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NYC is coming alive again (with masks, social distancing and advance timed tickets required at some locations).

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UPPER WEST SIDE

Color Me Mine

Paint pottery indoors and outdoors. Choose from a wide variety of projects including mugs, plates, piggy banks, picture frames and more. Advance reservations strongly recommended. To go kits also available. Monday-Thursday 11 am – 6 pm Friday-Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Explore interactive, educational, well-designed exhibits for babies to pre-teens.

* Assemble, create, peek into, crawl under, and walk through one of a kind sculptures and installations in Inside Art.

* Cool off at splashy (outdoor) water exhibit Dynamic H2O with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics.

* Cross…

The Met Cloisters

Explore a castle-like museum overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park.

* This branch of the Met dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe has secret passages, peaceful gardens, stunning terraces with river views, golden treasure and lots of depictions of animals including intricate unicorn tapestries (warning, the unicorn…

American Museum of Natural History

Lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and more can get their animal & nature fix at this giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders.

* Favorite spots: Learn about moon rocks and meteorites in the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space. A 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures…

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

Explore a range of art that is accessible and thought-provoking, from historically significant to important contemporary works at this community-driven children’s museum inspired by the rich cultural history of Sugar Hill and the artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

Look for special programs that allow kids engage with working artists and to explore and experiment in…

Harlem Grown Saturdays on the Farm

Learn about fruits, veggies, planting, and gardening through engaging lessons, educational games, crafts, and cooking with volunteer-run Harlem Grown Urban Farms. No registration is required.

New-York Historical Society

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum.

* In the interactive Children’s History Museum, explore 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and a charming library. Try cross-stitch, see historic baseball gear, ride an Orphan Train, play a newsies video game…

Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime

Join museum educators in the lovely children’s library for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special hello song, silly dances and games, a story book reading, and a craft to do after the story. Themes related to New York history and current exhibits change monthly.

See our guide to New-York Historical Society.

Columbus Ave Open Streets

Dine on fare from local restaurants and tables set up in car free streets. Enjoy activities for all ages including kids music, artmaking, live music, store discounts, food samples, sidewalk chalk, games and more.

Also look for art installations in storefronts.

The Met Cloisters Family Tours

Share ideas and enjoy hands-on gallery activities that bring medieval works of art to life in a castle-like setting.

Living History: Juneteenth

Explore the history and traditions of Juneteenth a holiday that commemorates the end of American slavery. Explore its origins, how it has changed over time, and the many local traditions connected with the holiday. Listen to narratives of formerly enslaved people as they describe how they learned about the end of slavery. Learn how to…

Father’s Day Dash

Enjoy organized, short, fun races broken down by age group (from early walkers to 6+ years old). Then fathers or other family members can enter special races with the children. Additional races will be offered for fathers with more than one child.. Each child who completes the run receives a medal and “recovery” snacks. Also…

New-York Historical Society Pay-What-You-Wish

Admission is up to you Friday evenings at this Learn about this fascinating museum.

* In the interactive Children’s History Museum, explore 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and a charming library. Try cross-stitch, see historic baseball gear, ride an Orphan Train, play a newsies…

UPPER EAST SIDE

Conservatory Gardens

Enter the magnificent 1894 Vanderbilt Gate to Central Park’s only formal garden, a six-acre oasis within an oasis with European charm.

Climb onto the wisteria pergola in the Italianate Center Garden overlooking a yew hedges-bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of tulips and Korean…

Met Roof Garden

Take in stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline from the roof of the Met. This year’s installation didn’t happen due to logistical issues, but it is a still a lovely spot for fresh air and snacks. Purchase fancy popcorn, nuts, chips, prosciutto skewers and more plus fruity adults beverages from the rooftop…

The Met

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.

* Advance timed tickets required. On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street to avoid longer lines.

* Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur…

Cooper Hewitt

See gorgeous historic and contemporary design in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.

