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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY

Daily 10 am-5:30 pm

$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under

$85+. Includes $5 guest passes and free film screenings among its many perks

The newly renovated, decidedly kid-friendly MoMA has spacious galleries and elevators, engaging interactive exhibits, occasional performance art and awesome kids programs and hands-on creative spaces.

* Enter from either West 53rd or 54th street. Tickets can be purchased online in advance to save time.

* Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Henri Rousseau’s The Dream and Matisse’s Dance are just a few of the blockbuster masterpieces on the must-see fifth floor. Go early and see those first to avoid crazy crowds.

* Look out for an actual helicopter in the stairwell.

* Visit the Education and Family Information Desk on the second floor of the Museum 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.

* Take breaks in the very fun Family Art Lab and the always free Sculpture Garden (weather permitting).

* More great tips on visiting with kids.

Haegue Yang: Handles

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…

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MoMA First Floor & Sculpture Garden

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…

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Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

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. Saturday–Thursday 10:30 am–5:00 pm, Friday…

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Terrace Café

Slightly fancier than Cafe 2, this sit down café doesn’t have a kids menu but the seasonal American small plates and shareable snacks are delicious and include cheeseburger sliders. Sit at a mix of tables and casual counter seating, plus seasonal outdoor seating on the terrace. Look for dinosaurs among…

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Café 2

Order rustic Italian cooking, including handmade pastas, cured salumi, artisanal cheeses, panini, salads, soups, and desserts, from the counter to eat at rows of communal, high-design tables. Kids menu with pizza, pasta etc. available as well as cute high chairs. The line to order can get pretty long mid-day, but…

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Taking a Thread for a Walk

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.

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MoMA Family Gallery Talks

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…

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MoMA Family Films: Pets!

MoMA’s monthly family film series features short kid-friendly animated and live-action films from around the world interspersed with an engaging discussion with a Museum educator and suggestions for follow-up activities in the Museum’s galleries. Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:00 a.m. on the day…

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MoMA Family Films: Sticky Situations

MoMA’s monthly family film series features short kid-friendly animated and live-action films from around the world interspersed with an engaging discussion with a Museum educator and suggestions for follow-up activities in the Museum’s galleries. Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:00 a.m. on the day…

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