Tuesday, April 1
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.
Friday, November 18
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.
Saturday, April 1
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.
Saturday, April 8
Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.
Thursday, April 20
See over 100 highlights from shoe designer Stuart Weitzman’s extensive private collection that tell the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production and explores larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women’s contributions as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs.
Thursday, June 1
Look back at fifty years of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, installed in the public spaces of New York, the most robust and vibrant environment for public art in the world lucky us). Features renderings, models, photographs, and video footage tracing the creation of public artworks by such artists as Red Grooms, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Kara Walker marking the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Public Art Fund.
Thursday, June 15
Displays evoking old-fashioned New York magic shops explore the careers of legendary magicians from the Golden Age of Magic and showcase iconic objects used by Harry Houdini in his famous escape stunts plus illusionistDavid Copperfields’ Death Saw. Artifcacts from the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts and Copperfields private collection of David include the Metamorphosis Trunk, used by Harry and Bess Houdini, that allowed the couple to magically trade places; handcuffs from the 1904 London Daily Mirror challenge, from which Houdini struggled to escape for more than 70 minutes; and Houdini’s Milk Can, an act that premiered in 1908 in which he attempted to escape from this colossal, locked can filled to the brim with water.
Saturday, July 1
Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with an immersive video projection dome dance portal to learn 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, props and costumes. Experiment with authentic percussion instruments. Lots of related workshops and performances, including daily dance and movement programs at 10:30 am, 11:30 am & 2 pm.
Friday, October 6
See a stunning 31-feet tall tower that looks like rose petals that is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel, by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.
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.
Wednesday, November 1
The 100 Gates Project connects artists and merchants to create original murals on roll-down security gates on the Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island, creating an open-air galleries that are open when your kids wake up too early and everything else is closed.
Friday, November 10
Ten artists use light, digital projection, and experimental media to reflect on their place in and between traditional and dominant cultures. Through innovative sound art, digital media, and installation, the exhibition demonstrates the continuity of Indigenous cultures and creativity in the digital age.
Monday, November 20
In a highly experiential exhibition, explore 11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses, then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and what’s unique about human perception during an interactive session hosted by a live presenter.
Friday, December 1
In this hands-on exhibition, become a sound designer for Trash Bot, a street-cleaning machine. Also see cool record covers and concert posters and play with different sounds.
Monday, January 1
Learn about ground mobility and surface transit from the early 1800s to the present by exploring a real life city bus, “fishbowl” bus cab, walk-don’t walk signs, parking meters, fire hydrants, traffic lights, and an array of other interactive “street furniture.”
Downtown Dance Factory offers over 175 classes a week for girls and boys, from 1 year olds to teens, in a variety of dance styles including ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz and lyrical.
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.
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.
This stunning exhibition of works made from 1900 to 1960 is organized around five themes: family and community, work, home, the spiritual, and the nation. Includes iconic works by Louise Bourgeois, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Jacob Lawrence, and Georgia O’Keeffe, among many others.
Monday, January 15
A variety of classes for ages 1-8 include cooking, arts/crafts, music, singing and cuddling time with live animals.
Friday, January 19
Children 8 months to 3 years combine rhythm instrument play and exploration to live music and seasonal songs, musical movement, story and active listening.
Monday, January 22
Drop-in art, music, and movement classes incorporate educational best practices (and are also lots of fun). Outdoor classes offered in the summer.
Musicians play piano or guitar and sing favorite kids songs. Some teachers are more engaging and entertaining than others, so ask around and try different class times. Kids up to five-years-old sing along, play instruments, dance with scarves and other sometimes-silly activities in a dance studio in the basement. Advanced registration required, though cancellations are allowed up to 1 hour before the class with no penalty.
Fun, laid-back music class with witty original NYC-centric songs including the beloved ‘Taxi!.’
Entertaining, educational children’s artistic experience for ages ages 2+ combine technique with authentic self-expression.
