OPEN IN NY

While we've been loving trying out online events and exploring educational websites and virtual culture, we are so ready for in-person adventures. Masks, social distancing and advance timed tickets required for most.

We've got more specific guides if you're in the mood for museums, pop-ups or outdoors-only.

And our holiday guide is here for COVID-safe cheer!

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MANHATTAN-UPTOWN

Sam Moyer: Doors For Doris

Try to open massive stone doors in a massive three-part sculpture on the southeastern edge of Central Park. Moyer’s hybrid sculpture unites imported stone with rock indigenous to the New York region with beautiful inlaid marble fragments. The title pays homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981)

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 over looking a yew hedges bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of…

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…

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Explore curated family experiences in one-hour-and-forty-five-minute session with limited capacity to allow increased space to safely explore, climb, move, and play.

Play, learn and imagine in Playworks and Adventures with Dora and Diego exhibits. Enjoy educator-led experiences such as storytime, singing and music.

Or explore Inside Art and Superpowered Metropolis exhibits with educator-led…

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.

* Online advance timed ticket purchase required, even for members.

* Coat check, drinking fountains, IMAX Theater, Planetarium, Discovery Room and touchscreen/interactive elements all currently closed.

* Entrances at Central…

Central Park Zoo

Central Park

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

* Climb, play and pet at the interactive children’s zoo across the path.

* Most indoor areas are now open including the delightful penguins & sea birds exhibit and tropic zone. 4D Theater is closed.

* Some…

Guggenheim

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

* So much to see – autonomous robots, oversized collages, hanging haybales, Kermit the frog, a wooly mammoth fossil, digital art and more – in the multimedia rotunda exhibition Countryside, The Future.

* Other highlights include bold works…

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

New-York Historical Society

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

* Although the interactive Children’s Museum is sadly closed, there are kid-friendly objects throughout. Look for a Noah’s Ark toy and historical fire fighting equipment, dragonflies in gorgeous Tiffany Lamps, and more discoveries. Free disposable stylus are available for touchscreens and in-gallery interactives…

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 presented in thematic “scenes,” weaving together…

MIDTOWN

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme’s new 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…

King Nyani

Nestle in the hand of King Nyani, a 23 ft long bronze gorilla sculpture by world-renowned public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner. Nyani will lounge in Bella Abzug Park, already a colorful, engaging place to play, near Hudson Yards for 11 months to bring awareness and raise funds for the critically endangered gorilla species through…

Winter Village at Bryant Park

* Shop for a wide array of handmade gifts at a a European inspired open-air market (smaller and more spread out this year).

* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink ($18-33/skate rentals – varies by day). Online advance reservations required. Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22).…

Rockefeller 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…

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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

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

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. Current exhibit Presidential Dogs looks back on the different breeds of dogs that have lived at the White House from George Washington’s Foxhounds all the way to Bo and Sunny…

MoMA

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, MoMA has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits.

* Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, see the very cool Donald Judd exhibit, explore the trippy world of Félix Fénéon in a new exhibit, see sparkly geometric sculptures from various angles and…

Vessel

* Climb 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs — almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings -to incredible views of the city, the river and beyond. Not for those averse to physical exertion or heights. Elevator available only for disabled visitors.

* Same day tickets available at onsite interactive kiosks on a first come, first…

Empire State Building

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

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

Top of the Rock

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

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

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.

CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

GIANT Open Studio

Build STEAM projects as a family. Play and make with creative tools including Rigamajig blocks and Clixo magnetic sets. Use fabrication machines including Laser Cut, 3D Printer, Sticker Maker, Button Maker, and Embroidery Machine with guidance from instructors.

Includes a complimentary pack of activities to take home and continue making.

Celestial

Submerge yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue in an immersive digital installation.

Inside Chelsea Market, also home to fun holiday decor and many delicious food options.

Get a $5 discount by signing up for their email list.

High Line

Follow the green dots for a socially-distanced stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Timed-entry passes required on weekends. On weekdays, the park is open at 7 am –7 pm without reservations.

Enter at Gansevoort Street, 23rd Street, or 30th…

Whitney Museum of American Art

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building.

* Find works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965.

* Crafty kids can get inspiration from striking oversized works using weaving, sewing, textiles, thread,…

MANHATTAN-DOWNTOWN

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural

See a colorful three-story-tall celebrating RBG’s life and achievements by New York-based street artist “Elle.” Look for the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge among symbols representing this born-in-Brooklyn hero.

Peace, Love & Happiness/Ziggy

Come together and heal through art with this sculpture at the Seaport by Scott Gerber, artist and founder of Tube Dude. The “Peace Sign” is a signal to viewers to bring calm to one’s mind. By crafting the “Heart”, Gerber urges the viewer to be kind and spread love to those who are suffering. The…

Luminaries & Reindeer Roundup

Dance up on down giant stairs underneath a canopy of 650 ever changing rainbow hanging lanterns in the Winter Garden of a high end mall. Watch cool light shows to holiday music at the top of every hour.

* Two touchless wishing stations allow visitors to send a motion-activated wish that will illuminate the canopy…

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…

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime.

* Walk through 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 & so many charms. Also take-home…

The Greens

Book a socially distanced, heated rooftop cabin for seasonal food and signature cocktails on a rooftop overlooking the East River.

Cabins fit 2 to 10 and have classic winter cabin décor, virtual fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling NYC views. Menu ($15-$30) features starters, artisanal comfort food, cheese fondue, dessert & a kids menu.

New reservation times released Monday mornings.

Dimensionism 2.0 2.0

InteraCt with Yasuo Nomura’s large colorful cube uses optical phenomena to allow viewers to experience a new way of perceiving dimension. Super friendly staff with help you play with perception.

New Museum

Always something interesting to see – or interact with – at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum in a geometric building in a cool neighborhood.

* Exhibits are always changing – currently check our large scale portrait paintings in Jordan Casteel: Within Reach and immersive bio-art in Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself.

Museum of Ice Cream Pinkmas

Soho

Explore an ice cream winter wonderland of holiday-themed spaces and installations. Enjoy special treats, festive surprises, and visit a whimsical shop for exclusive holiday merchandise. Dance, discover, and play in 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, a big sprinkle pool, a three-story slide plus eat lots of ice cream and other treats.

Purchase a $25…

South Patch Kids NYC

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Sour Patch Kids with a Sweets Bar serving  with waffles to cake shakes more crazy desserts featuring the candy (take-out only), create-your-own candy mix station, fun NYC-themed photo ops and limited-edition merchandise.

Masks & social distancing required (the store is spacious).

SHOWFIELDS

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands and rotating interactive art exhibits & brand-pop ups. Find a hidden slide to a floor with cool lighting and comfy seating. Hand sanitizer (in high-design dispensers) everywhere.

Attached coffee shop as hot chocolate with designer logos. More sweets at the nearby…

Color Factory

Soho

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. 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 strategically placed…

Classes & Camps

GIANT Open Studio

Build STEAM projects as a family. Play and make with creative tools including Rigamajig blocks and Clixo magnetic sets. Use fabrication machines including Laser Cut, 3D Printer, Sticker Maker, Button Maker, and Embroidery Machine with guidance from instructors.

Includes a complimentary pack of activities to take home and continue making.

Studio BFPL: Holiday Edition

Experience intimate, one-of-a-kind, live performances that are socially distant, within the indoor spaces of Brookfield Place. Up to six people who have traveled together can expect to be entertained for 15-20 minutes by family-friendly celebratory holiday performances. Reservations  open at 10am on Monday for each week. [email protected] to join the waitlist.

All performers will…