MANHATTAN

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UPPER WEST SIDE

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 gets…

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 a rainbow bridge, learn…

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. It can get very crowded on weekends and holidays, but there is always a quiet nook to explore.

* Learn about moon rocks and meteorites in the stunning Rose…

New-York Historical Society

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum.  In the Children’s History Museum on the bottom floor, explore 350 years of history through interactive exhibits, digital games and a charming library. Try cross-stitch, see historic baseball gear, ride an Orphan Train, play a newsies video game and much more. Join weekly…

Urban Farm Exploration Day

Explore the variety of crops, fruit trees, fragrant herbs, and chickens at Randall Island’s Urban Farm plus join a Children’s Read Aloud with Boogie Down Storytime at 11 am and make fun farm art projects from 2–4 pm.

New-York Historical Society Sunday Story Time

This weekly program in a charming children’s library includes the reading of a New-York-themed book, a related craft project and silly dances and games.

See our guide to New-York Historical Society.

Little New-Yorkers

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.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

Explore a range of accessible and thought-provoking art, 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. See a selection of sculptures From Melvin Van Peebles’ “Blue Room” and thought-provoking juxtaposition of artistic works by contemporary…

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.

See our guide to the Cloisters.

Discovery Walks for Families: The North Woods

Learn about the design of the largest of the Park’s woodlands, a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City, and how the plants and trees contribute to the health of an urban woodland community. Includes hands-on exploration and guided activities in a complementary Discovery Journal.

Jazz+Wednesdays

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook outside the American Folk Art Museum (which has an interesting free exhibit on inside).

Capacity is limited; arrive early. Note that there is no standing room for this concert.

Discovery Walks for Families: The Ramble

Explore how the Ramble, a carefully planned woodland, provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the Lake shoreline, and the treetops their home  through hands-on exploration using kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses, and a complementary Discovery Journal. Space is limited; advance online registration required.

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…

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,…

Met Roof Garden

Take in stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline from the roof of the Met. Logistics prevented this year’s installation dues, 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 cafe  – or…

Roosevelt Island Tramway

Cross the East River in the most modern aerial tramway in the world, running every 7-15 minutes from 60th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan to Tramway Plaza on Roosevelt Island.

Passengers must exit the tram at each stop (either Manhattan bound or Roosevelt Island bound) and pay again to return to the other side.

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.

From the less-crowded education center entrance at 81st Street, go through the lovely Greek and Roman Galleries. The must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas…

Cooper Hewitt

Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic ‘pens,’ and rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement 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 …

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 in…

Guggenheim

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

Admission is reduced through October 16 during exhibition installation. Certain galleries, including the iconic spiral ramp, are currently closed – though visitors can watch the next exhibition take shape in the rotunda.

In the meantime, explore Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and modern masterpieces including…

Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Find the bust of the Voldemort look-alike and other surprising connections in an interactive ‘wizarding’ tour in the magical Metropolitan Museum inspired by the Harry Potter books. See spaces, places and objects similar to those in the books, from part of an actual castle to depictions of mythical creatures like griffins and dragons.

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and…

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.

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.

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 Find Your Match – take an image of yourself and, through visual recognition software, see which dog breed looks most like you.  Special exhibition The AKC Museum of…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

Hershey’s Chocolate World: REESE’S Stuff Your Cup

Lovers of Hershey’s Kisses, Kit-Kats 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.
New in June, create a one-pound REESE’S Peanut Butter…

Changing Spaces

Interact with a water-based sculpture Changing Spaces by renowned visual artist Jeppe Hein. The social sculpture and “liquid architecture” inspires visitors to interact playfully with the artwork and their surroundings and offer a peaceful respite within this iconic city center. Move within circular walls of water shooting up from the ground.

See our guide to…

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.

Ancestor

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

 Summit One Vanderbilt

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

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

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Hunt for Broadway-themed treasures, unique experiences and theater magic at this annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares. Theater lovers of every kind will have the opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind mementos and autographed collectibles and bid on exclusive Broadway items including props, costume pieces, opening night theater packages and more.

Shop tables on West 44th and…

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.

MoMA Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Work with wire, design emoji, engage in light-box play, and more in this all-ages, hands-on space. Drop in and choose from a variety of activities. Make your own emoji, weave paper patterns, browse beautiful picture books, build with unique toys, follow fun drawing prompts and more creative fun.

To get to The Heyman Family Art…

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…

Explore This! Latin American Artists

Discover the artwork of contemporary artists from Brazil, Colombia, and El Salvador through drawing, movement activities, and games. Choose the artworks and activities that interest your family and move at your own pace.

Activity prompts are available in English and Spanish. Participants sit on the floor in front of artworks during this program. Folding stools…

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.

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.…

MoMA UNIQLO NYC Nights

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.

Family Art Talk and Workshop: G. Peter Jemison

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with painter, mixed media artist, and video artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan). Hear how Jemison’s work connects tradition and history with the contemporary Indigenous experience, then tap into your own creativity in a collaborative workshop inspired by Jemison’s art-making process.

Kids and adults participate.

Advance registration required. Registration opens…

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

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

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

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…

High Line

Chelsea

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

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

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

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.

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…

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

The FRIENDS Experience: The One in New York City

Chelsea

Step inside the world of TV show FRIENDS With two floors of immersive experiences. Pose on the iconic orange couch, sit at Monica & Rachel’s kitchen table, kick back and relax in Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs, and much more. Dance in front of the fountain, ride Pat the Dog and explore dozens of props…

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…

The Project Liberty Experience

Midtown-30s

Step into a future-forward spectacular to explore and interact with the technologies, art, organizations, and ideas that are actively working together to shape a better future. A provocative and fully immersive environment that actualizes a society where people hold the power and control over their personal data.