* Go inside your design in the kid-favorite Wallpaper Immersion Room. Create digital wallpaper  – or chose from an amazing assortment in the museum’s collection – and project them onto the walls at full scale.…

Museum of the City of New York

Explore the greatest city in the world 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.

* Favorite spots include an extravagant Gilded Age dollhouse, a dangling light installation above the stunning spiral staircase and the fascinating multimedia…

Central Park Zoo

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo.

* Watch crowds of penguins and puffins swim and waddle in the  indoor Polar circle.

* Warm up with colorful birds and playful monkeys in an indoor rain forest.

* Look for snow leopards, cute red pandas,…

The Jewish Museum

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

* The ongoing Scenes From the Collection features nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art, a unique mix of artworks and ceremonial objects, including hundreds of stunning menorahs, presented…

Guggenheim

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum.

* Experience exciting colors, shapes. lines and feelings in Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle. Follow his work in reverse chronological order, starting with his late-life paintings in France and proceeding upward along the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp through experiments in painting, poetry,…

MIDTOWN - 40s & 50s

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…

The Drama Book Shop

A mainstay of the New York theatre scene and a cultural institution for theatrical works is 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 rooms with…

Rock Center Shops

FAO SCHWARZ (10am – 9pm)

Salute the live toy soldier as you enter this iconic three-story toy store with high-end toys, life-sized stuffed animals, giant Transformers, lots of demos and crazy candy. Dance on the giant piano made famous in the movie Big.

AMERICAN GIRL (11am – 7pm)
Explore immersive environments for historical and contemporary high-end dolls including a 1970s pod chair, 1980s arcade and a surfboard on waves. Shop tons of dolls and accessories, design you own doll or visit the salon for girl & doll hair styling, manicures & ear piercings.

NINTENDO (11am- 6pm)
Explore two-levels of everything Nintendo. Say hi to life-size Mario, Luigi and Bowser, see the newest Switch games, shop games, accessories, apparel, and other items featuring everyone’s favorite Nintendo characters and see historical items including original systems and game boys and cute figurines.

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…

The LEGO Store Fifth Avenue

Take photos with taxis, subway stations, the Statue of Liberty and other NYC icons built out of LEGOS and the recently relocated, multi-floor LEGO Store (630 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street). Engage in hands-on, minds-on play. Make mosaics, create a custom Minifigure, look for hidden treasures in the enormous Tree of Discovery and shop for exclusive sets, hard-to-find bricks and elements that you can select by hand at the rainbow Pick A Brick wall.

Go on a 20-minute interactive, immersive journey into the LEGO Brick Lab with innovative technology that brings walls, floors and ceilings to life with light, sound and music. Build a creation with an exclusive set of bricks, scan and watch it become a living part of the Brick Lab ($15, includes brick set, reserve online). Choose from outer space or NYC themes in a trippy digital experience with signature LEGO wit.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Lovers of Hershey’s Kisses, Kit-Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and other classic candy faves can shop Hershey’ merch (including giant candy bars), try giant s’mores served from an authentic camper and get more sweets from Hershey’s Kitchens Bakery treats featuring candy-filled milkshakes, cookies, cookie dough cups, and seasonal cupcakes.

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 experiences 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…

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…

Disney Store – Times Square

The largest Disney store ever has in Times Square has character toys, clothes, collectibles & more over two floors. Ride the tall escalator under Rapunzel Floating Lantern to a princess castle, life-size Storm Troopers and more mouse magic.

Sunday-Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday-Saturday 10 am – 9 pm

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.

Peter Kuper’s INterSECTS: Where Arthropods and Homo Sapiens Meet

Explore a homage to the tiny, underappreciated creatures that touch everything people do. Look for bees, ants and butterflies in graphic novelist Peter Kuper’s drawings of insects in the grand rooms of the Library’s interior in bugs-eyes views drawings, plus individual winged creatures scattered throughout the exhibit and library.

Bring headphones to listen to entomologists…

The Broadway Grand Gallery

Walk through larger-than-life Playbills are on display in Times Square, celebrating 21 currently running Broadway productions.

