MIDTOWN

Enjoy iconic city sights without the usual workday and tourist bustle. Take a break from the skyscrapers at nearby Central Park.

Also see what's happening in the rest of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and beyond NYC plus guides to museums, pop-ups, free public art and outdoor adventures.

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40s & 50s

Gotham West Market

Sample some of the best eats in the city including Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop noodles, Jianbing Company’s Chinese seasoned pancake/omelet, Corner Slice’s square pizza, Choza’s vegetarian tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall.

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme’s Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple…

Sanford Biggers & Life Forces

A 25-foot-tall cast bronze sculpture ‘The Oracle’ at the entrance to the Channel Gardens serves as the centerpiece of conceptual artist Sanford Biggers’ epic art installation featuring a varied slate of works across Rockefeller Center. Look for elements of an ancient depiction of Zeus with an “Africoid mask-bust figure.”

Flags with blue waves reminiscent of…

Bryant Park

There’s always something fun happening – performances, classes, games and more- at this lush midtown oasis with perhaps the cleanest public bathrooms in the city.

* Read books, newspapers, and magazines for all ages in the Reading Room open-air library.

* Create art inspired by the urban life, flowers, and monuments of Bryant Park with…

Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges

See works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria in 1938 including comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats. Biographical material and ephemera amplify the artists’ personal stories of survival and help contextualize…

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

History/military buffs and plane lovers can examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits aboard an actual 1943 aircraft carrier. Lots of indoor and outdoor space to roam with tons to and explore.

* The majority of the 350,000 square foot Intrepid Museum is available and accessible to visitors, including most exhibitions,…

MoMA

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, the Museum of Modern Art has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits.

* Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, find a helicopter in a stairwell and see modern masterpieces including paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent…

Spyscape

Learn a variety of spy skills in an interactive museum and experience for all ages.

* Test code-making and code-breaking skills in digital Encryption Challenge, lying and lie-detection skills in a Deception Challenge, observation skills in 360° degree Surveillance Challenge and  strategy and agility in a cool laser tunnel Special Ops Challenge. Scores are recorded…

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Dog-lovers can explore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters. Interactive expereinces include Discover Your Look-Alike – take an image of yourself and, through visual recognition software, see which dog breed looks most like you.

Current exhibit Top Dogs takes a…

ONX Studio Showcase

Experience the New York City premiere of extended reality works by some of today’s leading practitioners. Programs include:

Kordae Henry and Jeremy Hartley’s IF NOT NOW, a live motion capture featuring a Flex dancer who is rendered into an Afro-Futurist robotic form and cut into a video (June 9th – 12th).

Metamorphic, a social VR…

Manhattan Kayak

Rent single and tandem kayak and paddle boards for boat rides with magnificent midtown views (and maybe some dead fish). Kid sized equipment available for easier maneuvering. Life jackets and Ziplock baggie for face covers and phones provided. BYO water bottle and lock for lockers.

Reserve ahead online. No water experience needed. Ages 3-10 must…

Top of the Rock

Experience incredible views from 70 floors up. Three indoor and outdoor viewing decks offer breathtaking 360-degree views of the city – you start on the lowest deck, then head up to the better, higher views so plan your photos accordingly.

Learn about the fascinating history of Rockefeller Center  in the lobby and take a green…

Amanda Williams Embodied Sensations

Register to be part of a participatory artwork performance at MoMA. Read and follow simple, accessible movement instructions in a socially distanced environment. All are welcome; registration is limited and comes with free admission.

Artist Amanda Williams considers ho has the freedom to move, and why—and the transformation of both public and virtual space during…

The Amazing Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt

A series of clues leads families around Times Square performing physical and mental challenges along the way. This hunt celebrates Dads and all they do in a fun, interactive way.

The Drama Book Shop Reopens

A mainstay of the New York theatre scene and a cultural institution for theatrical works since 1917 reopens at a new location with new owners (and Hamilton creators) Thomas Kail and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Designed by “Hamilton” scenic designer David Korins and his team, the new store pays homage to twentieth century European cafes and reading…

Queens International Night Market at Rockefeller Center

Queens Night Market OUTPOST returns to Rockefeller Center, featuring seven of the popular international market’s most celebrated vendors. The outdoor, open-air market will be open through the summer season Monday through Friday from 12pm-6pm.

Also check out iconic shops and cool art installations throughout the plaza.

Juggling

Join free juggling lesson with the Bryant Park Jugglers.Try for a few minutes, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test.

