BEST OF NYC THIS WEEK

Dance, play, run, walk, bike and join in all-ages activities on car-free Park Avenue during Summer Streets.

Also see our listings of outdoor dance events plus ongoing free summer concerts for getting down any day. Take indoor breaks at hands-on museums and interactive experiences. Stay cool with visits to splash pads and destination ice cream.

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🪩 Join interactive gallery tours, see recolored ancient sculpture and admire Central Park from the Roof Garden at the Met, plus join Thursday storytimes.

🪩 On Mondays, see The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet show outdoors at the rainbow DiscoOasis in Central Park.

🪩 CMOM - and its very cool updated Inside Art exhibit - is always a fun indoor option with outdoor water play.

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Changing Spaces

MIDTOWN

💧 Play in interactive water sculptures and ride rainbow unicorns by the disco roller rink at Rockefeller Center.

💧 See a family-friendly Broadway/Off Broadway show and say hi to the OG Pooh Bear & friends at the library (always climate controlled and free).

💧 Work on summer reading at the immersive, text-based Barbara Kruger Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You at MoMa, then get creative in the all-ages Art Lab.

💧 Join CMA for Peacetime: Communal Drawing in Times Square.

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Little Island

FLATIRON

🎨  Join artmaking projects at Whitney Museum Open Studio on Saturdays.

🎨 Stop by Rubin Museum Family Sundays to make your own board game and explore this serene museum for free.

🎨 Visit unique Little Island, where you can find weekday arts programs for kids and Sunday family shows among the plants and interactive art.

🎨 Stop by Chelsea Market for tons of food options, plus pop-up makerspaces and the immersive Life of a Neuron experience.

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DOWNTOWN

🍭 Visit legendary LES Economy Candy (plus check out other favorite sweet shops).

🍭 Visit the stunning Museum at Eldridge Street near delicious food options at Essex Market (which houses a small Tenement Museum exhibit on American food).

🍭 Stranger Things fans can enter the Upside Down at a free immersive pop-up in Soho and at the Sour Patch Kids store, not far from free arcade games at Showfields.

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FIDI/SEAPORT

⚓️ The interactive Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle is free for the rest of the summer (near Mister Dips). Also explore interactive water-themed art, tour a historic tall ship and go inside pretty glass houses.

⚓️ Learn to tie knots at nautical-themed waterfront lounge Portside at Brookfield Place, another free, air-conditioned spot with lots of room and a new jungle-inspired art installation.

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BROOKLYN

🪔 Get free culture with Brooklyn photo-ops - on an iconic DUMBO corner, Brooklyn-based artists present experimental art and performance on a Six Foot Platform on Saturdays. On Thursdays join music, dance and artmaking at Live at the Archway.

🪔 Play Jurassic mini-golf at the alays-fun Brooklyn Children's Museum. Explore the twisting tunnels and abstract architecture of TapeScape, made entirely of tape.

🪔 Frolic in the waterfront fountains at Domino Park. Play climate-change-focused mini-golf nearby.

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QUEENS

💧 Splash in the Unisphere's Fountain of the Fairs and take indoor breaks at the New York Hall of Science and free Queens Museum.

💧Sample cuisine from around the world at open-air Queens International Night Market (and play Rocket Park Mini Golf).

 

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BRONX

🥒 Explore the plans behind favorite treats at garden-wide summer exhibition Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love.

🌽 Walk through prehistoric animatronic at the Dinosaur Safari at the always fun Bronx Zoo.

🌽  Make nature-inspired art projects among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River at Wave Hill Family Art Projects.

 

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NEW JERSEY

🌭 Favorite activities and characters come to life at Liberty Science Center, a short drive/train/ferry away in New Jersey.

🌭 Enter a IRL Overworld in the incredible, immersive Minecraft: The Exhibition, fun for both fans and those new to the popular game.

🌭  Explore the art and delightful characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems in The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City!

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