Chocolate Makery & Slime Studio

Jewish Children's Museum 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
$15, free/ages 2 & under

Become a chocolatier for a day. Harvest the cocoa pods, grind and roast beans and mold a delicious chocolate creation. Or get all gooey and create fruity slime. Both programs run throughout the day. Each museum admission includes one free program ticket, additional tickets are $3 each.

Suggested Ages: All
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Wave Hill Family Art Project

Wave Hill West 249th Street & Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY
$10/adults, $6/students & seniors, $4/ages 6-18

Enjoy nature-inspired art projects among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Themes change weekly. Takes place indoors, but there is some outdoor walking to get to the project. The number of families able to participate at any given time will be limited to about nine. If you arrive and capacity is full, program…

Suggested Ages: All
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Lunar New Year at CMOM

Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam, New York, NY
$16, free/babies under 1

Join Children's Museum of Manhattan to celebrate Lunar New Year at the CMOM. Use design, puppetry, and creativity to explore symbols of calm, peace, elegance, and beauty in the year of the rabbit. Create 3D rabbit puppets and paper lanterns. Join interactive storytime with Playing with Lanterns by Wange Yage. On Saturday, join an…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10

Lunar New Year at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$13/ages 1+

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Learn about the festival and traditions of Lunar New Year through storytelling, live music, calligraphy workshops, kung fu lessons, and a rooftop lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions. Also ice skate on the roof and explore interactive exhibits.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
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Story Hour at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th Street, New York, NY
$7/adults, $5/ages 2-17

Join interactive Story Hour with special guest artists. Lots of excellent entertainers and musicians representing diverse cultures and viewpoints. Also at 1 pm.

Suggested Ages: All
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Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$47.50/ages 13+, $37.50/ages 12 & under

Explore art and spaces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World, from part of an actual castle to mythical creatures like griffins and dragons. Participate in interactive activities, make surprising connections, explore the museum from a wizard’s perspective - and maybe even do a little magic. Private tours…

Suggested Ages: 7 to 14+, Adult Friendly
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Whitney Museum Open Studio

Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY
$25/adults, $18/students & seniors, Free/ages 18 & under

All ages are invited to get creative in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. Make 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.

Suggested Ages: All

Winter Blast: A Family Day of Native Games

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

Play Native games from across the Western Hemisphere. Try your hand at Inuit yo-yo, ring and pin, Hawaiian chess, hoop throwing, and more.

Suggested Ages: All
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42 Screening + Jackie Robinson Trivia

Jackie Robinson Museum 75 Varick St, New York, NY
$18/adults, $15/ages 5-17 & 65+, free/ages 4 & under

Join the Jackie Robinson Museum for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to watch feature film “42” surrounded by artifacts from Robinson’s life and the moments portrayed on screen. Show off your Jackie Robinson knowledge and win prizes in family-friendly trivia games before and during the movie. Tickets include all-day admission to the museum; which opens at 11…

Suggested Ages: 10 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Guggenheim for All Family Day

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
FREE

In this drop-in program designed for children with autism and sensory sensitivities and their families, explore works from Nick Cave: Forothermore in sensory-friendly experiences in the galleries and create your own art in the studio. Free. Registration required.

Suggested Ages: 6 to 14+
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New-York Historical Society Sunday Story Time

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

This weekly program in a charming children's library includes the reading of a New-York-themed book, a related craft project and silly dances and games.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6
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Rubin Family Sundays: Transcendent Blossoms

Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17 Street, New York, NY
FREE

Learn about and craft lotus flowers, a powerful symbol of overcoming hardship in Himalayan art, and  imagine yourself rising above the murky waters to bloom. 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…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+

Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Cat

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

Join New-York Historical Society and the Vietnam Heritage Center for performances, red envelopes, and festive activities celebrating Year of the Cat (Year of the Rabbit in some Asian countries). Learn about all the ways Tết (Lunar New Year) is celebrated in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Programming includes hands-on activities such as Tết card making, Bầu…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Oshogatsu: New Year’s Celebration

Japan Society 333 East 47th Street Midtown, New York, New York
$15, free/ages 2 & under

