Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Museum Guide
Many of NYC’s extraordinary museums are exceptionally kid-friendly with engaging exhibits, friendly staff and amazing kids programs and spaces. Click on a museum’s name for details on storytimes, stroller entrances and more helpful tips.

Take advantage of pay-what-you-wish hours and free admission to family programs. Or become members – the tax-deductible annual fee, much less than a semester of music or gym classes, is usually recouped in a few visits and includes perks like museum-store discounts, members-only viewing hours, skipping lines, and making short frequent visits.

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American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street)
Upper West Side

Tuesday–Thursday & Saturday 11:30 am – 7 pm
Friday 12 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm

The cozy, always free American Folk Art Museum features rotating family-friendly exhibits featuring Americana art that often includes engaging colors, patterns and animals.

Admission: Always free

Family Programs: The first Saturday of every month, Families and Folk Art introduces children ages 4 to 12 to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. Polite listeners of all ages can enjoy free jazz guitar on Wednesdays 2 - 3 pm and diverse folk musicians Fridays 5:30 - 7:30.

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War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics (through Jan 7)

See spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. The visual virtuosity of the quilts, often incorporating many thousands of pieces no larger than one-inch square, assumes a deeper emotional resonance as we consider them within the matrix of war and its aftermath.


American Museum of Natural History

West 81st Street & Central Park West
Upper West Side

Daily 10 am - 5:45 pm

NYC kids are the envy of world-wide lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and Ben Stiller for their access to the giant (45 fascinating halls) American Museum of Natural History. The museum’s extensive collection is matched by an array of programs for budding explorers.

Admission: suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under Membership: $125+ Free hours: Admission always pay-what-you-wish, no tickets needed after 5pm.

Favorite Spots: On the first floor, a 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures in the Hall of Ocean Life. Learn about moon rocks and meteorites in the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space. Zebras, giraffes and other jungle animals surround a family of elephants in the Hall of African Mammals on the second floor. The beloved dinosaur bones fill most of the fourth floor.

Family Programs: Explore artifacts and specimens, hang-out inside a giant tree, put together puzzles and conduct scientific experiments in The Discovery Room (open Monday though Thursday 1:30 - 5:10 pm and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2:15 - 5:10 pm). Free timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance. 6 - 13 year-olds can participate in the popular Night At the Museum sleepovers ($129, talking Teddy Roosevelt not included).

Treat Alert: Go casual at Shake Shack (Columbus @ 77th Street), home of delicious cheeseburgers and decadent frozen concretes (including a 'Natural History Crunch-stellation'), or cross the street for a refined sit-down meal of market-fresh salads and pastas at Isabella's.

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Mummies (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.


Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam
Upper West Side

Sunday–Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm

The enchanting Children’s Museum of Manhattan has interactive, educational exhibits and lots of kids programming and performances.

Admission: $11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger Membership: $210 ($125 is tax deductible) for two adults, all children in their household, and up to two additional adult caregivers. Free hours: First Friday of each month 5-8pm.

Family Programs: Check out the packed calendar of daily workshops in design, math, science and more. Workshops are divided into ages 4 & under and 5 & over; the latter require same-day registration one hour before at the yellow Visitor Information Desk in the first floor lobby, where you can also pick up tickets to weekend performances by Broadway artists, professional dance troupes and recording artists one hour before each show.

Treat Alert: Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100-year-old Orwasher's Bakery at Amsterdam & 81st Street. The extensive cheesecake-heavy dessert menu and charming decor lure locals to cash-only tourist trap Cafe Lalo across the street.

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America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far (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.


Collage Collaborations (through Dec 31)

See the work of New York City’s up and coming professional artists who work with collage and join in workshops to explore each artist’s creative process, the practice of collage, and collage’s impact on early childhood development through collaborative art-making. Featured artists include Naomi Reis in April, Tai Hwa Goh in August and Alexandria Smith in December. Children will work with each artist on a large-scale collaborative artwork which will be on view at the Museum alongside existing works by each artist.


