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

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

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

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

Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground

Madison Square Park Madison Avenue & 24th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Toy soldiers welcome kids to this brightly colored playground featuring water fountains, tire-swings, water-spouting alphabet blocks, turrets, slides, and a large water wheel in the northeast corner of charming Madison Square Park..

Named after Officer Moira Ann Smith, the only NYPD policewoman to be lost on September 11, 2001, the playground stands as a loving tribute to this community hero and mother.

Suggested Ages: All

High Line

Gansevoort Plaza Ninth Avenue at Gansevort Street, New York, NY
FREE

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. * Lots of nature, art installations & cool design incorporating elements of the original rail line. * Look for interesting architecture and watch taxis and pedestrians below the 10th Avenue overlook at 17th…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Dominique Ansel Workshop

Dominique Ansel Workshop 17 East 27th Street, New York
FREE

Pastry legend Dominique Ansel's newest shop is a celebration of croissants,  located inside the pastry production kitchens in Flatiron. Stop in for a taste of all different types of croissants and breakfast viennoiserie - pain au chocolat, ham & Gruyère, Chocolate Hazelnut S’mores Danishes, Pistachio Swirls, Raspberry Riz au Lait Cubes, Brown Sugar DKA…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

Eataly Flatiron 200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Try rich Italian hot chocolate and/or some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors. Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy…

Suggested Ages: All

Smörgås Chef

Scandinavia House 58 Park Avenue at East 38th Street Midtown, New York, New York
FREE

Try a variety of farm-to-table Scandinavian sandwiches, salads, appetizers, entrées and pastries in a nature-inspired space brimming with hygge. No kids menu and a little serene (maybe go during off hours) but all ages love those breads and meatball.

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DVF x Ashley Longshore Gallery

Diane von Furstenberg Store 874 Washington Street, New York, NY
FREE

See Ashley Longshore’s paintings of inspirational women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Cleopatra, Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Nina Simone, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall in a photogenic gallery at the Diane von Furstenberg store.

Suggested Ages: All

Mercado Little Spain

Hudson Yards 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY
FREE

Experience the delicious diversity of foods and drinks from all corners of Spain. Get a quick bite from the food kiosks around tables in a bustling area inspired by Spain's historic market halls, go tot he plaza for a picnic or sit down at full-service restaurants.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Gotham West Market

Gotham West Market 600 11th Avenue between 44th & 45th Streets Midtown, New York, New York
FREE

Sample a mix of some of best eats in the city including Blue Marble ice cream, Corner Slice’s square pizza, La Palapa's fresh tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall with some patio seating. Monday-Sunday 11 am–9 pm

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog 101 Park Ave at West 41st Street, New York, NY
$15, $5/ages 11 & under

Dog-lovers can explore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters. HIGHLIGHTS: 🐶 See canine-related paintings, ceramics and other fine art & artifacts 🐕‍🦺 Explore AKC registered breeds at an interactive table 🐩 Discover which dog breed looks most like you through…

Suggested Ages: All

Food at Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market 75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and many more delicious options at this indoor market housed in a former factory. Covered outdoor tables available along 15th and 16th Streets. Shopping options include books, chocolate and fun Chinese merchandise & snacks at Pearl River Mart. Look for art installations among twinkling lights and…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The New York Public Library’s Treasures

New York Public Library 476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY
FREE

See some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library's collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. Highlight's include the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Zoo on Park Avenue

Murray Hill Park Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets, New York, NY
FREE

Look for colorful, polygonal shaped animal sculptures by world-renowned artist Idriss B. including Rexor the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mojo the Gorilla, Baloo the Bear, Manny the Mammoth, and more, on Park Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

RiseNY

RiseNY 160 West 45th Street, New York, NY
$28/ages 13+, $24/ages 3-12

Take a spectacular soaring ride for a unique bird’s-eye view tour of the Big Apple. Hang suspended 30 feet in the air and glide over NYC’s iconic skyline and landmarks while inside a 180-degree, 40-foot projection dome featuring 8K aerial footage that creates the sensation of flight. Also see a film by award-winning documentarians Ric…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wicked

Gershwin Theatre 222 W 51st St, New York, NY
$105-$232

This mega-hit musical take on The Wizard of Oz tells the backstory of the the misunderstood, green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West and bubbly popular Glinda. Their initial rivalry turns in an unlikely friendship as they discover that the labels good and evil can be misused. Memorable pop-sounding songs, a large cast in spectacular…

Suggested Ages: 7 to 14+, Adult Friendly

MoMA First Floor & Sculpture Garden

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

No ticket is needed to visit MoMA's first floor including a lovely Sculpture Garden with a range of interesting statues (and a Paris Metro station entrance). Wander across marble stairs and bridges, throw a penny in the fountain, and bring a picnic or get ice cream and snacks from a stand in the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Art CAMP

The Shops at Columbus Circle 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
FREE

Experiential toy store Camp's new floor features interactive and immersive art experiences. Free to enter – no tickets necessary – just pay as you go for art projects. A $40 CAMP Craft Pass ticket includes 2 craft activities or 1 Splatter Room experience go full Jackson Pollock (smocks provided) and take home a 16-inch canvas…

Suggested Ages: All

Poster House

Poster House 119 W 23rd Street, New York, NY
$12/adults, $8/students, seniors & educators, free/ages 18 & under

Explore the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication through temporary exhibitions, a growing permanent collection, and educational event. The first poster museum in the United States provides a space for inquiry for all those interested in design, advertising, and public interventions.

Current exhibitions include Freak Power, about Hunter S. Thompson's plan to become Sheriff of Aspen, Vera List & The Posters Of Lincoln Center and Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age.

The museum's café offers coffee, tea, other beverages, baked goods, and snacks with indoor seating Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Spyscape & Batman Experience

Spyscape 928 Eighth Ave at 55th Street, New York, NY
$39+/adults,  $32/ages 6- 14 & students, free/ages 5 & under

Learn a variety of spy skills in an interactive museum and experience for all ages.

* Test code-making and code-breaking skills in digital Encryption Challenge, lying and lie-detection skills in a Deception Challenge, observation skills in 360° degree Surveillance Challenge and  strategy and agility in a cool laser tunnel Special Ops Challenge. Scores are recorded in an online spy profile, resulting in an assignment to a spy role like Hacker or Special Ops.

* Also explore the history of spying with artifacts like Edward Snowden's telepresence robot, a U2 spy plane camera and flight suit, micro bugging devices and lots more. Learn about the FBI Double Agent who sold secrets to the Russians for 22 years, and the young Spycatcher who brought him down. Encounter an original Enigma from WWII and tap out messages on a replica. Learn about the fascinating world of hacking (including a deceptively cute rainbow kitty).

* Several rooms are dedicated to James Bond with close looks at gadgets and filming secrets.

*All ages are welcome and there is lots to touch and explore, though younger kids won't understand much of it. Lots of sanitizing going on throughout the museum, space for social distancing and new disposable touch pens make it a safer indoor option.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Harry Potter New York

Harry Potter New York 935 Broadway, New York, NY
FREE

Shop for the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world from pocket money items to rare collectibles. Find exclusive lines, magical photo opportunities and lots more over three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft. Lots of fun photo ops; strike a pose inside a London phone box as if transporting yourself to the Ministry of Magic or step into Hagrid’s boots. Get one of a kind personalization including engraving a wand, embossing a journal and embroidering a house robe with your name. Guests at least 48 inches tall and 10+ years old can sign up for one of two (or both) virtual reality experiences: Chaos at Hogwarts & Wizards Take Flight

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Urbanspace @ Vanderbilt

Urbanspace @ Vanderbilt East 45th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY
FREE

Urbanspace brings their popular outdoor markets indoor  two blocks from Grand Central in a cool historic space (with bathrooms). Sample 20 vendors including Robertas pizza, La Palapa tacos and Dough around a seating area with lots of tables. Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 8 pm Saturday 7 am - 5 pm

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Eataly Flatiron

Eataly Flatiron 200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street, New York, NY
FREE

This large Italian marketplace has restaurants, food counters, mozzarella making, Italian groceries, housewares and a nutella bar. We love the delizioso pizza, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken…really just about everything. One of our favorite spots for chocolate and gelato. The always-lovely rooftop greenhouse restaurant SERRA by Birreria changes seasonally and is always lovely. Seating…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 4 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
$25/adults, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under

Explore spacious galleries and engaging exhibits in a modern, kid-friendly building. HIGHLIGHTS: 🖼 Van Gogh's Starry Night  & other modern masterpieces by Picasso, Warhol, Pollock,  Basquiat, Faith Ringgold and many more ⛲️ Serene Sculpture Garden (always free admission) 🚁 A real helicopter in the stairwell 🎨 Interactive, all-ages Family Art Lab: Line, Shape,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Empire State Building

Empire State Building 20 West 34th Street, New York, NY
$42/adults, $38/kids

Play tourist at New York’s most famous open-air observatory. Take advantage of 360° views on the 86th Floor; see all of NYC including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and so much more. For an extra $33, take a glass elevator to the reimagined 102nd floor with unmatched, floor-to-ceiling views stretching up…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Top of the Rock

Rockefeller Center 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
$40, $34/ages 6-12, free/ages 6 & under

Experience incredible views from 70 floors up. Three indoor and outdoor viewing decks offer breathtaking 360-degree views of the city - you start on the lowest deck, then head up to the better, higher views so plan your photos accordingly.

