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Saturday, September 24

Movies for Minis | Madagascar & Mask Making

Museum of the City of New York
10:00 am–3:30 pm

Join the Museum of the City of New York for a back to school screening of the 2005 hit film Madagascar and a mask of your favorite Madagascar movie character. Four pampered animals from New York’s Central Park Zoo find themselves shipwrecked on the exotic island of Madagascar in this hilarious animated feature…

Suggested Ages: All
$5
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Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle 

The Seaport
11:00 am–5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Oct 30, 2022

Visit a discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children, at The South Street Seaport Museum. Huge immersive murals bring families into Carle's book, A House for Hermit Crab, and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Activities include meeting a live hermit crab,…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 8
FREE
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MoMA Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11:00 am–5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Oct 30, 2022

Work with wire, design emoji, engage in light-box play, and more in this all-ages, hands-on space. Drop in and choose from a variety of activities. Make your own emoji, weave paper patterns, browse beautiful picture books, build with unique toys, follow fun drawing prompts and more creative fun. To get to The Heyman Family Art…

Suggested Ages: All
Free with museum admission
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Whitney Museum Open Studio

Whitney Museum of American Art
11:00 am–3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Dec 17, 2022

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
$25/adults, $18/students & seniors, Free/ages 18 & under
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Giving Shape to Your Voice

South Street Seaport Museum
12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Finish Climate Week NYC 2022  with the South Street Seaport Museum by giving shape to your voice in a poster workshop outdoors on the cobblestones. Share the ways you have personally chosen to combat climate change by making a poster celebrating your climate-friendly decisions, no matter how big or how small. Bowne & Co.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Explore This! Latin American Artists

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Discover the artwork of contemporary artists from Brazil, Colombia, and El Salvador through drawing, movement activities, and games. Choose the artworks and activities that interest your family and move at your own pace. Activity prompts are available in English and Spanish. Participants sit on the floor in front of artworks during this program. Folding stools…

Suggested Ages: 6 to 14+
Free with membership($200/year)
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Art and Poetry in Battery Park City

Battery Park
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

In celebration of Climate Week 2022, join an art walk & poetry reading led by Art Historian Dorothea Basile and Poet Jon Curley. Perched where the urban world meets the natural, BPC celebrates this juxtaposition with its unique Public Art and exploration of poetry at 2 pm. Stay for a reading featuring local poets…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Sunday, September 25

Wave Hill Family Art Project

Wave Hill
10:00 am–1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Nov 27, 2022

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
$10/adults, $6/students & seniors, $4/ages 6-18
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New-York Historical Society Sunday Story Time

New-York Historical Society
1:00 pm–1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Oct 30, 2022

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. See our guide to New-York Historical Society.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13
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Rubin Family Sundays: Offerings of Compassion

Rubin Museum of Art
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sep 25, 2022

Identify and reflect on ways to contribute to a better world with a “build-a-bowl ”workshop. Pick bowl-building materials, decorate the unique vessel, and place special offerings in these bowls while considering how materials and artistic choices reflect special contributions to the world. Pre-registration is required for either the 1 pm or 2 pm. Free tickets…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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Thursday, September 29

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
10:30 am–11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Nov 17, 2022

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 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 St entrance.…

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
Free with museum admission
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Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
11:00 am–1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 17, 2022

Find the bust of the Voldemort look-alike and other surprising connections in an interactive ‘wizarding’ tour in the magical Metropolitan Museum inspired by the Harry Potter books. See spaces, places and objects similar to those in the books, from part of an actual castle to depictions of mythical creatures like griffins and dragons.…

Suggested Ages: 8 to 14+, Adult Friendly
$47.50/adults, $37.50/ages 12 & under
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Friday, September 30

Poster House Free Fridays

Poster House
10:00 am–6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Dec 30, 2022

Get free admission to this unique museum every Friday of every month. See colorful current exhibitions including Air-India’s Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue and Masked Vigilantes On Silent Motorbikes featuring art made from found, re-configured, and shredded posters. Pick up a scavenger hunt and find interesting items throughout the museum to get a…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Little New-Yorkers

New-York Historical Society
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Friday, repeating until Oct 30, 2022

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. See our guide to New-York Historical Society.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13
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Intrepid Museum Astronomy Night

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Enjoy free admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum plus fun-filled and educational experiences for the whole family. Join talks from leading scientists and activities from the Museum’s education department. Local astronomers will be on hand with high-powered telescopes to help visitors navigate the night sky and answer questions about astronomy and stargazing.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Saturday, October 1

Hands on History: Celebrating Furry Friends!

