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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:

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

Arthur Avenue

Arthur Avenue 2344 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, NY
FREE

Experience Little Italy in the Bronx with a variety of food vendors, filled-to-order cannolis and old-school atmosphere (including elderly gentlemen hand-rolling - but not smoking - cigars . We love the prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, eggplant parm and roasted peppers at Mike's Deli; order in advance by phone to skip the often long line. Other great…

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J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

J.J. Byrne Playground 4th Street between Fourth & Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, Brookyln, New York
FREE

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons. A gated toddler area features bucket swings,…

Suggested Ages: All

Gantry Plaza State Park/Hunter’s Point Park South

Hunter's Point Park South Hunters Point South Park Queens, Long Island City, New York
FREE

Visit two Long Island City playgrounds within walking distance of each other set in a large riverside oasis with spectacular Manhattan views. Lots of places to climb and spin (and splash in the summer) at the playground at Gantry Plaza State Park with a cushioned rainbow floor and groovy design. Stroll along the park's four…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Domino Park

Domino Park 15 River Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Find cool design and amazing bridge/Manhattan views at a large waterfront park on the site of a former Domino Sugar factory. * The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has fun features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Zucker Natural Exploration Area 31 East Dr, Brookyln, NY
FREE

Strategically placed branches and stumps of trees damaged by storms and other materials from within Prospect Park invite engagement nature and unstructured play in this magical playground. several areas to explore including sand for digging and water features for pumping and splashing.

Suggested Ages: All

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

This expansive park has great attractions and a gorgeous only-in-NYC view. Explore refurbished piers, most of which host playgrounds (our favorites are at Pier 6 including giant Slide Mountain, Sandbox Village, Swing Valley and the splashy Water Lab). Play in the sand and admire tide pools at Pier 4 Beach (no swimming/wading).

Find a variety of yummy concessions throughout the park and restrooms at Piers 2,5 & 6. 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Playground for All Children Pelham Bay Park

Playground for All Children 1 Marina Drive, Bronx, NY
FREE

This playground is one of several throughout the city aimed at providing a recreation area that all children, able bodied and disabled. Colorful play equipment and handrails that can be reached by children using crutches or wheelchairs, textured pavement and Braille signs to help guide the blind, and swings are accessible to all.

All can explore a fun spray shower, a natural area with accessible boardwalk and activity stations, a shallow pond with wetland plantings, a sensory corner, adjustable basketball hoops, bleachers with shade covers, benches, game tables, picnic tables and more.

Suggested Ages: All

Industry City Food Hall

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

From Korean comfort food to an avocado-focused cafe, Industry City hosts a huge range of Brooklyn-based purveyors. BBQ, pizza, bao buns, French pastries, artisanal ice cream, tacos, Mediterranean mezzes - whatever you're craving you'll probably find it here. Most of the vendors or in a central Food Hall but other shops can be found…

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DeKalb Market Hall

City Point 445 Albee Square, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

This bustling basement food hall houses 40 diverse food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names. Feast on artisanal arepas, noodles, baos, donuts, french pastries, susgi, tacos, sushi, churros, crepes, frites, humus, ice cream and more. Hours vary by vendor.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Japan Village

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Sample a range of delicious Japanese cuisine from sushi to smoothies in large food hall rooted in “omotenashi," a Japanese approach to hospitality and mutual respect. Pick up noodles, dumplings, yakatori, Obanyaki stuffed with Nutella and more from variety of booths or sit down in a serene corner for omakase.

On the 20,000-square-foot second floor 'The Loft,' step into a representation of Japan with cool shops with items straight from the country as well as fun experiences like tea ceremonies and cultural classes. Shop for inexpensive toys, Hello Kitty and Sanrio home goods, crafting supplies, Japanese treats, items for the home and other kitschy stuff  at Daiso. BookOff, an outpost of Japan’s largest chain of used bookstores, offers a wide range of anime-related products, including manga, novels, CDs, DVDs, video games, figures, apparel, and accessories. 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Time Out Market New York

Empire Stores 55 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Connected Worlds

New York Hall of Science Flushing Meadow-Corona Park Queens, Queens, NY
Free with museum admission

