Explore interesting free indoor art at shows in chic galleries in cool neighborhoods (just don't touch). The art on display is always changing; here are some current family-friendly favorites.
511 A West 22nd Street
See colorful new works Bronx-born graffiti artist CRASH spray painted on custom-made, shaped canvases. Emphasizing silhouette and the external form, he presents new dynamic compositions that meld the versatility of his canvas medium with the layered depth of sculpture. Wrapping around the edges as if spilling on to the wall, vibrant pigment and decisive lines are barely contained to the planes of each painted surface.
Open by appointment
874 Washington Street
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.
455 West 19th Street
Follow a hyperreal, dream-like tale of a lone baby unicorn in Los Angeles-based artist Ariana Papademetropoulos’ paintings, which chronicle a fantastical journey from youthful innocence to maturity, towards liberation and individuation that coalesce in a story of awakening and transformation. Inspired 15th century lore of the mythical unicorn (including The Hunt of the Unicorn) at The Cloisters but totally modern.
Tues–Sat 10 am – 6 pm
239 Tenth Ave at W 24th St
See new and recent works by Spencer Finch in dialogue with a 16th-century stained glass window by the Renaissance master Valentin Bousch, The Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise. Immersive installation Painting Air transforms the Hill Art Foundation’s double-story gallery into a lightscape inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. Close to 100 sheets of suspended glass rotates on its own axis, refracting and reflecting the wall painting and the nearby works.
Wednesday-Saturday 11 am – 5 pm
30 Hudson Yards
This way-west complex features shops, foods, public art, cultural institutions and more. Look for cool public art throughout the complex including the monumental Vessel (currently closed for climbing, but you can take a picture from underneath).
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75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street
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 cool decor at this always happening historic market. Watch the chefs create magic in glass-enclosed Sarabeth’s Kitchen.
The narrow walkways can get very crowded, so best to visit earlier in the day and/or on weekdays. Bathrooms available on both floors but the line can be quite long.
See our guide to Chelsea/Meatpacking.
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Wednesday, January 1
Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
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.
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…
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…
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.
Monday, January 10
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…
Monday, August 1
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…
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.…
Sunday, September 4
Explore our physical, social, and psychological relationship with shoes through more than 300 pairs of shoes, boots, sandals, and sneakers. The exhibition begins with a pair of baby shoes, indicating how shoes accompany us on the journey of life and explores themes like anatomy, identity and magic. Wednesday–Friday 12 pm–8 pm Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Tuesday, September 20
Step inside the world of TV show FRIENDS With two floors of immersive experiences. Pose on the iconic orange couch, sit at Monica & Rachel’s kitchen table, kick back and relax in Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs, and much more. Dance in front of the fountain, ride Pat the Dog and explore dozens of props…
Wednesday, September 28
See new and recent works by Spencer Finch in dialogue with a 16th-century stained glass window by the Renaissance master Valentin Bousch, The Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise. Immersive installation Painting Air transforms the Hill Art Foundation’s double-story gallery into a lightscape inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. Close to 100 sheets of…
Saturday, October 1
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.
Thursday, November 10
See colorful new works Bronx-born graffiti artist CRASH spray painted on custom-made, shaped canvases. Emphasizing silhouette and the external form, he presents new dynamic compositions that meld the versatility of his canvas medium with the layered depth of sculpture. Wrapping around the edges as if spilling on to the wall, vibrant pigment and decisive lines…
Sunday, November 20
A selection of personal artifacts never before seen in America that tell touching stories of the doomed ship's passengers and crew. Embark on a narrative experience describing the events aboard the famous ship on that fateful day in 1912. Unravel the true story of the ship through old photographs, personal belongings and other relics from…
Embark on a dazzling journey where the imaginary world of a gift factory comes alive. Traverse immersive digital multiverses filled with dreamlike yet familiar holiday themes, from floating giant swinging bells to thousands of nutcrackers, train rides through wreaths, spinning candy cane carousels and more. Save 20% with code KID20 from @littlekidbigcity_newyork. Save $5…
Thursday, December 1
Find twinkling lights, rainbow trees, giant presents and dangling giant candy cane installations at this always happening historic market. Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato to eat at over 115 covered outdoor tables along 15th and 16th Streets. Find fun Chinese merchandise & food at Pearl River Mart. Catch pop-up ballet…
This elaborately designed, Victorian-style bistro with a long marble bar for cocktails & American bites turns is packed with fun holiday decor including giant polar bears, teddy bear trees, Santas, nutcrackers and garlands galore. The menu is similar to the (also-decked-out) sister restaurant Lillie’s Victorian Establishment with everything from tuna tartare to cheeseburgers and…
Sunday, December 4
Enter a captivating light display with hourly light shows and a nightly grand finale at 6 pm on the High Line between 15th and 16th Streets. The light show takes inspiration from the vehicle-to-load (V2L) capabilities found on Genesis electric vehicles, which will be on display, and the roof line of the Electrified GV70.
Friday, December 9
Larger-than-life light-up snowmen and other whimsical light displays are back in Meatpacking. Find ten separate light installations along Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street including colorful neon lights in abstract shapes and planters filled with glowing dandelions. New this year on Ninth Avenue, take a frosty photo in two illuminated giant geometric frames. Head to
Follow a hyperreal, dream-like tale of a lone baby unicorn in Los Angeles-based artist Ariana Papademetropoulos’ paintings, which chronicle a fantastical journey from youthful innocence to maturity, towards liberation and individuation that coalesce in a story of awakening and transformation. Inspired 15th century lore of the mythical unicorn (including The Hunt of the Unicorn) at…
Saturday, December 10
Experience 3D Printing, Coding Video Games with Scratch, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence hands-on with MakeInspires instructors on Thursdays and Saturdays. A great 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…
Make a holiday themed postcard and spread some joy by mailing the postcard to family, friends, or neighbors (postage provided). See our guide to Little Island.
Step into the reverie of holiday music and magic with Lea Ballerina throughout the sparkly Chelsea Market concourse throughout December.
Join Pusteblume International Preschool for an international holiday event with music, food, arts & crafts, piñata games, Posadas activities and a visit from St. Nikolaus. Light refreshments and goodie bags included. Traditional holiday foods available for purchase plus shop a holiday market.
Enjoy family-friendly matinees in an intimate theater built by dancers for dance. See emerging and established dance artists from acclaimed domestic and international companies including Camille A. Brown & Dancers, COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet and Dorrance Dance. ⏱ 1 hour 10 minutes with no intermission 😷 Masks required
Enjoy live music from local musicians outside Chelsea Market, which also has great food options.
Sunday, December 11
Create sensory sensations to help tune into, and calm, overwhelming emotions and join calming activities in the Mandala Lab.. Pre-registration is required for either the 1 pm or 2 pm. Free tickets include access to the Museum galleries. Each month explores a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum…
Wednesday, December 14
Enjoy a free concert by The Chelsea Symphony in the main concourse of happening Chelsea Market.
Saturday, December 17
Celebrate the season with holiday bonding and gingerbread fun at Taste Buds Kitchens' signature gingerbread house decorating class. Design and decorate a gingerbread abode in a festive winter wonderland decorated kitchen with a friendly culinary crew. Includes endless decorating options, stylish TBK aprons, beautiful take-home wrapping and fun themed drinks. At-home gingerbread house and Hanukkah…
Sunday, December 18
The Chelsea Shul hosts holiday activities including a clay bar and diorama art with The Giant Room, bounce house, donut decorating, photo booth, giveaways and more. All are welcome. At 4:30 pm, join an outdoor menorah lighting with a mega LED dancing robot.
Saturday, January 7
Develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering with help from parents and store associates. Project change monthly. Receive a certificate of achievement, workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Also at Home Depots on 59th Street/Third Ave, Long Island City, New Rochelle and elsewhere.