One of the best places to take in Central Park.

Learn about the fascinating history of Rockefeller Center  in the lobby and take a green screen photo on a constriction beam (optional $27 to purchase).

The decks are mostly glass enclosed so visit toward dawn or dusk for better photos with less glare.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) 11 East 26th Street, New York, NY
$18, $15/students, seniors, ages 2-12, free/kids under 2

Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us while interacting with 30-plus hands-on displays.  Fun for all ages, though many of the concepts will go over younger kids' heads HIGHLIGHTS: ✨ Play with light 🚲 Try to ride…

Suggested Ages: Adult Friendly to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, West 46th Street & Twelfth Avenue, New York, NY
$36, $26/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 & under

Explore interactive exhibits, examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and more aboard an actual 1943 aircraft carrier. Lots of indoor and outdoor space to roam with tons to explore. A must for plane lovers and history/military buffs. HIGHLIGHTS: 🚁 Hands-on, interactive Exploreum 🚀 Go inside a real submarine and see a space shuttle ✈️…

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Whitney Museum of American Art

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

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building. HIGHLIGHTS: 🖼 Works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney's Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965. ☀️ Outdoor terraces with stunning river views & cool sculptures CURRENT EXHIBITS: 👩🏾‍🎨 Art by women…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
$18/adults, Free/ages 18 & under

Explore contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design in a lovely setting overlooking Central Park. HIGHLIGHTS: 🎨 Peek in resident artists' and designers' studios. CURRENT EXHIBITS 💍  Fascinating 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now 🧵 Over-the-top living sculptures in Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle 🛍 Stop by the well curated,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Morgan Library & Museum

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

The stunning former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions, houses rare manuscripts, books, drawings and prints. HIGHLIGHTS: 📚 J. Pierpont Morgan's magnificent Library, straight out of of the Beast's castle CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🌹 Original book art in  The Little Prince: Taking Flight ⛵️…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Rubin Museum

Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17 Street, New York, NY
$19, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 12 & under

This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness and the cosmos. Lots of interesting details - and maybe your kid will pick up some zen vibes. HIGHLIGHTS: 😈 Vivid paintings and statues of animals and demons 📿 Feel the zen vibes in the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Sky Skate at the Edge

Hudson Yards 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY
$36/adults, $31/ages 6-12, free/ages 5 & under

Look 100 stories down from the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with with 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and beyond. Lean out over the city on angled glass walls and relax in a large lounge with food and drinks available for purchase.

Brave teens & adults can scale the outside of the building, more than 1,200 feet above the ground with City Climb (ages 13+, $185).

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design

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

Explore notable examples of interaction design, the points of contact between objects—whether machines, apps, or entire infrastructures—and people. Watch video games  such as Tetris and Pac-Man, to immersive explorations of the natural world, like Flower, and  records of indigenous traditions and culture, like Never Alone. Works ranges from the iconic and universal @ sign, a symbol dating back to…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Ancestor

Doris C. Freedman Plaza Fifth Avenue at 59th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Artist Bharti Kher connects New Delhi and New York City with this nearly eighteen-foot-tall bronze universal mother figure, an enlargement of a miniature assembled by recomposing broken clay figurines. This colossal sculpture reflects Kher’s cross-cultural identity and her appreciation for India’s rich material culture. Every meaning-laden detail and distressed surface of the original hand-crafted object…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

MoMA Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 4 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
Free with museum admission

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

The Phantom of The Opera

Majestic Theatre 245 W 44th St, New York, NY
$38-$268

Catch the longest-running show in Broadway history before it closes in February. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gothic mega-musical based on Gaston Leroux’s horror novel tells the story of the disfigured Phantom, who haunts the stage of the Paris Opera, obsessed with a beautiful young soprano. Elaborate sets & costumes, thrilling spectacle and an unforgettable musical score.…

Suggested Ages: 8 to 14+

Lux and Lumen

Hill Art Foundation 239 Tenth Ave at W 24th St, New York, NY
FREE

See new and recent works by Spencer Finch in dialogue with a 16th-century stained glass window by the Renaissance master Valentin Bousch, The Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise. Immersive installation Painting Air transforms the Hill Art Foundation’s double-story gallery into a lightscape inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. Close to 100 sheets of…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly