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Wednesday, January 1

Time Out Market New York

Empire Stores
8:00 am–11:00 pm

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Great Northern Food Hall

Grand Central Terminal
8:00 am–9:00 pm

Pick up healthy, delicious sandwiches, flatbreads, pastries, salads and more (plus lots of not-so-healthy but organic & homemade sweet treats) at Danish chef Claus Meyer's food hall rooted in the history and the landscapes of the Nordic countries. Grab food to go or sit on chairs by lovely wall garden. My kids will eat zucchini…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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DeSalvio Playground

DeSalvio Playground
8:00 am–7:00 pm

This recently upgraded park has cool design, a big includes a big jungle gym with monkey bars atop rubber matting, lots of shaded seating area, a basketball court (with two hoops), checker board tables and sprinklers.

Suggested Ages: 2-3 to 11-14
FREE
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Cafe Gitane

Cafe Gitane
8:30 am–11:30 pm

This bright, friendly French-Moroccan is known for its tasty avocado toast and couscous but we always get the all-day waffles. Table-service, expect waits during peak hours.

Suggested Ages: 2-3 to 11-14
FREE
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apple seeds

apple seeds
9:00 am–6:00 pm

The 2,500+ square foot, clean, well-designed NYC-themed play area has soft gym equipment, slides, a kid-sized taxi, a deli with plastic fruit and vegetables, a huge Lego table and more. Membership includes unlimited, seven-days-a-week access to the indoor playground for all kids in a family and up to five different grown-up relatives or caregivers, plus…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 4-5
$148/month
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Milk Bar Flagship Store

Milk Bar Flagship Store
9:00 am–11:30 pm
Cult dessert chain Milk Bar newest location in the Ace Hotel spans 4,000-square-feet with all of Christina Tosi's signature inventive treats plus some new menu items. Dine at cafeteria-style seating, grab and go from a “mini mart” for pre-packaged items and Milk Bar…
Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Levain Bakery Amsterdam

Levain Bakery Amsterdam
9:00 am–7:00 pm

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this cozy bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a…

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FREE
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Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters
9:00 am–4:00 pm

Nosh on smoked fish platters, bagels and bialys, knishes, egg creams and more Jewish-American classic foods plus modern salads (and babka french toast!) at the Jewish Museum outpost of iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop. Take it to go to eat in Central Park or relax in the lovely cafe (limited hours). Museum admission…

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FREE
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Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Dominique Ansel Kitchen
9:00 am–9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 1, 2020

Choose from  sophisticated pastries, seasonal croissants, inventive sandwiches. soups and salads at this outpost of legendary cronut source Dominique Ansel Bakery.  More than 70% of the selections made, finished or assembled to order. Indoor and outdoor seating available.    

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FREE
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Du’s Donuts & Coffee

Du’s Donuts & Coffee
9:00 am–5:00 pm

Try Chef Wylie Dufresne’s New England-style cake donuts and crullers in classic and imaginative flavors like peanut butter yuzu and Mexican hot chocolate. Also get a killer scrambled egg cheese sandwich and locally-roasted espresso, drip coffee and cold brew from Brooklyn Roasting Company. Ample seating, clean bathroom and lots of natural sunlight.   Du

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Westville Hudson

Westville Hudson
9:30 am–10:30 pm

Farm fresh American food and friendly service makes this casual sit-down spot a favorite for all ages. Fun decor in the bathroom and great market bowls (plus burgers, fries, chicken fingers etc).

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Dumpling Galaxy

Dumpling Galaxy
10:00 am–10:00 pm

Choose from than 100 kinds of delicious dumplings plus noodles & other Chinese dishes in a striking, modern interior with bold Chinese red across walls. Deep semiprivate booths have individual TV screen showing highlights of the extensive menu.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Seaglass Carousel

Battery Park
10:00 am–10:00 pm

Spin under the sea in an aquatic carousel in historic Battery Park. Sit within iridescent fiberglass fish that glide through a (covered) spiraling nautilus of glass and steel. LED color-changing lighting combined with “water effect” light projectors and oceanic music create a magical underwater atmosphere for kids of all ages.  Purchase tickets at the carousel.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$5
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imagiNATIONS Activity Center

National Museum of the American Indian – New York
10:00 am–4:30 pm

Explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world in a family-friendly, interactive space. Solve puzzles, perform experiments, and play state-of-the-art computer simulations.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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DeKalb Market Hall

