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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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

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

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

$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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Storytime in the Lobby: Drag Queen Storytime with Yuhua Hamasaki

JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) Upper West Side, New York, New York
FREE

Join free storytime in the JCC  Manhattan's pop-up library, in the lobby, with Yuhua Hamasaki, a Chinese-American immigrant who loves to spread knowledge, kindness, and compassion with some help from glitter and shiny earrings. Star of VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10, Yuhua Hamasaki has been entertaining for almost a decade.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 11

Recurring

Jam with Jamie

Monica + Andy NYC 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street, New York, NY
$32

Join a 45-minute music class of upbeat tunes- fun children’s songs, rock n’ roll oldies, and today’s hits. The teacher comes armed with a guitar and props/instruments for the kids to use throughout the class: shakers, scarves, a parachute and more. Pre-register for a $3 discount.

Suggested Ages: All
Recurring

Little New-Yorkers

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

Join museum educators in the lovely children's library for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special hello song, silly dances and games, a story book reading, and a craft to do after the story. Themes related to New York history and current exhibits change monthly.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6
Recurring

New York City Ballet Autism-Friendly Access Workshop

Lincoln Center 65th Street & Broadway, New York, NY
FREE

Join the artists of New York City Ballet in movement workshops designed especially for autistic children and their families. During these one-hour events, children will be guided in a ballet-based warm-up and choreography inspired by some of the ballets currently being performed this season. Workshops feature live piano accompaniment and a designated quiet space will…

Suggested Ages: All
Recurring

R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC

JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) Upper West Side, New York, New York
FREE

Stop by the JCC every Saturday afternoon through Feb 25th for free art workshops, live music, storytelling, food, indoor and outdoor play and other activities for all ages.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Recurring

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar NYC 100 West 77th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Shop for unique gifts from over 200 hand-picked independent local artisans, designers, craft-makers, vintage dealers, and food entrepreneurs. Find one-of-a-kind handmade holiday decoration and giftable items: candles, skincare, fashion, handbags, vintage accessories and collectibles, handmade jewelry and furniture, rare antique silver- and glassware, and delicious artisanal treats and foods. Profits are donated to four local…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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New-York Historical Society Sunday Story Time

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

This weekly program in a charming children's library includes the reading of a New-York-themed book, a related craft project and silly dances and games.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 6
Recurring

Broadway Playhouse

Kaufman Music Center 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
$25

Learn about the lives and songs of noted Broadway composers and lyricists in a fast-paced, funny interactive concert for kids featuring talented performers. Includes mini-musicals, sing-alongs, games and more musical fun in an intimate theater - some kids end up on stage. One of our our favorite series. Get three shows for $60 with a…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 11
Recurring

Philharmonic Families

Lincoln Center 65th Street & Broadway, New York, NY
$25

Explore a section of the orchestra in an intimate New York Philharmonic concert designed for ages 3-6. Enjoy music, games, movement, singing, and humor. Pre-concert activities begin an hour before each concert. Also at 3 pm

Suggested Ages: 3 to 8
Recurring

New York City Ballet Children’s Workshops

Lincoln Center 65th Street & Broadway, New York, NY
$15

NYCB Teaching Artists guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends, in the company's rehearsal studios. No prior dance training needed. See and learn more dancing at Family Saturdays at the theater. 😷 Masks required. Attendees required to present either proof of full…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 12
Recurring

Under Momentum

Lincoln Center 65th Street & Broadway, New York, NY
$5-$25 (choose what you pay)

Kinetic Light artists Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson showcase a suite of dance solos and duets exploring momentum, speed, balance, and the pull of gravity—all performed on a series of curvaceous wedged ramps. This presentation intentionally and joyously reveals disability as a creative force. Dance lovers of all ages are welcome to attend. 😷 Masks…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Recurring

The Sleeping Beauty

Lincoln Center 65th Street & Broadway, New York, NY
$38-$158

This enchanting full-length ballet is one of New York City Ballet's grandest spectacles of dance, featuring luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fantastical characters. This elaborate production features over 100 dancers, including young students from the School of American Ballet in George Balanchine's enchanting The Garland Dance (set to the…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+, Adult Friendly
Recurring

Stroller Tour Through History

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$25/family

Grownups and their children (up to 3 years old) explore America’s past, present, and future in a lively and interactive tour before the museum opens for the day. Includes singing, movement, texture exploration and art-making in the galleries. First & third Sunday of the month.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 2-3

New York City Ballet Family Saturday: A Timeless Tale

New York City Ballet 20 Lincoln Center Upper West Side, New York, New York
$22-$32

Discover how New York City Ballet artists with excerpts from classic fairy tale ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Hear from dancers and learn how they tell a story through dance Try some some moves from the elegant seats in an engaging, interactive program. Learn more choreography at the Children's Workshop afterward.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12

Recurring

Young People’s Concert: Our Community, Our Earth

Lincoln Center 65th Street & Broadway, New York, NY
$21.50-$56.60

Celebrate Earth at an interactive New York Philharmonic concert with community partner, El Puente — Leaders for Peace and Justice. Whether in the concert hall or in the community, learn art and music to stand up for environmental justice. Featuring a newly commissioned work by composer Angélica Negrón along with classics by Debussy and Rebel.…

Suggested Ages: 6 to 12
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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Meet The Music

Alice Tully Hall 1941 Broadway at West 65th Street Upper West Side, New York, New York
$27-$79

Join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and host Bruce Adolphe for family-friendly concerts that reveal the up-close, fun and friendly world of Chamber Music. Zany Inspector Pulse, the world's greatest and only private ear, investigates different themes in each program including narrative music (Can a violin order a bagel in a restaurant?), dissonance,…

Suggested Ages: 6 to 14+

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