Circle Round

Online New York, NY
FREE

Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. My daughter's favorite at bedtime.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 10

Cards For Seniors

Online New York, NY
FREE

Make cheerful cards for isolated seniors. Use big print (not cursive) so the card is easy to read. Provide stickers and stencils to help the younger kids. Adults can make cards too. Join the NYC-based Caring By Card Nursing Home Project, donate through DOROT and Meals on Wheels NYC or check with local nursing…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wow in the World

Online New York, NY
FREE

Join hosts Guy Raz and the hilarious Mindy Thomas on a journey into the wonders of the world. Go inside brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology - with lots of wacky fun along the way. One of our family's faves.  

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

National Museum of the American Indian - New York One Bowling Green, New York, NY
FREE

Solve puzzles, perform experiments, play state-of-the-art computer simulations and find out how corn is like a dog in this interactive, family-friendly space. Explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies that are so ingenious, many remain a part of our daily lives.

Suggested Ages: All

Cook For Soup Kitchens

Online New York, NY
FREE

Contact your local soup kitchen to ask if they accept donations of home cooked meals or desserts. Find easy recipes that include stirring, scooping, and other kid-friendly steps. Here are tips for cooking for crowds (you may need to borrow extra pots etc. from friends); we’ve found baked ziti, roasted baby carrots and brownies all scale well.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Audible Kids

Online New York, NY
FREE

Listen to hundreds of audio books handpicked by Audible editors, including original exclusive content (we love The Mystwick School of Musicraft). Choose from a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian selections also available. Free 30-day-trials available.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Online New York, NY
FREE

Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center's educational programs and learn about it's roots in African-American traditions and communities.  WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra share performance secrets,  and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 14+

The Past & The Curious

Online New York, NY
FREE

Learn that history can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone in a podcast featuring stories of Spies, funny foods, George Washington's foibles, early advancements in cartooning and ballooning and much more. A professional music…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

The Super Secret Hive

Online New York, NY
FREE

Join a former Disney duo on a musical adventure for the whole family. A cast of quirky characters navigate timely challenges to help kids save the world. Explore topics like honeybees and pollinators, plastic in the oceans, germs and our immune system, inclusion and kindness vs. bullying (as expressed by a T-Rex!) and…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12

Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Online New York, NY
FREE

Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world - African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more - with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore. Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Noodle Loaf

Online New York, NY
FREE

Explore music in an interactive podcast and video series born from the brain of a music education teacher and his goofball kids. Each approx. 10 minute episode features inventive sing-alongs and activities. Geared for kids 3-9 years old but all ages get into it.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 9

Story Pirates Podcast

Online New York, NY
FREE

This absurdist sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids features original music and celebrity special guests. Young listeners are invited to submit their own stories that might be brought to live in the podcast or a future live show. Find comprehensive activity guides for each episode online with recipes, poetry lessons, and more.…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 13

Ear Snacks

Online New York, NY
FREE

Kindie musicians Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled family-friendly podcast enjoyable for kids and grown-ups. Developmentally appropriate & absurdist but never untrue.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Online New York, NY
FREE

Learn about extraordinary, inspiring women women in a podcast based on global best-selling book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (a great purchase for all ages). Features famous leaders like Harriet Tubman and RBG as well as lesser known heroes from around the world.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

Greeking Out

Online New York, NY
FREE

Hear kid-friendly retelling of classic ancient Greek myths as featured in the Nat Geo Kids book Zeus the Mighty. Zippy and fun retellings with all the inappropriate parts glossed over.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

Radiolab for Kids

Online New York, NY
FREE

Find family-friendly content from Radiolab, one of the most beloved podcasts in the world.  From “What do dogs see when they look at the rainbow?” to “Do animals laugh?” the topics are squeaky clean (mostly) and all about science and curiosity.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

Giving Factory Direct

Online New York, NY
FREE

Easily donate high-quality, gently used clothing with Giving Factory Direct's digital clothing donation program. Donors are matched to a child in need and can ship new or gently-used clothing directly to that child using a provided pre-paid shipping label. Packs include two complete outfits, a pair of pajamas, and a sweater/sweatshirt, all in the same…

Suggested Ages: All

#METKIDS

Online New York, NY
FREE

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's vast collection from home. Take a virtual time machine to explore great works of art from Prehistoric Egyptian tombs to Warhols Campbell Soup dresses. Each work has a short related video, interesting information and suggestions for imagining and creating works at home. Also watch videos on who protects the…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 14+

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship 1601 Broadway at West 48th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme's Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery Amsterdam 351 Amsterdam at West 77th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in five flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip option). Other options include sour…

Suggested Ages:

Eataly NYC Downtown

Westfield World Trade Center Oculus 185 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
FREE