Friday, February 23
Through neon art, painting, film, sculpture, photography, an immersive lake and virtual reality(ages 9+), three contemporary artists–Shezad Dawood, the Otolith Group, and Matti Braun-challenge existing histories and speculative futures across cultures and in Bengal, a culturally rich region divided between present-day India and Bangladesh.
Thursday, March 1
Try to find animals including a seal, sting ray and bird in the abstract-looking sculptures of Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957). Fun shapes and forms in a lovely space.
Wednesday, March 7
Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, this 23-foot-tall sculpture sculpture by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE rises grandly above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colors that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the “perfect metaphor for multilayered identities”.
Friday, March 9
Monday, March 12
Explore the alien world lies hidden beneath the sunlit surface of the ocean in a fascinating, interactive exhibition. Encounter giant sea creatures on a life-size screen, go on on a vertical journey through marine environments at different depths, sit inside a scale model Triton submersible, and learn about new technologies and research.
Thursday, March 15
See pretty wallpaper and furniture by Polish/Jewish/French/Catholic artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz plus cross-disciplinary work in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation,, lighting, ceramics and textiles.
Wednesday, March 21
See seven hundred years of sculptural practice—from fourteenth-century Europe to the global present—in this astonishing exhibition. Well-known masterpieces from Donatello, El Greco, Rodin and Degas are juxtsposed with modern works by Louise Bourgeois and Jeff Koons. Be warned there is lots of realistic looking nudity and some effigies (including ones made of real bones, blood, and hair) can be creepy. One sculptre even looks at you and talks.
Sunday, April 1
Pretend you’re in a pretty French park among gorgeous paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, illustrated books, and objects that explore French horticultural developments that reshaped the landscape of France and grounded innovative movements—artistic and green—in an era that gave rise to Naturalism, Impressionism, and Art Nouveau. See the works of artists extending from Camille Corot to Henri Matisse, many of whom were gardeners themselves Then go play in Central Park, which was designed in the spirit of Parisian public parks of the same period.
Friday, April 6
Walk through 10 rooms of tactile interactive experiences inspired by dreams. Float through clouds, dream in black and white, and explore a galactic infinity room.
Friday, April 13
Explore the groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art of Latin American and Latina women artists during a period of extraordinary conceptual and aesthetic experimentation. Featuring 123 artists from 15 countries, Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 focuses on their use of the female body for political and social critique and artistic expression. Includes painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, and other new mediums. Ask a guard or info desk how to steer clear of mature content.
Tuesday, April 17
Two haunting monumental sculptures of intriguing figures by Pakistani-born artist Huma Bhabha are now on the roof of the Met. The commentary on colonialism, war and displacement is thought-provoking and the view of Central Park stunning. Snacks allowed (and available for purchase – we like the popcorn).
Thursday, April 19
Nine artists share their experiences inhabiting, speaking out of, and challenging the assumed boundaries of public space, where different voices can be heard, addressing important topics such as women’s rights, mass incarceration, the environment, and immigration.
Friday, April 20
Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.
Happiness is a colorful pop-up of seven giant artsy murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang by acclaimed artists including Kenny Scharf and Rob Pruitt around Hudson Square. Stop by the Children’s Museum of the Arts for a free map showing their locations.
Thursday, April 26
Pretend your a princess at this gorgeous exhibition bringing together works from The Met, the Château de Versailles, and over fifty lenders. Learn about the experiences of travelers from 1682, when Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, to 1789, when the royal family was forced to leave the palace and return to Paris. Through paintings, portraits, furniture, tapestries, carpets, costumes, porcelain, sculpture, arms and armor, and guidebooks, the exhibition illustrates what visitors encountered at court, what kind of welcome and access to the palace they received, and what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them.
Friday, April 27
Dolce & Gabbana painted the bricks of a restored 19th-century fire station gold and pastel rainbow i honor has into of colorful NYC kids. Also find lots of leopard print, graffitied sofas, see-through stairs and other fin decor and clothes.
Saturday, April 28
To mark the 60th anniversary of the LEGO® brick, the American-Scandinavian Foundation presents an exhibition featuring sculptures, mosaics, and interactive play zones by renowned LEGO® Certified Professional artist Sean Kenney plus an overview of the LEGO Group’s history and educational mission and a variety of children’s workshops.