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…

Suggested Ages: All

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY
$10/adults, $5/ages 2-18 & 62+

Explore a train/vehicle-lover's dream, underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn. HIGHLIGHTS: 🚌 Get behind the wheel in On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses 🚊 A working platform spanning a full city block with vintage subway cars in Moving the Millions CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🪙 Historic fare collection equipment in Ticket…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Beat The Bomb

Beat The Bomb NYC 255 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
$51

Suit up in hazmat gear, dodge lasers, and crack codes in a 1 hour video game escape room with a signature paint bomb ending. Take on Hack Attack, Laser Maze, Echo Chamber and Floor Grid, before reaching the bomb room game Cyberbot where you must drive a bomb-disposal robot through a maze to acquire the…

Suggested Ages: 8 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Shipwrecked Brooklyn

Shipwrecked 621 Court St, Brooklyn, NY
$21.99/ages 13+, $16.99/ages 3-12

Play an indoor 18-hole miniature golf course and go on an adventure through four pirate-themed areas complete with theatrical scenery, lights, and sound. Use a bag of gold tokens ($5) to bring the story to life through animatronics, video, and special effects as you make your way through the course. The course is ADA compliant…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, NY
FREE

Explore timely art exhibits in a waterfront park with stunning Manhattan views. In Maren Hassinger Steel Bodies, steel silhouettes take forms of various iconic vessels drawing types from the ancient Western world, non-Western cultures, and various Craft traditions. Amplified to larger than human height, the public is invited to walk around and among them, experiencing…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY
$39.95/ages 13+, $29.95/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under

See tigers, bears, gorillas and over 650 other species of awesome animals at this 265 acres+ zoo. Tons of indoor and outdoor attractions – expect lots of walking, but strollers welcome (and available for rental). The roads are scenic with pretty trees, waterfalls – and some bold peacocks. Different sections of the zoo correspond to…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
$25/adults, $16/seniors & students, $10/ages 19 & under

The first museum exhibition devoted to late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh work spans two decades of the artist’s multidisciplinary practice, including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas, among others; material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY
$6/adults, $2/ages 4-12, free/ages 3 & under

Explore lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Look for site-specific art throughout the garden including a reflective, life-sized kaleidoscope and a beautiful mural 'Wonder Garden' outside the Education Building. Closed Mondays (except holidays).

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Queens Zoo

Queens Zoo 53-51 111th Street Queens, Corona, NY
$9.95/adults, $6.95/ages 3-12

This intimate zoo in Flushing Meadows houses wildlife native to the Americas including more than 4,000 Puerto Rican crested toads, Andean Bear Cubs, American bison and rare breeds of domestic animals including Flemish giant rabbits, Texas longhorn cattle, and Jacob’s four-horned sheep. See our guide to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Queens Museum

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

An expansive open light-filled space on the edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts ambitious Queens-themed exhibitions, educational initiatives, and community-minded programming. HIGHLIGHTS: 🏙 Mini-city Panorama of the City of New York 🌎 Great views of the iconic Unisphere 🏮 Gorgeous glass in Tiffany’s Lamps: Lighting Luxury CURRENT EXHIBITS: 📚 Large…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Prospect Park Zoo

Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
$9.95/adults, $6.95/kids

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife. Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red pandas, dingos, procupines and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Suggested Ages: All

Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
$8/unlimited games

Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, air hockey and arcade style games in a colorful retro-style game room. Eat lobster rolls, poke tacos at the New England-inspired seafood-focused Frying Pan next door or check out diverse food options throughout Industry City. Friday- Sunday 12–2:30 pm & 3-5:30 pm

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street, Astoria, NY
$20/ages 18+, $12/students & seniors, $10/ages 3-17

Explore film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building. HIGLIGHTS: 🎥 Over 1,400 artifacts in Behind the Screen 🚀Star Wars & Star Trek props 🖥 Hand-on moving making stations

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wave Hill

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

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River. 🎨 Join nature-inspired family art projects on Saturday & Sunday mornings, plus special events featuring live animals 🖼 Visit indoor rotating nature-inspired multimedia art exhibits in the Glyndor Gallery…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Brooklyn Museum

