Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)
Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Explore contemporary art and design through a craft lens in a gorgeous building with stunning Central Park views. Find artworks in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood thoughtfully displayed.
* Explore the use of clothing as a medium of visual art, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art with live performances and activations involving five of the exhibit’s artists presented on-site.
* See chairs, sofas, lighting and mirrors in strange, unfamiliar forms suggesting coral reefs, extraterrestrial worlds, and artifacts from ancient civilizations in Chris Schanck: Off-World.
* Peek in on resident artists’ and designers’ studios on the sixth floor. During open studio hours (Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm), ask questions, view works in progress, and gain firsthand exposure to the creative process.
* Get 50% off admission ($9) on Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 pm.
🛍 Stop by the well curated, colorful gift shop for homeware, toys, books for all ages, jewelry and more.
🍽 Dine at Robert, the chic (but kid-friendly) top-floor restaurant with amazing Central Park views.
🍽 Get delicious dessert at Italian Venchi Chocolate & Gelato (1796 Broadway) across the street. Also lots of food options at Shops at Columbus Circle and creative fun at Art Camp.
A week late, the off-Broadway slapstick comedy The Play That Goes Wrong celebrate the nation’s obsession with sharks with its own SHARK WEEK at any performance from August 11-14, offering $34 tickets available online and at the New World Stages Box Office (340 W 50th Street).
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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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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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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.More info