King Manor Museum
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Oct 1, 2022

The home-turned-museum of Rufus King - Founding Father and early voice in the anti-slavery movement- hosts free family programs the first Saturday each month with seasonal themes. Celebrate National Dog Month (August) and National Happy, Healthy Cat Month (September. Celebrate special furry friends by making a paper pet to take home. Learn about Rufus King’s…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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The Met Cloisters Family Tours

The Cloisters
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 2:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Jun 3, 2023

Share ideas and enjoy hands-on gallery activities that bring medieval works of art to life in a castle-like setting. See our guide to the Cloisters.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 11
$25/adults, free/kids under 12
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Wednesday, October 5

Jazz+Wednesdays

American Folk Art Museum
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Nov 2, 2022

An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Nov 16, 2022

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook outside the American Folk Art Museum (which has an interesting free exhibit on inside). Capacity is limited; arrive early. Note that there is no standing room for this concert.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Friday, October 7

MoMA UNIQLO NYC Nights

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Apr 7, 2023

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. Proof of residency required. See our guide to MoMA.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Drop-in Drawing

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Nov 4, 2022

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
$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under
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Saturday, October 8

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: “Subway” Storytime

The Skyscraper Museum
10:30 am–11:45 am

EXplore forms of transportation and New York City’s subway system through a read-aloud of Christoph Niemann’s picture book “SUBWAY,” where kids spend a rainy day taking the subway all around the city. Free, but online registration required. Walk-in spots sometimes available if sold out. See our guide to the Skyscraper Museum.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 8
FREE
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Monday, October 10

Family Art Talk and Workshop: G. Peter Jemison

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with painter, mixed media artist, and video artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan). Hear how Jemison’s work connects tradition and history with the contemporary Indigenous experience, then tap into your own creativity in a collaborative workshop inspired by Jemison’s art-making process. Kids and adults participate. Advance registration required. Registration opens…

Suggested Ages: All
Free with museum admission
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Saturday, October 15

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
10:15 am–11:15 am
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One event on Nov 12, 2022 at 10:15 am

One event on Dec 10, 2022 at 10:15 am

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
FREE
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Sunday, October 16

Poster Kids

Poster House
10:30 am–12:30 pm
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One event on Oct 16, 2022 at 10:30 am

One event on Nov 13, 2022 at 10:30 am

Join Poster House for a family-friendly, interactive, poster tour and a related art-making experience. Available in-person and virtually. For children 5–11 years old and their adults (siblings are welcome). See our guide to Poster House.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12
FREE
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Family Concert: Elena Moon Park & Studio Art Session

The Jewish Museum
10:30 am–3:30 pm
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One event on Oct 16, 2022 at 10:30 am

One event on Nov 13, 2022 at 10:30 am

At 10:30 am, hear the sparkling melodies and rich folk sounds of Elena Moon Park as she explores East Asian musical traditions in a mix of original songs from her notable album Unhurried Journey. During the show, see projected images of artist Kristiana Pärn, who also inspired Unhurried Journey. In this season of reflection and bringing…

Suggested Ages: All
$18
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Saturday, October 22

World Culture Festival: Makers

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Celebrate art, culture, and makers during The Met’s annual fall festival. Explore how people around the world find inspiration through materials and technology, and use your own creativity to experiment with new and traditional art-making techniques. Enjoy performances, storytelling, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops throughout the Museum. For all ages. See our complete guide…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under
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Saturday, October 29

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: Spooky Castle Yoga

The Skyscraper Museum
10:30 am–12:00 pm

Wear Halloween costumes to the Skyscraper Museum, to learn about the different parts of a castle. Then, stretch bodies and imagination with yoga poses inspired by the spooky holiday. Free, but online registration required. Walk-in spots sometimes available.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Saturday, November 5

Intrepid Early Morning Openings

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
8:30 am–11:00 am
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One event on Nov 5, 2022 at 8:30 am

The Intrepid Museum opens its doors early for autistic children (ages 3-18) and their families so they can experience the Museum in a sensory-friendly environment. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for all learners, as well as drop-in art activities and structured social/play opportunities. Register online in advance. See our guide to the Intrepid…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
FREE
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