Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips 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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Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974) (through Aug 20)

See four distinct phases in the oeuvre of canonical art brut figure Carlo Zinelli through a selection of fifty-five paintings (many displayed double-sided), audio recordings of Zinelli, a film, and images by Life magazine photographer John Phillips.


Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible (through Aug 20)

This first in-depth exhibition of Eugen Gabritschevsky’s relatively unknown artistic contribution is composed of more than eighty artworks, a film, publications, and archival documents. A scientist before he was admitted into a psychiatric hospital, Gabritschevsky produced gouaches, drawings, and watercolors on paper imbued with his early scientific interests, observation skills, and a propensity for experimentation.


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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Immersive Dome Experience: The Jelly Dome (through May 26)

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


¡Cuba! (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.


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.


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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The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s (through Aug 20)

Explore the the diverse and dynamic 1920s in a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Check out jazz recordings and rare video footage provided by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, as well as impromptu performances from students of the Manhattan School of Music.


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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Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim (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.


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, but 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 inside the intricately carved 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. Wander around and be surprised and delighted as your kid finds his or her own favorites.

Family Programs: Ages 3 to 7 can participate in the free Start with Art at the Met (Thursday 3:30 pm, Saturday 11 am & 2:30 pm), hour-long guided walks and art activities. All ages can create works of art next to ones in the galleries with provided supplies during Sunday Studios (drop in from 1 to 3 pm).

Treat Alert: Choose from two kid-friendly, fairly gourmet cafeterias; 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 buffet stations with pasta, sushi, hot entrees, a frozen yogurt sundae bar and kids' meals that come in cardboard taxis. Or head to Shake Shack on 86th between Lexington & Third Ave. Pick up one of the city's best black-and-white cookies at William Greenberg Dessert (1100 Madison between 82nd & 83rd Streets).

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


The Met Roof Garden: The Theater of Disappearance (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.


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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Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture (through Aug 20)

Celebrate the handmade fashion and style of the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s. See garments, jewelry, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved through sewing, embroidering, quilting and patch-working. Lots of kid-friendly rainbows and tie-dye.


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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Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends (through Sep 17)

Explore over six decades of Robert Rauschenberg’s widely celebrated career through over 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and sound and video recordings. Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas collaborated on the exhibition’s design to foreground Rauschenberg’s work with dance and performance. As other artists came into Rauschenberg’s creative life, they come into the exhibition, mapping the exchange of ideas. These figures include John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Sari Dienes, Jasper Johns, Billy Klüver, Yvonne Rainer, Paul Taylor, David Tudor, Cy Twombly, Susan Weil, and many others.


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 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.


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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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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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 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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Twisted Thruway (through Sep 1)

Get behind the wheel while exploring two unique tracks: the surface of a Möbius strip and the surface created by a trefoil knot. Enjoy a “driver’s eye” view as the cars wind their way around these unusual mathematical paths.


National Museum of the American Indian - New York

One Bowling Green
Lower Manhattan

Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Open Thursday until 8 pm

All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging New York branch of this DC museum. Lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration in multiple rooms. Touch a buffalo hide, match animal drawings, learn about Mayan math, play in a teepee and more.

Pick up a fantastic family guide and find featured items among the galleries including wood and stone carvings, exquisite clothing, feather bonnets and lots of animal representations.

Family Programs: Daily screenings of films for kids.

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Native Fashion Now (through Sep 4)

From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, Native Fashion Now celebrates the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion.


Circle of Dance (through Oct 8)

This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.


New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx

Daily 10 am - 6 pm

The Holiday Train Show is an annual must, and the sprawling grounds of this 124-year-old Bronx institution are a gorgeous respite from urban living all year round.

Admission: $28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2 Membership: $80+ Free hours: Wednesdays all day, Saturday 9 - 10 am. Does not include the Conservatory, Special Exhibitions, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, or Tram Tour.

