Museum Guide

Many of NYC’s extraordinary museums are exceptionally kid-friendly with engaging exhibits, friendly staff and amazing kids programs and spaces. Click on a museum’s name for details on storytimes, stroller entrances and more helpful tips.

* Take advantage of pay-what-you-wish hours and free admission to many family programs. Or become members – the tax-deductible annual fee, much less than a semester of music or gym classes, is usually recouped in a few visits and includes perks like museum-store discounts, members-only viewing hours, skipping lines, and making short frequent visits.

* If your wee one has trouble not touching the art (looking at you toddlers), the American Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), Jewish Museum, MoMA, MoMath and National Museum of the American Indian all have awesome hands-on opportunities.

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American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street) (Upper West Side)
Tuesday–Thursday & Saturday 11:30 am – 7 pm
Friday 12 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Always free

The cozy, always free American Folk Art Museum features rotating family-friendly exhibits featuring Americana art that often includes engaging colors, patterns and animals.

Family Programs: The first Saturday of every month, Families and Folk Art introduces children ages 4 to 12 to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. Polite listeners of all ages can enjoy free jazz guitar on Wednesdays 2 - 3 pm and diverse folk musicians Fridays 5:30 - 7:30.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

John Dunkley: Neither Day Nor Night (through Feb 24)
See paintings from the 1930s and 1940s and carved wood and stone figurative sculptures by one of Jamaica’s most important artists, John Dunkley including many landscapes and animal portraits. Find a few cute bunnies.

Paa Joe: Gates of No Return (through Feb 24)
See a unique series of large-scale painted wood sculptures—architectural models of Gold Coast castles and forts that served as way stations for more than six million Africans sold into slavery and sent to the Americas and the Caribbean between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries—by Accra-based artist and craftsman Paa Joe .

*More info on American Folk Art Museum*

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (through Dec 31)
Dog-lovers can exlore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters.

American Museum of Natural History

West 81st Street & Central Park West (Upper West Side)
Daily 10 am - 5:45 pm
suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under

NYC kids are the envy of world-wide lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and Ben Stiller for their access to this giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders . The museum’s extensive collection is matched by an array of programs for budding explorers.

Favorite Spots: On the first floor, a 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures in the Hall of Ocean Life. Learn about moon rocks and meteorites in the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space. Zebras, giraffes and other jungle animals surround a family of elephants in the Hall of African Mammals on the second floor. The beloved dinosaur bones fill most of the fourth floor.

Family Programs: Explore artifacts and specimens, hang-out inside a giant tree, put together puzzles and conduct scientific experiments in The Discovery Room (open Monday though Thursday 1:30 - 5:10 pm and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2:15 - 5:10 pm). Free timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance. 6 - 13 year-olds can participate in the popular Night At the Museum sleepovers ($129, talking Teddy Roosevelt not included).

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Unseen Oceans (through Aug 18)
Explore the alien world lies hidden beneath the sunlit surface of the ocean in a fascinating, interactive exhibition. Encounter giant sea creatures on a life-size screen, go on on a vertical journey through marine environments at different depths, sit inside a scale model Triton submersible, and learn about new technologies and research.

Brooklyn Children's Museum

145 Brooklyn Ave (Brooklyn)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am–7 pm
$11, free/ages 12 months & under

The world’s first children’s museum, founded in 1899, has tons of hands-on exploration and engaging programming in visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and world cultures.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

World Brooklyn (through Dec 31)
Play in kid-sized shops based on the real ones you find in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Be a shopkeeper, baker, grocer, shopper, designer, performer, and builder in diverse communities. We really liked serving Italian pizza and assembling African style chairs.

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway (Brooklyn)
Wednesday–Sunday 11 am–6 pm
$16, $10/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under

A slightly hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world. On the edge of Prospect Park and next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden ($25 combo passes available).

Family Programs: The first Saturday evening of the month features eclectic free art and entertainment for all ages. Drop in for studio art projects the first Sunday of the month 4–5:30 pm.

