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July 6 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

$25/adults, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, the Museum of Modern Art has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits.

* Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, find a helicopter in a stairwell and see modern masterpieces including paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh along with works by more contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock,  Jean-Michel Basquiat and Faith Ringgold.

* Work with wire, design emoji, work with light-boxes, play with gorgeous blocks, read picture books and try more creative activities in interactive, all-ages Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color.

* No ticket needed for the first floor and Sculpture Garden. Lounge on Eames chairs and make wishes from the fountain bridges (and join Wednesday drop-in drawing workshops)

* Lots of resources for families including downloadable kids audio and activity guides. Look for art labels designed for kids throughout Floors 2, 4, and 5. The beloved art lab is sadly currently closed, but join virtual live and recorded programs and find lots of art-inspired activities online.

* Stroller-friendly everywhere; changing tables in most bathrooms.

* Open only for members & guests on Mondays mornings. Annual memberships start at just $65 and include tons of perks.

🛍 The gift shop is a treasure trove of well-designed toys books and art supplies – plus cool houseware and gadgets for grown-ups.

🍽 Dine on handmade pastas, cured salumi, artisanal cheeses, panini, salads, soups, and desserts at communal tables at casual Café 2. The menu is more limited but includes mac n’ cheese in the sixth-floor Terrace Café, with  indoor and (weather-permitting) outdoor dining. To-go items available in the Sculpture Garden in the summer.

🌳 Lots of room to roam, plus fun shops, fountains and food options at nearby Rockefeller Center. Or head seven blocks north to Central Park and the destination Heckscher Playground.


MoMA Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

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.

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2-for-1 Broadway Week Tix On Sale

Get 50% off tickets for select Broadway shows Sep 5-25 (minimum two tickets purchase required, but doesn’t have to be an even number). Kid-friendly options include Aladdin, Into the Woods, Lion King, MJ, Six, Wicked and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Prices vary by show.

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Art Alive

Join an intergenerational drop-in gallery visit and art-making experience. Each session, a practicing artist or artist educator focuses on a work on view in MAD’s current exhibitions, leading hands-on activities and engaging discussions geared towards an intergenerational audience.

Discussions and activities are ongoing; join at any time.

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Summer Streets

For three Saturdays, nearly seven miles of NYC streets between Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park are car-free so all ages can play, run, walk and bike along Park Avenue and its connecting streets between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem.

Lots of cool activities at the rest stops along the way including art projects, performances,…

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Heckscher Playground

Central Park’s largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climbers, seasonal water features, sloped turf, a large sandbox area, low monkey bars, tunnels, ramps and (our favorite) giant rocks to climb. Plus a spacious bathroom.

Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance.

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