Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY
$11 – $48

Have you seen the bust of the Voldemort look-alike at the Met? Discover connections like this in an interactive ‘wizarding’ tour in the magical Metropolitan Museum inspired by the Harry Potter books. See spaces, places and objects similar to those in the books, from part of an actual castle to depictions of mythical creatures like…

Baby & Me Storytime

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
150 East 86th Street Upper East Side
New York, New York 10023 US

Read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for little ones. For caregivers and children ages 0-2.

Little Guggs

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street
New York, NY
$30

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio. One of our favorite preschool programs. Register in advance; slots fill up quickly.

Guggenheim Open Studios For Families

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street
New York, NY
Free with museum admission

Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at a drop-in studio art-making program. Led by great teachers and friendly teen volunteers, fun for all ages (including grown ups). Stick around for more art-making in drop-in Open Studios.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY
Free with museum admission

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.

LPQ 83rd St – Communal Table After School Program

February 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1592 First Ave at East 83rd Street
New York, NY United States

Parents and children are invited to gather around this Belgian bakery’s communal table every Thursday from 3-5 pm for coloring, story time and 10% off all children’s meals.

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

February 27 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY
$12

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. The first Thursday of the month features music in the galleries.

Watson Adventures: Whodunit at The Met Family Scavenger Hunt

February 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY
$10 – $44

Kids and adults work together to track a killer by solving his scavenger hunt in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary; you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. This hunt is for ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one kid and one…

William Greenberg

1100 Madison Avenue between 82nd & 83rd Streets Upper East Side
New York, New York US

Pick up the famous black and white cookies (and more colorful variations), cupcakes, fruit tarts, pies and cakes, rugelach, linzer tarts, schnecken, babka, hot cross buns and hamantaschen, brownies and more classic treats and new creations at this UES Kosher bakery around since 1946.

Heavenly Rest Stop

2 East 90th Street
New York, NY United States

Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.

Levain Bakery UES

1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets
New York, NY United States

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary 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…

Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY
Free with museum admission

Explore the timeless question, how much is a piece of art worth, with sixty-two masterpieces of sixteenth-century northern European art and pricing data from sixteenth-century documents, including how many cows a work would cost. What did a tapestry cost in the sixteenth century? Goldsmith work? Stained glass? How did variables like raw materials, work hours,…

The Fullness of Color: 1960s Painting

1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street
New York, NY
Free with museum admission

In the 1960s a group of avant-garde painters began to push abstraction in new directions, leading to the emergence of several Paintings with bold colors and geometric forms chart the varied and complex courses nonrepresentational art followed in the 1960s and into the 1970s. TAke inspiration for at-home painting from divergent styles of avant-garde artists…

Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY
Free with museum admission

Explore the complex ways in which the wondrous items collected by early modern European princes, and the contexts in which they were displayed. Features approximately 170 objects—including clocks, automata, furniture, musical instruments, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, print media, and more—from The Met collection and over fifty lenders worldwide are featured including cool inventions plus lots of…

Ancient Playground

Fifth Avenue & East 85th Street Upper East Side
New York, New York US
Free

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for adventurous…

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Tuesday, January 1

Caffe Storico

January 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Caffe Storico
170 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society.

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

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Saturday, September 14

Just Kidding

September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - March 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

See top-notch family-friendly music, theatre, dance and more from local and international companies. Sing along with Grammy-award winning kiddie rockers, see charming puppet shows or watch diverse dance forms in an intimate, welcoming venue on select Saturdays. Save 20% on full price tickets when you buy 5 or more shows. Upcoming Just Kidding Shows    

$17
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The New Victory Theater

September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - May 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

See extraordinary productions of theater, dance, circus, opera and music from around the world in a grand yet welcoming theater  in the heart fo the theater district with complimentary conveniences like lockers, stroller parking and booster seats. All shows feature engaging pre-show activities and photo ops with the cast. Age recommendations vary by show, from short interactive experiences for babies to though-provoking theater teens. The staff is super friendly and special-needs sensitive Deep discounts and free exchanges when you purchase…

$22-$69
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Mozart for Munchkins

September 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - May 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians. Concerts feature different instruments and themes from a woodwind musical storytime to a jiving jazz trio all over town on most weekends and some weekdays. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and trying instruments after. Discount packages available. Upcoming Mozart for Munchkins Concerts  

$35/adults, free/kids 
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Tuesday, October 1

Eataly NYC Downtown

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.

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Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

October 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Stick With Me Sweets
202A Mott St Soho/Tribeca/LES

Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.  

FREE
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Cones

October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Cones
272 Bleecker Street+ Google Map

Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.

FREE
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Saturday, October 19

Little Orchestra Society

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue at 68th Street Upper East Side+ Google Map

The hilarious Professor Treblemaker hosts a lively introduction to various composers with dancers, young musicians, video and short pieces of music performed by the excellent Little Orchestra Society. Includes audience participation during the show and pre-concert activities in the lobby. A favorite of our family.  Save and get backstage invites with 2 or 4 concert subscriptions. Upcoming Little Orchestra Society Shows

$16-$52
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Friday, November 1

Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

FREE
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Color Factory Circle Game

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.

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Dubuffet Sculpture

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

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Hive

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

FREE
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Mural Outside Fluevog

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

FREE
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WTC Street Murals

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

FREE
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Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street Lower Manhattan

Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

FREE
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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.

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Pier 25 Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Pier 25
227 West St+ Google Map

The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore a 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and a large artificial turf lawn.

FREE
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Levain Bakery UES

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Levain Bakery UES
1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets+ Google Map

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary 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 little healthier). Off-the-menu ice cream sandwich - two three-ounce cookies surrounding vanilla ice cream from Ample Hills - available on occasion, follow…

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Norma’s

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street Midtown+ Google Map

Availble-all-day breakfast at this nautical-themed kid-friendly hotel lobby restaurant are over-the-top and pricey - there's even a $2000 ' Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata' with caviar. Creative sweet and savory dishes in the $30+ range include Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, a 'Waz-Za' waffle with fruit inside and outside and crackly brûlée top, and Artychoked Eggs Benedict with truffle porcini sauce (and an artichoke heart instead of en english muffin).

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Noglu

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Noglu
1266 Madison Avenue at East 91st Street+ Google Map

Everything is 100% gluten-free and organic at this cozy French import featuring gourmet meals, pastries and coffee. The menu changes with the seasons  but you can always find classic signature dishes such as burgers (classic or vegetarian) and quiches. First floor is take-away counter service, the second floor is casual sit-down table service.

FREE
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Heavenly Rest Stop

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.

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Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area
West 23rd Street & Eleventh Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

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.

FREE
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Heckscher Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Central Park, Heckscher Playground
Sixth Avenue & Central Park South+ Google Map

Central Park's largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climber, lots of water features with tunnels, ramps and slides plus giant rocks to climb (and a bathroom). Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance. Closes at dusk.

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