Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery Amsterdam 351 Amsterdam at West 77th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in five flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip option). Other options include sour…

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Conservatory Gardens

Conservatory Garden Fifth Avenue between 104th & 105th Streets Upper East Side, New York, New York
FREE

Enter the magnificent 1894 Vanderbilt Gate to Central Park’s only formal garden, a six-acre oasis within an oasis with European charm. Climb onto the wisteria pergola in the Italianate Center Garden overlooking a yew hedges-bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of tulips and Korean…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Alice’s Tea Cup

Alice’s Tea Cup 102 West 73rd Street at Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
$5+

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Gets crowded on weekends; reservations recommended. Go early to beat the crowds (or…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 225 E 60th St, New York, NY
$16.95+

Get the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a creamy secret blend of 14 exotic cocoas, and other decadent, over-sized desserts at this legendary restaurant and store with whimsical antique-store-meets-ice-cream-parlor decor. Heraty burgers, foot long hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese variations, salads and sandwiches are also available. A favorite of actors, artists and tourists for the last…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street, New York, NY
$20, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under

Explore the greatest city in the world at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages. HIGHLIGHTS: ✨ Dangling light installation above the spiral staircase 🌆 Multimedia New York at Its Core 🪧 Inspiring Activist New York

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Hippo Playground

Hippo Playground, Riverside Park Riverside & 91st Street, New York, NY
FREE

Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

Suggested Ages: All

Bel Ami

Bel Ami 30 East 68th Street at Madison, New York, NY
FREE

This small, authentic French café and patisserie tucked away off Madison Avenue serves delicious, not-too-bitter hot chocolate, plus delicious pastries, sandwiches, macarons, hot chocolate and more. Limited seating among cute decor in a pretty historic district

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Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue Upper East SIde, New York, NY
FREE

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

Suggested Ages: All

Hex & Co Board Game Cafe

Hex & Co 2871 Broadway at West 112th Street, New York, NY
$10/unlimited gaming

Play over 1000+ games, including a big kids section. Discover Star Trek Risk, Golden Girls Clue and so much more. Make new friends, watch Dungeon & Dragon tournaments and shop for new family favorites. Range of food options available including gourmet pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Belvedere Castle

Central Park, Belvedere Castle Mid park around 79th Street Upper West Side, New York, NY
FREE

One of the most iconic features in Central Park, this miniature castle is located atop the huge rock outcrop known as Vista Rock, the second highest natural point in Central Park. The whimsical structure, designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in 1869, provides the highest and best views of the Park and the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Cathedral of St. John the Divine & Peace Fountain

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street Upper West Side, New York, New York
$5 suggested donation

The largest Cathedral in the world, built in 1892, is open for visitors  Monday-Friday 9:30 am–3 pm and Saturday–Sunday 9:30 am-5 pm. Timed tickets strongly encouraged. Explore rotating art exhibitions that span centuries, celebrating the creativity of 17th century weavers to modern painters and everything in between. 48 relief panels on the giant bronze…

Suggested Ages: All

Hex & Co Board Game Cafe UES

Hex & Co UES 1462 First Avenue at East 76th Street, New York, NY
$10/unlimited gaming

This new outpost of the Morningside Heights mainstay Play over 1000+ games, including a big kids section. Discover Star Trek Risk, Golden Girls Clue and so much more. Make new friends, watch Dungeon & Dragon tournaments and shop for new family favorites. This location has a full kitchen (and bar) with frilled gourmet pizzas, chicken…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Storico

Caffe Storico 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$16-$25

Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas, paninis and other Italian-inspired inventive, ingredient-driven dishes, plus mac & cheese and grilled cheese - at a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society (museum admission not required). Indoor and outdoor seating available. Look for special menu items related to current exhibits.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Sharks

American Museum of Natural History West 81st Street & Central Park West, New York, NY
$28/ages 12-65, $16.50/ages 3-12, $21.50/students & seniors

Get up close with dozens of life-sized models of spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood sharks. Go inside the jaw of an megalodon, see fossils, touch models of teeth, hunt like a hammerhead and more in touch-free interactive displays. Take a photo inside a giant jawbone and turn yourself into a shark on augmented reality screens.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