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

This encyclopedic, community focused museum in a gorgeous Beaux-Arts building on the edge of Prospect Park hosts a huge, diverse permanent collection, as well as immersive temporary exhibitions. Lots of room to roam and always something exciting to discover. HIGHLIGHTS: 𓂀 A world-renowned  collection of Ancient Egyptian Art & Assyrian Art 🦅 Reimagined American…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

LAIKA: Life in Stop Motion

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

Experiment with characters and environments from Coraline, ParaNorman, Missing Link and other popular LAIKA films and create short films to share and post online. Also see puppets, sets, and video clips from all five of the studio’s renowned films. See our guide to the Museum of the Moving Image. Thursday 2-6 pm Friday 2–8 pm…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Jane’s Carousel

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
$2

Ride exquisitely carved horses (and two chariots) on this charming carousel with a view, created in 1922 in Ohio and recently restored and relocated to the edge of the East River. The carousel is covered, but the line to enter is entirely outdoors.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science Flushing Meadow-Corona Park Queens, Queens, NY
$16/adults, $13/kids, students & seniors

Find tons of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building at a beloved center for interactive science, founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair. HIGHLIGHTS: 🙂 Smile and dance in The Happiness Experiment 🌱 Interact with animated wonderland Connected Worlds 🧪 Join Daily Demos throughout the day 🔨 Use real tools…

Suggested Ages: All

LeFrak Center Ice Skating

Lakeside Prospect Park 171 East Drive, Brookyln, NY
$8/weekdays; $12/weekends + holidays , $8/skate rentals

Skate in a half-covered/half-open lakeside rink in Prospect Park. * Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside's growing Skate School which offers learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes for all ages. 🔓 Lockers available for rent ($3-$8, 2-hour time limit). 🍽 Light fare and drinks available for takeaway at rinkside…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Free with museum admission

See bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in a survey of Pierre Cardin’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Explore an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes containing over 170 objects drawn from legendary couturie atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Industry City Ice Rink

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
$15

Ice skate outside on a small rink in courtyard 5/6 of this public art & high design hub ($15, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available for $10/half hour. Bag check is $5. Enjoy candy coated hot chocolate, hot toddies, cider and other festive treat rinkside at The Frying Pan's Wheel House Bar. Also look for…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

ArtRink at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$23, includes museum admission

Glide around a 3,000 square-foot synthetic-ice skating rink, surrounded by an art exhibition showcasing the work of local artists. Take a stroll through a kids-sized Winter Village, five interactive playhouses each designed by a different artist. On the outdoor rooftop, dress warmly. Complementary skate provided Lots more to explore throughout the museum, see our guide…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 13

SciSkate

New York Hall of Science Flushing Meadow-Corona Park Queens, Queens, NY
$23-$26 (includes museum admission)

Take a glide around an indoor rink in skates or booties for a warm, wintertime experience. The rink is made from Glice, an eco-friendly synthetic plastic surface. Skates and booties rentals included (starting at size 9). You can bring your own skates but make sure they are sharpened. See our guide to New York…

Suggested Ages: All

Open Hours at Environmental Education Center

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with monthly educational themes, a 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more. Drop-in hours offer the opportunity for self-led investigation with guidance by expert educators to reveal the hidden stories…

Suggested Ages: All

The Rink at Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons Park 2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY
$15, $5/skate rental

Enjoy a festive outdoor skating experience on a 5,000 square-foot ice skating rink  Downtown Brooklyn in Brooklyn Commons Park. Private lessons, semi-private lessons, and birthday parties available. Rent skate aids for $20. Mon-Fri 2 – 8 pm Sat-Sun 11 am–7 pm

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$13, free/babies under 1

Inspired by Brooklyn's energy and diversity, this beloved children's museum (the first in the world when in opened in 1899) creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning. 🌎 Learn about world cultures, visual arts, nature, animals and more in well-designed, interactive exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10

NYC Must-See Week

Various Locations Throughout NYC, New York, NY
FREE

Jan 17-Feb 12, snag 2-for-1 tickets to many of NYC's iconic attractions, museums, tours and performing arts. Use promo code  MSW23 online for most venues; see nycgo.com for details. Save on these family faves - click on links for more info. MUSEUMS * Cooper Hewitt * Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly