Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Family-Friendly Exhibits
When the weather’s disagreeable or you need to entertain out-of-town visitors of all age, explore these awesome NYC museum exhibits. All are climate controlled with room to roam. See our guides to kid-friendly museums for more exhibits and detailed info on kid-friendly cultural palaces (plus tips for taking kids to museums for the wary and museum family programming calendar).

Free culture can be found on our public art & library exhibits listing. And lots of exhibit photos on our Instagram.

More indoor options:

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Immersive Dome Experience: The Jelly Dome


American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West

Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)
Through May 26


Dive into the world of jellies and experience a day in the life of these astonishing animals in an immersive dome.


Whitney Biennial 2017


Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street

Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)
Through Jun 11


The seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design. Through provoking and engaging for all. Raúl de Nieves foor-to-ceiling faux stained-glass windows are stunning.


Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)


Metropolitan Museum Of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)
Through Jul 16


Featuring more than 160 objects of ancient Chinese art, this major international loan exhibition explores the unprecedented role of art in creating a new and lasting Chinese cultural identity. The works in the exhibition—extremely rare ceramics, metalwork, textiles, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and architectural models—are drawn exclusively from 32 museums and archaeological institutions in the People’s Republic of China, and a majority of the works have never before been seen in the West. Highlights include renowned terracotta army warriors and a striking statue of a seminude performer whose anatomical accuracy, unheard of in Chinese art, brings to mind Greco-Roman sculpture first introduced to Asia by Alexander the Great.


Saving Washington


New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street

Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)
Through Jul 30


Learn about First Lady Dolley Madison, the most influential woman in America during the nation’s formative years in immersive installations featuring more than 150 objects such as artworks, books, documents, clothing, jewelry, and housewares. Join one of her famed ‘Wednesday Squeezes’ with table-top digital games and life-sized cut-outs in period costumes.


¡Cuba!


American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West

Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)
Through Aug 13


Experience the largest island nation in the Caribbean – meet its people, explore its landscapes and encounter its rare and unusual species. Play dominoes at a (sadly faux) cafe among lovely arcades, see vibrant art, and check out a cool vintage car.


Anish Kapoor: Descension


Brooklyn Bridge Park
John Street & Jay Street


Through Sep 10


Peer into the watery vortex of world renowned artist Anish Kapoor’s creation, a negative space alive with energy blurring the boundaries between nature, landscape, and art.


Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim


Guggenheim
1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street

Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 12)
Through Sep 10


Explores the collections of six early patrons of the museum who brought to light some of the most significant artists of their day, from Camille Pissarro to Jackson Pollock. Includes stunning works by modern giants Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vasily Kandinsky.


CHIHULY


New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard

Free with admission ($28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2)
Through Oct 29


The New York Botnical Garden’s landmark landscape and buildings showcase world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors. In a reimagination of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, three new works will enliven the water features of the Native Plant Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard’s Tropical Pool, reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light.


The Met Roof Garden: The Theater of Disappearance


Metropolitan Museum Of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)
Through Oct 29


Life-size models of human figures and their parts along with replicas of valued objects from the Museum’s varied collection take over the Met’s Roof Garden in Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas’s site-specific installation. Sculptures and objects lounge, revel and kiss across crowded banquet tables with a stunning view of Central Park.


America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far


Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam

Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)
Through Dec 31


Enjoy innovative hands-on experiences and discover fascinating objects, images and information from over 50 countries. Explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel. Pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs in a global market place. Experience art, architecture and design elements from across the globe including a digital 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China, original works by emerging American Muslim artists, traditional art forms such as intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs and an interactive replica/interpretation of a Pakistani truck, recognized as a “moving work of art” for children to decorate.


MoMA Art Lab: Nature


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
4 West 53rd Street

Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)
Through Dec 31


Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation.
Beautiful discovery boxes contains 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.


Mummies


American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West

Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)
Through Jan 7


Come face to face with ancient mummified individuals and learn how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. Discover when, how, and why ancient Egyptians and Peruvians were mummified and find out who they were in life. This show features an up-close look at rarely-exhibited mummies as well as interactive touch tables, rare artifacts, and cutting-edge imaging.



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