New York, New York
Saturday-Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 10:30 am – 8 pm
Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, MoMA has spacious galleries and elevators, engaging interactive exhibits, occasional performance art and awesome kids programs and hands-on creative spaces.
$: $25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
Annual Memberships: $85+. Includes $5 guest passes and free film screenings among its many perks.
Free Hours: Friday from 4 - 8 pm, line is often around the block. Up to two adults get in free with kids participating in the weekend Family Gallery Talks.
Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:
•Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait (through Jan 28)
Arachnophobes beware the giant spider sculptures in this strangely beautiful exhibit exploring the prints, books, and creative process of celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois.
•Items: Is Fashion Modern? (through Jan 28)
Explore the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries including the Levi’s 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress, the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh.
•The People’s Studio: Fashion (through Jan 28)
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?, the People’s Studio is a space to reflect on the intersections of design and daily life. Visitors can deconstruct how garments are made, reimagine their function and style, and share observations on how clothing and accessories express who we are. Scheduled workshops and conversations, led by designers and experts in the field, explore fashion through themes of sustainability, identity, and culture.
•Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 (through Apr 1)
Examine the scene-changing, interdisciplinary life of this seminal downtown New York alternative space Club 57. We recommend guiding kids past images and videos that may raise questions you aren’t ready to answer to the very col neon Cosmic Cavern for the ultimate glow-in-the-dark I Spy.
Family Programs: Engaging, free Family Gallery Talks are held on most Saturday and Sunday mornings for ages 4 to 16. On the first Saturday of the month, enjoy new and classic live-action and animated films. Admission is free for family programs and includes access to the museum for up to two adults.
Strollers/Diapers: Strollers can be checked at the coat check in the lobby or easily wheeled around. Changing tables are located in the women's and men's restrooms, near the escalators on each floor. A private restroom on the fifth floor is available for breastfeeding.
Eat & Treats: Casual Cafe 2 on the second floor has yummy Italian food and high chairs. In the summer snack on small plates and gelato in the peaceful Sculpture Garden. Stop by the midtown outpost of the inventive bakery Momofuku Milk Bar two blocks north (15 West 56th Street) for aptly-named crack pie and soft serve cereal milk ice cream.
Other Tips: Visit the Education and Family Information Desk on the second floor of the Museum (near Cafe 2) for Family Activity Guides, information on Family Programs, and suggestions from volunteers. MoMA Audio: Kids, a free audio program for kids ages 5-12, is available at the Audio Program desks on the first and sixth floors.
- Items: Is Fashion Modern? Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 28 12:00 am
- Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 28 10:00 am–5:30 pm
- Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, April 1 10:30 am–5:30 pm
- The People’s Studio: Fashion Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, January 28 10:30 am–6:00 pm
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Saturday, January 27 10:15 am–11:15 am
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Sunday, January 28 10:15 am–11:15 am
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Saturday, February 3 10:15 am–11:15 am
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Sunday, February 4 10:15 am–11:15 am
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Saturday, February 10 10:15 am–11:15 am
- MoMA Family Gallery Talks Sunday, February 11 10:15 am–11:15 am