*More info on Brooklyn Museum*

Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam (Upper West Side)
Sunday–Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger

The enchanting Children’s Museum of Manhattan has interactive, educational exhibits, from soft, enclosed areas for babies and crawlers, a whole floor for Dora & Diego lovers, and multicultural explorations for older kids. Admission includes tons of programming and performances.

Family Programs: Check out the packed calendar of daily workshops in design, math, science and more. Workshops are divided into ages 4 & under and 5 & over; the latter require same-day registration one hour before at the yellow Visitor Information Desk in the first floor lobby, where you can also pick up tickets to weekend performances by Broadway artists, professional dance troupes and recording artists one hour before each show.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Let’s Dance! (through Dec 31)
Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with an immersive video projection dome dance portal to learn with professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box. Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, props and costumes. Experiment with authentic percussion...

Art, Artists & You (through Dec 31)
In a dynamic, hands-on environment, watch, follow, collaborate with, and take inspiration from working contemporary artists in studio workspaces. Explore the work of a diverse set of artists who work with materials and techniques such as assemblage/collage, fiber arts, technology/new media and paper.

Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA)

102 Charlton Street (Soho/Tribeca/LES)
Monday & Wednesday 12-5 pm
Thursday & Friday 12-6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Closed Tuesday
$5.50 at this link, free/ages under 1 & 65+

This delightful, inviting space features self guided art exploration for ages 10 months-15 years. Experiment with sculpture, paints, textiles, sound design, animation, and clay in daily open workshops led by teaching artists and explore rotating exhibitions by established and emerging contemporary artist.

Family Programs: Monday-Friday mornings kids up to 5 years old can join stART Studio Drop-in Sessions for art making at different stations and music time.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Way With Words: The Power and Art of the Book & Rachel Marks Naturae Liber Bridge Project (through Apr 29)
See artworks which draw attention to the long and remarkable history of the book. See unconventional treatments such as cutting, weaving, tearing, burning, and shredding, as artists transform books into sculptures, animation, drawings, and paintings. In the museum's bridge space, enter an immersive installation to see and hear the story of the very cool unnatural forest created entirely from books. Walk down a paper trail to tree trunks created from old book covers, a waterfall created from hundreds of attached pages, live foliage hanging from the ceiling and delicate paper mushrooms growing out from the walls and windows.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street (Upper East Side)
Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Open Saturday until 9 pm
$16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes

This collection of historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic ‘pens,’ and rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement.

 

Favorite Spots: Draw your own wallpaper designs then see them projected lifesize in the Immersion Room

Family Programs: Create under the guidance of art and design professionals in weekend Design Kids workshops for ages 5-12.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color (through Mar 17)
Rainbow lovers can explore the elusive, complex phenomenon of color perception and how it has captivated artists, designers, scientists, and sages. So many pretty colors in textiles, posters, furniture, household objects and more plus color wheels and swatch books to flip through. On the same floor as the Immersion Room where you can test out your own color theories with digital wallpaper design.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility (through Mar 31)
Interact with 40 design projects inspired by the technologies that will change how we move people, goods, and services in the future. Creatively consider how droids, bots, drones, and more can make streetscapes safer, transportation more equitable, and cities more sustainable.

El Museo Del Barrio

1230 Fifth Avenue (Upper East Side)
Tuesday–Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
$9, $5/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under

This lively museum focuses on the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States.

Family Programs: Super Sabados on the third Saturday of every month feature free art-making workshops, storytelling, concerts, and more. The first Wednesday of every month, 1-4 year olds can participate in Coqui Club storytime and art-making.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Lucio Fontana: Spatial Environment (1968) (through Apr 14)
Enter and navigate all-white, labyrinthine immersive environment, a reconstruction of Lucio Fontana’s 1968 Spatial Environment [Ambiente Spaziale]. Presented in conjunction with  Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold at the Met Breuer and Met Fifth Avenue.

*More info on El Museo Del Barrio*

Guggenheim

1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street (Upper East Side)
Daily 10 am – 5:45 pm
Closed Thursday
Open until 7:45 pm Saturday
$22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 12

The striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda is reason enough to visit this landmark museum, and exciting, well-designed exhibits and kids’ programs make this a family-friendly setting for contemporary and modern art.

Family Programs: At Sunday Open Studios For Families, explore exhibition highlights through creative interactive projects in the galleries and head to the Studio Art Lab in the basement to make art inspired by the museum. Engage with fantastic art educators at the Little Guggs for ages 2-4 and Second Sunday Family Tours for ages 5 & up.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future (through Apr 23)
Bold biomorphic and geometric forms. lots of rainbows and a fascinating back-story of an under-recognized female artist make this an excellent exhibition for all ages. She forbad her pioneering works to be displayed until 20 years after her death, ideally in a spiral temple similar to the current stunning setting. Talk about her ouija board like creative spiritualism, try to guess the ages protrayed in each of the monumental The Ten Largest and pick up an engaging free Family Activity Guide.

*More info on Guggenheim*

Hudson River Museum

511 Warburton Avenue (Westchester)
Wednesday–Sunday 12–5 pm
$7, $4/ages 3–18, $5/seniors & students

This multi-disciplinary cultural complex draws its identity from its gorgeous site on the banks of the Hudson River. See diverse art, tour a historic mansion, learn about the environment in a hands-on gallery and watch a space show in the Planetarium.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art (through May 12)
See a stunning exhibition devoted to the allure of the moon for American painters, whose art has reflected the eternal fascination with our closest celestial body as it developed from the early 1810s through the late 1960s. Features more than 60 works of art, highlighting key painters who depicted the moon, from the early nineteenth-century masterpieces of Thomas Cole, the father of the Hudson River School, to late works by famed illustrator Norman Rockwell. Learn about the moon and the sky in hourly Planetarium shows and photos in A Century of Lunar Photography and Beyond.

*More info on Hudson River Museum*

Lefferts Historic House

452 Flatbush Avenue (Brooklyn)

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Metropolitan Museum Of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street (Upper East Side)
Sunday–Thursday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under

NYC’s largest museum is also one of the most welcoming to young visitors. Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages. Check out the awesome family guides & maps.

Favorite Spots: Where do we start? Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur and say hello to nearby crocodile and feline statues. Admire enchanting sculptures, fountains and Central Park in the American Wing Courtyard. Compare the chain mail of European knights on horseback with elaborate Japanese samurai gear in Arms and Armor. Be amused and frightened by the oversized carvings of realistic and fantastical creatures in Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The Van Goghs, Monets and Degas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And Sculptures are a must for all ages. Wander around and be surprised and delighted as your kid finds his or her own favorites.

Family Programs: We are huge fans of the free Start with Art at the Met & Art Trek programs for ages 3 to 11, hour-long guided walks and art activities.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Jewelry: The Body Transformed (through Feb 24)
Lots of pretty shiny kid-magnets among a dazzling array of headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings shown along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs that enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells.

Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance (through Jun 23)
Explore the timeless question, how much is a piece of art worth, with sixty-two masterpieces of sixteenth-century northern European art and pricing data from sixteenth-century documents, including how many cows a work would cost. What did a tapestry cost in the sixteenth century? Goldsmiths' work? Stained glass? How did variables like raw materials, work hours, levels of expertise and artistry, geography, and rarity, affect this? Who assigned these values? Fun for kids interested in money and history.

Celebrating the Year of the Pig (through Jul 28)
See depictions of pigs created by Chinese artists within the last 2,000 years including a sixth-century pottery figure of a stout pig in recumbent position and two sets of Chinese zodiac animals, which illustrate both the universal appeal of pigs as a symbol of wealth and the integral role that they played in human life.

MoMA PS1

22-25 Jackson Avenue (Queens)
Wednesday–Monday 12 pm–6 pm
Suggested $10, $5/seniors & students, free/ages 16 & under

MoMA PS1, one oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, is an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution. MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world.

*More info on MoMA PS1*

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

2 Columbus Circle (Midtown West)
Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Open Thursday & Friday until 9 pm
$15, Free/18 and under

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

Family Programs: The first Sunday afternoon of each month drop into Studio Sunday to create art inspired by current exhibits (and a stunning Central Park/Columbus Circle view). Projects that can be adapted to any age are led by patient educators.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

4 West 53rd Street (Midtown West)
Saturday-Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 10:30 am – 8 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under

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.

Favorite Spots: * 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.
* Look out for an actual helicopter in the stairwell.
* The free-admission lobby facing West 53rd Street is a great place to chill by a giant Sol LeWitt rainbow mural.

Family Programs: Engaging, free Family Gallery Talks for ages 4 to 16 are held on most Saturday and Sunday mornings during the school year. 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.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

If Everything Is Sculpture Why Make Sculpture? (through Sep 30)
See what frozen things do in a summer in this Peter Fischli’s Artist’s Choice in MoMA's Sculpture Garden which features an actual snowman (encased in a glass-door freezer), a white dome that subtly moves, giant geometric forms perfect for hide-and-seek and other cool stuff posing the questions “If everything is sculpture why make sculpture?” Yummy housemade ice cream available by the Parisian Metro Station entrance. Create and cool off in the engaging MoMA Art Lab: Nature nearby.

MoMA Art Lab: Nature (through Dec 31)
Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation. Beautiful discovery boxes contain creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom - I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather - it's right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

The Long Run (through Dec 31)
This diverse collection of the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments includes blokbuster painting, sculptures, video art and more by Louise Bourgeois, Gego, Joan Jonas, Ellsworth Kelly, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, and many others. Check out the kids audio guide, which we got to be part of making - listen for some familiar voices.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street (Upper East Side)
Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Get 2 tickets for $15

Become an informed New Yorker at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages.

Family Programs: Ages 6-12 can participate in free history and art activities on weekends and school vacation days. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 2 pm. Free snacks included. All ages can go on family-friendly scavenger hunts with free themed guides designed to help families to look closely at the building and exhibitions.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

A City for Corduroy (through Jun 23)
Explore the artistic career of New Yorker Don Freeman, the creator of the beloved stuffed bear Corduroy. Se his lively and humane depictions of ordinary New Yorkers and the city in the 1930s, illustrated scenes of the Broadway backstage and children’s books inspired by the city, including the Corduroy books, Pet of the Met and Hattie the Backstage Bat. Features drawings, paintings, publications, and prints, as well as the artist’s original studies and sketches of Corduroy and other characters.

Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street (Queens)
Wednesday–Thursday 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am–8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am–6:00 pm
$15, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under

Explore film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building.

Favorite Spots: Play classic arcade games and see Star Wars paraphernalia (including a Chewbacca mask used in filming) on the second floor.

Family Programs: See classics on the big screen and learn about filmmaking at family matinees & workshops held most weekends and during school vacations.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games (through Mar 10)
See and play more than 40 sports video games spanning the last six decades, examining the complex relationships between game, sport, media, and culture. The exhibition considers what it means for full-body sports to be transposed to screens and controllers in the service of realism, who is or isn’t represented in sports video games, the ways broadcast sports and video games reflect one another, and the primacy of statistics in professional sports and sports simulators.

Jim Henson’s World (through Dec 31)
Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture and learn how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Among the nearly 300 objects on view are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. See film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage and try interactive experiences puppeteering on screen and...

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

11 East 26th Street (Gramercy & Flatiron)
Daily 10 am - 5 pm
$15; $9/children, students& seniors; free/toddlers & babies

Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us – and try to ride a bike with square wheels.

National Museum of the American Indian - New York

One Bowling Green (Lower Manhattan)
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Open Thursday until 8 pm

All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging New York branch of this DC museum. Lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration in multiple rooms. Touch a buffalo hide, match animal drawings, learn about Mayan math, play in a teepee and more.

Pick up a fantastic family guide and find featured items among the galleries including wood and stone carvings, exquisite clothing, feather bonnets and lots of animal representations.

Family Programs: Every Monday 2–4 pm, learn more about the Taíno Indians, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean through cultural materials and live demonstrations in the galleries.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Circle of Dance (through Apr 30)
This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.

New Museum

235 Bowery (West Village/East Village)
Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 6pm, open until 9 pm on Fridays
$16, $14/seniors, free/ages 17 & under

Always something interesting to see – or interact with – in the rotating exhibits at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.

Favorite Spots: Check out a great view from the top floor Sky Room (open Saturdays & Sundays)

Family Programs: Join museum educators for creative free family programs the first Saturday of every month.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Mariana Castillo Deball: Finding Oneself Outside (through Apr 14)
In Mexican artist Castillo Deball’s first NYC survey, walk on a a specially commissioned inlaid wood floor installation, drawn from an early colonial map of San Pedro Teozacoalco, Mexico, which bears a unique stylistic blend of European maps and Mixtec codices of the sixteenth century.  Explore a  large-scale sculpture,  a would-be mold turned inside out, preforated books  and other recent works inspired by Mesoamerican iconography about the residual effects of early-colonial transformations in Central America.

Nari Ward: We The People (through May 26)
See over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from Nari Ward’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting his status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today. Humble materials repurposed in surprising ways evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past twenty-five years.

*More info on New Museum*

New York Aquarium

Surf Avenue & West 8th Street (Brooklyn)
Monday–Thursday 10 am-6 pm
Friday–Sunday 10 am–7 pm
$14.95, $11.95/ages 3-12 & 65+

The oldest continually operating aquarium in the US (opened 1896. moved to the Coney Island boardwalk in 1957) is building back from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy with exciting new exhibitions like the spectacular Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Ocean Wonders: Sharks! (through Dec 31)
See over 115 marine species including 18 different kinds of sharks and rays in an new immersive exhibition with hands-on educational features (though the sharks are safely behind glass).

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New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard (Bronx)
Daily 10 am - 6 pm
$28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2

The Holiday Train Show is an annual must, the Orchid show dazzles every spring,
and the sprawling grounds of this 124-year-old Bronx institution are a gorgeous respite from urban living all year round.

Favorite Spots: Enjoy music, mazes, guided nature explorations and more in the delightful Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Escape crowds in the conservatory during the train and other shows with a trek through indoor jungles and deserts.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

The Orchid Show: Singapore (through Apr 28)
Walk among thousands of colorful orchids in every shape and size reaching up towering structures and clinging to overhead arches inspired by Singapore, where the national flower is an orchid. Developed in partnership with Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens, the exhibition pays homage to the sites’ iconic Supertrees—dramatic vertical habitats, and famed Arches—a highlight of the National Orchid Garden. Also visit the interactive Children's Garden and make animal tracks, explore snowflake shapes, craft a bud necklace and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover.

*More info on New York Botanical Garden*

New York Hall of Science

Flushing Meadow-Corona Park (Queens)
Monday–Friday 9:30 am–5 pm
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm
$15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors

Founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair, this center for interactive science features lots of fun hands-on learning opportunities, intriguing exhibits, awesome 4D films, an engineering-themed outdoor playground and interesting family programs that make it worth the trip to Queens.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Bionic Me (through May 5)
With hands-on displays and full-body experiences, explore the inventive and ingenious medical and industrial breakthroughs that have helped enhance the human experience. Visitors can move a ball with their mind, manipulate a robot arm, race against a Paralympian, use night vision to see in the dark, and explore how technology can provide camouflage and make you invisible.

Connected Worlds (through Dec 31)
Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. As visitors explore and play, their actions – gestures, movements, decisions – have both short and long-term effects on the digital...