Bryant Park Reading Room, Games & Art Cart

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

* Borrow chess, Connect Four, Sorry and other board games on the Fifth Avenue Terrace and play on ping pong tables, pétanque courts and putting greens.

* Get inspired by the urban life, flowers, and monuments of…

Rock Center Food

Find lots of fast-casual food options at the concourse level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza include lots of outposts of popular NYC shops. Choose from middle-eastern Samesa, Black Seed Bagels, global rice bowls at FIELDTRIP, Dough Doughnuts, Van Leeuwen ice cream and many more. S

Bring food to tables and chairs around the disco roller rink and watch skaters while you eat. For indoor table service, try kid-friendly Bill’s Bar & Burgers.

Pick up cupcakes and banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery and delicious chocolates at floral explosion Tuescher or classy La Maison du Chocolate.

MASA: Intervención/Intersección 

See work by Mexico-based artists, architects, and designers, alongside significant historical works that complicate and extend the Mexican canon as well as a public installation by Mexican artist Pia Camil on the flagpoles surrounding The Rink.

The Rink Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-6pm. Enter through the Channel Gardens, into into the 620 Lobby and down the steps to the Rink Level. The exuberant clotheslines n the flagpoles are always open.

Flower Craft

Celebrate the creative visions of botanical artists working at the forefront of contemporary floral design. Inspired by nature’s ephemerality and its inimitable palettes, these artists are investigating all stages of the plant life cycle, from seed to germination to decay, to interpret nature in sculptural form. As they expand the boundaries of materials and creative…

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.

Forever and Forever

For the first time since 1940, the skating at Rockefeller Center foes year round with a reincarnation of the legendary family owned and operated roller rink Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace (originally in LA 1979-1981).

The roller rink will be about half the size of the ice rink, with room on the plaza for tables and chairs for eating (lots of diverse food options in the center) and skater-watching.

Programming includes “meditative” early morning skate sessions, disco nights and gospel music on Sundays.

Retro ankle-height four-wheel “quads” that were worn at the original Flipper’s available for rent and purchase. Note that rental skates sizes start at 8C.

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 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.

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…

MoMA UNIQLO NYC Nights Released

Visit MoMA for free the first Friday of every month. Tickets must be reserved in advance (up to two adults, unlimited kids) and are released one week before each event. Proof of residency required.

See our guide to MoMA.

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. See our guide to Bryant Park.

The Visionary Universe of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds & PaleyGX

An immersive exhibition celebrates the latest incarnation of the groundbreaking Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and the many acclaimed series in the Star Trek universe, which has captivated audiences across decades. See Starfleet and Vulcan uniforms, set pieces including the USS Enterprise, artwork, video clips, and more. Have a seat in one…

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.

All rentals stay in the supervised cove. To go into…

Intrepid Museum Astronomy Night

Enjoy free admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum plus fun-filled and educational experiences for the whole family. Join talks from leading scientists and activities from the Museum’s education department.

Local astronomers will be on hand with high-powered telescopes to help visitors navigate the night sky and answer questions about astronomy and stargazing.…

Fleet Week at the Intrepid

Celebrate Fleet Week at the Intrepid Museum with a variety of displays, activities and demos including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, USO and even some antique military vehicles. All activities on the pier are free.

See our guide to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

MoMA Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Heyman Family Art Lab is open for spring break! Work with wire, design emoji, engage in light-box play, and more in this all-ages, hands-on space. Drop in and choose the activities that interest you.

To get to The Heyman Family Art Lab, walk across the Sculpture Garden, or down the corridor on the second floor…

MIDTOWN - 20s & 30s

Moynihan Train Hall

Midtown-30s
 In the new entrance to historic Pennsylvania Station, large-scale, site-specific artworks that reflect broadly on notions of past, present, andfuture. In this renovation of the 1912 James A. Farley Post Office, the distinguished sister building to the sadly destroyed original PenStan Douglas has mined the history of the original Penn Station, giving…

Camp Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards

Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an immersive retail experience that celebrates the wonders of nature and evokes the feeling of summer camp with hands-on installations.

Sign up for free daily free activities plus singalongs, performances, classes and art workshops ($25-$35).

Zoo on Park Avenue

Midtown-30s

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.

Roar! Collection of Mighty Women

Midtown-30s

Admire Ashley Longshore’s pop art portraits featuring legendary stateswomen, artists, and notable women from all over the world.

See our guide to Hudson Yards for more food and fun.


Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm
Sunday 11am -7pm

Here by Santi Flores

Midtown-30s

Fourteen oversized sculptures with raised hands provide a warm welcome to New Yorkers and visitors as part of the Garment District Alliance’s latest public art exhibit. Created by artist Santi Flores, Here symbolizes unity, diversity and individuality, and will be dedicated to all New Yorkers and visitors passing through the neighborhood.

Crafted from steel, concrete…

Harry Potter New York

Flatiron/Gramercy

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. Lots of fun photo ops; strike a pose inside a London phone box as if transporting yourself to the Ministry of Magic or step into Hagrid’s boots. Get one of a kind personalization including engraving a wand, embossing a journal and embroidering a house robe with your name. Guests at least 48 inches tall and 10+ years old can sign up for one of two (or both) virtual reality experiences: Chaos at Hogwarts & Wizards Take Flight

Candytopia

Midtown-30s

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. The marshmallows are not edible, but…

Empire State Building

Midtown-30s

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…

Disney’s Mickey & Friends x CAMP

Midtown-30s

Climb, zip, slide, bounce, dance, and work together to save the day in an immersive world celebrating Disney’s Mickey Mouse & Friends. Kids will be been ‘shrunk’ to about the size of a crayon and need to collaborate with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, and Goofy to get things back to…

First Friday at Poster House

Flatiron/Gramercy

Get free admission to this unique museum first Friday of every month. See current exhibitions including The Utopian Avant-Garde: Soviet Film Posters of the 1920s and Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property and join activities, workshops, and performances throughout the day (reserve in advance).

Pick up a scavenger hunt and find interesting items…

Poster Kids: From Photomontage to Collage

Flatiron/Gramercy

Join Poster House for a family-friendly, interactive, poster tour and a related art-making experience. Available in-person and virtually.

This month, look at posters that use photomontage and paste-up techniques, and then create own collaged story cubes inspired by gallery explorations.

CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

Museum of Illusions

Walk on walls, put your head on a platter and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour. Blows most young minds.

Special $62 family ticket covers 2 adults & 2 children. Free kids under 2.

 

Little Island

Explore a new immersive experience with nature and art on a floating green space on the Hudson River.

* Enjoy diverse horticulture, welcoming seating lawns, winding paths leading to spectacular views, and a variety of spaces for performing arts, relaxation and play.

* Make music on a variety of percussion installations and play with a…

DVF x Ashley Longshore Gallery

See Ashley Longshore’s paintings of inspirational women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Cleopatra, Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Nina Simone, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall in a photogenic gallery at the Diane von Furstenberg store. Good stop for International Women’s Month.

Chelsea Market

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato to eat at covered outdoor tables along 15th and 16th Streets. Find fun Chinese merchandise & food at Pearl River Mart.

Look for art installations among twinkling lights and cool decor at this always happening historic market.

The narrow walkway of the former factory can get…

High Line Nine

Explore a collection of sky-lit galleries with a rotating cross-section of culture. Watch resident artists create (behind glass) and see finished work in a variety of mediums.

Imagine the stories of the diverse women portrayed in REWA and Megan Gabrielle Harris’s “Ladies of Leisure” and Nicolas V. Sanchez’s “belongings,” two of many intriguing exhibits.

Life of a Neuron

Step into the human brain – an immersive, digital 3D model of a real human prefrontal cortex neuron — the “thinking cell” of the brain — and see it grow from birth through death.