The 40,000 square feet  outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and (post-pandemic) weekend kids cooking classes. Choose from five restaurants, nine take-away counters (including gelato), two caffès, and one wine bar. Shop more than 10,000 high-quality…

Suggested Ages: All

Conservatory Gardens

Conservatory Garden Fifth Avenue between 104th & 105th Streets Upper East Side, New York, New York
FREE

Enter the magnificent 1894 Vanderbilt Gate to Central Park’s only formal garden, a six-acre oasis within an oasis with European charm. Climb onto the wisteria pergola in the Italianate Center Garden overlooking a yew hedges-bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of tulips and Korean…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Angelina Paris NYC

Angelina Paris NYC 1050 6th Ave at West 40th Street, New York, NY
$4+

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903. Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Alice’s Tea Cup

Alice’s Tea Cup 102 West 73rd Street at Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
$5+

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Gets crowded on weekends; reservations recommended. Go early to beat the crowds (or…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 225 E 60th St, New York, NY
$16.95+

Get the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a creamy secret blend of 14 exotic cocoas, and other decadent, over-sized desserts at this legendary restaurant and store with whimsical antique-store-meets-ice-cream-parlor decor. Heraty burgers, foot long hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese variations, salads and sandwiches are also available. A favorite of actors, artists and tourists for the last…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Max Brenner

Max Brenner 841 Broadway at East 13th Street, New York, NY
$5+

Select from nine hot chocolates - Italian Thick, Oreo, Peanut Butter and more - at this huge cafe and store that feels like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, with tubes of liquid chocolate criss crossing the space. Choose from a variety of creative, high-quality chocolate concoctions to fo, gift or to eat on site. Salads, paninis,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Recurring

Dumpling Galaxy

Dumpling Galaxy 42-35 Main Street, Flushing, NY
FREE

Choose from than 100 kinds of delicious dumplings plus noodles & other Chinese dishes in a striking, modern interior with bold Chinese red across walls. Deep semiprivate booths have individual TV screen showing highlights of the extensive menu.

Suggested Ages:

Gilded Lady Mural

236 Fifth Avenue 236 Fifth Avenue at West 28th Street, New York, NY
FREE

The myriad of details in this colorful 97 by 40-foot mural by famed street artist Tristan Eaton on the side of a residential building on Fifth Avenue in reference the rich history of the NoMad neighborhood from the Gilded Age onward. The woman’s face is based on early 20th-century model, chorus girl and catalyst for…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Experience The Tenement Museum From Home

Online New York, NY
FREE
Learn about former residents of two historic Lower East Side buildings and find out what life was like in a tenement. Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, online exhibit exploration guides interactive games and more. Hear the American stories not shared in your standard history book on episodes…
Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Jim Henson’s World

Museum of Moving Image 36-01 35th Avenue at 37 Street, Queens, NY
Free with museum admission

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…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Robert

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Entrees $19-$34

This modern American restaurant atop the Museum of Arts and Design has breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle with chic, colorful decor. Kid-friendly options (at adult prices) include pasta, burgers & house-made ice cream. Tue–Fri 12 pm–8 pm Sat-Sun 11 am–9 pm

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

XO World & XO Play

One World Trade Center 285 Fulton Street Lower Manhattan, New York, New York
FREE

XO WORLD (outside One World Trade Center) features a giant globe and 12 foot “Jack” from the game of Jacks (the “X” with crossed arms attached to the spoke to represent love). Created by Daniel Anderson, an internationally recognized artist inspired by children’s natural acceptance of others regardless of race, gender, age, or religious…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street, New York, NY
$20, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under

Explore the greatest city in the world 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. HIGHLIGHTS: ✨ Dangling light installation above the spiral staircase 🌆 Multimedia New York at Its Core 🪧 Inspiring Activist New York

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

EduHam at Home

Online New York, NY
FREE

Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America's founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda's footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer…

Suggested Ages: 11 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Freeman Alley

Freeman Alley Freeman Alley between Bowery & Chrystie, New York, NY
FREE

Look for all sorts of tags & paste-ups at one of the most famous graffiti spots in NYC, a storied alley on the north side of Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street. The walls of former horse stables turned marble factory turned residences are crammed with images and messages. Find 'rugged clandestine colonial American…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Dubuffet Sculpture

Fosun Plaza 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY
FREE

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

Suggested Ages: All

Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall Terminal 4 Whitehall Street, New York, NY
FREE

Take a free ferry ride from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back for great views of The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan & Brooklyn skylines. 25 minute trips (1 hour round trip) depart every half hour (every fifteen minutes during rush hour). Masks required. For a quicker trip, take the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Hippo Playground

Hippo Playground, Riverside Park Riverside & 91st Street, New York, NY
FREE

Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

Suggested Ages: All