CHELSEA

This hip cobblestoned neighborhood has lots to explore, from the unique High Line to cool gallery shows. Note the blocks are wide so wear (your most fashionable) walking shoes. Head north for more art & food adventures at Hudson Yards.

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EVENTS

Creative Breaks on Little Island

August 10 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until September 30, 2022

Visit  Little Island for weekly artmaking, dance, storytime music and more activities for all ages with teaching artists and guest organizations like The GIANT Room, Oye Group, Free Black Women’s Library, New Victory Theater, Alvin Ailey, Greenwich House Music School and Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art Stop by the Art Cart for DIY…

Hudson Riverkids: Pier 63

August 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 25, 2022

Sing and dance on a scenic pier overlooking the Hudson River (Mondays at HRPK’s Pier 25, Thursdays at Pier 63). This free family-friendly series brings together interactive activities and live entertainment, including catchy sing-alongs from favorite kindie musicians like Divi Roxx Kids and Kid Ace, workshops with Mazarte Dance Inc. and Drag Story Hour NYC.

MakeInspires STEAM Makerspace

August 13 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 27, 2022

Experience 3D Printing, Coding Video Games with Scratch, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence hands-on with MakeInspires Instructors.

A great perfect activity for kids 6 and up while the family explores Chelsea Market; kids under 6 are welcome with adult supervision.

All activities can be completed in 15 minutes. Book more time for more exploration. Across from…

Whitney Museum Open Studio

August 13 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 27, 2022

All ages are invited to get creative in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. Make wn art inspired by works on view in the collection and current exhibitions. Each week is a different artmaking project.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.

Rubin Family Sundays: Mandala-Land

August 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 4, 2022

Make your own board game and explore your path to transforming your emotions. Choose the emotion that speaks to you and design a game that you can play with loved ones or on your own.

Pre-registration is required for either the 1 pm or 2 pm. Free tickets include access to the Museum galleries. Each…

Kids & Family Series on Little Island

August 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 25, 2022

Enjoy family-friendly performances atop the Hudson river featuring lively artists like The Acrobuffos, The Rock and Roll Playhouse, Spellbound Theatre, and more. Timed entry reservations required for park entry after 12 pm.

See our guide to Little…

Potions & Planting

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on August 6, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on August 20, 2022 at 10:00 am

Enjoy an enchanting day of potions and planting in a lovely rooftop garden. Admission includes a traditional English high tea platter, refreshing pink lemonade, and hands-on lessons in gardening and making magic. Bring along a favorite doll, teddy  or stuffed friend. A special experience for the whole family. Reserve in advance as most dates sell…

TO DO

Museum of Illusions

Walk on walls, put your head on a platter and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour. Blows most young minds.

Special $62 family ticket covers 2 adults & 2 children. Free kids under 2.

 

Little Island

Explore nature and art on a unique floating green space on the Hudson River.

* Enjoy diverse horticulture, welcoming seating lawns, winding paths leading to spectacular views, and a variety of spaces for performing arts, relaxation and play. Make music on a variety of percussion installations and play with a spinning optical illusion.

* Restrooms…

High Line

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

* Lots of nature, art installations & cool design incorporating elements of the original rail line.

* Look for interesting architecture and watch taxis and pedestrians below the 10th Avenue overlook at 17th…

Chelsea Waterside Playground

The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.

Near the new must-see Little Island and Pier 62 Carousel.

Pier 62 Carousel

Take a spin on 33 hand-carved, custom-designed Hudson River Valley animals – raccoons, seahorses, bears & more. The carousel structure has a green roof and opens to a sprawling lawn and tree-lined pathways.

Take a walk along the pier to the west of the carousel to find a nautical wooden deck offering views of the…

Life of a Neuron

Step into the human brain – an immersive, digital 3D model of a real human prefrontal cortex neuron — the “thinking cell” of the brain — and see it grow from birth through death.

Created by ARTECHOUSE Studio in partnership with Society for Neuroscience (SfN), this exhibition is the result of three years of ardent…

TO SEE

Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

DVF x Ashley Longshore Gallery

See Ashley Longshore’s paintings of inspirational women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Cleopatra, Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Nina Simone, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall in a photogenic gallery at the Diane von Furstenberg store. Good stop for International Women’s Month.

Iwantja Rock n Roll

Find favorite characters, famous folks and humor among colonialist critique in a group exhibition of new works by Australian artists Vincent Namatjira, Kaylene Whiskey, and Tiger Yaltangki, three leading members of the indigenous Indulkana Community in the northwestern region of South Australia on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Paintings and video works offer insight into…

Dissolving Realms

See pretty paintings spanning over 70 years with fantastical and cosmological themes to conjure realms that either flicker on the precipice of abstraction or dissolve completely into pure color and form. Explore international works featuring Abstract Expressionism, color field painting and Surrealism – attractive and inspiring practices for young artists

Monday–Thursday 10 am – 5…

Eyes of the Skin

See tactile sculptures of interesting materials in a group show curated by New York City-based artist Teresita Fernández. Each artist’s focus on materiality, process, and tactility emphasize the importance of indigenous, intuitive, and somatic knowledge as a primary source for understanding our world.


Wednesday–Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Whitney Museum of American Art

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building.

* Find works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965. Discover works by women and artists of color in At the Dawn of a New…

Rubin Museum

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 kid will pick up some zen vibes.

* Don’t miss the interactive, multi-sensory Mandala Lab.

TO EAT

Citycakes Bakery

Get some of city’s best cookies – signature half pound size treats can be covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make a unique little cookie cake. No on-site seating available.

The Standard Biergarten

A street-level beer garden serves traditional German fare including sausages, pretzels and beer. Swing by Happy Hour Wed-Fri from 4pm-6pm for 25 cent wings. A children’s menu is available every Sunday, and tots under 12 eat free.

Also play Ping-Pong in the open air courtyard plus fuseball, pool and other games in an indoor gameroom.

Food at Chelsea Market

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and many more delicious options at this indoor market housed in a former factory. Covered outdoor tables available along 15th and 16th Streets.

Shopping options include books, chocolate and fun Chinese merchandise & snacks at Pearl River Mart.

Look for art installations among twinkling lights and…