Created by ARTECHOUSE Studio in partnership with Society for Neuroscience (SfN), this exhibition is the result of three years of ardent…

Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure

Explore Jean-Michel Basquiat’s contributions to the history of art and his explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena––including music, the Black experience, pop culture, Black American sports figures, literature, and other sources–– in immersive environments providing a unique insight into the late artist’s creative life and his singular voice.

Organized and curated by the family of Jean-Michel…

Doug Aitken, Wilderness

Go inside Doug Aitken’s multi-screen video installation. A series of song cycles, sung in AI-generated digital voices, narrate and capture the modern landscape as it moves from day into night. The artwork flows from person to person, following a subconscious thread where sound and language create the connective tissue. The piece was filmed over two…

The Fans Strike Back

Explore the world’s largest private Star Wars collection made by fans, for fans, with more than 600 collectibles and figurines, life-size figures and famous costumes, more than 50 one-of-a-kind sculptures, armor, lightsabers, blasters, helmets, masks, and more in a immersive space. Use a green chroma to take pictures with selected backgrounds and visit the merchandise…

Rubin Family Sundays: Luminous Layers

Explore the exhibition, Shrine Room Projects, for an activity filled with illumination. Make translucent sculptures, inspired by Palden Weinreb’s use of light, and how he uses it as a reminder to illustrate that the true power comes from within (a perfect theme for Mother’s Day).

Pre-registration is required for either the 1 pm or 2…

MANHATTAN-DOWNTOWN

East Village/LES/Noho Street Art

Lower East Side

Look for lots of cool murals around this hip neighborhood, on walls, sliding metal gates and on the sidewalk. Current favorite include:

* I ❤️ NY mural at The Jones NYC (Great Jones Street & Bowery),

* a swing you can sit on among tulips at Bloomeffects (Bowery & Bleecker)

* double-vision Mickey Mouse…

First Street Green Art Park

Lower East Side

Nestled between two buildings and lined by interchangeable murals and fence art, this art and cultural park emerged from a derelict building lot and hosts frequent community events. Bring chalk art to add to the colorful vibe.

Freeman Alley

Lower East Side

Look for all sorts of tags & paste-ups at one of the most famous graffiti spots in NYC, a storied alley on the north side of Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street. The walls of former horse stables turned marble factory turned residences are crammed with images and messages. Find ‘rugged clandestine colonial American…

Aki Kuroda: MIDNIGHT SPAGHETTI

Lower East Side

Look for bunnies, faces, planets, floral arrangements, and caryatids that morph into portals or openings to other realms in world-renowned Japanese artist Aki Kuroda whimiscal paintings and 1 NFT. Compare works in vivid blues and yellows to those in deep blacks and subdued whites.

Tuesday–Sunday 11 am-7 pm

Sour Patch Kids NYC

Noho/Nolita

Create-your-own candy mix station, pose with oversized Sour Patch Kids in fun NYC-themed photo ops and shop limited-edition merchandise in this spacious colorful celebration of the classic candy. A Sweets Bar serves  with waffles, cake shakes and more crazy desserts featuring the candy.

Daily 12 pm – 8 pm

Wilson NYC Flagship

Soho

Play in a 6,400-square-foot atrium in the new Wilson NYC Flagship store. Hit tennis balls, shoot hoops on an indoor court, try a golf simulator and test out products.

In-store services include racket stringing, leather ball customization, and glove personalization,.

Koneko

Lower East Side

Play with roaming (adoptable) cats in three cat-centric spaces: the sunlit Upper Cattery, the warm and cozy Lower Cattery, and a first-of-its-kind outdoor Catio. Food from a Japanese- influenced menu, house-made desserts, plus beer, wine, and sake available for purchase.

