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

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

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

Suggested Ages:

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 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

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

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

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

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

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
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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

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

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

Dan Flavin: Kornblee Gallery 1967

David Zwirner 69th St New York, NY
FREE

See re-creations of two groundbreaking exhibitions of light and color that Dan Flavin mounted in 1967 at New York’s Kornblee Gallery, then located at the nearby and architecturally similar 58 East 79th Street. In one gallery, a series of six vertically oriented works in cool white light, each varying slightly from one another, punctuate the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Celebration of Math presented by the Russian School of Mathematics

RSM Upper East - 1st Ave 1745 First Avenue at e 91st St, New York, NY
FREE

RSM invites all to a math action-packed day across all 5 RSM NYC branches. Free activities include musical performances by students, a Math & Art exhibit, inspiring talks with artists on how Math & Art are connected, New York scholars sharing their love for math, school tours, games, math puzzles, competitions, sample lessons and more.…

Suggested Ages: All
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Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$47.50/ages 13+, $37.50/ages 12 & under

Explore art and spaces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World, from part of an actual castle to mythical creatures like griffins and dragons. Participate in interactive activities, make surprising connections, explore the museum from a wizard’s perspective - and maybe even do a little magic. Private tours…

Suggested Ages: 7 to 14+, Adult Friendly
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FIAF Animation First Festival

FIAF 22 East 60th Street, New York, NY
$16/ages 26+, $12/ages 25 & under

The sixth edition of Animation First, celebrating the artistry of French animation, presents animated feature films and shorts, filmmaker conversations, “Work in Progress” presentations, video games, AR-VR experiences, student shorts programs, and more. The best films for kids and families include: Little Nicholas – Happy as can be (ages 6+) | Friday at 7pm Best…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Moon Over Manhattan: A Lunar New Year Family Day

Asia Society 725 Park Avenue at East 70th Street Upper East Side, New York, New York
$12/adults, $7/students & senior, free/ages 12 & under

Asia Society rings in the New Year with performances and craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Enjoy a Lion Dance and interactive Kung Fu demonstration by the Bo Law Kung Fu martial arts school. Sing and dance along with Elena Moon Parkto Korean New Year’s songs, fun and silly songs about…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Mozart for Munchkins Bluegrass Jam

The Church of the Epiphany 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street, New York, NY
$37/adults, free/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

Guggenheim for All Family Day

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
FREE

In this drop-in program designed for children with autism and sensory sensitivities and their families, explore works from Nick Cave: Forothermore in sensory-friendly experiences in the galleries and create your own art in the studio. Free. Registration required.

Suggested Ages: 6 to 14+

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Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
Free with museum admission

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books about snow; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 18 months–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served. In the Uris Center for Education; enter at the (less-crowded, stroller-friendly) W 81st…

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
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Start with Art and Music: Water and Sky

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under

Explore art and music in the galleries while you look, move, and sing. Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection while listening to live music. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6

The Met Family Benefit: Globetrotters

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$195/adults, $95/4th-12th grade,  $85/preschool-3rd grade

Pack your bags and set sail for a trip around the world at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 29th annual Family Benefit. From the temples of Egypt to the serene courtyards of China, stamp your passport as you travel around The Met collection from across the globe all in one night. Families of all ages…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Kindness Crafting Club

The Craft Studio 1657 Third Avenue at E 93rd St, New York, NY
$62.50

Make tie dye party shirts to cheer up kids fighting cancer - and shop for your own tie dye apparel with The Craft Studio in partnership with Tie Dye For A Good Cause. The cost for participants will help cover supplies and staffing but The Craft Studio will be proud to donate any leftover funds…

Suggested Ages: All
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Drop-in Drawing

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

Experience The Met collection through creative drawing challenges in the galleries with expert teaching artists. Materials are provided, but you may bring your own sketchbook. Only pencils are allowed in the galleries. Demonstrations repeat every 30 minutes. For visitors of all ages. See our complete guide to visiting the Met.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Coquí Club: Honoring Black & Afro-Latinx Artists

El Museo Del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue at E 105th St, New York, NY
FREE

Join an interactive, bilingual program facilitated by El Museo museum educators with storytelling, discussion and an art making project. February is an opportunity to honor and highlight the accomplishments of many Black leaders in the community. Learn bout special Black and Afro-Latinx artists and explore a little more about their identities as Black and Latino.…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 5
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LOS Kids: Johann Strauss Jr., Pop Star!

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Avenue at 68th Street, New York, NY
$23-$61

Join Johann Strauss Jr., young soloists, and a professional Orchestra to see what happens when "classical" music is more like "pop" music. Theatre, comedy, video, dancing, original scripts and expertly crafted music education come together for an engaging show. Includes audience participation during the show and digital pre & post concert guides. The theater is…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 10
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Family Concert: Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could, + Studio Art Session

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

Groove with Grammy-nominated Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could. Dance to rootsy, accordion-laced pop and rock music, as well as songs from the albums Under The Big Umbrella and Love Me For Who I Am where individuality is celebrated across abilities and kindness wins the day. From 11:30 am-3 pm, drop into Studio Art Session to…

Suggested Ages: All
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Guggenheim Stroller Tour

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
$40, includes museum admission

Stroll around the ramps as museum educators lead an engaging one-hour tour for caregivers and their babies (up to 24 months). This interactive exploration of current exhibitions includes touchable objects, art-making, and adult conversation.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 2
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Guggenheim Second Sunday Family Tour

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
$40/family (includes museum admission)

On the second Sunday of every month, explore the Guggenheim with an interactive, family-friendly tour that includes creative, hands-on gallery activities. Tours are organized around a single theme and highlight artworks on view from the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+

Met Family Afternoon—Reflections

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

Come ready to look, imagine, and create. Move your body while creating art and music inspired by Maya art, join Museum experts to explore ancient materials, and listen to an interactive bilingual Storytime. Families with children of all ages and abilities are welcome; recommended for children ages 3–11 years. Materials provided. Presented in conjunction with…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 11
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Tea Party Storytime

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden 421 East 61st Street Upper East Side, New York, New York
FREE

Children and caregivers are invited to visit a historic hotel turned Museum to listen to stories about tea and have a pretend tea party.  

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 8-10