Favorite Spots: Enjoy music, mazes, guided nature explorations and more in the delightful Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

Treat Alert: The family-friendly menu at the counter-service Pine Tree Café offers fresh panini, pizza, salads and snacks. Shop for artisanal caramels, infused olive oils and other tasty treats at the charming gift shop.

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CHIHULY (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.


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.


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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Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man, from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (through Jul 16)

Get a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson’s life outside the public sphere through the iconic documents he created. Among the 36 documents and artifacts from the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society on display in the exhibition are Jefferson’s garden book, his last letter to John Adams, manuscript leafs from his Notes on the State of Virginia, early drawings of Monticello, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson’s hand.


Saving Washington (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.


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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Khandroma: Himalayan Wind (through Jun 30)

Sacred Spaces invites visitors to reflect on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places. For the second iteration of the exhibition, the Rubin Museum commissioned an installation by Soundwalk Collective in collaboration with sound artist that transports visitors to the high Himalayas through sound. The sounds in and surrounding the world’s highest monasteries—the flapping of prayer flags, the chanting of blessings, the echoes of wind from the valley below, and the interplay of sound and silence – are be presented as a multi-channel audio installation through state-of-the-art speakers, creating an immersive and meditative experience. Visitors can also interact directly with Khandroma by playing individual tracks from the soundscapes at dedicated listening stations. A video installation filmed by Soundwalk Collective’s founder Stephan Crasneanscki complements the audio experience by showing cyclic, kaleidoscopic imagery of prayer wheels and prayer flags .


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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Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland (through Aug 6)

Enter the colorful, fantastical world of visual artist, musician, composer, and performer Charlemagne Palestine with an immersive, site-specific installation of hundreds of teddy bears and other plush toys influenced by the artist’s Brooklyn Jewish roots.


Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry (through Sep 24)

Through over 50 vibrant paintings and drawings, this exhibition offers an important survey of the work of the modernist painter, designer, poet and Jazz Age icon Florine Stettheimer.


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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Marsden Hartley’s Maine (through Jun 18)

Eplore Marsden Hartley’s complex, sometimes contradictory, and visually arresting relationship with his native state—from the lush Post-Impressionist inland landscapes with which he launched his career, to the later roughly rendered paintings of Maine’s rugged coastal terrain, its hardy inhabitants, and the magisterial Mount Katahdin. This exhibition includes select works from The Met collection by other artists who shaped Hartley’s vision, including French modernist Paul Cézanne, Japanese printmakers Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, and American painters Winslow Homer and Albert Pinkham Ryder.


Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms (through Jul 23)

Brazilian artist Lygia Pape combined geometric abstraction with notions of body, time, and space in unique ways that radically transformed the nature of the art object in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Covering a prolific, unclassifiable career that spanned five decades, this exhibition examines Pape’s extraordinarily rich oeuvre as manifest across varied media—from sculpture, prints, and painting to installation, photography, performance, and film.


The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
Midtown East

Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 am - 5 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Explore the gorgeous former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan and see illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books (including some children’s favorites), and old master drawings and prints.

Admission: $18, $12/students & seniors, free/12 and under Membership: $75+ Free hours: Friday 7 - 9 pm

Favorite Spots: Admire the three-story inlaid walnut bookshelves, period furniture, and magnificent ceiling, in the grand East Room, i.e. the library of your dreams.

Treat Alert: Grab a plate of fast-casual new American dishes using farm-fresh ingredients at Freshbites (56 East 34 Street) or sandwiches made from authentic simits (turkish bagel) and mini fig cookies at Simit Sarayi (Fifth Avenue @ 39th Street).

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I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson (through May 28)

The exhibition closely examines twenty-four poems by Emily Dickinson, one of the most popular and enigmatic American writers of the nineteenth century, in various draft states, with corresponding audio stops. The show also features an array of visual material, including hand-cut silhouettes, photographs and daguerreotypes, contemporary illustrations, and other items that speak to the rich intellectual and cultural environment in which Dickinson lived and worked.


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:


Whitney Biennial 2017 (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.


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

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