City Point
10:00 am–8:00 pm

This bustling basement food hall houses 40 diverse food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names. Feast on artisanal arepas, noodles, baos, donuts, french pastries, susgi, tacos, sushi, churros, crepes, frites, humus, ice cream and more.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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OFF THE WALL

Hudson Yards
10:00 am–9:00 pm

Interact with site-specific large-scale art within the new Hudson Yards. Comb yarn puppies, draw on sequined walls and activate pieces by 13 different artists that relate back to the site’s past, present or future.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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PiccoliNY

PiccoliNY
10:00 am–7:00 pm

Shop for unique clothes, toys, books & gifts with nostalgic, NYC-centric flair at this charming women owned & operated baby & kids' store. The I ♡ NY onesies and shirts featuring letters made of  hot dogs, pizza, pickles, bagels, spray paint cans and more NYC icons are great gifts for city kids (and wanna-be city…

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FREE
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MoMA First Floor & Sculpture Garden

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
10:00 am–5:00 pm

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). Wander across marble stairs and bridges, throw a penny in the fountain, and bring a picnic or get ice cream and snacks from…

Suggested Ages: Adult Friendly to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly
FREE
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DiMenna Children’s History Museum

New-York Historical Society
10:00 am–6:00 pm

Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game  nd explore lots of other interactive exhibits on a entire floor devoted to kids. Pick up a printed scavenger hunt or just explore the many installations covering centuries of New York history. Lots to learn for older kids and lots to touch including a train table…

Suggested Ages: All
Free with museum admission
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Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
10:30 am–5:00 pm

Kids and adults can draw, work with wire, design emoji, engage in light-box play, and more in a small hands-in space. All ages welcome to drop in. Make art, play with gorgeous toys, read arty books and more with a view of the sculpture garden. Saturday–Thursday 10:30 am–5:00 pm, Friday 10:30 am–6:30 pm

Suggested Ages: All
Free with museum admission
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Industry City Food Hall

Industry City
11:00 am–5:00 pm

From Korean comfort food to an avocado shop, Industry City hosts a huge range of Brooklyn-based purveyors. BBQ, pizza, bao buns, French pastries, artisanal ice cream, tacos, Mediterranean mezzes - whatever you're craving you'll probably find it here. Most of the vendors or in a central Food Hall but other shops can be found around…

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FREE
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10 Corso Como

Fulton Stall Market
11:00 am–7:00 pm

Find striking modern design among historic cobblestones at former editor and publisher Carla Sozanni’s visionary concept store. Atriking interiors designed by American artist Kris Ruhs, host a quirky store, gallery, bar and Italian restaurant.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Jane’s Carousel

Brooklyn Bridge Park
11:00 am–6:00 pm

Ride exquisitely carved horses (and two chariots) on this charming carousel with a view, created in 1922 in Ohio and recently restored and relocated to the edge of the East River.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$2
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Terrace Café

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11:00 am–5:00 pm

Slightly fancier than Cafe 2, this sit down café doesn't have a kids menu but the seasonal American small plates and shareable snacks are delicious and include cheeseburger sliders. Sit at a mix of tables and casual counter seating, plus seasonal outdoor seating on the terrace. Look for dinosaurs among the coloful artworks by Kerstin…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Café 2

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11:00 am–5:00 pm

Order rustic Italian cooking, including handmade pastas, cured salumi, artisanal cheeses, panini, salads, soups, and desserts, from the counter to eat at rows of communal, high-design tables. Kids menu with pizza, pasta etc. available as well as cute high chairs. The line to order can get pretty long mid-day, but near a gift shop for…

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Garden Court Café at Asia Society

Asia Society
11:30 am–3:00 pm

Lunch on brunch on seasonal dishes that reflect elements of the diverse cultures of Asia in the modern, glass-enclosed space filled with light, flowering vines, trees, and art. Gorgeous bento boxes. Tuesday—Sunday, 11:30 am—3 pm

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Taiyaki

Taiyaki NYC – Chinatown
12:00 pm–10:00 pm

Unicorn lovers can get their sweet fix with edible horns & ears in artisanal soft serve served in fish-shaped Japanese waffle cones. Smoothies in a mini unicorn pool float and seasonal creations like Christmas Tree and Easter Bunny cones also available.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Kefi

