OPEN IN NY

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

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

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UPPER WEST SIDE

Broadway Blooms: Jon Isherwood on Broadway

Eight marble sculptures in the form of flowers celebrates the return to life of the city after a long and difficult winter and spring. Find an array of colors and forms on eight locations on the green malls at the center of Broadway from 64th Street to 157th Street, By Jon Isherwood, organized in partnership…

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Explore interactive, educational exhibits for babies to pre-teens in two-hour sessions.

* Cross a rainbow bridge, learn Spanish, dance in Dora’s bedroom and imaginative play in the spacious Adventures with Dora and Diego.

* Explore what voting is and why it matters, how people effect change by working together, and the role of the president…

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. Zebras, giraffes and other jungle animals surround a family of elephants in…

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…

American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

Look for animals, trains, witches, cars and more delightful sculptures in American Folk Art Museum’s small exhibition highlighting the beauty, historical significance, and technical virtuosity of American vanes fashioned between the late seventeenth and early twentieth centuries.

Also shop for unique toys, books, affordable art and gifts for all ages at the charming gift shop.

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…

Cooper Hewitt

See gorgeous historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.

In Contemporary Muslim Fashions, examine how Muslim women—those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. See 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear,…

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…

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.

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

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

* Some…

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.

* Wu Tsang’s large-scale film installation Anthem transforms the rotunda into a sonic sculptural space. Projections of performances by legendary singer, composer, and transgender activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland woven with a larger tapestry of other voices and sounds placed throughout the museum’s circular…

ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21

See a national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Look for intriguing details and bright colors in paintings, sculptures and multi-media installations.

Baila to a special spotify playlist featuring songs selected by the curators and artists that play in the lobby…

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…

Rockefeller Center Art in Focus: Hilary Pecis

Look for Hilary Pecis vibrant still life paintings and three-dimensional mixed media installations throughout Rockefeller Center.

Bryant Park

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

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

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

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

Enter an immersive maze featuring more than 100 of theater’s most beautiful and complex garments.  See up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site demonstrating their techniques and skills and interacting with guests, and multimedia elements will provide a rare opportunity…

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…

Rockefeller Center Shops

THE LEGO STORE (11 am – 6 pm)

Take photos with taxis, subway stations, the Statue of Liberty and other NYC icons built out of LEGOS and the recently relocated LEGO Store (630 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street). Engage in play 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 then watch it become a living part of the Brick Lab ($15, reserve online).

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.

Pick up Portuguese pastries at Joey Bats Café, delicious chocolates at floral explosion Tuescher and classy La Maison du Chocolate, cupcakes and cheesecake at Magnolia Bakery or sweet and savory crepes and hot chocolate  at the Frenchette Crepe Truck

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…

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…

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

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

Art CAMP

Experiential toy store Camp’s new location features interactive and immersive art experiences. Color, craft & play with Slime, Splatter Paint, Spin Art, Ceramics, Tie Dye and more. Ticket holders enter on the 3rd floor and apply the value of your ticket to any art-themed experiences or merchandise. A

ersive art experience for families with kids…

MoMA

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

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

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

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

Current exhibit Top Dogs takes a…

Manhattan Kayak

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

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

Bryant Park Moves with Limón Dance

All levels and ages are invited to experience the joy of movement and dance in weekly free classes led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company Limón Dance accompanied by live drumming.

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.

MIDTOWN - 20s & 30s

Serra at Eataly

Flatiron/Gramercy

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

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.

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

Maya Lin: Ghost Forest

Flatiron/Gramercy

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

Listen to Lin’s Ghost Forest Soundscape from your phone to hear native species of animals once common to Manhattan. A series of public programs focused on nature-based solutions to climate change, including planting 1,000 trees and shrubs in collaboration with Natural Areas Conservancy, are planned throughout the run of the exhibition.

OFF THE WALL at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

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

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

Empire State Building

Midtown-30s

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 –…

Poster House

Flatiron/Gramercy

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

Current exhibitions include Freak Power, about Hunter S. Thompson’s plan to become Sheriff of Aspen, Vera List & The Posters Of Lincoln Center and Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age.

The museum’s café offers coffee, tea, other beverages, baked goods, and snacks with indoor seating Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Edge

Midtown-30s

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.

Music on the Green

Flatiron/Gramercy

Enjoy a free, unticketed concert series inspired by Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest that brings artists from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect to reflect on the themes of the exhibition.

Concerts held on the Oval Lawn. Limited seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Program is rain or shine.

CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

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 two lovely Sing…

Chelsea Market

Eat doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and more at over 115 socially-distanced outdoor tables along 15th and 16th Streets. Order take-out from Creamline, L’Arte del Gelato, Buon’Italia, Doughnuttery, Filaga, Los Tacos No. 1, Mokbar, Seed + Mill, Tings and Very Fresh Noodles or enjoy table service from Ayada, Buddakan, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Lobster…

Geometric Properties

Enter an immersive audio-visual installation by artist Julius Horsthuis and embark upon a cinematic journey where the sheer beauty of mathematics, nature and architecture coincide to inspire introspection and awe. Explore our recent past and Horsthuis’s ideal future, one that returns to the intersection of nature and math as…

The Musical Brain

Nine artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—in new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the High Line.

Sit next to human shaped sculptures made with colorful musical instruments, explore what stories discarded objects tell when played and hear what happens when a railway spike becomes a bell. Daily at dusk, see…

Taste Buds In-Kitchen & Online School Camps

Learn to cook sweet and savory treats at in-kitchen camps and online camps. Gain kitchen confidence and learn essential cooking skills. All recipes are vegetarian and can be adapted for allergies. Themes change weekly, from ‘Around The World’ to ‘The Great American Bake-off.’

Space is limited.

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. Weekly all-day camps also available.

Whitney Outdoor Open Studios

Join socially distanced family artmaking on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery. Drop in at any time to learn about a work on view, experiment with materials, and explore the galleries.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.

Saturdays through August 7.

MANHATTAN-DOWNTOWN

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit New York

Lower East Side

Step inside of Van Gogh painting projected onto the walls, floors and ceilings.

* Wander through three consecutive rooms that display the same moving images of famous works that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color, illuminating the mind of the genius, accompanied by experimental electronic music. Explore more than 300,000 cubic feet of animated projections, tiered…

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.

For every ticket sold, Arcadia Earth will plant one tree and donate to…

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.

New rooms include a confetti party and a display on the history of 26 different colors.

Well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other…

Happy-Go-Lucky

Soho

Immerse yourself in a fantastic multimedia environment. 8 colorful, photogenic rooms with holographic view of the waves, optical illusions and other elements include a dazzling diamond runway, an ethereal silver and an interactive kaleidoscope.

For all ages with a friendly staff. The whole experience takes about 1 hour.

Museum of Ice Cream

Soho

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors. Kid favorites include a three-story slide, hula hoops, a the game room with mini golf, jungle gyms and more and a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms (note you can no longer actually go on or in the sprinkles). All very colorful…

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime.

* 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 & so…

Central Park Youth Basketball Clinics

Central Park

Free high-energy, interactive youth basketball clinics cultivate skill development, team play, and sportsmanship both on and off the court.

Open to players of all levels. Saturdays & Sundays July 10–August 28. On-site registration each day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ages 6–10
11:00 am–11:30 am: Check In
11:30 am–12:30 pm: Basketball Clinic

Ages…

SEAPORT/FIDI

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.

WTC Street Murals

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.

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.

Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days

See six monumental sculptures created over the span of 50 years by Melvin Edwards, whose work reimagines monumental civic sculpture by uniting abstract forms with personal symbols to address issues of race, labor, and the African Diaspora.

Look for some form of chain in each of the giant geometric forms.  Depending on…

SuperReal

Play with giant balloons in an immersive multimedia art experience set in the grand neo-Renaissance Cunard building. Dream-like 360-degree video, lights and music evoke clouds, thunderstorms, gardens, tropical discotheques, the 1920s and so much more. The sequence loops every 45-minutes; we could have stayed there all day (lounge on giant bean bags scattered throughout the…

The Greens

Book your own 10 ft. x 10 ft. mini-lawn for dining on a rooftop overlooking the East River. Features food & beverage for on-site purchase, cabana-style lounge chairs, sun umbrellas and an amazing view.

New reservation times released Monday mornings.

Reservations fees ($20/weekday lunch, $40/dinner & weekend brunch) not applied to dining bill. Free reservations availble for patio table.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Enter a 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story, 360-degree projections of the Van Gogh’s most compelling works.

* In addition to a spacious central area where Van Gogh’s works stretch floor-to-ceiling while van Gogh quotes are broadcast, the experience includes separate galleries that chronicle his life, technique, and influence through informative panels,…

Governors Island

Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island opens for the season. 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, new this year), find breathtaking 360-degree views in The Hills, get moving on the Play Lawns, and camp out in an Adirondack…

Smorgasburg WTC

Sample creative global treats from 5 vendors (More soon, starting small + safe) at an open-air food market flanked by colorful murals.

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…

Brookfield Place Family Fitness

Join a series of fitness classes for families. Instructors rotate each Saturday; try Jazz Dance + Improvisation with Peridance (ages 11+), FUNctional Fitness with PopFit Kids (ages 5+) and Kids PopAction with STREB (ages 8-16).

Takes place outdoors on the Oval Lawn at the southeast corner of the marina. Register online in advance.