All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.

Music at MAD

Enjoy live music activating the galleries of the Museum of Arts & Design on Saturday afternoons. Casual and kid-friendly (and socially distanced).

Visit anytime Thursday – Sunday  11 am–7 pm to explore creative accessories in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now (note, there is a photo of a gold-plated vagina on the wall), look for…

The Amazing Times Square Scavenger Hunt

A series of clues leads you around Times Square performing physical and mental challenges along the way.

Wear comfortable shoes and wear a mask. One member of the team should have a smart phone (either Android or iPhone).

30s & 40s

Mercado Little Spain

Experience the delicious diversity of foods and drinks from all corners of Spain. Get a quick bite from the food kiosks around tables in a bustling area inspired by Spain’s historic market halls or sit down at full-service restaurants.

Currently only take-out and some outdoor dining available. Lots of places to sit for picnics around…

Serra at Eataly

Eataly’s rooftop restaurant has bloomed for the spring. Step into an evolving greenhouse to enjoy seasonal produce and floral-infused drinks. The floral decor and menu will constantly change to explore nature’s bounty and biodiversity, month over month. A portion of proceeds benefit Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Children’s Garden. Online reservations recommended. Open rain or shine –…

The Big Button, Spectrum & The Garden of the Unseen

Hundreds of wisteria vines, roses, poppies, hydrangeas and green foliage transform the Garment District NYC kiosk into a traditional red pincushion tomato with twelve floral pins made entirely of carnations in different colors honoring all the hard working Garment District workers of the past two centuries. Look for lots of butterflies.

Also look for Spectrum,…

Gilded Lady Mural

The myriad of details in this colorful 97 by 40-foot mural by famed street artist Tristan Eaton on the side of a residential building on Fifth Avenue in reference the rich history of the NoMad neighborhood from the Gilded Age onward. The woman’s face is based on early 20th-century model, chorus girl and catalyst for…

Poster House

Explore the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication through temporary exhibitions, a growing permanent collection, and educational event. The first poster museum in the United States provides a space for inquiry for all those interested in design, advertising, and public interventions.

Current exhibitions include Freak…

OFF THE WALL at Hudson Yards

See and interact with site-specific large-scale art (including the Vessel) throughout the Hudson Yards mall and plaza. Activate pieces by 13 different artists that relate back to the site’s past, present or future.

Lots of great food options including Mercado Little Spain and a new Ladurée stand (near more sweets at Dylan’s…

Maya Lin: Ghost Forest

Walk through forty-nine haunting Atlantic white cedar trees evoking the outsized impact of a looming environmental calamity in Maya Lin’s installation in Madison Square Park

Listen to Lin’s Ghost Forest Soundscape from your phone to hear native species of animals once common to Manhattan. A series of public programs focused on nature-based solutions to…

Harry Potter New York

Shop for the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world from pocket money items to rare collectibles.
Find exclusive lines, magical photo opportunities and lots more over three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft.

* No advance reservations needed; scan a QR code outside the store (availble 1 hour…

Empire State Building

Play tourist – without the usual crowds – on New York’s most famous open-air observatory. Take advantage of 360° views & see all of NYC including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

Also learn about the construction and history of the building – and see King Kong –…

Color for India

Celebrate Holi, the Indian spring festival of colors with performances and workshops at a fundraiser for COVID relief in India. Includes a puppet show (Colors of Krishna’s Love), Indian dance performance and workshop, Indian drummer (Dholi), powder play (only outdoors), Indian food and more Presented by the Culture Tree and India Center Foundation.

Edge

Look 100 stories down from the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with with 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and beyond. Lean out over the city on angled glass walls and relax in a large lounge with food and drinks available for purchase.

Studio BFPL: AFFIRMATION STATION

Jo on a 20- minute experiential journey towards positive thinking. Be carried by a score composed by Jamire Williams, layered with comforting positive affirmations narrated by his wife, Asia Williams and sonic contributions by their 3-year-old daughter Ziya Williams. Socially distanced guests are encouraged to internally repeat the affirmations to themselves. The words we use…

Bubble34

Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at a family-friendly weekly program with Bubble Man NYC. Blow a bubble big enough to stand inside or long enough to jump over.

Also look for fairies & colors in public art installations.

Manhattan West Woof Fest: Paws for Pride

Run around the doggy playground, learn tips and tricks from a trainer, and have a caricature artist capture you and your pet’s true colors!.

Tickets are recommended and are available FREE to the public on June 14. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows.