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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

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

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

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

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

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

Eloise at the Plaza

The Plaza Hotel Fifth Avenue at 59th Street Midtown, New York, New York
FREE

This cozy pink corner of the swanky hotel celebrates spunky Eloise the Plaza’s most famous fictional resident. Dress up and play a mini-piano on a pink stage, lounge in the comfy reading/media room in the back, browse the delightful books and explore the selection of perfectly marvelous toys. Wed – Sun 10 am…

Suggested Ages: All

Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio

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

Experience being on a movie set and see first-hand how an international team of designers, craftspeople, and animation artists in Portland, Oregon, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Altrincham, England worked collaboratively to realize Guillermo del Toro's first stop-motion animated feature. See fascinating production art and props from various phases of puppet-making along classic and contemporary editions and…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
FREE

Explore the maximalist stagecraft, design, performance, and music of genre-defying artist Matthew Flower better known as Machine Dazzle. See 100 of the artist’s creations for stage, spectacles, and street theater, alongside a variety of environments, ephemera, material samples, photography, and video. Look for sequins, glitter, feathers and beads, with found fantastical and found objects, such…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Refik Anadol’s Unsupervised

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

See what a machine might dream about after seeing the art in MoMA's collection in a trippy, vibrant large-scale  digital video in the museum's lobby produced by artificial intelligence. Artist Refik Anadol trained a sophisticated machine-learning model to reimagine more than 200 years of arts. Site-specific input from the environment —changes in light, movement, acoustics,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Creating Infinity: The Worlds of Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama

Louis Vuitton 1 E 57th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Find a giant portrait of Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama with her iconic multi-colored dots on the towering facade of NYC's flagship Louis Vuitton store - plus a lifelike robot version of Kusama in the store window, painting polka dots.  If you get close she makes eye contact and waves back. Go inside for more rainbow…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Improv 4 Kids

Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
$25

See a hilarious interactive comedy for the whole family improvised based on audience suggestions and participation. Food & beverage available for purchase. 🎟 $13 tickets available for some shows at TodayTix.com.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+

Mozart for Munchkins Bluegrass Jam

The Greats of Craft 983 First Ave at E 54th St, New York, NY
$37/adult, free for kids

Join an all-ages folksy concert in a relaxed environment. Features five instruments – saxophone, guitar, banjo, five string violin, & baritone violin – plus dancing, singing, clapping, tons of fun. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and a post-show instrument petting zoo. This concert is led by Bobby and Kris who are well versed…

Suggested Ages: All

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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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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

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New York Theatre Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street at Madison, New York, NY
$35/adults, $25/children

See a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the classic fairy tale ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s captivating score from New York Theatre Ballet. Set in a magical fairy kingdom beneath the roots of a great tree, this beloved classic, filled with magic and poetry, tells the enchanting tale of Princess Aurora from her fateful birth to her triumphant…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12

Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concerts: Who Is Thad Jones

Jazz at Lincoln Center 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
$20.50-$35.50

Learn about the trumpeter-composer-bandleader Thad Jones in this hour-long interactive performance. Recommended for ages 5–12, but children and adults of all ages are welcome. At the lovely Rose Theater in the Shops at Columbus Circle (where you can also explore Art Camp) with a stunning view of Central Park. Also at 3 pm.

Suggested Ages: All

Carnegie Hall Fall Family Day: Spring Fest

Carnegie Hall 57th Street & Seventh Avenue, New York, NY
FREE

Enjoy free, interactive, and fun musical activities and performances in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Journey through a musical celebration of the earth, the elements, and all things spring. Activities are ongoing; drop in anytime.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12

Recurring

New York Theatre Ballet’s Carnival of the Animals

Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street at Madison, New York, NY
$35/adults, $25/children

See a kid-friendly, one-hour original ballet by New York Theatre Ballet. In a magical forest, Queen Diana and her shaggy lion rule a charming assortment of animals who live quite peaceably until a pair of lost children wander in and the fun begins. Also see Antony Tudor's Little Improvisations, a charming portrayal of two children…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12