American Folk Art Museum

American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at W 66th Street), New York, NY
FREE, $5 suggested

This cozy museum hosts rotating  exhibits featuring Americana art that often includes engaging colors, patterns and animals. See works by self-taught artists in a variety of genres including sculptures, quilts, wood carvings and weathervanes. CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🧵 Lively paintings & fancy slippers in Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered 🖼  Collection highlights in Pushing Boundaries: 60 Years…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo Fifth Avenue at 60th Street Upper East Side, New York, New York
$13.95/ages 13+, $8.95/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo. * Watch crowds of penguins and puffins swim and waddle in the  indoor Polar circle. * Warm up with colorful birds and playful monkeys in an indoor rain forest. * Look for snow leopards, cute red pandas,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Roosevelt Island Tramway

The Roosevelt Island Tramway E 60 St & 2 Ave, New York, NY
$2.75

Cross the East River in the most modern aerial tramway in the world, running every 7-15 minutes from 60th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan to Tramway Plaza on Roosevelt Island. Passengers must exit the tram at each stop (either Manhattan bound or Roosevelt Island bound) and pay again to return to the other side.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Met

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls, and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals to all ages. HIGHLIGHTS: 🏺 Gorgeous Greek and Roman Galleries 🎨 Must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam, New York, NY
$16, $13/seniors, free/babies under 1

Explore interactive, educational, well-designed exhibits for babies to pre-teens. HIGHLIGHTS: 🎨 Immersive Inside Art: Create, Climb, Collaborate 🐒 Spacious Adventures with Dora and Diego 🇺🇸 Right to Vote (with a Presidential desk) ⚡️ Comic-book inspired Superpowered Metropolis. ⭐️ Tons of educator-led experiences and special guest artist including weekly themed art…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10

Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$25 (suggested), free/ages 12 & under

Did you know Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was once colorful? Learn the colorful backstory of polychromy ("many colors" in Greek) in an exhibit highlighting cutting-edge scientific methods used to identify ancient color and examining how color helped convey meaning in antiquity.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Presented alongside original Greek and Roman works representing similar subjects are reconstructions…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY
$16/adults, free/ages 18 & under

Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic 'pens,' in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. HIGLIGHTS: 🎨 Create and go inside digital wallpaper in the Immersion Room 🌀 Rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement CURRENT EXHIBITS:…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Guggenheim

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
$25, $10/students & seniors , free ages 12 & under

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum with an iconic spiral. HIGHLIGHTS: 🖼 Impressionist & Modern masterpieces  by Degas, Gauguin, Picasso, Kadinsky & more. CURRENT EXHIBITS: ꩜ New Yorker cut-outs in  Alex Katz: Gathering 🧵 Elaborate installations and textile works in Nick Cave: Forothermore ⭐️  Pick up…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY
$18/adults, free/ages 18 & under

Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries. HIGHLIGHTS: ✡️ Centuries spanning, thematically grouped Scenes From the Collection CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🏙  Pop-art & groovy fashion in New York: 1962-1964(closes Jan 8) ⭐️ Pick up Kids Gallery…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History West 81st Street & Central Park West, New York, NY
$28/ages 12-65, $16/ages 3-12, $22/students & seniors (suggested)

This giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders delights lovers of animal & nature of all ages. HIGHLIGHTS:  🪐 Rose Center for Earth and Space 🐋 94-foot-long blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life 💎 Sparkly Halls of Gems and Minerals,🦖dinosaur fossils galore CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🦈 Interactive Sharks ☄️ Planetarium Show 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum. HIGHLIGHTS: 🇺🇸 Hand-on Children's History Museum on the bottom floor 🔆 Digital design-your-own Tiffany lamp 🎥  Multi-media films New York Story and We Rise CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🚂 Tracks and detailed figures galore in

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

Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate

Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street, New York, NY
$20, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under

Explore NYC's raucous restaurant scene; its ubiquitous street food; the current activist efforts to source food locally; the world's largest food market in Hunts Point; and the artists, thinkers, and designers who are imagining new sustainable ways to relate to food. Anchored around issues of sustainability, labor justice, and equitable access to food, the show…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered

American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at W 66th Street), New York, NY
Free, $5 donations suggested

Celebrate the American Folk Art Museum’s 60th anniversary with two comprehensive, colorful installations In Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered, see over 40 of a self-taught artist’s wildly stylized paintings of female figures adorned with lively colors and patterned clothing, recalling the artist’s earlier work as a tailor and footwear designer (note there is also some stylized full…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wake Up, Daisy!