Let’s Dance! (through Dec 31)

Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance. Celebrate the beauty, spirit, and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance can play in a child’s world. Discover dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with the immersive video projection dome dance portal to watch, learn and dance along 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, engaging props and fun costumes. Experiment with authentic percussion instruments, drumming unique beats and rhythms. Lots of related workshops and performances, including daily dance and movement programs at 10:30 am, 11:30 am & 2 pm.


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street
Upper East Side

Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Open Saturday until 9 pm

This newly renovated collection of historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. Explore innovative design – including blocks, cars and other kid favorites – through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables, pretend to talk on old-fashioned princess phones, and “collect” favorite objects that can be accessed online later with very cool electronic ‘Pens.’

Admission: $16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes Membership: $75+ Free hours: Saturdays 6 - 9 pm

Favorite Spots: Draw your own wallpaper designs then see them projected lifesize in the Immersion Room

Family Programs: Create under the guidance of art and design professionals in weekend Design Kids workshops for ages 5-12.

Treat Alert: The excellent cupcakes and other sweet treats are the main lure at Yura on Madison (between 91st & 92nd Street) but delicious healthier entrees, sides & sandwiches are also available.

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Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age (through Jan 15)

Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team are known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. From the iconic Bone Chair generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth to a pedestrian bridge built in midair using advanced robotic 3D printing, Joris Laarman Lab is revolutionizing the design process.


Guggenheim

1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street
Upper East Side

Daily 10 am – 5:45 pm
Closed Thursday
Open until 7:45 pm Saturday

The striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda is reason enough to visit this landmark museum, and exciting, well-designed exhibits and kids’ programs make this a family-friendly setting for contemporary and modern art.

Admission: $22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 12 Membership: $75+ Free hours: Saturday 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Family Programs: Sundays 1-4 pm, explore exhibition highlights through creative interactive projects in the galleries and head to the Studio Art Lab in the basement to make art inspired by themes and materials seen in the museum.

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Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World (through Jan 7)

See a survey of Chinese experimental art framed by the geopolitical dynamics attending the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and the rise of China.


Metropolitan Museum Of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Upper East Side

Sunday–Thursday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 9 pm

NYC’s largest museum is also one of the most welcoming to young visitors. Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages. Check out the awesome family guides & maps.

Admission: Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under Membership: $80+

Favorite Spots: Where do we start? Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur and say hello to nearby crocodile and feline statues. Admire enchanting sculptures, fountains and Central Park in the American Wing Courtyard. Compare the chain mail of European knights on horseback with elaborate Japanese samurai gear in Arms and Armor. Be amused and frightened by the oversized carvings of realistic and fantastical creatures in Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The Van Goghs, Monets and Degas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And Sculptures are a must for all ages. Wander around and be surprised and delighted as your kid finds his or her own favorites.

Family Programs: We are huge fans of the free Start with Art at the Met & Art Trek programs for ages 3 to 11, hour-long guided walks and art activities.

Treat Alert: Inside the museum, the American Wing Cafe has soups, salads, sandwiches and a gorgeous view of Central Park. 'the cafeteria' in the basement is less scenic but has more selection - pasta, sushi, hot entrees, a frozen yogurt sundae bar and kids' meals that come in cardboard taxis. The Roof Garden has some snacks (and you can bring your own and nosh with a view). Or head to Shake Shack (86th between Lexington & Third) or the chill Pizza Beach (81st & Third). Pick up one of the city's best black-and-white cookies at William Greenberg (1100 Madison between 82nd & 83rd).

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Rodin at the Met (through Jan 15)

On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its historic collection of the artist’s work. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin are displayed in the newly installed and refurbished B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery. The exhibition features iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met collection by some of Rodin’s most admired contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), are presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display.


Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

2 Columbus Circle
Midtown West

Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Open Thursday & Friday until 9 pm

Explore contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design in a lovely setting overlooking Central Park.

Admission: $15, Free/18 and under Membership: $75+ Free hours: Thursdays & Fridays 6 - 9 pm

Family Programs: The first Sunday afternoon of each month drop into Studio Sunday to create art inspired by current exhibits (and a stunning Central Park/Columbus Circle view). Projects that can be adapted to any age are led by patient educators.

Treat Alert: Stroll across Broadway for delicious French pastries and bread from Maison Kayser and Italian gelato from Grom.

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Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound (through Feb 25)

This multi-component exhibition features interactive installations, immersive environments, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. Comprised of linked solo and curated projects, the exhibition features contemporary artists, designers, and performers who respond to sound’s potential as a material that influences how people experience space, their environment, and time, drawing out the ability of the auditory to provide a fresh perspective on how surroundings, and the body, are perceived and engaged.


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

4 West 53rd Street
Midtown West

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.

Admission: $25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under Membership: $85+ 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.

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.

Treat Alert: 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.

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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.


Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street
Upper East Side

Daily 10 am - 6 pm

Become an informed New Yorker at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages.

Admission: Get 2 tickets for $15 Membership: $75+

Family Programs: Ages 6-12 can participate in free history and art activities on weekends and school vacation days. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 2 pm. Free snacks included. All ages can go on family-friendly scavenger hunts with free themed guides designed to help families to look closely at the building and exhibitions.

Treat Alert: Choose from different size and type of patties and an array of homemade sauces to make your own burger at Joy Burger Bar with a side of excellent sweet potato or zucchini fries.

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Rhythm & Power Salsa in New York (through Nov 26)

This exhibition illuminates salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to the present, exploring how immigrant and migrant communities in New York City—most notably from Cuba and Puerto Rico—nurtured and developed salsa, growing it from a local movement playing out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon. Features dance costumes and musical instruments from some of salsa’s leading figures, as well as audio and video that bring the sounds and movement of salsa to life.


Gilded New York (through Dec 31)

See scenes from a late 19th century fancy-dress ball and admire lavish dresses and jewelry along with photos of the original owners including decked out kids.


New York at Its Core (through Dec 31)

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.


Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Queens


Admission: $12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under

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Jim Henson’s World (through Dec 31)

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.


Video Arcade (through Jan 15)

Visit a functioning arcade and play 23 beloved games from the 1980s in their original form. Games on view include Arkanoid, Centipede, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man, Q*Bert, Tron and more. Tokens are required for play and may be purchased in the gallery at token machines or in the Museum store.


National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

226 West 44th Street


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National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey (through Mar 30)

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.


National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

11 East 26th Street
Gramercy & Flatiron

Daily 10 am - 5 pm

Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us – and try to ride a bike with square wheels.

Admission: $15; $9/children, students& seniors; free/toddlers & babies Membership: $70+

Treat Alert: The delicious possibilities seem infinite at Italian marketplace Eataly at fifth avenue at 24th. On nice days we like to get some gelato to enjoy in nearby Madison Square Park. And there's a Nutella Bar...

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Hoop Curves (through Dec 31)

Recreating a regulation-size free throw space within the Museum, Hoop Curves invites you to take your best shot and then to do so again, this time with the aid of a robotic ball-shooter. Using cutting edge technology to record the components of every ball launch, this exhibit combines America’s love of sports with data visualization techniques that will help you improve your throw.


New Museum

235 Bowery
West Village/East Village

Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 6pm, open until 9 pm on Fridays

Always something interesting to see – or interact with – in the rotating exhibits at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.

Admission: $16, $14/seniors, free/ages 17 & under Membership: $60+

Favorite Spots: Check out a great view from the top floor Sky Room (open Saturdays & Sundays)

Family Programs: Join museum educators for creative free family programs the first Saturday of every month.