Celebrate the Lunar New Year Japanese-style. After watching a riveting Japanese taiko drum performance, kids are invited on stage for a hands-on drum mini-workshop.  Activities include a live giant ink-painting demonstration, a New Year’s calligraphy workshop (kakizome) and postcard-making (nengajo) and take-home craft kits. Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase. Sign…

Suggested Ages: All

Queens Museum Lunar New Year Celebration

Queens Museum Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Queens, New York, NY
FREE

Celebrate the year of the rabbit with folk dances, Lion Dance, Kung fu demonstrations, and traditional arts and crafts. Enjoy a 45-minute performance program featuring professional artists and students of New York Chinese Cultural Center's School of the Arts, as well as a hands-on Chinese calligraphy and ink brush painting workshop for kids and adults. Queens…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Sunday Art

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
$16/adults, $10/seniors & students, free/ages 19 & under

Explore Brooklyn Museum galleries, look closely at an object from the permanent collection, and create art inspired by the work. Free with Museum admission.

Suggested Ages: All

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Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
Free with museum admission

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books about snow; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 18 months–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served. In the Uris Center for Education; enter at the (less-crowded, stroller-friendly) W 81st…

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
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Start with Art and Music: Water and Sky

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under

Explore art and music in the galleries while you look, move, and sing. Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection while listening to live music. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6

The Met Family Benefit: Globetrotters

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$195/adults, $95/4th-12th grade,  $85/preschool-3rd grade

Pack your bags and set sail for a trip around the world at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 29th annual Family Benefit. From the temples of Egypt to the serene courtyards of China, stamp your passport as you travel around The Met collection from across the globe all in one night. Families of all ages…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Free Admission Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum 9-01 33rd Road Queens, Long Island City, NY
FREE

On the first Friday of every month, enjoy  free admission to a serene museum and gardens  founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. Advance reservations are highly recommended; tickets are released two weeks before each date. Housed in a repurposed 1920s red brick industrial building, with an attached concrete pavilion designed and…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Little New-Yorkers

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

Join museum educators in the lovely children's library for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special hello song, silly dances and games, a story book reading, and a craft to do after the story. Themes related to New York history and current exhibits change monthly.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6
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MoMA UNIQLO NYC Nights

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 4 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
FREE

Visit MoMA for free the first Friday of every month. Tickets must be reserved in advance (up to two adults, unlimited kids) and are released one week before each event. MoMA stays open late on the first Friday of every month with free admission for New Yorkers. Enjoy music by DJs from…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Drop-in Drawing

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under

Experience The Met collection through creative drawing challenges in the galleries with expert teaching artists. Materials are provided, but you may bring your own sketchbook. Only pencils are allowed in the galleries. Demonstrations repeat every 30 minutes. For visitors of all ages. See our complete guide to visiting the Met.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Furry Friday with The Play That Goes Wrong

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog 101 Park Ave at West 41st Street, New York, NY
$20/human, $5/dog

Roam the galleries with fellow dog owners and lovers during American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog's pet friendly hours. Help off-Broadway production The Play That Goes Wrong look for their canine actor, Winston. Enter to win free tickets to the production, dress up as their favorite characters, and explore the history of dogs…

Suggested Ages: All

Coquí Club: Honoring Black & Afro-Latinx Artists

El Museo Del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue at E 105th St, New York, NY
FREE

Join an interactive, bilingual program facilitated by El Museo museum educators with storytelling, discussion and an art making project. February is an opportunity to honor and highlight the accomplishments of many Black leaders in the community. Learn bout special Black and Afro-Latinx artists and explore a little more about their identities as Black and Latino.…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 5
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Family First Saturdays: Exhibition Tour and Storytime at the Morgan

The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, free/ages 12 & under

Leap off the page with this new family program geared towards younger readers. Enjoy a family tour of the exhibitions Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away and The Little Prince: Taking Flight followed by a live picture book storytime. Recommended for families and children ages 4–8.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 8
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Hands On History: Victorian Valentines

King Manor Museum 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY
FREE

The home-turned-museum of Rufus King - Founding Father and early voice in the anti-slavery movement- hosts free family programs the first & third Saturday each month with seasonal themes.

