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Monday, February 17
Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. My daughter especially enjoyed an activity where we drew each other with our eyes closed and picked the colors of each other's essences. The 1 year old we…
Join free kids activities at Bryant Park's Winter Village including daily free group skate lessons (9:30 am, skate rental not included), ice skating performances (10:45 am & 12:15 pm), indoor drop-in arts & crafts (2 pm-3:30 pm), curling demos, ice fishing, puppet shows, chess lessons, science demos, yogi beans classes, latin dance classes clowning workshops and more. Ages 7+ can try for stand-by tickets on the Bumper Cars on Ice ($17). Activities vary by day. Find a variety of food…
Celebrate all things ice cream at the return of the sweet pop up that started then trend. This new permanent location has 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, the biggest sprinkle pool ever, a three-story slide and lots of ice cream to try. The first few rooms are not that exciting, but kids love the later rooms, especially that pool (ps make sure they know these sprinkles are not edible - plenty of other treats throughout).
Enjoy unlimited bounce time in numerous Bounce Houses, two different interactive Science Shows with the Crazy Professor (e.g., make ice cream with liquid nitrogen, interact with dry ice), various games, face painting, temp tattoos and more indoor. Food options (including vegetarian and kosher) available for purchase. Geared towards children ages 3 until 8. Free for siblings under 2; there will be an enclosed play area for crawling infants. 2-hour sessions start throughout the day. Save 10% with code 'kidsonthetown.'
Explore the Lunar New Year holiday and the related traditional visual and performing arts in a vibrant, interactive art experience for all ages. Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday through displays, artist workshops, and hands-on activities. Learn about nianhua (New Year pictures), spring couplets, and papercutting. A showcase on the art of shadow puppetry will features antique puppets, a traditional shadow puppet theater, and a theater where children can create their own puppet shows. At a lion dance display, try on…
Celebrate the opening of CMOM's interactive exhibition Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City with all-ages fun including Power Pigeon Puppet Pals and comic book workshops plus other activities designed to improve executive function in ages 6 & under. At 2 & 3 pm, learn what it takes to be a hero - forgiveness, the power of kindness, and good sportsmanship in Wonder Sparks Puppet Theater’s production of The Lion and the Mouse and other stories.
Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, and enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).
Reflect, act, and look toward the future at the Brooklyn Children's Museum week-long Black Future Festival. Enjoy art, and take part in activities inspired by the celebration of peoples of the African Diaspora and Black History Month. Explore TRiPTIC—an Afrofuturist galaxy created by festival artist-in-residence, Kwame Brandt-Pierce. With Dr. Shabazz B. Spacely as your guide, create decoding goggles in ColorLab, enjoy interactive performances, meet JuB JuB and other creatures, and handle objects only found in the TRiPTIC galaxy. Journey through…
Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Play with beautiful and seemingly endless vats full of slime, relax in an immersive tunnel, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove, and create at a 150-foot long DIY bar Wear clothes that can get messy. Every ticket comes with an 8-oz. custom slime and other surprises.
The always-interesting Intrepid gets even more kid-friendly with interactive programming for all ages. Activities include Pop-Up Planetarium Shows led by museum educators, live animal presentations, meeting Author/Illustrator Author Drew Brockington (CatStronauts), performances by The Gazillion Bubble Show and more. This former aircraft carrier has lots of indoor space to play with tons of hands-on displays, but be prepared to traverse the uncovered deck whatever the weather. Save $2 online with code KW-20. Annual family membership available for discounted price of…
Explore habitats from around the world and have some hands-on science fun during the midwinter school break. Families can learn together at stations inside BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory. Kids use their senses to investigate plants and objects firsthand and find out how plants survive in environments ranging from deserts to rainforests alongside volunteer Discovery Docents. Explore the lush conservatories on a scavenger hunt and pot up a plant to take home.
Join hands-on design workshops with artists and museum educators. Look for inspiration around the fascinating museum with gallery bingo. Head to the second floor to design your own digital wallpaper.
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and other favorite Sesame Street friends for an interactive musical show. Fun for young fans, and stadium-style atmosphere is welcoming to all ages. Arrive early to leave time for security lines. Beware the $10 Elmo balloons and other aggressive merchandising. Save 50%+ at this link
Celebrate George Washington’s birthday and Presidents’ Day at his old haunt, the Fraunces Tavern Museum, with $1 admission. Visit to the Scott Gallery, featuring the A Stoic Countenance: Portraits of George Washington exhibition. Then, head up to the McEntee Gallery to sneak a peek at a lock of Washington's hair and a fragment of his tooth. Free guided tours at 1 pm.
Discover Turtle Pond — home to five species of turtles who live here year-round. Learn why they love basking in the sun on flat logs or rocks, which makes the base of Vista Rock the perfect spot for their sunbathing activities. Explore the Pond’s history and design, and hear about what it takes to maintain a healthy and beautiful waterbody through hands-on exploration and guided activities in a complementary Discovery Journal. Space is limited; advance online registration required.
Read stories and learn age-appropriate yoga poses at these free action-packed storytimes for yogis up to six years old. My kids always loved the guided handstands against the wall.
Get 2-for-1 tickets on Off-Broadway shows (including kid-friendly Gazillion Bubble Show, Blue Man Group, Sistas: The Musical, Little Mermaid and Stomp) a Feb 10 through Feb 23. Buy at box offices to save on ticketing fees.
Join engineering-themed activities throughout the museum - watch a 17-year-old robot arm try out for The Circus Lab’s troupe, design and build sculptures, structure and mini-cities out of intersting materials and more STEM fun.
In this “kid’s guide to being a kid,” both children and adults alike will laugh along to comical numbers such as How to Torture Your Sister, How to Beg for a Dog, How to Understand Your Parents, How to Stay Home from School and many more. Additional performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 pm.
See an animated coming-of-age story from Studio Ghibli about young witch Kiki, who strikes out on her own when she turns 13, as part of a long-held tradition for witches. With her black cat Jiji as companion, Kiki settles in a seaside village and sets up a unique delivery service, using her broom to fly from place to place. When her confidence is tested, and her magic begins to fade, she must learn to find the strength to get her…
Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.
Create rock & roll-inspired art projects to celebrate the new exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. Pick up an exhibition family guide and music-filled audio guide to explore an immersive experience of rock greats. From 1-4 pm, learn about colonial hot chocolate with early American chocolate enthusiasts President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington, as portrayed by historical interpreters, and chat with President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison. In between sips of cocoa, visit…
Head to the park and join the Urban Park Rangers' free Kids Week programs. All are welcome, but programs are geared for ages 12 and younger. In this event, join the Urban Park Rangers for a look into how geology influenced the landscape and design of New York City's Central Park.
Create a whimsical puppet after viewing the imaginative work in must-see exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone. Find inspiration in Feinstein’s innovative use of materials and form a unique character using wood, cardboard, and found objects. From 3-5 pm, join an archaeological dig highlighting replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience.
Imagine the future in blockchain enabled immersive art exhibition featuring work by artist Jacob M Fisher in collaboration TG Agency and Portion.i. The work imagines an art world 100 years into the future, a world that emphasizes fractional, shared ownership and blockchain transactions. Lots of rainbow colored fringe and cool digital projections.