Wednesday-Sunday 11 am –  3 pm & 4 pm – 8 pm

M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden

East Village

Look for cool art nestled among the flowers and trees this beautiful garden–almost a city block long–nestled in Sara Roosevelt Park.  Up to 50 volunteer gardeners including community groups maintain individual beds, and contribute to the upkeep of communal areas. Highlights include a small pond with koi, goldfish and turtles, a chicken coop (that donates…

Faces of the Wild

West Village

See international artists and conservationists Gillie and Marc Schattner’s newest installation with nine six-foot-tall sculptures representing some of the most endangered animals in the world including the Northern white rhino, chimpanzee, addax, western lowland gorilla, polar bear, red wolf, African forest elephant, hippopotamus, and lion. Each sculpture has a QR code that provides more information…

Chie Shimizu: ROJI

Soho

Meet all sorts of interesting characters in Japanese-born, New York-based artist Chié Shimizu’s sculptures. Look for women standing in their hair, men with piles of rocks on their head, demons hiding in elaborate headdresses and more statues with stories in a serene exhibit evoking a roji, a garden surrounds and leads to the room in…

Elene Chantladze

Lower East Side

See animals, children and crowds gathering to celebrate weddings or other rituals that reflect the life and customs that surround Georgian artist Elene Chantladze in works rendered using both traditional media—gouache and pens—and the unconventional—elderberry juice, charcoal, kerosene—on old chocolate boxes or plastic lids. Find evocative faces from the sea, birds from the sky, flowers…

SHOWFIELDS

Noho/Nolita

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands pop-ups and rotating interactive art exhibits throughout the 14,000 square foot, three floor space.
Look for a hidden two-story slide behind a book shelf that goes to a rotating art installation and lots of interesting products to peruse and sample.

Colin Thomson | Through Line

Lower East Side

Lines caress, pierce, and bump up against one another in Colin Thomson’s paintings, resembling a type of excavation, like digging into the earth, something he did in his twenties as a heavy equipment operator. Look for layers of colorful shapes and allusions to body parts like eyes and feet. Sometimes the artist creates under hypnosis,…

Kenny Scharf WOODZ ‘N THINGZ

Lower East Side

Explore legendary downtown painter Kenny Scharf’s “intuitive derangements of the regime of senses” in an exhibit of colorful, surreal paintings. Anthropomorphic elements of nature like red  trees with big eyes interact with mesmerizing patterns and vibrant colors.

Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm

 

Evan Mazellan, Eye Care

Lower East Side

Look for oversized body parts and surfers in works by Brooklyn-based Evan Mazellan, who says ‘I paint water like ripped strips of collaged paper and I paint figures like clothes crammed into a suitcase. I start each work by drawing the toes and work my way up. I try to fit things in – whatever…

Clive Smith 2022

Lower East Side

See Clive Smith’s paintings of new species of birds: owls, ducks, spoonbills, pelicans, kingfishers, and pigeons, plus occasionally an insect or a mammal makes an appearance as well. Look for new feathers and fur patterns, based on canonical masters like Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Hilma of Klimt, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Kenneth Noland, Josef Albers,…

Color Factory

Soho

This truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in twelve unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit is an all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups.

Well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not just photo-ops (though plenty of those, and we love the…

Josh Sperling: Daydream

Lower East Side

Find inspiration in Josh Sperling’s colorful painted lines that curl and wend and spiral, shimmying up walls across three floors of a spacious gallery show.

Not far from legendary Economy Candy.

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

This interactive slime emporium is packed with sensory slime play.

* Walk & crawl through an obstacle course with a vat of slime, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove, take photos with slime-inspired art, play with a slime catapult and more.

* Make custom slime at a 150-yard-long DIY bar. Choose from a variety of bases, scents, colors…

Museum of Ice Cream

Soho

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors.

Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms, plus play with a three-story slide, hula hoops, a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms and more interactive…

Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts

Lower East Side

Theater for the New City presents its 27th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, a massive annual performance marathon in the theater plus on the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.

See hundreds of diverse well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, plus explore…

Arcadia Earth

West Village

Explore a large scale, multi-sensorial journey through underwater worlds, fantasy lands, and inspirational art installations. Powered by augmented reality, virtual reality, projection mapping, and interactive environments, learn how small lifestyle changes can have a massive impact on the future of our planet. Interact with holograms in every room with HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality headset.

