New York, New York
Saturday-Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 10:30 am – 8 pm
Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, MoMA has spacious galleries and elevators, engaging interactive exhibits, occasional performance art and awesome kids programs and hands-on creative spaces.
$: $25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
Annual Memberships: $85+. Includes $5 guest passes and free film screenings among its many perks.
Free Hours: Friday from 4 - 8 pm, line is often around the block. Up to two adults get in free with kids participating in the weekend Family Gallery Talks.
Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:
•MoMA Art Lab: Nature (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 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.
•Max Ernst: Beyond Painting (through Jan 1)
Marvel at the ongoing experimentation of a Surrealist who went “beyond painting” to articulate the irrational and unexplainable in the wake of two world wars. The crazy, sometimes creepy, sometimes adorable paintings and sculptures appeal to all ages.
•Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait (through Jan 28)
Arachnophobes beware the giant spider sculptures in this strangely beautiful exhibit exploring the prints, books, and creative process of celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois.
•Items: Is Fashion Modern? (through Jan 28)
Explore the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries including the Levi’s 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress, the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh.
•The People’s Studio: Fashion (through Jan 28)
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?, the People’s Studio is a space to reflect on the intersections of design and daily life. Visitors can deconstruct how garments are made, reimagine their function and style, and share observations on how clothing and accessories express who we are. Scheduled workshops and conversations, led by designers and experts in the field, explore fashion through themes of sustainability, identity, and culture.
•Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 (through Apr 1)
Examine the scene-changing, interdisciplinary life of this seminal downtown New York alternative space Club 57. We recommend guiding kids past images and videos that may raise questions you aren’t ready to answer to the very col neon Cosmic Cavern for the ultimate glow-in-the-dark I Spy.
Family Programs: Engaging, free Family Gallery Talks are held on most Saturday and Sunday mornings for ages 4 to 16. On the first Saturday of the month, enjoy new and classic live-action and animated films. Admission is free for family programs and includes access to the museum for up to two adults.
Strollers/Diapers: Strollers can be checked at the coat check in the lobby or easily wheeled around. Changing tables are located in the women's and men's restrooms, near the escalators on each floor. A private restroom on the fifth floor is available for breastfeeding.
Eat & Treats: Casual Cafe 2 on the second floor has yummy Italian food and high chairs. In the summer snack on small plates and gelato in the peaceful Sculpture Garden. Stop by the midtown outpost of the inventive bakery Momofuku Milk Bar two blocks north (15 West 56th Street) for aptly-named crack pie and soft serve cereal milk ice cream.
Other Tips: Visit the Education and Family Information Desk on the second floor of the Museum (near Cafe 2) for Family Activity Guides, information on Family Programs, and suggestions from volunteers. MoMA Audio: Kids, a free audio program for kids ages 5-12, is available at the Audio Program desks on the first and sixth floors.
- MoMA Art Lab: Nature Thursday, April 6–Sunday, December 31 10:30 am–5:00 pm
- Items: Is Fashion Modern? Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 28 12:00 am
- Max Ernst: Beyond Painting Sunday, October 1–Monday, January 1 12:00 am
- Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 28 10:00 am–5:30 pm
- Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, April 1 10:30 am–5:30 pm
- The People’s Studio: Fashion Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, January 28 10:30 am–6:00 pm
- 6 Months Free Museum of Modern Art Memberships Thursday, December 14–Monday, December 18 All Day
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Saturday, December 16 10:15 am–11:15 am
- MoMA Family Films: Musical Movies Saturday, December 16 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Sunday, December 17 10:15 am–11:15 am