*More info on New York Hall of Science*

New York Transit Museum

Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street (Brooklyn)
Tuesday-Friday 10 am–4 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am–5 pm
$10 $5/ages 2-17 & 62+

Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, this toddler’s dream hosts a working platform level spanning a full city block and a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Board vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.

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New-York Historical Society

70 Central Park West at 77th Street (Upper West Side)
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
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This fascinating museum features an entire floor of interactive exhibits especially for kids. Weekly and special occasion family programs range from weekly storytimes to historical chocolate tastings, with frequent visits from living historians portraying Americans of the past.

Favorite Spots:
* Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game and explore lots of other interactive exhibits in the awesome hands-on DiMenna Children's History Museum. Choose from scavenger hunts designed for ages 5 & under and 6+. Lots to learn for older kids, lots to touch including a train table for tots.
* Immersive video projection, moving scenic elements, theatrical lighting and surround sound explore the history of New York during the eighteen-minute New York Story shown throughout the day. Lively and engaging for all ages (though scenes of fire and fighting might be scary for younger kids).
* Don't miss the digital design-your-own Tiffany lamp in the stunning, immersive fourth floor galleries displaying the exceptional Tiffany stained glass collection. Look for different kinds of flowers and animals in so many pretty colors.

Family Programs: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:30pm, 3 - 5 year olds can hear NY-themed stories, do related craft projects and play with historic toys in Little New-Yorkers. There are always different interesting events related to holidays and current exhibits; check the family programs calendar to see what's coming up.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow (through Mar 3)
Explore the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights through art, artifacts, media and photographs, including striking portraits that engage all ages.

Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17 Street (Chelsea/Meatpacking)
Monday 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 9 pm
Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
$15, $10/students & seniors, free/ages 12 & under

This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness, and the cosmos. Lots of vivid paintings and statues of animals and interesting demons (and maybe your kid will pick up some zen vibes).

Family Programs: Enjoy family-friendly activities (and free admission) every Sunday from 1-4 pm.

*More info on Rubin Museum of Art*

Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Queens

47-29 32nd Place (Queens)

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street (Harlem/Upper Manhattan)

$7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; free/ages 8 & under

This welcominf museum, part of a community revitalization project merging housing, education and art, offers art exhibitions, storytelling series, workshops, performances, and other interactive programs specifically designed to nurture the curiosity, creativity and cognition of children ages 3 to 8. The artists, art and stories found are rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the surrounding communities.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Justin Favela: Recuérdame (through Sep 8)
A new mural by Las Vegas-based artist Justin Favela, commissioned by Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, celebratesMexican history and culture through the lens of landscape. Explore the Mexican landscape in phantasmagoric piñata-cut tissue paper. From the imagery found in Jose Maria Velasco’s expansive 19th-century canvases, to Walt Disney’s 1944 live-action animation film The Three Caballeros and 2017 Pixar animated film Coco, Favela covers over 1,000 square feet of the Museum in a full array of chromatic hues in a larger-than-life immersive environment

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street (Upper East Side)
11 am - 5:45 pm, closed Wednesdays
$15, free/ages 18 & under

Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries and play in the small but engaging Archaeology Zone.

Favorite Spots: In the fascinating and friendly Archaeology Zone, children learn what happens after archaeologists unearth artifacts. Search for clues about objects dating from ancient times to the present day, dress up and play in a Moroccan home, create works of art inspired by unique objects in the Museum’s collection and more.

Family Programs: Sunday family programs include drop-in art workshops, storytimes and occasional family concerts.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps (through Feb 28)
See over 80 Hanukah lamps representing four continents and six centuries of artistic production from the largest collection of Hanukkah lamps in the world, amassed over the 114 years of the Museum's existence. Also join a faux archeological dig in the interactive Kids Zone and see striking modern art in Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922.

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Note: Don’t visit The Frick or Neue Galerie with kids, they’re not allowed inside.

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