For…

Private Curator-Led Tour of “Faith Ringgold: American People” with CMA

Noho/Nolita

Enjoy a private curator-led tour of “Faith Ringgold: American People” at New Museum hosted by Children’s Museum of the Arts. Explore over fifty years of work by artist, author, educator, and organizer, Faith Ringgold, one of the most influential cultural figures of her generation and creator of magical children’s books.

Group size is limited; advance…

SEAPORT/FIDI

Peace, Love & Happiness

Cheerful sculptures by Scott Gerber, artist and founder of Tube Dude have been moved to the edge of the East River, framing dramatic views. Climb inside a giant Heart, Peace Sign and Smiley Face.

Staten Island Ferry

Take a free ferry ride from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back for great views of The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan & Brooklyn skylines. 25 minute trips (1 hour round trip) depart every half hour (every fifteen minutes during rush hour). Masks required.

For a quicker trip, take the…

Ziggy

Lounge and climb on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord by Hou De Sousa.

Dubuffet Sculpture

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

WTC Street Murals & Memorial

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

At the 9/11 Memorial, two 1-acre pools with the largest man-made waterfalls in the United States comprise the footprints of the Twin Towers, symbolizing the loss of…

Art Walk at Brookfield Place

Look for works ranging in composition from oil on canvas to handmade ceramics throughout the 40-foot palms and glass decor in this shopping and office complex.

In addition to a permanent collection on view, new artists exhibit their work throughout the year. Right now see vivid & colorful art installations by Laci Jordan on the…

Seaglass Carousel

Spin under the sea in an aquatic carousel in historic Battery Park. Sit within iridescent fiberglass fish that glide through a (covered) spiraling nautilus of glass and steel. LED color-changing lighting combined with “water effect” light projectors and oceanic music create a magical underwater atmosphere for kids of all ages.

Purchase tickets at the carousel…

Bird’s-Eye View & Battery Park City Art

Experience Bird’s Eye View, an augmented reality (AR) artwork by technology innovator and artist Shuli Sadé. The piece is inspired by relocation and movement along the lower Hudson River through fascinating studies of bird migration and human immigration.

Scan one of 70 QR codes on any of the 14 signs along the water to see…

One World Observatory

Elevators climb 102 stories in 47 seconds to the 102nd floor of the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in America at a symbolic 1,776 feet. Incredible views plus lots of interactive and digital features including immersive audiovisual experiences, a 14-foot wide circular glass disc with high definition footage of the streets 100 floors below and…

The Statue of Liberty

Take a ferry to Liberty Island, home of the iconic statue. After a lovely 15-minute boat ride with amazing views and no crowds. Walk among paved, stroller-friendly paths  and relax in shady grassy areas.

At the Statue of Liberty Museum, explore the story of the Statue’s creation, her history, and her evolving meaning to people…

Governors Island

Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island is just a short ferry ride away. Lots of room to roam and play on this 172 acre former military post.

* Relax in Hammock Grove’s cozy hammocks (and say hello to sheep), find breathtaking 360-degree views in The Hills and camp out in Adirondack chairs at Picnic Point. Throughout the island…

Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle 

Visit a discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children, at The South Street Seaport Museum.

Huge immersive murals bring families into Carle’s book, A House for Hermit Crab, and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Activities include meeting a live hermit…

Smorgasburg WTC

Sample creative global treats from 10 vendors at an open-air food market flanked by colorful murals.

Japan Performing Arts Ear­ly Sum­mer Fes­ti­val

Japan Per­form­ing Arts presents  Japan­ese food ven­dors, per­for­mances, a play­ground area, kimono dress­ing demon­stra­tions and work­shops on Awaodori and Gujo Odori.

See our guide to Governor’s Island.

 

Sing for Hope Pianos on the Plaza

10 Sing for Hope Pianos— each a unique work of art — are gathered are on display top be admired and played before being donated to local schools. See a performance at 12 pm with over 100 youth choristers– Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, the Senior Chorus from the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of…

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program

Engage with a Skyscraper Museum educator to explore the principles of urbanism, architecture, and engineering through hands-on activities.