Tuesday, May 1
Kathy Ruttenberg’s large scale fantastical sculptures on Broadway malls between 64th to 157th Street combine human, animal, and plant forms in surprising ways. Touch, explore and search for what my daughter calls ‘trapped princesses’ in a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting.
Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.
See colorful renditions of Monopoly Man, Richie Rich, and Scrooge McDuck in Graffiti Artist Alec Monopoly’s paintings and sculptures commenting on wealth and influence in America. Then try to get the ‘Duck Tales’ theme song out of your head (woo-ooo). Also find his Monopoly Man mural at a Mobil gas station on 8th Avenue & West 14th Street.
See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40 foot-high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Also look for peacocks roaming around the lovely grands of the grand Cathedral.
50 works of mixed-media collage, assemblage on wood panels, and sculpture reimagine safe destinations for the black American traveler during the mid-twentieth century. This exhibit inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guidebook for black American road-trippers during the Jim Crow era will make grown-ups think and delight little car lovers.
Rainbow lovers can explore the elusive, complex phenomenon of color perception and how it has captivated artists, designers, scientists, and sages. Featuring over 190 objects spanning antiquity to the present from, the exhibition reveals how designers apply the theories of the world’s greatest color thinkers to bring order and excitement to the visual world.
Explore experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world. Wander through a scented snowstorm, play a furry instrument in a Tactile Orchestra, investigate the sonic properties of glass, and experience many more multisensory experiences from some of the world’s most creative thinker. Designed to be an accessible experience welcoming to visitors of all abilities.
Wednesday, May 2
See colorful sculpture, paintings, installations, drawings and video by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou exploring diversity and plurality in a large, immersive exhibit.
Thursday, May 10
Explore fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism through papal robes and accessories on loan from the Vatican and Catholic-inspired fashions from the early twentieth century to the present juxtaposed with and medieval art. Also at The Met Cloisters.
Explore the notion of scale and its ability to alter our impressions of the universe and our existence inside it. Interactive sculptures, photographs, dioramas, drawings, and installation by ten artists include highly exaggerated, whimsical environments, sentimental reflections, miniature figurines humorously navigating a world made of food and a three-dimensional collage formed from layered glass.
Friday, May 11
Enormous inflatable flowers created by PLAYLAB, INC sit, lounge, float, stand tall and bend down along the Avenue of the Americas from West 44th to 55th Streets.
Monday, May 14
Six site-specific sculptures Syrian-American Diana Al-Hadid interact with plants and fountains across the park. A haunting mix of fragmentary figuration and abstraction comments on history, globalism and the human condition (and kind of look like ghosts that are fun to hide from).
Saturday, May 19
Pretend you’re in Hawai‘i at this exhibit of 17 paintings by American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s created on commission for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign plus lush Hawaiian flora in the Conservatory. Visit the Children’s Garden to create art inspired by O’Keeffe’s unique style of representing close-up views of flowers and fruit. Also play in a Hawaiian sand table featuring real shell and rock specimens to uncover. Pot up a tropical ginger cutting to take home. On weekends, see hula and native artisan demonstrations. Moana costume optional.
Monday, May 21
On the lawn of the magical Cloisters, three androgynous, humanlike figures by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir seem to interact with casts from a custom 3D scan of a carefully chosen suit of armors from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
Tuesday, May 22
See pioneering feminist Miriam Schapiro’s “femmages, distinctive hybrids of painting and collage inspired by women’s domestic arts and crafts as well works by a select group of contemporary artists highlighting the tremendous role Schapiro played in the reframing of craft and decoration. Pretty patterns, so much color, and thought-provoking sculptures.
Friday, May 25
Enter a world of glittery stars in this magical video installation by Natalia Stuyk and SOFTlab NYC.
Explores how Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want—gave visual voice to Roosevelt’s call to the defense of freedom worldwide and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art. See paintings, illustrations, and other works by Rockwell and a broad range of his contemporaries, as well as historical documents, photographs, videos, and artifacts; interactive digital displays; and immersive settings, some using virtual-reality technology.