Lots of…

NYC Math Festival 2021

Enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers in a downtown plaza watched over by striking Jean Dubuffet sculptures. Presented by the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), now open for visits. Shop an outpost of  the museum gift shop for fun, educational games and toys.

Public restrooms not available, so…

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Time travel to the twenties with dance lessons and performances, picnicking, vintage motorcar exhibitions, and carnival games all set to live jazz age music. A fun event for grown-ups and  junior gents and flapperettes. Tickets sell out, so buy in advance.

See our complete guide to Governor’s Island.

Inventgenuity Festival & Rising Sun Performance Company

At the annual Inventgenuity Festival, Beam Center’s artists and makers lead ages 6+ in hands-on learning, technology-integrated crafts, ceramics, astronomy, bell making, storytelling and electronics. Experience the grand opening of CONSTELLATION.

Throughout the island, catch Rising Sun Performance Company’s plays and performances designed for families and young audiences — along with an interactive walking tour…

Nu Jewish Storylab

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for the premiere of Nu Words’ “Nu Jewish Storylab,” a rhythm and movement exploration of Jewish children’s stories from traditional to cutting edge. Nu Words is ​Tracy Einstein ​and ​Richie Barshay, two music and theater artists with a passion for arts education. Their engaging performances include storytelling, poetry, drumming,…

Upcoming Events

Live Music at Industry City

Sunset Park

Enjoy socially distanced live music – Bossa Nova, Jazz, Funk, 90s covers and more  – on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday evenings & Sunday afternoons at this public art & high design hub.

Also find cool art and photo-ops throughout the buildings and courtyards plus tons of great international food options including Japan Village. Try Korean comfort…

Freedom and Faith: PUBLIQuartet, In the Catacombs

Sunset Park

Innovative string quartet PUBLIQuartet celebrates women composers through the ages and explores ideas of spirituality, resilience, and inspiration and a concert in the catacombs of a historic cemetery. Composers include Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Jessie Montgomery, Hildegard von Bingen, and original MIND THE GAP compositions by PUBLIQuartet.

Sunset on the Hudson

Online

In-person concerts return to scenic spots in Hudson River Park. See an eclectic lineup of New York artists including established and emerging artists from a broad spectrum of genres.

Location & line-up changes weekly. Arrive early; seating is limited. Performances are weather dependent; please follow on Twitter for cancellation notices.

Concerts will also…

Taste Buds In-Kitchen & Online School Camps

Chelsea

Learn to cook sweet and savory treats at in-kitchen camps and online camps. Gain kitchen confidence and learn essential cooking skills. All recipes are vegetarian and can be adapted for allergies. Themes change weekly, from ‘Around The World’ to ‘The Great American Bake-off.’

Space is limited.

GIANT Open Studio

Chelsea

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. Weekly all-day camps also available.

Creative Breaks on Little Island

Chelsea

Visit new greenspace Little Island for weekly artmaking activities for all ages with teaching artists and guest organizations like the Children’s Museum of the Arts, The New Victory Theater, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art and The Museum of the Chinese in America.

At 11 am & 3; Thursday afternoons feature a…

Live at the Archway

DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO comes alive with music, dance and art from diverse local artist. Groove to a range of genres and create collaborative art pieces with DUMBO-based artists. Dine al fresco with the many take-out food options.

The Brooklyn Public Library, Adams Street Branch will offer activities specifically for…

Music in the Streets

Lower Westchester

Fridays 6-8 pm, enjoy rock, funk, soul, and much more while grabbing dinner and drinks by the fountain.

Saturdays 5-7 pm, groove along Market Street while shopping the Market on Market artists market with street side performances by local musicians. Shop original works including paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more.

In the same…

Hudson River Museum Summer Amphitheater

Lower Westchester

See free music, dance and theater performances in an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the majestic Palisades and the Hudson River, plus enjoy free admission to the Hudson River Museum from 5-8pm.

No reservations required. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve, basis; capacity may be limited. Free parking available.

Food and beverages will be available for…

First Friday at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Lower Westchester

The Greek Revival period rooms of this splendid 19th century home close to the bay are currently only open 12 – 3 pm Saturdays & Sundays ($15/adults, $10/seniors & students), but the gorgeous grounds including specular formal, terraced gardens can be explored any day. Situated within a 60-acre New York City Landmark Historic District and is surrounded by a “forever wild” zoned forest. Look for a circa 1840 Carriage House, a Children’s Organic Garden, climbable sculptures, a colonial graveyard, an authentically fabricated Lenape wigwam and lots of nature.

Enjoy outdoor music the first Friday evening of each month and other interesting programming for all ages.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Prospect Park/Park Slope

New York’s longest-running, free outdoor performing arts festival returns to the Prospect Park Bandshell. See free, outdoor music in a range of diverse styles, plus dance, spoken word and theater at a historic outdoor venue.

Tickets are free, RSVPs open July 1st.

Presented by BRIC in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Queens: Corona/Flushing

See over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America race in the Meadow Lake to commemorate an ancient Chinese legend plus enjoy traditional Chinese foods, music and dance.

Due to Covicd, this will be a scaled down one day event this year; check back for updates.

Bryant Park Camp Kids

Midtown-40s

Happening Bryant Park hosts weekly music, magic, puppet shows, and science projects with  arts and crafts between each show.

Also ride the small, charming Le Carrousel, specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, with brightly colored animals and French cabaret music ($3/ride) and see what else there is to do and eat…

Rock And Roll Playhouse

Sunset Park

Rock out to tunes from a rotating roster of rock n’ roll greats – the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and others – played live by local musicians in a cool courtyard. Expect dancing, interactive games and loads of fun.

All are welcome. The core audience is children 10 years and under. Rain or…

Hindu Lamp Ceremony

DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Decorate a palm leaf lamp and release it in the East River as part of the traditional Aarti ceremony for peace and harmony. Presented by Indian dance arts educator Aeilushi Mistry. Also enjoy the traditional percussion ensemble led by Paulomm which accompanies the ceremony and guest performing artists.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Family Show

Prospect Park/Park Slope

Enjoy free music from all over the world at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The Latin alternative quartet LADAMA showcases the instruments and rhythms from the members’ respective countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, and the USA, singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. The Haitian-born, Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist TIGA JEAN-BAPTISTE weaves together traditional Zimbabwean with Shona rhythms and…

SummerStage

Central Park

In-person performances are back at City Parks Foundation SummerStage. See renowned artists and rising stars with an important tie to New York City presenting distinctly New York genres including hip-hop, Latin, indie rock, contemporary dance, jazz, and global music. Highlights include the Metropolitan Opera on August 8 and Patti Smith on September 19.

Seating is…

VolvoTango Tango Dance Party on a Pier

West Village

Watch or join an outdoor milonga (Argentine Tango party) at the end of Pier 45 in the West Village.

Takes place on on fair-weather Wednesdays and Sundays from April to mid-November as early as 1pm and as late as 6pm, depending on the season. Confirm the time on the day of the milonga at

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

Central Park

These festive weekly summer lakeside concerts series featuring multicultural music and dance and family-friendly entertainment are back. Audience members are welcome to dance along, chill on (limited) provided chairs or bring-your-own blanket. All ages are welcome.

Free, but tickets are required; pick them up in advance at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center or on…

Dance in HRPK

West Village

Join waterfront dance workshops in diverse genres including Bollywood & Bhangra, African-Caribbean and salsa. Each lesson accompanied by live musicians. All are welcome to watch and listen or join in.

NYC Free on Little Island

Chelsea

Celebrate the creativity of NYC’s artists and the resilient spirit of all its people with four weeks of free live performances occurring throughout scenic Little Island. Enjoy shows of innovative dance, experimental music, interactive poetry, comedy, jazz performances, and more wvents that blur the boundaries of genre animate the unique landscape and performance spaces…

GROOVE NYC: Dance for Kids

Queens: LIC

Learn to self express through dance and music with social-emotional support in lovely Socrates Sculpture Park. Designed for kids 5-10 years old with parents & caregivers also welcome. No RSVP or pre-registration required.

Also explore the fascinating sculptures in Planeta Abuelx.

Music on the Green

Flatiron/Gramercy

Enjoy a free, unticketed concert series inspired by Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest that brings artists from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect to reflect on the themes of the exhibition.

Concerts held on the Oval Lawn. Limited seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Program is rain or shine.

SummerStage Coney Island

Coney Island

Seee NYC music greats like Gloria Gaynor and Funk Flex at the Coney Island outpost of this Central Park program.

Seating is first come, first served with limited capacity. Doors open at 5 pm, so come early and bring a picnic.

Jazz at Pier 84

Midtown-40s

Enjoy free outdoor jazz concerts on green piers from a diverse line-up of legendary artists. Presented by Hudson River Park with the Jazz Foundation of America.

Every other week through September 22.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Fidi

Time travel to the twenties with dance lessons and performances, picnicking, vintage motorcar exhibitions, and carnival games all set to live jazz age music. A fun event for grown-ups and  junior gents and flapperettes. Tickets sell out, so buy in advance.

See our complete guide to Governor’s Island.

Summer on the Hudson: Play Dates! Flor Bromley

Harlem

plus enjoy arts & crafts, and neighborhood fun.

KJin Riverside Park Conservatory for live music grab-and-go arts and crafts kits, and neighborhood fun. This week Flor Bromley leads a bilingual Latin music party