Kefi
12:00 pm–11:00 pm

Dine on reasonably priced tradtional Greek cuisine including tasty mezes, fried meatballs, slouvaki, house-made Greek yogurt and more among cheerful, rustic decor in chef Michael Psilakis' friendly cafe.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Japan Village

Industry City
12:00 pm–8:00 pm

Sample a range of delicious Japanese cuisine from sushi to smoothies in large food hall rooted in “omotenashi," a Japanese approach to hospitality and mutual respect. Pick up noodles, dumplings, yakatori, Obanyaki stuffed with Nutella and more from variety of booths or sit down in a serene corner for omakase.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Milk & Cream Cereal Bar

Milk and Cream Cereal Bar
12:00 pm–10:00 pm

Live your childhood breakfast fantasies with soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes & bowls of milk with classic sugary cereal and other topping mix-ins. Signature flavors include 'Froot Berry Bliss' (With froot loops, strawberries, blueberries, fruity pebbles and gummy bears) and 'Apple Jack Avalanche' (Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Granola Crisp topped with a caramel drizzle).

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Sebastian Brecht’s Obsessive Chocolate Disorder

Sebastian Brecht’s Obsessive Chocolate Disorder
1:00 pm–8:00 pm

Try unique, small batch, handmade chocolates and pastries, made fresh every week in a small, quirky East Village shop with rotating art on the wall. The constantly evolving menu featuring unusual and delicious combinations of flavors and textures with fun names like bob’s dark passion, the pucker and looky cookie snookie was created by the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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New Territories

New Territories
2:00 pm–10:00 pm

Try traditional Hong Kong sweets with a bit of New York flavor. Choose from over a dozen unique hand-crafted artisan ice cream flavors in delicious bubble waffle cones (available in classic, chocolate, sesame, rose tea and more) or extravagant milkshakes with lots of photogenic toppings Small, bright space with limited stool seating and cheery artwork.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$8-$12
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Thursday, January 2

BRAINPOP

Online

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism& Black history, STEM, arts and the coronavirus, starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor for wee…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Thursday, January 23

Mercado Little Spain

Hudson Yards
7:00 am–11:00 pm

Experience the delicious diversity of foods and drinks from all corners of Spain. Get a quick bite from the food kiosks around tables in a bustling area inspired by Spain's historic market halls or sit down at full-service restaurants.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Inside Art

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Assemble, create, peek into, crawl under, and walk through one of a kind sculptures and installations. Interactive artworks by eleven contemporary artists include a cylindrical sculpture that encourages pint-sized visitors to crawl under and peek through a panorama of three-dimensional leaves, a hanging imaginary beehive, a massive tabletop mystery puzzle, groundhog burrows built to human…

Suggested Ages: All
Free with museum admission
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Friday, February 14

Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Step into a playful, comic book version of New York City with a lively team of pigeons, Zip, Zap, and Zoom.  Climb to the top of a magical two-story Treehouse Headquarters equipped with a map, telescope, periscope, and slide to plan your adventures.  Navigate colorful tunnels, tracks, and waterways at a multi-level Supercharged NYC Train…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 6-7
Free with museum admission
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Wednesday, February 26

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019

Whitney Museum of American Art
10:30 am–6:00 pm

Crafty kids can get inspiration form this survey of visual artists using the materials, methods, and strategies of craft. Some expand techniques with long histories, such as weaving, sewing, or pottery, while others experiment with textiles, thread, clay, beads, and glass, among other mediums. Lots of striking, oversized work to ignite imaginations (and future projects).

Suggested Ages: All
Free with museum admission
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Sunday, March 1

Meet the Presidents 

New-York Historical Society
10:00 am–6:00 pm

Sit behind a version of the President’s Resolute Desk in a detailed re-creation of the White House Oval Office (circa President Ronald Reagan’s second term with a famous jar of jelly beans and a bronze sculpture of a rugged cowboy). Hear audio recordings of presidential musings and trace, through artwork and objects, the evolution of…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Free with museum admission
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Monday, March 2

Levain Bakery NOHO

Levain Bakery NOHO
7:00 am–10:00 pm

Fans of this legendary bakery's world-famous six-ounce cookies with nut allergies can rejoice - the newest location features a new variety - Two Chip Chocolate Chip (in addition to the original walnut chocolate chip, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip & oatmeal raisin) plus freshly-baked bread, pizzas and other treats

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Tuesday, April 28

EduHam at Home

Online

Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America's founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda's footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron…

Suggested Ages: 11 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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