Saturday, May 26
Cool off at a splashy water exhibit with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics. Children can trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. Learn about the water cycle, pretend to fish, pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create a 92 mile aqueduct and construct a city at the water’s edge.
Tuesday, May 29
Online family-focused sample-sale Zulily offers deep discounts on clothes, toys, home goods, gifts and other family essentials (and not-so-essentials). The brands rotate; some regulars we like include Hanna Andersson, Disney, Star Wars, Nickelodeon, KidKraft and more.
Friday, June 1
Explore an immersive installation of objects, wall pieces and home goods by Ellen Van Dusen. The walls and floors are covered with the designer’s pattern, “Arc,” which is inspired by an infinite fractal pattern first described by NASA physicist John Heighway in the 1960s known as the “Dragon Curve.” Kids love the patterns, mirrors, and bright bold colors.
16 revolving mirrored columns explore the emotional and physical response that people experience while navigating urban environments in a site-specific installation by United Visual Artists. A magical place for hide and seek.
Explore visionary artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s vibrant, ambitious sculptures created from an incredible range of everyday materials and found objects—colored paper, commercial packaging, plastic, soda cans, and bottle caps—all meticulously repurposed and arranged into imagined buildings and cities that reflected dreams for his country (then-Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo), his continent, and the world.
Find the slight variations in 16 geometric prints by Minimalist artists Donald Judd.
See dramatic works on paper by American abstract artist Christine Hiebertwill including 8-foot, scroll-like works accompanied by smaller related drawings.
Decorate your dream Magnum ice cream bar, covered in thick chocolate, & drizzled with toppings like rose petals and Himalayan sea salt and enjoy among fun designs and ice cream-inspired art.
Saturday, June 2
In a dynamic, hands-on environment, watch, follow, collaborate with, and take inspiration from working contemporary artists in studio workspaces. Explore the work of a diverse set of artists who work with materials and techniques such as assemblage/collage, fiber arts, technology/new media and paper.
Walk under Jacob Hashimoto’s monumental work of thousands of delicate rice paper kites creating an ever shifting fog in the newly reopened St. Cornelius Chapel. Also see a colorful, whimsical overhead outdoor installation adapted for Governors Island’s landmark Liggett Hall Archway. Hundreds of wooden cubes and massive steel funnels create a virtual time tunnel or vortex between the Island’s Historic District and newly designed park with its colorful installation of forms.
Monday-Friday 10:30 am-5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-6 pm
Through Oct 31
Tuesday, June 5
Walk under around a monumental light structure by interdisciplinary New York-based Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós.
Flowing and pulsating red and white tubing reflects the form of the Bandshell and the natural beauty and grandeur of the park’s landscape. Look for your reflection in the cupola.
Wednesday, June 6
Sample and shop for seven original flavors designed by the Museum of Ice Cream including Churro Churro, Cherrylicious, and Sprinkle Pool at an “interactive grocery experience,” featuring immersive installations (but sadly no actual sprinkle pool). Ice cream sold only by the pint, so come hungry or on your way home. Tasting experiences, involving an in-depth look at the components of ice cream in addition to featuring all 7 ice cream flavors, available with a reservation; more time slots for on sale on June 18.
Friday, June 8
See over 200 original mind-bending works by graphic artist M.C. Escher. Explore highlights of Escher’s journey as an artist – from his earlier works of nature and landscape in the 1920s and 1930s, to the figurative and abstract art developed in the late 1930s, through the 1960s when he sought to explore infinity. Also enjoy scientific experiments, play areas and educational resources for all ages including immersive photo booths constructed to emulate Escher’s hypnotic environments.
This comprehensive exhibition, a collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, examines anew
Italians Sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s practice and his unmistakable aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring important works in bronze and in oil, as well as plaster sculptures and drawings never before seen in this country, the exhibition aims to provide a deeper understanding of this artist, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations.
Try safe-do-eat cookie dough in summer camp-themed concoctions like the Dirty Worm (ice cream, chocolate pudding and gummy worms) and Camp Fire (ice cream, chocolate and crumbled graham crackers ) at cookie dough shop D?’s pop-up. Eat your treats on log seats, adirondack chairs and even a tire swing.
Saturday, June 9
A modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus serves free hot dogs (with buns and condiments), hinting at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and Erwin Wurm’s Austrian homeland. The bus’ bloated form will encourage audiences to reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in today’s culture, while the act of eating, according to Wurm, can be considered an additive sculptural process in its own right.
Friday, June 15
At Cooper Hewitt’s new (free) outdoor installation celebrating their exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color, every color in the rainbow road corresponds to a specific moment encountered by the Color Factory creative team while walking and exploring 265 streets – from the uppermost part of Manhattan at West 220th Street down to Battery Park.
Enjoy active attractions with views of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Navigate through the nearly 3,600 square feet Amazen’ Maze to locate four checkpoints and get out ($8). Scale a choice of 3 unique 25 foot walls of varying ability in the Climbing Challenge. A self-guiding belay system, allows climbers to of all ages choose their line and pace. ($6, min 40 lbs).
Saturday, June 16
See what frozen things do in a summer in this Peter Fischli’s Artist’s Choice in MoMA’s Sculpture Garden which features an actual snowman (encased in a glass-door freezer), a white dome that subtly moves, giant geometric forms perfect for hide-and-seek and other cool stuff posing the questions “If everything is sculpture why make sculpture?” Yummy housemade ice cream available by the Parisian Metro Station entrance. Create and cool off in the engaging MoMA Art Lab: Nature nearby.
Wednesday, June 20
Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry with $39-$49 tickets (usually $79) available for multiple dates. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening showtimes at West 50th Street & Eighth Avenue.
Thursday, June 21
Walk by a large wall of rainbow hearts in the latest mural by street artist JGoldcrown
A group of street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding the newly opened 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place a mourning.
Read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual stories and experiences that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends. See a collection of quilts spanning the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries in a range of materials, motifs, and techniques—from traditional early-American quilts to more contemporary sculptural assemblage. Visitors are invited to take up a needle and thread to embroider landmarks—marking significant places, events, and memories—onto a canvas map of Queens (previous sewing skills are not required).
Thursday, June 21–Sunday, October 14, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))
Explore the confluence of art, love, science, and religion in the extraordinary art of one of America’s first female scientific illustrators. This exhibition traces her development from schoolgirl projects to highly accomplished renderings of the natural scenery of the Connecticut River Valley plus colorful paintings on cotton—some more than twelve feet long—that were used to illustrate her husband’s many college lectures on geology, botany, zoology, and anatomy.
Saturday, June 23
Get three-course, prix-fixe meals from fabulous NYC restaurants for $26 for lunch or $42 from July 23 through August 17. Choose from more than 380 participating restaurants including The Dutch, Hearth, Lafayette, ABC Kitchen, The Met Members Dining Room, Lincoln, Tavern on the Green, and many more tasty options. My kids have had some fancy lunches with this deal. Book your resis now; tables fill up fast.
Saturday, June 30
Rainbow balloons overlook the East River in large-scale balloon artist GERONIMO’s new site-specific sculpture at Pier 17 this summer.
Play hide and seek among large scale mirrors that move in the wind or with human touch in an immersive, interactive installation by Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine, the 2018 winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program. The setting for summer Saturday Warm Ups, MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series.
One of artist James Turrell’s celebrated Skyspaces, thsa site-specific installation that invites viewers to gaze upwards toward an unobstructed view of the sky with a multi-colored lighting program synchronized with the sunrise and sunset.
Sunday, July 1
A gigantic lead open book with 30-foot eagle’s wings perches on top of a 20-foot-tall lead-clad stainless steel column coiled by a large snake in German artist Anselm Kiefer’s monumental sculpture in Rockefeller Center.
See life-size images of a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a vintage store, and a newsstand which used the Lower East Side but are no longer in business and have disappeared from the streetscape.
27 aluminum panels embedded with 9,000 crystal prisms activated by natural light dazzle in an interactive, large-scale sculpture by artists Dharmesh Patel and Autumn Ewalt designed specifically for Pier A.
Admire the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey, transformed by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach transformed into a contemporary “dazzle ship,” like those painted with patterns during World War I to confuse enemy submarines. On board visits and 45-60 minute boat trips availble on weekends (free tickets released 1-2 weeks in advance at Fireboat.org).
See modernist works in a range of “painting” materials, from fluorescent light and plexiglass to metallic flakes, glass microspheres, and clay. Mary Corse’s first solo museum survey features her early shaped canvases, freestanding sculptures, and light encasements that she engineered in the mid-1960s, her breakthrough White Light paintings and the Black Earth series.
MoMA PS1 presents Yayoi Kusama’s site-specific installation of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base. The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Tuesday, July 3
See over 115 marine species including 18 different kinds of sharks and rays in an new immersive exhibition with hands-on educational features (though the sharks are safely behind glass).
Friday, July 6
Experience immersive digital video and audio by a group of Chinese media artists around the concept: ;the APP world.’ As trippy as it sounds.
Wednesday, July 11
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Friday, July 13
A Poetry Jukebox, plays twenty poems in a constant loop, featuring works by Jane Jacobs, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac and other artists who have called the Village home.
Explore the comedic impulse in contemporary art in an exhibition, curated by Ali Subotnick and inspired by Blake Edwards’ 1968 comic film The Party. Features amusing works by Maurizio Cattelan, Catharine Czudej, Jamie Isenstein and several other artists plus Martins Creed’s interactive balloon room which is one one my kids’ favorite art installations of all time.
Explore the conceptual frameworks inherited from, and also still alive in, Indigenous groups in Mexico and South America that include the Quechua, Aymara, Maya, Aztec, and Taíno, among others through the work of seven emerging Latinx artists based in the United States and Puerto Rico: william cordova, Livia Corona Benjamín, Jorge González, Guadalupe Maravilla, Claudia Peña Salinas, Ronny Quevedo, and Clarissa Tossin. Their works investigate the complex relationship that indigenous and vernacular notions of construction, land, space, and cosmology have had in the history of modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Americas.
Tuesday, July 17
Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs perform together in a participatory musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, an enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke. Have a long picnic to wait in line for free tix, or easily enter the virtual ticket lottery via the TodayTix App. Chances are slim but we’ve won in the past; see our discount theater tickets guide for consolation prizes.
Thursday, July 19
Get a free month with a 12 month subscription of Kiwi Crate subscriptions, a service that delivers materials and inspiration for kids to build, make, and create projects based on changing themes. Different kits available for various ages and interests, from play and learn for 3-4 year-olds to science and engineering for ages 9+. High quality materials and engaging ideas make this one of the best kids subscription services out there. $15.25/month with the discount. Use code FREEMONTH
This participatory art installation explores our obsession with technology, the untold story of the consumer electronics lifecycle and the devastating environmental and labor conditions of offshore recycling. The installation translates the global consumer electronic waste cycle into an immersive experience with a social conscience.
Friday, July 20
Parts of a shipwreck and a mysterious carved figurehead, modeled on the USS Nightingale, rise up from the plaza of Times Square like the beached remains of a massive beast. A companion mixed reality app experience imagines a future in which New York is underwater, as projected by climate scientists. Boats quiver overhead in a nautical traffic jam, and oceanic life forms hover close. By American conceptual artist Mel Chin.
A gorgeous 4800 square foot asphalt mural by Chen Dongfan highlighs the historical significance of Doyers Street and the history of Asian American immigration to the United States of America. Presented by NYCDOT, in partnership with the Chinatown Partnership as part of a Seasonal Streets program that temporarily transform streets into vibrant public space with movable furniture, umbrellas, and other amenities. The artist will be on-site completing the mural through July 27th and the streets are closed to vehicles.
Play cornhole, ring toss and skee ball and ride a jet ski pool floats in a retail space with a punchy poolside vibe and a pretty mural from artist Georgia Elrod in retail concept space STORYs summer installation. Also try charcoal lemonade from Dirty Lemon, Strawberries and Cream and other artisan flavors from Salty Road Taffy and free cotton candy.
Enter the Fizz Frame, a bubbly art installation, drink unlimited DrinkVita Coco and Coconut matcha lattes, try treats by Café Integral, check out health and wellness programming and shop for limited-edition poppin’ Vita Coco merchandise .
Saturday, July 21
Celebrate Louis Armstrong’ within walking distance of his former home. Enjoy a concert by Legendary Queens rapper Action Bronson with eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels plus food trucks, activities, and more.
New York Classical Theatre brings to life one of Shakespeare’s most well known tragedies in a dynamic adaptation. Carl Schurz Park transforms into divided Verona with six actors playing all the parts in a fast-paced tour de force.
See a multicultural assortment of music and dance in stunning Untermyer Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Concert moves indoors in inclement weather.
Bring a blanket and watch Piper Theatre Productions’ Wendy Darling & Peter Pan, adapted from the writings of J.M. Barrie, in Washington Park by an 18th century house. Drinks & snacks for sale.
Sunday, July 22
See a a high-wire family adventure that lets the kids save the day in a comfy theater with waiter service from the seats. When the notorious husband-and-wife spy team, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino), is kidnapped by the evil Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming), the two Cortez children are the only ones who have the right skills and the insider know-how to help. Together Carmen and Juni Cortez (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara) set out on their first spy mission to find Floop and rescue their parents.
See the 2007musical remake of John Waters 1988 film Hairspray based on the 2002 Broadway musical on the big screen in a comfy theater with seat side waiter service. This funny, powerful musical explores racial prejudice and body positivity with a stellar cast that includes John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron and Amanda Bynes.
Learn about the honeybee’s social system, their role in the ecosystem and why they are important in our lives. Peek inside a working beehive through an observation display and taste some local honey made from native wildflowers on the island. Meet at 9:45 am at the Manhattan Ferry (10 South Street) to take the 10 am ferry and walk to the farm together.
Add the colors of summer to a garden painting made without brushes, inspired by all the flowering plants in the gorgeous garden overlooking the Hudson River. Work with mists of watercolor, combining them with color-soaked, paper flowers to create your own blooming vision.
The historic Wave Hill House nestled among scenic forests and gardens hosts storytime and crafts inspired by the surroundings.
A varied menu of drop-in classes for kids ages two months to five years includes Music & Movement, Indoor Playground, Messy Play, Sing Alongs and Mommy & Me fitness classes.
Learn how to shape, toss, and build a pizza Napolitano with Eataly’s pizzaioli from RossoPomodoro. Delve into the history of the dish with storytellers, learn basic Italian phrases and vocabulary to speak about pizza margherita, take home recipes and instructions to recreate the dish at home and taste of the final product.
Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.
Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.
When Agent Tina thinks she is going to have a “totally boring” summer, Captain Jam invites her on a one-of-a-kind musical vacation around the world – and back in time. FunikiJam’s latest iteration follows the Agents of Jam to awesome vacation destinations like: the Beach, the Islands, the 80’s, Australi and America’s Birthday Jam. Kids are encouraged to get out of their seats to dance and sing along with the cast in the aisles or up close to the stage.
Experience the music, food, dance, storytelling, crafts and culture of the homelands of Bronx Zoo animals, from the jungles of Asia to the heart of Latin America. Learn a South American dance, hear Native American storytelling, see Chinese puppet theater and more global fun.
Nosh at the largest weekly open-air food market in America featuring over 100 local vendors. At what the New York Times calls “The Woodstock of Eating,” try fried cookie dough balls, Honduran baleadas, baklava beignets, butter tarts, Japanese fried chicken, lobster truffle fries and so much more yumminess.
Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.
Explore the variety of crops, fruit trees, fragrant herbs, and chickens at Randall Island’s Urban Farm plus make fun farm art projects from 2–4 pm.
See the 2012 Wreck-It Ralph before the sequel is released this fall. A visually captivating homage to the video game includes cameos by real characters such as Bowser, Pac-Man, Q*Bert, and Sonic. Also play classic arcades games in the galleries of this interactive museum and explore exhibition Jim Henson’s World.
Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create The Storybook Mom. Using an interactive, educational and highly amusing style, Ms. Yelin likes to call her story-telling, “Sit Down Stand-up.” She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the words are few, rhyming, and surrounded by pictures. Limited space, so call (646.918.7879) to register or get there 15 minutes early.
From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on the fabulously interactive children’s floor.
Rising Sun Performance Company presents a new play for young audiences about a world in great need of repair. The rainbow–the promise that holds the world together–is frayed and in danger of breaking apart. It’s up to a King, a weaver, a wandering musician, a young girl named Sophie, and the audience to fix what’s broken.
Take a 45-60 minute ride on the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey, transformed by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach transformed into a contemporary “dazzle ship” like those painted with patterns during World War I to confuse enemy submarines. Free tickets released 1-2 weeks in advance at publicartfund.org).
Summon the spirits of illusionists’ past and visit fortune-tellers from the Golden Age of Magic—when New York was mystified by magicians’ ability to see beyond the present and trick the eye. Using popular games from the turn-of-the-century, help Living Historians learn what your future will bring this year with palm readings and more. Also check out the Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection, the awesome, interactive Children’s Museum in the basement and the design-your-own Tiffany lamp on the fourth floor.
Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring different the music of Tom Petty and the Mighty Fergusons.
Celebrate Arab culture with live music, food, vendors, and more. Bring blankets or folding chairs.
Come see what’s on the menu for Greenburgh Nature Center’s animals and learn how they keep the critters healthy.
Explore exhibition highlights through creative interactive projects in the galleries then head to the Studio Art Lab in the basement to make art inspired by themes and materials seen in the museum. Led by great teachers and friendly teen volunteers, fun for all age (including grown ups).
Get inspired by artists Ghiora Aharoni and Arthur Liou, whose video artworks at the Rubin depict their long pilgrimages riding on rickshaws and walking 21,000 feet up Mount Kailash. Envision a person, place, or time you would like to visit and map the journey you would take to get there. Design a map both colorful and layered that symbolizes your inner voyage.
Enjoy an interactive Litefeet performance by Elijah “E Solo” Soto inspired by Donald Judd: Variations on a Theme. The second choreography in a series of dance experiences created by HRM Teaching Artist-in-Residence Melanie Aguirre of Rep Your Style explores the element air. Watch the pros, learn the moves, and dance with them in the galleries.
Groove with a world roots band jamming toward global solidarity and organic happiness. With band members from Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA, Brown Rice Family plays music that encompasses reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro-beat, jazz stylings, rock, Brazilian, Latin, and funk. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to listen on a lawn. Part of a weekly series.
See feats and tricks performed by rotating magicians by the charming Le Carrousel.
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.
In this fractured musical fairy tale, the frog kisses Princesses and turns them into frogs. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, a Dragon and, of course, an Evil Witch are woven in to the tale as well. Presented by Identity Theater Co., a group of differently abled artists.
Relax in the gorgeous greenery of Jefferson Market Garden and enjoy a free concert of folk songs from the British Isles, performed by soprano & Irish harp player Christina Britton Conroy.
Swiss theatre company Mummenschanz presents a show of sculptural puppetry and visual antics performed without music or sound.
Internationally recognized artist and puppeteer Basil Twist revisits his legendary 1998 masterpiece. Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing Berlioz’s 1830 “Symphonie Fantastique.”
Explore the mind and body practice of yoga in this fun caregiver/child class. Each week read two stories (one active and one calming) to inspire a yoga journey and breathing exercises, yoga poses and creative ways to find calm. Expect music, props and fun.
Join in weekly workshops challenging participants to design and construct solutions to real-world marine-focused challenges at an outdoor Maker Space. Tinker, test and learn in Hudson River Park.