodle version of City Cakes signature half pound cookie purchased goes toward the NY Anti-Violence Project.


Saturday, June 23


‘Here You Are’ by Oliver Jeffers

Saturday, June 23–Tuesday, July 3, 6:00 am–11:30 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park (John Street & Jay Street)

A stunning mural by  witty, illustrator Oliver Jeffers on the scenic Dumbo waterfront features constellations and whimsical instructions on ‘How to Find Your Way if You are Lost.’ Commissioned by boutique retailer Maisonette.

Free Shakespeare In The Park: Othello

Saturday, June 23–Sunday, June 24, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
Central Park, Delacorte Theater ( 81 Central Park West)

See the tragic Othello set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean at Central Park’s magical Delacorte Theater. Not kid-friendly, but great for parents. Have a long picnic to wait in line for free tix, or easily enter the virtual ticket lottery via the TodayTix App. Chances are slime but we’ve won in the past; see our discount theater tickets guide for consolation prizes.


Sunday, June 24


Family Art Project: Butterfly Habitat Hats

Sunday, June 24, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)

See and sketch butterflies flying among the meadow grasses or in Wave Hill’s lovely Flower Garden. Learn about the life cycle of local butterfly species and the conditions they need in order to survive. Then make a richly textured butterfly-habitat hat filled with flowers and insects in an active landscape.

Figment Festival

Sunday, June 24, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

Touch, smell, write on, talk to, dance with, play with, and learn from dozens of art experiences including large-scale sculptures, music, dance, crafting, social experiments, and other celebrations of free expression among the greenery of Governors Island including a “dreamlike celebration of the human body and brain.”

14th Street Y Drop-In Classes

Sunday, June 24, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)

A varied menu of drop-in classes for kids ages two months to five years includes Music & Movement, Indoor Playground, Messy Play, Sing Alongs and Mommy & Me fitness classes.

Eataly Family Class: Pasta Perfetta

Sunday, June 24, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Mix, knead, and shape a fresh egg pasta dough with Eataly chefs, delve into the history of pasta and how it differs from the North and South of Italy, build your Italian pasta vocabulary and njoy your delicious pasta paired with the perfect sauce.

Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, June 24, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.

"Colors" Story Time with Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Artist Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin share their two awesome books about colors, Find Colors and These Colors Are Bananas. Embark on a color-seeking mission as kids literally look inside out in a die-cut board book Find Colors and learn new ways of looking at the often surprising colors used to describe everyday objects in These Colors Are Bananas. We participated in a similar event at the Whitney and loved it. The books are gorgeous.

ArtSee: Kiki Smith

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge Street)

Take a closer look at contemporary artist Kiki Smiths depictions of nature in exhibition Below the Horizon. Focus on pieces that reflect how Smith is inspired by nature and transforms it in her art, from soaring golden birds to majestically rendered stars to cute cats,. Then get messy making works building on those same ideas. Space is limited; reservations required.

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.

Science and Film Shorts for Kids

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )

See kid-friendly short films that integrates scientific or technological themes using animation or live action. One film (Nose Hair) features dart bombs. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World plus classic arcade games.

Smorgasburg In Prospect Park

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
East River State Park (90 Kent Avenue at North 7 Street)

Nosh at the largest weekly open-air food market in America featuring over 100 local vendors. At what the New York Times calls “The Woodstock of Eating,” try fried cookie dough balls, Honduran baleadas, baklava beignets, butter tarts, Japanese fried chicken, lobster truffle fries and so much more yumminess.

Summer of Magic: Meet an Escape Artist!

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Be amazed by Adam RealMan, sideshow and variety performer, and his special tribute to Houdini’s escape acts. Practice how escape artists warm-up, take a look behind the curtain to see how magicians free themselves from restraints, and watch Adam escapes a straitjacket, rope, and handcuffs. Also check out the awesome, interactive Children’s Museum in the basement and the design-your-own Tiffany lamp on the fourth floor.

The Let Go

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets)

Dance away at an installation by interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave activated by “chase,” a multi-colored, 100-foot-long mylar sculpture that glides across the dance floor. Dancers lead games of Twister, Soul Train lines, a special line dance called “The Let Go” created for the installation, soundsuit invasions, and other dance-based encounter set to music curated by some of New York’s leading DJs played as a soundtrack or mixed live. Yoga practitioners, hula-hoopers, church choirs, and school groups from across all boroughs are invited to express themselves through movement within the installation.

The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)

Vital Theatre Company presents a one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Features Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Munchkin puppets traveling through a reimagined world of Oz with favorite songs from the film.

