Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

January 1 @ 10:30 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States
Free with museum admission

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.

2-for-1 Broadway Week

January 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets
New York, NY 10019 United States
$39

Get 50% off tickets for select Broadway shows through Feb 9. Kid-friendly options include Aladdin and Frozen. Use code BWAYWK (BWAYUP for upgraded seats for $30 more). Buy at the box office to save $10+ on service fees. More options for family-friendly theater.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

February 1 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States
Free

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art in the newly reopened MoMA. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced. Tickets available…

Family Art Workshops: Mixed Materials

February 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States

Explore textiles in Taking a Thread for a Walk, then experiment with materials and techniques in a studio to make your own woven forms. For kids ages 8 to 10 and their adult companions. Advance registration required; we’ve had success getting off the online wait list before but no walk-ins accepted. Saturday-Sunday 10:30 am &…

Salute to Black Achievements in Television Family Screenings

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
25 West 52 Street Midtown
New York, New York US

In celebration of Black History Month, see classic television shows that celebrate the black and African-American experience on a big screen. Includes episodes of the The Proud Family, That’s So Raven, The Harlem Globetrotters animated cartoon, and a 1978 Sesame Street fantasia featuring Big Bird and Richard Pryor.

William Greenberg – Plaza Food Court

Fifth Avenue at 59th Street Midtown
New York, New York 10023 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 outpost of the 1946 UES Kosher bakery in the bustling underground Plaza Food Court.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019 United States

Feast on a changing roster of inventive noodles, steamed breads, soft serve, and daily dishes from a midtown outpost of David Chang’s creative LES Asian fusion cult favorite. Friendly staff and flavorful food. Get a quick bite (and watch the cooking action) at the kitchen counter or sit at tables lunch and dinner in the…

Burger Joint

119 West 56th Street Midtown
New York, New York 10023 US

This cultish and tiny eatery is hidden behind a curtain in a hotel lobby. Limited menu – just tasty burgers, fries, beer & brownies. Cash only, some seating if you can snag a table. Divey feel – bring a marker to write on the walls.

Dylan’s Candy Bar

1011 Third Ave at East 60th Street
New York, NY 10065 United States

Candy lovers go bonkers at a whimsical Willy Wonka factory with an oversized lollipop tree, candy cane columns, dripping chocolate shelves, kaleidoscopic candy wallpaper and candy-embedded staircases – it even has a candy-themed soundtrack. Shop over 7,000 confections, including Dylan’s Candy Bar (private label) products, a large assortment of rare American nostalgic favorites, novelty items,…

The World of Anna Sui

2 Columbus Circle Midtown
New York, New York US
Free with museum admission

See approximately one-hundred looks from the Anna Sui’s archive, featuring the twelve quirky archetypes that are staples of the Sui aesthetic. Wide-ranging materials and inspirations include papier-mâché mannequin heads; army surplus jackets; Japanese hankies qipao dresses and Minnie Mouse.  Share what head-to-toe stories you find referencing the worlds of cowgirls, grunge girls, hippie chicks, hula…

Taking a Thread for a Walk

4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States
Free with museum admission

Explore woven art including ancient textile traditions, early-20th-century design reform movements, and industrial materials and production methods. See adventurous combinations of natural and synthetic fibers, spatially dynamic pieces machinery, video of artists at work and complex machinery.

Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States
Free with museum admission

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.

Haegue Yang: Handles

4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States
Free with museum admission

Six These sculptures by Korean artist Haegue Yang make the atrium sparkle with dazzling geometries, Listen for faint birdsong, recorded at a tense political moment in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea during the historic summit in 201. Everyday at 4 pm performers activate the sculpture,  generating a subtle shamanistic rattling sound and…

MoMA First Floor & Sculpture Garden

4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States

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 a stand in the back during warmer…

Jean-Marie Appriou: The Horses On View

Fifth Avenue at 59th Street Midtown
New York, New York 10023 US

Walk by, under and through massive equine sculptures  by French sculptor Jean-Marie Appriou. These surreal silvery sentinels at the entrance to Central Park, inspired by the carriage horses  and gilded monument of William Tecumseh Sherman on horseback nearby,  evoke fantastical beasts with hybrid characteristics and human qualities –  a daunting gateway formed by an armor-clad…

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

45 Rockefeller Plaza Midtown
New York, New York 10023 US
$10 – $33

This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Only 150 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, so expect long lines around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crowds depart with the giant holiday tree January to April. Admission is per 1.5 hour…

Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY United States
Free with museum admission

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.

Heckscher Playground

Sixth Avenue & Central Park South
New York, NY 10023 United States

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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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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Épicerie Boulud

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Épicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway at West 64th Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

Chef Daniel Boulud's casual outpost is one of our favorite stops before or after Lincoln Center shows. My daughter gets a gourmet hot dog, I have a tasty salad or quiches, my son gets a hearty sandwich, we all end with colorful macarons. Counter service with limited seating; we like to go across the street to Dante Park (which usually has interesting public art) on sunny days - then come back for the artisanal gelato.

FREE
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DeSalvio Playground

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
DeSalvio Playground
Spring Sreet &Mulberry Street+ Google Map

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.

FREE
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

FREE
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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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