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Central Park, West 79th Street & West Drive, New York, NY
$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months

The historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is back in action with modern take on Sleeping Beauty. Marionettes and music tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At Daisy’s much-anticipated birthday party, she encounters three special guests, known as…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 9

Immersion Room

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY
$18/adults, free/ages 18 & under

Go inside your design in the kid-favorite Immersion Room (formerly Margaret Carnegie’s bedroom). Create digital wallpaper  – or chose from an amazing assortment in the museum’s collection covering hundreds of years and a range of styles – and project them onto the wall from floor to ceiling—for a vibrant, impactful, immersive experience. Experiment with scaling,…

Suggested Ages: All

Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard Harlem/Upper Manhattan, New York, New York
FREE

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival with photographs, memorabilia, creator highlights, comic book reading stations, and clips from past festival programs. Drawn from the Schomburg Center’s archival collections, this exhibition illuminates the long history of Black comics and sequential art creators and their motivations…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Alex Katz: Gathering

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
$25, $18/students & seniors, Free/kids under 12

Staged in the city where 95-year-old artist Alex Katz has lived and worked his entire life, and prepared with the close collaboration of the artist, this retrospective fills the museum’s stunning Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda.  Encounter works fusing the energy of Abstract Expressionist canvases with the American vernaculars of the magazine, billboard, and movie screen.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink Central Park East 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue, New York, NY
$15-$25/adults, $10/ages 11 & under, $11/skate rental

Skate in the middle of magical Central Park at this spacious rink, back under new management. One of the bigger rinks in the city with an incomparable view of tress & skyscrapers. * Lockers available for $7/day in the newly renovated Clubhouse. Group and private lessons available. 🎟 Adult admission is $9 less on Monday-Thursday…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

Examine how Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant in an interactive, immersive exhibit -  and pose with cut-outs of favorite foods. Explore the food of immigration, the heyday of the deli in the interwar period, delis and Broadway, stories of Holocaust survivors and…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

See historic toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection. Look for fun details in a variety of toy train stations dating from the turn of the 19th century to the WWII era, plus toy rides including a miniature Ferris wheel, carousel, blimp ride, and roller coaster. Giant screens display animations and…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Recurring

Reynier Leyva Novo: Methuselah & DOMESTICANX

El Museo Del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue at E 105th St, New York, NY
$9/adults, $5/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under (suggested)

Butterfly fans can virtually follow the transnational migratory journey of a single monarch butterfly in Reynier Leyva Novo: Methuselah, a digital artwork by the Cuban-born and Houston based artist Reynier Levya Novo. Tracking its travel from southern Canada across the United States to Mexico Find familiar items like beds, flowers and portraits in the paintings,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

World of Marzell’s Big Apple, Musical Tree & Music Box

Dante Park Broadway & 63rd Street Upper West Side, New York, New York
FREE

Dante Park hosts three interactive installations by DIX au carré and urban art designer Felix Marzell. Take a break inside the Big Apple. Crank the handle and sing along to some all-time festive classics karaoke-style with The Music Box. Take center stage, follow the notes, and play Jingle Bells for all to hear at a…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

El Museo Del Barrio

El Museo Del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue at E 105th St, New York, NY
$9/adults, $5/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under (suggested)

This lively museum focuses on the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Small and friendly with great family programming and interesting artworks in a range of genres. HIGHLIGHTS: 🖼 Vibrant Latino art organized into six thematic sections: Urban Experiences, Expanded Graphics, African and Indigenous Heritages, Craft Intersection,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY
$16/adults, free/ages 18 & under

See  innovative data visualizations that W. E. B. Du Bois created for the 1900 Paris World’s Fair alongside decorative arts from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. For the Exhibit of American Negroes, Du Bois and his Atlanta University students made 63 hand-drawn diagrams that used shape, line, and color to showcase the success Black Americans had achieved…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly