MIDTOWN

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

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EVENTS

2-for-1 Broadway Week

Times Square

Get 50% off tickets for select Broadway shows January 17–February 12 (minimum two tickets purchase required, but it doesn’t have to be an even number). Tickets sell out quickly. Kid-friendly options have included Aladdin, Hamilton Lion King, MJ, Six, Wicked, &Juliet and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.…

NYC Must-See Week

Various Locations

Jan 17-Feb 12, snag 2-for-1 tickets to many of NYC’s iconic attractions, museums, tours and performing arts. Use promo code  MSW23 online for most venues; see nycgo.com for details.

Save on these family faves – click on links for more info.

MUSEUMS

* Cooper Hewitt
* Intrepid Sea, Air & Space…

Furry Friday with The Play That Goes Wrong

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Roam the galleries with fellow dog owners and lovers during American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog’s pet friendly hours.

Help off-Broadway production The Play That Goes Wrong look for their canine actor, Winston. Enter to win free tickets to the production, dress up as their favorite characters, and explore the history of dogs…

Hip Hop Cinderella

The New Victory Theater

A constellation of rapping styles—melodic, braggadocio, battle rap— and a sassy robot sidekick tell the timeless classic with a cheeky, inventive, time-warping twist.

The galaxy has lost its groove, and so has Cinderella! Growing up on Planet Centra, she felt as limitless as the stars, but now her jealous stepmother and two selfish stepsisters have…

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Discover art together through engaging discussions and activities with new themes monthly. Look closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art and make your own art. One time we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper.

There are multiple groups roughly divided by age. Kids and…

Bumper Cars on Ice

Bryant Park
Glide, bump and spin on inflatable bumper cars on a portion of the Rink at Winter Village. Can be a high speed dizzy thrill depending on how you use your joysticks. Rides are only 10 minutes but still lots of fun.
Riders must be 7…

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

Grand Central Terminal

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station.

Go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost”…

Stuffy Storytime

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Join American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog for a storytime program on Wednesday mornings before opening. Bring a favorite stuffed dog along for a fun adventure listening to a dog themed story, learning about different dog breeds, and completing a dog related art activity.

Designed for 2-8 year olds and an adult learning partner,…

New York Theatre Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

Florence Gould Hall

See a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the classic fairy tale ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s captivating score from New York Theatre Ballet. Set in a magical fairy kingdom beneath the roots of a great tree, this beloved classic, filled with magic and poetry, tells the enchanting tale of Princess Aurora from her fateful birth to her triumphant…

Baobab

The New Victory Theater

A percussion-filled fable about a boy’s heroic quest to save his village from drought features music from Mali and Senegal, puppets large and small, one naughty monkey and a witch with an itch to dance. Hear the djembe drums dance and the ngoni’s strings sing as the griots tell you a…

Intrepid Early Morning Openings

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Intrepid Museum opens its doors early for autistic children (ages 3-18) and their families so they can experience the Museum in a sensory-friendly environment. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for all learners, as well as drop-in art activities and structured social/play opportunities.

Register online in advance.

See our guide to the Intrepid…

Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concerts: Who Is Thad Jones

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Learn about the trumpeter-composer-bandleader Thad Jones in this hour-long interactive performance. Recommended for ages 5–12, but children and adults of all ages are welcome.

At the lovely Rose Theater in the Shops at Columbus Circle (where you can also explore Art Camp) with a stunning view of Central Park.

Also at 3 pm.

Intrepid Access Family Program

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

In a monthly program for kids ages 5-18 with learning and developmental disabilities, families take a guided, interactive tour of the Museum and participate in art-making activities that everyone can enjoy. Register online in advance.

See our guide to the Intrepid Museum.

Carnegie Hall Fall Family Day: Spring Fest

Carnegie Hall

Enjoy free, interactive, and fun musical activities and performances in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Journey through a musical celebration of the earth, the elements, and all things spring.

Activities are ongoing; drop in anytime.

New York Theatre Ballet’s Carnival of the Animals

Florence Gould Hall

See a kid-friendly, one-hour original ballet by New York Theatre Ballet. In a magical forest, Queen Diana and her shaggy lion rule a charming assortment of animals who live quite peaceably until a pair of lost children wander in and the fun begins.

Also see Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations, a charming portrayal of two children…

40s & 50s - EAT

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…

Angelina Paris NYC

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea,…

Robert

This modern American restaurant atop the Museum of Arts and Design has breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle with chic, colorful decor.

Kid-friendly options (at adult prices) include pasta, burgers & house-made ice cream.

Tue–Fri 12 pm–8 pm
Sat-Sun 11 am–9 pm

Gotham West Market

Sample a mix of some of best eats in the city including Blue Marble ice cream, Corner Slice’s square pizza, La Palapa’s fresh tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall with some patio seating.

Monday-Sunday 11 am–9 pm

Urbanspace @ Vanderbilt

Urbanspace brings their popular outdoor markets indoor  two blocks from Grand Central in a cool historic space (with bathrooms).

Sample 20 vendors including Robertas pizza, La Palapa tacos and Dough around a seating area with lots of tables.

Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 8 pm
Saturday 7 am – 5 pm

Cozy Igloos

Enjoy festive food and drinks in personal heated igloos, just steps from the iconic ice skating, surrounded by midtown skyscrapers. Family Packages ($215/up to 4 guests, $430/up to 8 guests) include a carafe of hot chocolate or salted caramel hot apple cider, chicken fingers or hot dogs or Bavarian pretzel, crispy French Fries with…

40s & 50s - TO DO

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:
🐶 See canine-related paintings, ceramics and other fine art & artifacts
🐕‍🦺 Explore AKC registered breeds at an interactive table
🐩 Discover which dog breed looks most…

RiseNY

Take a spectacular soaring ride for a unique bird’s-eye view tour of the Big Apple. Hang suspended 30 feet in the air and glide over NYC’s iconic skyline and landmarks while inside a 180-degree, 40-foot projection dome featuring 8K aerial footage that creates the sensation of flight.

Also see a film by award-winning documentarians Ric…

Art CAMP

Experiential toy store Camp’s new floor features interactive and immersive art experiences. Free to enter – no tickets necessary – just pay as you go for art projects.

A $40 CAMP Craft Pass ticket includes 2 craft activities or 1 Splatter Room experience go full Jackson Pollock (smocks provided) and take home a 16-inch canvas…

Spyscape & Batman Experience

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 in an online spy profile, resulting in an assignment to a spy role like Hacker or Special Ops.

* Also explore the history of spying with artifacts like Edward Snowden’s telepresence robot, a U2 spy plane camera and flight suit, micro bugging devices and lots more. Learn about the FBI Double Agent who sold secrets to the Russians for 22 years, and the young Spycatcher who brought him down. Encounter an original Enigma from WWII and tap out messages on a replica. Learn about the fascinating world of hacking (including a deceptively cute rainbow kitty).

* Several rooms are dedicated to James Bond with close looks at gadgets and filming secrets.

*All ages are welcome and there is lots to touch and explore, though younger kids won’t understand much of it. Lots of sanitizing going on throughout the museum, space for social distancing and new disposable touch pens make it a safer indoor option.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Explore spacious galleries and engaging exhibits in a modern, kid-friendly building.

HIGHLIGHTS:

🖼 Van Gogh’s Starry Night  & other modern masterpieces by Picasso, Warhol, Pollock,  Basquiat, Faith Ringgold and many more
⛲️ Serene Sculpture Garden (always free admission)
🚁 A real helicopter in the stairwell
🎨 Interactive, all-ages Family Art…

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.

One of the best places to take in Central Park.

Learn about the fascinating history of Rockefeller Center  in the lobby and take a green screen photo on a constriction beam (optional $27 to purchase).

The decks are mostly glass enclosed so visit toward dawn or dusk for better photos with less glare.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

🚁 Hands-on, interactive Exploreum
🚀 Go inside a real submarine and see a space shuttle

Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

Explore contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design in a lovely setting overlooking Central Park.

HIGHLIGHTS:

🎨 Peek in resident artists’ and designers’ studios.

CURRENT EXHIBITS

💍  Fascinating 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now
🧵 Over-the-top living sculptures in Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle

🛍 Stop by the well…

Wonderland Dreams

Enter the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland through whimsical painted art installations that play with perspectives of art and reality. Fall down the rabbit-hole into a world of giant playing cards, secret rose gardens, and multicolored mushrooms. Sit on the Queen of Hearts’ throne. Ride a rocking horse in a golden field as giant…

Eloise at the Plaza

This cozy pink corner of the swanky hotel celebrates spunky Eloise the Plaza’s most famous fictional resident. Dress up and play a mini-piano on a pink stage, lounge in the comfy reading/media room in the back, browse the delightful books and explore the selection of perfectly marvelous toys.