Treat Alert: So many yummy treats in this happening neighborhood. Try healthy French and Moroccan casual fare (and a famous avocado toast) at Café Gitane (242 Mott St) or innovative ice cream flavors at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington).

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Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (through Jan 21)

An intergenerational group of artists explore gender beyond the binary to usher in more fluid and inclusive expressions of identity through a variety of mediums and genres, including film, video, performance, painting, sculpture, photography, and craft.


New York Hall of Science

Flushing Meadow-Corona Park
Queens


The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) was founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair and evolved into a center for interactive science. Sometimes it’s age shows, but fun hands-on learning opportunities, intriguing new exhibits, awesome 4D films, an engineering-themed outdoor playground and interesting family programs make it worth the trip to Queens.

Admission: $15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors Membership: $85+ Free hours: Friday 2 – 5 pm & Sundays10 – 11 am.

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Connected Worlds (through Dec 31)

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.


Gingerbread Lane (through Jan 15)

Marvel at the largest gingerbread village in the world. Lots of fun details to discover including cable cars and subway stations, all made from only edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. A great excuse to explore the entertaining interactive science exhibits at the museum.


New-York Historical Society

70 Central Park West at 77th Street
Upper West Side

Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

This fascinating museum features an entire floor to interactive exhibits especially for kids (though accompanying grown-ups will probably learn something too). Weekly and special occasion family learning programs range from weekly storytimes to historical chocolate tastings, with frequent visits from living historians portraying Americans of the past.

Admission: $20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link Membership: $75+ Free hours: Fridays 6-8 pm

Favorite Spots: Ride an orphan train or play a newsies video game in the awesome DiMenna Children's History Museum. Hands-on exhibits tell the life stories of diverse youngsters who lived in New York City from the late seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Immersive video projection, moving scenic elements, theatrical lighting and surround sound explore the history of New York during the eighteen-minute New York Story shown throughout the day.

Family Programs: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:30pm, 3 - 5 year olds can hear NY-themed stories, do related craft projects and play with historic toys in Little New-Yorkers. There are always different interesting events related to holidays and current exhibits; check the family programs calendar to see what's coming up.

Treat Alert: Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis ar Caffe Storico, the museum's classy but kid-friendly eatery. Get burgers and shakes at Shake Shack down the block (Columbus @ 77th Street).

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Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection (through Feb 25)

Train enthusiasts of all ages can explore an immersive multimedia winter wonderland featuring theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape” and lots of historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Pick up an “I Spy” Holiday Express trains and toys hunt to match pictures and rhyming facts with whimsical and intricate objects.


Hotbed (through Mar 25)

Immersive installations and more than 100 artifacts and images explore the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century, where men and women joined forces across the boundaries of class and race to fight for a better world and women’s rights to control their own bodies, to do meaningful work, and above all, to vote. —drawn from New-York Historical’s archives and several private collections—bring to life the bohemian scene and its energetic activist spirit.


Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17 Street
Chelsea

Monday 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 9 pm
Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness, and the cosmos. Lots of vivid paintings and statues of animals and interesting demons (and maybe your kids will pick up some zen vibes).

Admission: $15, $10/students & seniors, free/ ages 12 & under Membership: $65+ Free hours: Friday 6 - 10 pm

Family Programs: Enjoy family-friendly activities every Sunday from 1-4 pm. At family art labs the second Saturday of every month, kids 5 and up are invited to explore intriguing paintings, sculptures, and objects in the museum's exhibitions with a related creative workshop.

Treat Alert: Try seasonal specialties inspired by the Himalayas, including Thali plates and handmade traditional momo dumplings in peaceful Cafe Serai in the lobby. Kids menu available.

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The World Is Sound (through Dec 31)

Learn to listen with your whole body. Explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. Organized cyclically—from creation to death to rebirth—the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening and its many functions in Tibetan Buddhism. Featuring work by more than 20 artists, The World Is Sound juxtaposes new site-specific commissions and works by prominent contemporary sound artists with historical objects from the museum’s collection of Tibetan Buddhist art to encourage reflection on how we listen and to challenge entrenched ways of thinking.


Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street
Harlem


Admission: $7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under

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PARADE: Derek Fordjour (through Jan 14)

Take a journey through the sense-memory of childhood and the process offorging an identity through Derek Fordjour refelctions on growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. Enter through a tunnel reminiscent of the marquees at an amusement park, then explore highly textured collages of newsprint and a procession of vignettes, small sculptures, found objects, interventions, and music, which leads to a non-place entered by stooping through an opening in the back of a closet.


The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
Upper East Side

11 am - 5:45 pm, closed Wednesdays

Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries and play in the small but engaging Archaeology Zone.

Admission: $15, free/ages 18 & under Membership: $75+ Free hours: Thursdays 5-8 pm

Favorite Spots: In the fascinating and friendly Archaeology Zone, children learn what happens after archaeologists unearth artifacts. Search for clues about objects dating from ancient times to the present day, dress up and play in a Moroccan home, create works of art inspired by unique objects in the Museum’s collection and more.

Family Programs: Sunday family programs include drop-in art workshops, storytimes and occasional family concerts.

Treat Alert: Nosh on smoked fish platters, bagels and bialys, knishes, egg creams, babka and more Jewish-Amreican classic foods and the new in-museum outpost of iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop Russ & Daughters.

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Modigliani Unmasked (through Feb 4)

See early drawings by acclaimed sculptor Amedeo Modigliani as well as a selection of his paintings and sculptures alongside work representative of the various multicultural influences—African, Greek, Egyptian, and Khmer—that inspired the Italian-Sephardic artist during his youth in turn-of-the-century Paris. Heads composed of bold lines are accessible to all ages, and an accompanying kids’ guide encourages all ages to notice the connections between Modigliani’s drawings and his sculptures and to create line drawings of their own.


Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress (through Mar 18)

Tthe first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, arranged as complete ensembles or shown as stand-alone items. A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents offers an exceptional opportunity to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments.


The Met Breuer

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
Upper East Side

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 10 am – 9 pm

The Met took over the old Whitney’s landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer to have additional space to explore the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Gorgeous open space with diverse art that appeals to all.

Admission: Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under

Treat Alert: Blue Bottle Coffee on the top floor has yummy cookies, lots of comfy seating, and awesome kids art books to browse.

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Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980. (through Jan 14)

Divided into four sections—Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted—this exhibition showcases roughly 100 works of art by 62 international artists created between 1950 and 1980, when artists responded social and political unrest by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work.


Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort Street
Chelsea

Sunday, Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am - 6 pm
Thursday - Saturday 10:30 am - 10 pm
Closed Tuesday

Bold modern contemporary art that engages all ages, now in a gorgeous new building with a stunning view of the Hudson River.

Admission: $22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18 Membership: $85+ Free hours: Friday 7-10 pm

Favorite Spots: Ramble up and down the outdoor stairs on the terrace with a view.

Treat Alert: The lobby restaurant Untitled is delicious, surprisingly kid-friendly and has one of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World (through Jan 28)

American Indian artist and activist Jimmie Durhamombines found objects and natural materials and incorporates text to expose Western-centric views and prejudices hidden in language, objects, and institutions. Calling himself an “interventionist,” Durham is oftentimes critical in his analysis of society but with a distinctive wit that is simultaneously generous and humorous. See through-provoking sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, video, and performance created from 1970 to the present.


Laura Owens (through Feb 4)

See Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens bold and experimental work that challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology.


Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined (through Feb 25)

Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. These life-size, intimate drawings of enigmatic and mysterious figures explore the complexity and malleability of identity.


Note: Don’t visit The Frick or Neue Galerie with kids, they’re not allowed inside.

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