Urban Farm Exploration Day

Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Randall's Island (20 Randall’s Island Park)

Explore the variety of crops, fruit trees, fragrant herbs, and chickens at Randall Island’s Urban Farm plus make fun farm art projects from 2–4 pm.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Sunday, June 24, 11:15 am–12:00 pm
Monica + Andy NYC (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)

Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create The Storybook Mom. Using an interactive, educational and highly amusing style, Ms. Yelin likes to call her story-telling, “Sit Down Stand-up.” She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the words are few, rhyming, and surrounded by pictures. Limited space, so call (646.918.7879) to register or get there 15 minutes early.

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Celebrate New York City Pride Week with a reading of Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders and a rainbow crown craft. Held in the charming library on the fabulously interactive children’s floor.

New York City Pride March

Sunday, June 24, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Pride March Route (Seventh Avenue from W 16th Street to Christopher Street then & Fifth Avenue from 8th Street to 29th Street)

Celebration the LBQT community with over 110 festive floats and hundreds of marching contingents representing a vast array of nonprofits, community organizations, corporate partners, small businesses and activists. Expect rainbows, creative costumes, fun dancing and lots of people. Note the parade route has changed this year to accommodate growing crowds.

Porch Stomp

Sunday, June 24, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

This annual celebration of American dance and music and dance features 70 plus performers from the Ferry landings to Nolan Park, square dances on the hour, a banjo parade, flatfooting lessons, open bluegrass and old-time jams, and a stage dedicated to kid-friendly performances.

Summer on the Hudson: SunGaze

Sunday, June 24, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Gaze at the central star of our solar system using special safe scopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Bob Dylan

Sunday, June 24, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the danceable music of Bob Dylan Jackson with Newport Folk Presents.

Guggenheim Open Studios For Families

Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)

Explore exhibition highlights through creative interactive projects in the galleries then head to the Studio Art Lab in the basement to make art inspired by themes and materials seen in the museum. Led by great teachers and friendly teen volunteers, fun for all age (including grown ups).

Pinkalicious The Musical

Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)

Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children’s book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.

Rubin Family Sundays: Spectacular Starscapes

Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

Explore films inspired by science fiction and imagined futures by the Otolith Group, an art collective featured in the Rubin’s exhibition A Lost Future. Then create an imaginative, miniature star-scape of your own inside a tiny bottle.

Cindy

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street)

In a modern re-imagining of Cinderella featuring music, dancing, and puppets, Cindy struggles to define her own “happily ever after.” She does not want to be a princess; she wants to be a pilot. Her best buddy, a friendly rat, understands her longing to fly, but the ghost of her dead mother and the charming fairytale prince have other plans to keep her grounded. Part of Project Y Theatre’s Women in Theatre festival.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

This summer lakeside concerts series features international and local musicians playing in a variety of easy-to-dance-to styles including jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music and dance. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to listen on a lawn.

Le Carrousel Magique

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

See feats and tricks performed by rotating magicians by the charming Le Carrousel.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Pier 62 Carousel Magic

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Pier 62 at Hudson River Park (Hudson River Greenway/enter at 23rd Street and West Side Highway)

See free magic shows by the custom-designed Hudson River Animals carousel.

Scandinavian Music Festival Concert: The String Orchestra

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Fort Tryon Park (Margaret Corbin Drive & West 196th Street)

The String Orchestra performs works by Frank Foerster, Jean Sibelius, Ture Rangstrom and Knudage Riisager. Bring a blanket and take in the beautiful Hudson River views.

West Side Story

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–4:45 pm
AMC Empire 25 ( 234 West 42nd Street)

This electrifying musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950’s New York. Jerome Robbins’ choreography for the many memorable song and dance numbers such as America, Somewhere and I Feel Pretty is some of the best ever.Warning: some intense violence and a sad ending – we will probably leave after the Tonight Quintet.

Also at AMC Loews Kips Bay, Regal Union Square and other theaters.

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Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Carnegie Hall (57th Street & Seventh Avenue)

Composers Francisco J. Núñez and Cristian Grases present a world premiere program featuring two brand new works created for youth voices featuring the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras performs works by Nancy Bloomer Deussen and Edvard Grieg.

Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical

Sunday, June 24, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The People's Improv Theatre (123 East 24th Street)

In a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets and fantasy with real science and space exploration history the year is 2006, and there’s been a big shake up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet. When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the Solar System on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again.

Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique

Sunday, June 24, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Here Art Center (145 6th Avenue @ Dominick Street)

Internationally recognized artist and puppeteer Basil Twist revisits his legendary 1998 masterpiece. Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing Berlioz’s 1830 “Symphonie Fantastique.”

Jem Yoga Story Time

Sunday, June 24, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Gymboree (240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue)

Explore the mind and body practice of yoga in this fun caregiver/child class. Each week read two stories (one active and one calming) to inspire a yoga journey and breathing exercises, yoga poses and creative ways to find calm. Expect music, props and fun.

Let’s Dance!

Sunday, June 24, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Learn to dance at Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.

Romeo and Juliet in Riverside Park

Sunday, June 24, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument (West 89th Street and Riverside Drive)

Hudson Warehouse celebrates its 15th anniversary of bringing the classics to the parks with Shakespeare’s tragic love story, set in modern-day Boston with Mafia-undertones. Arrive by 6:15pm to claim a seat.

Shakespeare Downtown's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sunday, June 24, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Castle Clinton (Battery Park)

Shakespeare Downtown performs Bill’s best-loved comedy at the magical Castle Clinton. Tickets distributed beginning at 6pm on the day of each show.

Romeo & Juliet in Central Park

Sunday, June 24, 7:00 pm–9:30 pm
Central Park at 103rd Street Entrance (103rd Street & Central Park West.)

New York Classical Theatre brings to life one of Shakespeare’s most well known tragedies in a dynamic adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. We will transform parks into divided Verona with six actors playing all the parts in a fast-paced tour de force.

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Caroll Park

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm
Carroll Park (Court Street between Carroll Street & President Street)

A Midsummer for today’s New York City imagines fellow New Yorkers – the buskers, the lovers, the neighbors, the leaders – as the wild and magical Spirits of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. This play dares to show us the extraordinary magic and everyday miracles that are hidden in plain sight. Limited seating; first come, first served.


Monday, June 25


Toddler Play At The J

Monday, June 25, 9:00 am–10:00 am
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Swing, balance, jump, and climb around a fully padded tumbling play space. JCC tumbling instructors will be on hand to assist toddlers and parents/caregivers with the equipment.

Hands On! A Musical Experience

Monday, June 25, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Hands On (529 Columbus Avenue between 85th & 86th Street)

Kids play miniature instruments, learn basic music concepts, and explore stories and movement. Art classes and music classes that incorporate foreign languages and cultures also offered.

Musibambino

Monday, June 25, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Studio Maestro (48 West 68th Street )

Talented music teachers and pianists introduce music to ages children ages 4 months to 5 years old via sing-alongs, movement, musical games, and specially-designed kid-sized music instruments in one of our favorite early-childhood music programs.

14th Street Y Drop-In Classes

Monday, June 25, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)

A varied menu of drop-in classes for kids ages two months to five years includes Music & Movement, Indoor Playground, Messy Play, Sing Alongs and Mommy & Me fitness classes.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, June 25, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Chocolate Story Time

Monday, June 25, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Voila Chocolat (221 West 79th Street)

Chocolatiers read about chocolate, how it is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, the people who grow this wonderful tree and the countries that play an important role in growing cacao and producing chocolate, then kids one unique chocolate lollipop.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Monday, June 25, 11:15 am–12:00 pm
Monica + Andy NYC (410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street)

Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create The Storybook Mom. Using an interactive, educational and highly amusing style, Ms. Yelin likes to call her story-telling, “Sit Down Stand-up.” She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the words are few, rhyming, and surrounded by pictures. Limited space, so call (646.918.7879) to register or get there 15 minutes early.

Taíno Culture and Identity

Monday, June 25, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian - New York (One Bowling Green)

Learn more about the history, culture and worldviews of Taíno Indians, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Through cultural materials and live demonstrations in the galleries, examine the persistence and depth of Taíno lifeways and living traditions.

Creative Play for Kids

Monday, June 25, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Church of St. Paul/St. Andrew ( 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue)

These classes are unique blends of fun developmentally-based activities including music, storytime and dance held in the preschool area of a church. Monday classes feature a different live instrument each week – a typical class might have singing, stretching, playing with a parachute and reading about trains accompanied by a trombone player. Thursday classes include more age-specific developmental activities.

Integral Yoga for Kids

Monday, June 25, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Integral Yoga (227 West 13th Street)

Fun yoga are filled with singing and chanting, asana appropriate to each age group, and the introduction of anatomy, breath work, deep relaxation, and meditation.

Hudson Riverkids: Tim Kubart

Monday, June 25, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Pier 25 (225 North Moore Street)

Grammy winner Tim Kubart performs fun family-friendly music along the Hudson River.


Tuesday, June 26


Toddler Play At The J

Tuesday, June 26, 9:00 am–10:00 am
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Swing, balance, jump, and climb around a fully padded tumbling play space. JCC tumbling instructors will be on hand to assist toddlers and parents/caregivers with the equipment.

14th Street Y Drop-In Classes

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)

A varied menu of drop-in classes for kids ages two months to five years includes Music & Movement, Indoor Playground, Messy Play, Sing Alongs and Mommy & Me fitness classes.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and more musical fun.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Tuesday, June 26, 3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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