Wed – Sun 10 am…

The Rink at Winter Village

Skate on the city’s only free rink or just watch and enjoy a festive winter vibe. Online advance reservations required to skate, reservations roll out daily two weeks before skate time.

* Skate rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6).  Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22,…

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Take a spin on the world’s most famous ice rink. This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic.

Register for timed tickets in advance, online. Admission varies widely by day and time, so go early in the day, week and…

Cozy Igloos

Enjoy festive food and drinks in personal heated igloos, just steps from the iconic ice skating, surrounded by midtown skyscrapers. Family Packages ($215/up to 4 guests, $430/up to 8 guests) include a carafe of hot chocolate or salted caramel hot apple cider, chicken fingers or hot dogs or Bavarian pretzel, crispy French Fries with…

Museum of Broadway

Explore Broadway’s rich history, the behind-the-scenes and its game changers at a new interactive and experiential museum.

🎭 Travel through the timeline of Broadway from its birth to present day with costumes, props and memorabilia
🎭 Pose in recreated sets from favorite Broadway shows
🎭 Get a behind-the-scenes look at all the jobs that…

 Summit One Vanderbilt

Closed through Feb 1

Visit the highest viewing point in midtown Manhattan at am immersive observatory experience featuring multiple unique experiences.

Experience a trippy mix of transparency and reflectivity in mirrored observatory ‘Air,’  an immersive art experience designed by Kenzo Digital. Sort of like an infinity room with cityscapes. See yourself above the clouds –…

Furry Friday with The Play That Goes Wrong

Roam the galleries with fellow dog owners and lovers during American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog’s pet friendly hours.

Help off-Broadway production The Play That Goes Wrong look for their canine actor, Winston. Enter to win free tickets to the production, dress up as their favorite characters, and explore the history of dogs…

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Discover art together through engaging discussions and activities with new themes monthly. Look closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art and make your own art. One time we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper.

There are multiple groups roughly divided by age. Kids and…

Bumper Cars on Ice

Glide, bump and spin on inflatable bumper cars on a portion of the Rink at Winter Village. Can be a high speed dizzy thrill depending on how you use your joysticks. Rides are only 10 minutes but still lots of fun.
Riders must be 7…

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station.

Go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost”…

Stuffy Storytime

Join American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog for a storytime program on Wednesday mornings before opening. Bring a favorite stuffed dog along for a fun adventure listening to a dog themed story, learning about different dog breeds, and completing a dog related art activity.

Designed for 2-8 year olds and an adult learning partner,…

Intrepid Early Morning Openings

The Intrepid Museum opens its doors early for autistic children (ages 3-18) and their families so they can experience the Museum in a sensory-friendly environment. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for all learners, as well as drop-in art activities and structured social/play opportunities.

Register online in advance.

See our guide to the Intrepid…

Intrepid Access Family Program

In a monthly program for kids ages 5-18 with learning and developmental disabilities, families take a guided, interactive tour of the Museum and participate in art-making activities that everyone can enjoy. Register online in advance.

See our guide to the Intrepid Museum.

40s & 50s - EAT

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…

Angelina Paris NYC

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea,…

Robert

This modern American restaurant atop the Museum of Arts and Design has breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle with chic, colorful decor.

Kid-friendly options (at adult prices) include pasta, burgers & house-made ice cream.

Tue–Fri 12 pm–8 pm
Sat-Sun 11 am–9 pm

Gotham West Market

Sample a mix of some of best eats in the city including Blue Marble ice cream, Corner Slice’s square pizza, La Palapa’s fresh tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall with some patio seating.

Monday-Sunday 11 am–9 pm

Urbanspace @ Vanderbilt

Urbanspace brings their popular outdoor markets indoor  two blocks from Grand Central in a cool historic space (with bathrooms).

Sample 20 vendors including Robertas pizza, La Palapa tacos and Dough around a seating area with lots of tables.

Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 8 pm
Saturday 7 am – 5 pm

Cozy Igloos

Enjoy festive food and drinks in personal heated igloos, just steps from the iconic ice skating, surrounded by midtown skyscrapers. Family Packages ($215/up to 4 guests, $430/up to 8 guests) include a carafe of hot chocolate or salted caramel hot apple cider, chicken fingers or hot dogs or Bavarian pretzel, crispy French Fries with…

40s & 50s - SEE

The New York Public Library’s Treasures

See some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library’s collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. Highlight’s include the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy…

Zoo on Park Avenue

Look for colorful, polygonal shaped animal sculptures by world-renowned artist Idriss B. including Rexor the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mojo the Gorilla, Baloo the Bear, Manny the Mammoth, and more, on Park Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets.

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 entrance). 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…

Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design

Explore notable examples of interaction design, the points of contact between objects—whether machines, apps, or entire infrastructures—and people. Watch video games  such as Tetris and Pac-Man, to immersive explorations of the natural world, like Flower, and  records of indigenous traditions and culture, like Never Alone. Works ranges from the iconic and universal @ sign, a symbol dating back to…

Ancestor

Artist Bharti Kher connects New Delhi and New York City with this nearly eighteen-foot-tall bronze universal mother figure, an enlargement of a miniature assembled by recomposing broken clay figurines. This colossal sculpture reflects Kher’s cross-cultural identity and her appreciation for India’s rich material culture. Every meaning-laden detail and distressed surface of the original hand-crafted object…

Refik Anadol’s Unsupervised

See what a machine might dream about after seeing the art in MoMA’s collection in a trippy, vibrant large-scale  digital video in the museum’s lobby produced by artificial intelligence.

Artist Refik Anadol trained a sophisticated machine-learning model to reimagine more than 200 years of arts. Site-specific input from the environment —changes in light, movement, acoustics,…

Living Lantern

An oversized, illuminating kinetic lantern infuses the Garment District’s Broadway plazas with changing colors. As the wind fuels its movements, the lantern comes to life, with its outer membranes opening and closing, allowing light to filter from its core and animate light sequences to infuse the space with flowing colors.

Standing at nearly 14 feet…

Hearld Square/Hudson Yards

High Line

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

* Lots of nature, art installations & cool design incorporating elements of the original rail line.

* Look for interesting architecture and watch taxis and pedestrians below the 10th Avenue overlook at 17th…

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, go tot he plaza for a picnic or sit down at full-service restaurants.

Zoo on Park Avenue

Look for colorful, polygonal shaped animal sculptures by world-renowned artist Idriss B. including Rexor the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mojo the Gorilla, Baloo the Bear, Manny the Mammoth, and more, on Park Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets.

Empire State Building

Play tourist at New York’s most famous open-air observatory. Take advantage of 360° views on the 86th Floor; see all of NYC including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

For an extra $33, take a glass elevator to the reimagined 102nd floor with unmatched, floor-to-ceiling views stretching up…

The Morgan Library & Museum

The stunning former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions, houses rare manuscripts, books, drawings and prints.

HIGHLIGHTS:

📚 J. Pierpont Morgan’s magnificent Library, straight out of of the Beast’s castle

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

🌹 Original book art in  The Little Prince: Taking Flight

Sky Skate at the 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.

Brave teens & adults can scale the outside of the building, more than 1,200 feet above the ground with City Climb (ages 13+, $185).

The Rink at Manhattan West

Ice skate at a small outdoor rink in the public plaza situated of Manhattan West. Skate aids available for small beginners ($15-$18).  Private instruction from Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov available.

Sessions are 1 hour and in designated time slots. Prices are higher on weekend & holidays.

Near sparkly Hudson Yards and a…

Holidays at Candytopia

Candy Land comes to life in a 24,000 square feet interactive art installation made of candy. Find favorite sugarcoated delights throughout over 17 colorful environments including a confetti room with candy-farting pigs, a zipline, New York-inspired candy artwork, an infinity mirror room, Sugar High Theater and a marshmallow pit. Remind your kids the marshmallows are…

Living Lantern

An oversized, illuminating kinetic lantern infuses the Garment District’s Broadway plazas with changing colors. As the wind fuels its movements, the lantern comes to life, with its outer membranes opening and closing, allowing light to filter from its core and animate light sequences to infuse the space with flowing colors.

Standing at nearly 14 feet…