Kick off the Season of Love with Victorian valentine making using reproductions of historic patterns and ephemera. Mean valentines, known as Vinegar Valentines, were also…

Suggested Ages: All
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First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum: Legacy

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Enjoy engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment for all ages the first Saturday of the month at Brooklyn Museum. Ring in Black History Month and celebrate twenty-five years of First Saturdays. This month’s theme honors the legacy of Black artistic production in Brooklyn. Celebrate the creative excellence of Black artists who are shaping…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Family Concert: Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could, + Studio Art Session

The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY
$18, free/ages 18 & under

Groove with Grammy-nominated Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could. Dance to rootsy, accordion-laced pop and rock music, as well as songs from the albums Under The Big Umbrella and Love Me For Who I Am where individuality is celebrated across abilities and kindness wins the day. From 11:30 am-3 pm, drop into Studio Art Session to…

Suggested Ages: All

Eldridge Eats: A History of the Lower East Side Food Tour

Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
$30-$35

Visit historic Lower East Side sites and nosh on delicious rugelach, pickles, knishes, and dumplingsStroll through the neighborhood’s 100-year history with long-time Lower East Side resident and Museum at Eldridge Street Docent Richard Soden. Learn about what life was like for Jewish immigrants at the turn of the last century: Where children played, where…

Suggested Ages: Adult Friendly to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
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Guggenheim Stroller Tour

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
$40, includes museum admission

Stroll around the ramps as museum educators lead an engaging one-hour tour for caregivers and their babies (up to 24 months). This interactive exploration of current exhibitions includes touchable objects, art-making, and adult conversation.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 2
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Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

The Seaport Fulton & Front Streets, New York, NY
FREE

Join South Street Seaport Museum in person or virtually for a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses. See our guide to the Seaport.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 4 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
FREE

Discover art together through engaging discussions and activities with new themes monthly. Look closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art and make your own art. One time we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. There are multiple groups roughly divided by age. Kids and…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 10

Family Day: I Love NYC

Center for Architecture 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
$10

Look at the various designs for the Love in Times Square Design Competition, an annual competition that invites architecture firms to think about how a Valentine sent from the heart of Times Square could express love for everyone. As a family,  design and build your own model of a 3D Valentine for NYC. Sign up…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 13
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The Dark Crystal

Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street, Astoria, NY
$15, $11 seniors & students, $9/ages 3–17

See 1982, cult classic on a big screen. On a remote planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, to restore order to his world. Using a mix of puppetry, animatronics, modern special effects, and more, The Dark Crystal creates a sense of…

Suggested Ages: 8 to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly

Valentine’s Day at the Jackie Robinson Museum

Jackie Robinson Museum 75 Varick St, New York, NY
$18/adults, $15/ages 5-17 & 65+, free/ages 4 & under

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special look a the loving partnership between Jackie and Rachel Robinson and the Robinson family. See items from the Robinson Family collection not regularly on display. Join story time at 1 pm & 2 pm and hands-on activities for children (ongoing between 12 pm & 3 pm).

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Drop-in Drawing at The Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, NY
$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under

Experience The Met Cloisters collection through creative drawing challenges in the galleries with expert teaching artists. Materials are provided, but you may bring your own sketchbook. Only pencils are allowed in the galleries. Demonstrations repeat every 30 minutes. For visitors of all ages.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Eldridge Arts & Learning: Stained Glass

Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
$12/adults, $10/students & seniors, $8/ages 5+

Learn about the more than sixty stained glass windows of a historic synagogue and collage a colorful creation of your own. See how the colorful shapes and patterns bring the synagogue to life. from capturing natural light to displaying beautiful designs. Online RSVP required. Included with museum admission.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
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Poster Kids: Grow It!

Poster House 119 W 23rd Street, New York, NY
FREE

In this food-focused  program, look at propaganda and advertisements from around the world featuring food. Share memories, plan meals, and write recipes in the galleries, then plant take-home gardens. For children 5–11 years old and their adults (siblings are welcome).

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12