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

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

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

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

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

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions 77 Eighth Avenue @ 14th Street, New York, NY
$22, $20/students, seniors & essential workers, $18/ages 2–13

Walk on walls, put your head on a platter and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour. Blows most young minds. Special $62 family ticket covers 2 adults & 2 children. Free kids under 2.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Titanic. The Exhibition

Titanic. The Exhibition 526 6th Ave at W 14th St, New York, NY
$35-$39/ages 13+, $23-$26/ages 4-12

A selection of personal artifacts never before seen in America that tell touching stories of the doomed ship's passengers and crew. Embark on a narrative experience describing the events aboard the famous ship on that fateful day in 1912. Unravel the true story of the ship through old photographs, personal belongings and other relics from…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama 70 Gansevoort St, New York, NY
FREE

Explore a spacious store covered in artist Yayoi Kusama's signature black and yellow polka dots and mirrored spheres. Lots of fun photo-ops among a colorful collaboration featuring the dots on iconic LV bags, shoes and more. There's a claw machine, but purchase is required for a token. Another pop-up in Soho (102 Prince St) features…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

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

MAGENTAVERSE

Chelsea Market 75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street, New York, NY
$25/ages 15-54, $17/ages 4-15, $20/students & seniors, free/ages 3 & under

Explore the sights, sounds, feelings and inspirations of the Pantone Color of the Year 2023, Viva Magenta. Step into an immersive cinematic journey through a color universe. Explore digital installations inspired by earth and space. Features content and explorations of space and technology from NASA. Presented by Artechouse.  Inside Chelsea Market, also home many…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Chiharu Shiota: Signs of Life

Galerie Templon 293 Tenth Avenue at 27th St, New York, NY
FREE

Go inside a spectacular site-specific installation and explore a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. Skillfully woven knotted white and red threads create fantastical scenes combining salvaged window frames, a piano, suitcases, books and used clothes. Look for evocative everyday objects - old suitcases, stained dolls, miniature furniture and…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

David Zwirner 19th Street 525 West 19th Street, New York, NY
FREE

See four major installations and other evocative works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres—two of which have never been realized in the manner envisioned by the artist before his untimely death in 1996 from complications related to AIDS. Get free candy from an always-changing 700-pound pool of black candy in clear wrappers. Admire two twelve-foot diameter circular reflecting…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Home Depot Workshop: Valentine’s Vase

Home Depot West 23rd St Store 40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
FREE

Develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering with help from parents and store associates. Project change monthly. Receive a certificate of achievement, workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Also at Home Depots on 59th Street/Third Ave, Long Island City, New Rochelle and elsewhere.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 12
Recurring

Rubin Family Sundays: Year of the Watercolor Hare

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

Celebrate the holiday of Losar, which marks the Tibetan Lunar New Year. To mark this new year of the Water Hare, create a Watercolor Hare to represent the good you wish to see in the world, and collage a field for your Water Hare wishes to leap forward from. Pre-registration is required for either the…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

DR2 Theatre 103 East 15th Street, New York, NY
$45-$110

See faithful adaptations of author/illustrator Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar featuring fantastical larger-than-life puppets and audience participation. VIP tickets ($110) include a swag bag, an Eric Carle plush, and a character meet and greet after the performance. Lap seats are available at the door for children under one…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
Recurring

The Joyce Theater Family Matinees

The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street Chelsea/Meatpacking, New York, New York
$35-$61, $10-$16/ages 6-16

Enjoy family-friendly matinees in an intimate theater built by dancers for dance. See emerging and established dance artists from acclaimed domestic and international companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Parsons Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. 😷 Masks required

Suggested Ages: 6 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Losar Family Day 2023

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

Leap into the Year of the Water Hare with an arty celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations and this year’s zodiac animal, the kind and sensitive Water Hare. Then explore the galleries, watch a traditional torma butter sculpture demonstration, and get creative. Create a colorful design inspired by Himalayan…

Suggested Ages: All

Recurring

Home Depot Workshop

Home Depot West 23rd St Store 40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
FREE

Develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering with help from parents and store associates. Project change monthly. Receive a certificate of achievement, workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Also at Home Depots on 59th Street/Third Ave, Long Island City, New Rochelle and elsewhere.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 12