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.
Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams (through Jan 1)
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.
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 Monday, January 1–Monday, December 31 10:30 am–5:00 pm
- Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams Friday, June 1–Tuesday, January 1 10:30 am–5:30 pm
- Museum of Modern Art Free Hours Friday, June 22 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Dream Building Drop-in Workshops Wednesday, June 27 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
- Museum of Modern Art Free Hours Friday, June 29 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Museum of Modern Art Free Hours Friday, July 6 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Museum of Modern Art Free Hours Friday, July 13 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Museum of Modern Art Free Hours Friday, July 20 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Museum of Modern Art Free Hours Friday, July 27 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Museum of Modern Art Free Hours Friday, August 3 4:00 pm–8:00 pm