Free, but online registration required. Walk-in spots sometimes available.

Sing for Hope Monday Melodies

Enjoy live performances by Sing for Hope artist on a beautiful & unique Sing for Hope piano, painted by local artist Lance Johnson, in the striking Oculus. Make a request and enjoy the powerful acoustics of the unique space

From 8 am – 7 pm, all are welcome to play on the piano.

Hamilton: The Scavenger Hunt for Families

Follow in Alexander Hamilton’s footsteps through the streets of Lower Manhattan, from Wall Street to Battery Park. Kids and adults collaborate on teams to discover the places where the feisty Founding Father worked, played, debated, fought, and planned his fatal duel. Great for fans of the musical Hamilton.

No knowledge of Alexander Hamilton or…

Upcoming Events

Tutu School UES

Upper East Side-80s

Try a free trial ballet class at a gorgeous new studio with a focus on stories, imagination and twirling.

Ages 18 months-8 years can develop motor skill to Tchaikovsky and Bach while exploring the enchanted worlds of swans and sugar plums.

Choose from a range of classes times every day of the week. Unlimited makeups…

Spring at the Atrium

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Join Lincoln Center for concerts with artists from across the globe in genres ranging from swing to Afro-Peruvian to opera. Performers change nightly; some are more kid-friendly than others, but the vibe is usually relaxed with space to walk and dance in the back.

The indoor space is weather proof but with fountains and plant-covered…

Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts

Lower East Side

Theater for the New City presents its 27th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, a massive annual performance marathon in the theater plus on the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.

See hundreds of diverse well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, plus explore…

Piano in Bryant Park

Midtown-40s

Visit the Bryant Park Upper Terrace to hear New York City’s finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Different musicians featured weekly.

See our guide to Bryant Park.

The Dance Floor at the Atrium

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Dance at the Lincoln Center Atrium, featuring DJ-spun hits and live performances representing the most-loved musical genres of today, including Hip Hop, K-Pop, and the long-awaited return of the ¡VAYA! Latin dance music series.  Each night begins with a short dance tutorial.

The indoor space is weather proof but with fountains and plant-covered walls giving…

Fleet Week at the Intrepid

Midtown-40s

Celebrate Fleet Week at the Intrepid Museum with a variety of displays, activities and demos including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, USO and even some antique military vehicles. All activities on the pier are free.

See our guide to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Sunnyside Gardens Memorial Day Fair

Queens: Astoria

Celebrate Memorial Day Fair with a flag-raising ceremony, a full schedule of locally-sourced entertainment, action-packed rides, crafts and face painting and more.

A wide array of food and drink will be for sale: burgers, hot dogs (including vegetarian!), festive sides, beer, wine, hard seltzer – and more.

Admission is free. Tickets for rides, activities, and…

Live Music at Chelsea Market

Chelsea

Enjoy live music from local musicians at Chelsea Market, which also has great food options and decor throughout the historic spot.

Navy Band Concert – Times Square

Midtown-40s

Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform a concert at Military Island in Times Square. Part of Fleet Week.

Columbus Ave Open Streets

Upper West Side-70s

Dine on fare from local restaurants and tables set up in car free streets. Enjoy activities for all ages including kids music, artmaking, live music, store discounts, food samples, sidewalk chalk, games and more.

Also look for art installations in storefronts.

Rock And Roll Playhouse at Brooklyn Bowl

Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Dance and sing along to the music of iconic rockers at an interactive and educational live music experience for families at the super cool Brooklyn Bowl. Each week a local professional band covers a deferent beloved artist or genre, from Aretha Franklin to Phish to Alanis Morisette.

Loud (bring hearing protection earmuffs for sensitive ears)…

DanceAfrica Family Workshop

DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

DanceAfrica featured company Farafina Kan invites caregivers and children to explore the fundamentals of West African dance movement and music in a fun-filled, hands-on workshop.

All ages. Part of DanceAfrica Festival.