Rubin Family Sundays: Enlightening Leaves
Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
Learn about Shakyamuni Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), revered as a spiritual teacher who achieved enlightenment, or great understanding, while sitting underneath a bodhi (fig) tree. To this day, Buddhists travel to the living descendant of the original bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India, to meditate and find inspiration on their own paths to enlightenment. In honor of that cherished tree, craft bodhi leaves, while reflecting on our place in nature.
At 1 pm, join a mindfulness-themed Story Time with Anu Sehgal and meditation with Lama Aria Drolma in celebration of the Buddha’s message of peace and compassion. The meditation is specifically designed for an early childhood audience, and will include mindful movement with Nina Srivastava. Story Time and Meditation will be followed by a guided visit to the second floor of the Museum with Anu Sehgal, the Founder and President of The Culture Tree, to learn more about the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Pre-registration is required. Free tickets include access to the Museum galleries.
The Roller Rink
Take a visually immersive trip into a 1960’s Mod-inspired rink and restaurant, with black turf and playful seating surrounding the bright white skating rink.
For skaters and non-skaters alike, the rink menu features tasty bites such as Disco Fries, Fried Chicken, The Standard Hot Dog and Nachos. Cocktails can also be sipped from a wearable…More info
Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers
Find oversized flowers, pumpkins and a whole lot of polka dots by legendary artist Yayoi Kusama, plus go inside a new rainbow-colored Infinity Mirrored Room. Lots of repetitions for kids who like to count. Presented across the gallery’s 519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street locations – one of her largest gallery presentations to date.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
See faithful adaptations of author/illustrator Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar featuring fantastical larger-than-life puppets and audience participation.
VIP tickets ($110) include a swag bag, an Eric Carle plush, and a character meet and greet after the performance.
Lap seats are available at the door for children under one…More info
Explore nature and art on a unique floating green space on the Hudson River.
* Enjoy diverse horticulture, welcoming seating lawns, winding paths leading to spectacular views, and a variety of spaces for performing arts, relaxation and play. Make music on a variety of percussion installations and play with a spinning optical illusion.
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Chelsea Waterside Playground
The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.
Near the new must-see Little Island and Pier 62 Carousel.More info