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Events Jan 20-27
Rückenfigur by Glenn Ligon at the Whitney
Celebrate diversity and empathy with lots of kid-friendly cultural choices. Museums including the Whitney, Rubin and New Museum are pay-what you wish tomorrow and hosting family programming over the weekend. Explore Scandinavian, Chinese, Jewish or Puerto Rican culture. Learn about diverse artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Gershwin brothers and Beethoven. We’ll probably be live streaming the Concert for America featuring a crazy line-up of Broadway stars while baking some treats to share with a local soup kitchen and planning an intergenerational Valentines Day Party at a senior center.

All events are free unless noted otherwise. See our Instagram and Pinterest for visuals.

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Inauguration Day at the Whitney

10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

Enjoy pay-as-you-wish admission to the gorgeous Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore the trip Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 and celebrate diversity in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. From 11 am to 2 pm, artists, writers, and activists will affirm their values to resist and reimagine the current political climate thought the galleries as part of Speak Out on Inauguration Day. From 3 pm to 8 pm, Open Discussions: America 2017 will use artworks to focus on critical contemporary issues, including immigration; race and ethnicity; and inclusive democracy.

Inaugurate Love: Dreaming Our Nation United

11:00 am - 9:00 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

Cultural shapers come together to invoke a citizen-wide gathering designed to unite, uplift and inspire. Join or watch group meditation, indigenous ceremonies, sound healing, drumming circles, spoken word, short-play readings, poetry, dance and movement, live art, vocalists and instrumentalists, plus special guests including Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Actress Ellen Burstyn.

Outsider Art Fair New York 2017

11:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th St)

Browse works from over fifty international galleries as well as a curated space celebrating a quarter century of outsider art.

Also on Saturday & Sunday.

Timeless Art for a New Era: Free Admission on Inauguration Day

11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)

The serene Rubin Museum invites you’ll to spend Inauguration Day in the galleries to contemplate, get inspired, and be in community with others. Much of their Nepalese and Asian art is centuries old, yet it addresses ideas that are more relevant than ever: compassionate action, wisdom, and empathy.

Concert For America Live Stream

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A spectacular lineup of Broadway stars including Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley, Kelly O’Hara, Andrea Martin, Jessie Mueller, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, and Brian Stokes Mitchell celebrate the diversity and hope that makes America its best in a sold-out concert that will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, and the Sierra Club Foundation.


China Through the Eyes of the Monkey King

3:30 am - 4:30 am
New York Public Libary (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Create animated drawings, paint in traditional Chinese style, make shadow puppets and learn about modern and ancient Chinese culture through an in-depth exploration of the epic tale, Journey to the West. Space is limited; register in person or by calling 212.621.0208.

Family Art Project: Sweet Dreams, Hibernators

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)

Get to know your local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season. Then make a furry bear, bat, toad or hedgehog mask, or fashion a dreamy, woodsy home. PJ’s welcome. Also enjoy a buy one, get one 50% off sale on a great selection of books at the gift store.

Also on Sunday.

Whitney Family Programs

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
$5/child+ museum admission ($22/adult, $18/senior, free/kid under 18)

Explore the fabulous Whitney with weekly interactive family programs for ages 4 to 10 years old. Look closely at works in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection and create some of your own. Also drop in to the Open Studios (11:30 am – 2:30 pm) for art making projects. Advance online ticket purchase required.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. After the tour, stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.

Skyscrapers: Past & Future

10:30 am - 11:45 am
The Skyscaper Museum (39 Battery Place)

How have New York City’s skyscrapers changed in the past 50 years? 100 years? After time traveling to 1900 and exploring the evolution of New York City’s tall buildings in current exhibition TEN & TALLER, 1874-1900, kids will design their own skyscrapers of the future. RSVP required; email or call 212.945.6324.

Tutu Party Free Day of Dance

10:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)

Enjoy free classes with American Liberty Ballet, refreshments, raffle prize giveaways, and a short story ballet for little ones.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. Go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train in the “Kissing Room,” see where a missile pierced the ceiling, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and find funny details in the latest exhibit inside the Transit Museum Gallery.

Also at 1 pm.

Cirque-tacular Presents Snowkus Pocus: Enchant The Spring

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)

A young girl encounters an enchanted winter wonderland in a tale told through cirque, ballet, and acrobatics. See a bendy ballerina in a living snow globe, an epic snowball fight between the icy north wind and Jack Frost and acrobats playing in the first blossoms of spring.

Also Sunday 11 am & 2 pm and the following two weekends.

Hamilton Times: DiMenna Children’s History Museum Family Benefit Party

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$150, $75/children

Celebrate all things Hamilton at a benefit for the wonderful DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Families will take over the museum to dig into the past. Try fun historical activities, meet Alexander Hamilton and friends, and enjoy delicious food.

Just Kidding: Sandglass Theater - Punschi

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

See two enchanting puppetry tales: Kasper and the Surprise, featuring the beloved hand puppet hero of Germany whose suitcase is stolen by a cow and Fritzi’s Flea Circus, a show of puppetry-based circus feats, presented by a tiny flea with a big personality.

Also at 2 pm.

Keith Haring: Body Paint Workshop

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Create designs for your hands and face inspired by Keith Haring, who was known for his expressive style as one of the world’s most successful artists. Visit the exhibition Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York to learn about Haring’s collaboration with dancer Bill T. Jones. Then work with a professional body painter to bring your ideas to life.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

Artist, designer, and illustrator Javaka Steptoe reads from his book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat about a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City.

Women's March on NYC

11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (East 47th Street & 2nd Avenue)

Join the international community to march in support of equality and promote civil rights for every human. March at staggered start times throughout the day or cheer along the route. Visit the Lady Parts Justice League activist fair and help create a permanent piece of art, “Eyes of the World,” at the nearby One UN Hotel (44th Sreet between 1st & 2nd Avenue).

Bard Graduate Center Kids Workshop: Model Builders

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center (38 West 86th Street )
$20/family, includes gallery admission, tour, craft materials and refreshments

Take an interactive tour Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions and learn about classical architectural features like domes, arches, columns, and pediments then build your own masterpiece.


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Join Cali Co Cat & Le Carrousel Pals at the indoor Overlook, located on the second floor of the Skating Pavilion, to listen to stories, read books, and earn free skate rentals. Get a StoryTime Card stamped at one StoryTime session, and attend one program at the Children’s Center at the New York Public Library (or read one library book there) and receive one free skate rental. Attendance at three StoryTime programs earns a skate rental plus one for an adult. Free books for attendees, while supplies last, courtesy of Penguin Random House.

Mocacreate: Museum Makeover

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street)

Help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform the space with colorful, food-themed creations, which will be on display through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival.

Scandinavian Sing-Along

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Danish musician Vibe Normann and jazz pianist Nikolaj Hess introduce children to English versions of Scandinavian songs in modern, jazzy arrangements and play musical games.

R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC: Revelation/Mysticism

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Join art workshops, live music, storytelling, Family Glow Yoga and Dance and other activities for all ages focusing on revelation and mysticism.

Family Fun: Political Portraits for Families

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
$10/child+ museum admission ($22/adult, $18/senior, free/ages 17 & under)

Families create hands-on art projects inspired by discussion and activities in the galleries. Visit Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection and explore how artists address important issues in their work, then create your own political portrait. Part of a monthly series.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. After the tour, stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.

Breaking Bread

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place)

Join a hands-on challah braiding workshop and see a premiere of an original play inspired by PJ Library Stories’ Rise & Shine: A Challah-Day Tale.

Broadway Playhouse: George & Ira Gershwin

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)

This month’s edition of the delightful Broadway Playhouse series features the Gershwin brothers, a songwriting team whose voice has come to be synonymous with the Jazz Age. Enjoy kid-friendly, professional quality mini-musicals, sing-alongs, games and American standards including “I Got Rhythm” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay.”

KeOctavitas: Puerto Rican Celebration

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Close out the holiday season with a celebration of Octavitas, one of the final celebrations of the Puerto Rican holiday season. Learn about traditions including parrandas or asaltos (caroling) to join in the singing and dancing. Enjoy special snacks of Puerto Rican cuisine while you decorate a holiday craft to take home.

Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Music of The White Stripes

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$10, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of The White Stripes

Carnegie Kids: OTOYOTOY!

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Carnegie Hall (57th Street & Seventh Avenue)

Enjoy a piece of immersive music theater for children under three and their families that combines humor, storytelling, and vocal improvisation.

Also at 2 pm.

Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create works of art together in a studio using an array of artists’ materials and techniques inspired by the museum’s exhibitions.


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Space Ibiza New York (637 West 50th Street)

An exclusive NYC nightclub is transformed into a unique kid-centric daytime party space where families together can groove to DJs and experience a nightclub environment in a safe controlled daytime setting. Includes dance lessons, dance contests, friendship bracelet making, a snack bar, demonstrations by the The CirKiz Dancers and a LED ROBOT performance by The Dream Lab fusing alien science to human bodies.

Rubin Family Sundays: Floral Festivities

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)

The Maghe Sankranti Festival, celebrated this month in Nepal, is an auspicious time that marks the coming of warmer weather and days of good health and fortune. Create your own garland of lali guras, the national flower of Nepal, to celebrate the spring soon to come.

Meet The Music- Inspector Pulse: Once More with Feeling

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Explore classical music with the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center and Inspector Pulse, a wacky private ear who is called upon to investigate a town where all the musicians have lost their emotions. They play music like they are robots. How can the wacky inspector cure them and bring feeling back to the music? Find out as Inspector Pulse urges them to play it once more with feeling. Featuring the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, and more.

The Big Family Quiz Thing

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

Put on your smarty pants for alive, family-friendly multimedia quiz show spectacular. Over the course of six rounds, children and their parents team up to show off their knowledge of topics ranging from history, sports, art, animals, geography, pop culture, and more.

Jazz Vespers: Andrew Lamb Trio

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play for an open community gathering for prayer and reflection on the lines of jazz. All are welcome.

What We’re Reading

Last Stop on Market Street
This winner of the Newbery Medal and an Honor Book for both the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards celebrates diversity, urban living, volunteerism and grandparents in a simple story about a boy riding a bus with his grandma across town.  Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s pleasing compositions of flat, blocky illustrations appeal to all ages.

Featured Deals

2-for-1 Broadway Week Tickets

Get two-for-one tickets to see select Broadway shows during “Broadway Week” (Jan 17-Feb 5). Kid-friendly options include The Lion King, Cats , Wicked and Aladdin. Advance purchase suggested; some shows sell out quickly. See our shows for less guide for info on more discounts.

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