Hosted at The Shed during Unfinished Live,…

Poster House Free Fridays

Flatiron/Gramercy

Get free admission to this unique museum every Friday of every month. See colorful current exhibitions including Air-India’s Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue and Masked Vigilantes On Silent Motorbikes featuring art made from found, re-configured, and shredded posters.

Pick up a scavenger hunt and find interesting items throughout the museum to get a…

Poster Kids

Flatiron/Gramercy

Join Poster House for a family-friendly, interactive, poster tour and a related art-making experience. Available in-person and virtually. For children 5–11 years old and their adults (siblings are welcome).

See our guide to Poster House.

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.

Little Island

Explore nature and art on a unique 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 spinning optical illusion.

* Restrooms…

High Line

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

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

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

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.

Food at Chelsea Market

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and many more delicious options at this indoor market housed in a former factory. Covered outdoor tables available along 15th and 16th Streets.

Shopping options include books, chocolate and fun Chinese merchandise & snacks at Pearl River Mart.

Look for art installations among twinkling lights and…

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…

Anila Quayyum Agha – A Moment to Consider

Immerse in light and shadow in this exhibit of new paintings, drawings and light installations by Anila Quayyum Agha, an acclaimed Pakistani-American artist known for her illuminated, suspended cubes. Ornamental patterns from history in metal, resin and paper using traditional and contemporary techniques of craft are reimagined in works ranging from monumental laser-cut steel sculptures…

Kate Clark: Only One Rule

Walk among life-size hybrid sculptures synthesizing the human face and the body of wild animals by Brooklyn sculptor Kate Clark. Find anthropomorphic zebras, monkeys, wolves and other favorite animals.

Tuesday-Saturday 10 am–6 pm

Beatriz Milhazes: Mistura Sagrada

Walk under a colorful large-scale mobile sculpture by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes (on the seventh floor) incorporating various materials inspired by Carnival props, in part reused, including adornments made from acrylic on foam board, textile, plastic, and plexiglass. A mesmerizing, dizzying constellations of flowers and madcap forms. On the second floor, ten vibrant, large-scale paintings…

The FRIENDS Experience: The One in New York City

Step inside the world of TV show FRIENDS With two floors of immersive experiences. Pose on the iconic orange couch, sit at Monica & Rachel’s kitchen table, kick back and relax in Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs, and much more. Dance in front of the fountain, ride Pat the Dog and explore dozens of props…

The Fans Strike Back – Last Chance

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…

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…

The Living Portrait of NYC

A 10,000 sq ft multi-media, multi-sensory experience that comes to life in four rooms filled with real New York stories all told through stunning film, music, and audio plus surprise live performances. Includes a diverse group of over a dozen performers from all boroughs, including subway artists, Moth storytellers, dancers, puppeteers, balloon artists, jazz musicians…

Rubin Family Sundays: Offerings of Compassion

Identify and reflect on ways to contribute to a better world with a “build-a-bowl ”workshop. Pick bowl-building materials, decorate the unique vessel, and place special offerings in these bowls while considering how materials and artistic choices reflect special contributions to the world.

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

Shelby & Sandy: Animals

Find cartoon characters, aquatic creatures, jungle cats and long-stemmed birds within a fun, imaginative world created by Los Angeles brothers Shelby & Sandy. The artists’ signature style of vibrant colors and playful compositions comes through in minimal Pop-Art inspired work, often referencing cartoons, movies, toys, superheroes, and people or places from their childhood.

Monday-Saturday 10…

Whitney Museum Open Studio

All ages are invited to get creative in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. Make art inspired by works on view in the collection and current exhibitions. Each week is a different artmaking project.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.

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…

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…

Back to the Garden

Lower East Side

Installed in several locations on the Allen Street Malls between Broome and Hester Streets, this group exhibition features seven artworks by eight artists addressing themes of nature. Artists include Alberto M. Bursztyn, Sarah Haviland, Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman, Elaine Lorenz, Judith Peck, Daina Shobrys, and Michael Wolf.

Presented by NYC Parks Department Art…

Sour Patch Kids NYC

Noho/Nolita

Create-your-own candy mix, 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 special Sweets Bar menu serves with waffles, cake shakes and more crazy desserts featuring Sour Patch Kids.

Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 8 pm
Friday-Saturday 11 am…

Museum of Ice Cream

Soho

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors (plus a 3 story slide).

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

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 and test out products among cool design.

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

Monday-Saturday 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Klara Kristalova: Flora and Fauna

Lower East Side

Find a horse girl, mouse man, limbed tree and other fantastical characters in Klara Kristalova’s sculpture and drawing with Perrotin. Glazed stoneware figures fill the spacious gallery with emotion.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am– 6 pm

Not far from legendary Economy Candy.

 

Manscaping

Lower East Side

See dozens of distinct depictions of landscape today with a whiff of gender nonsense in yearly thematic group extravaganza. Look for swirling magical realist paintings, discrete and symmetrical shapings, whimsical planets, plastic “live walls” and intriguing digital art.

Wednesday–Sunday, 12 – 7 pm

Banksy: Building Castles in the Sky

Lower East Side

Explore the witty works of enigmatic British artist Banksy. Discover the mysterious universe of the Bristol-born street artist through a private collection of original and authenticated pieces. His anonymous work has appeared on streets, walls, and bridges throughout the world with his distinctive stenciling technique. Look for animals, balloons and rubber duckies among satirical street…

Sami Havia: Estranged

Lower East Side

Make up back stories for the mysterious figures hiding among light-filled landscapes in a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Finnish artist Sami Havia. Soak in summer vibes among Surrealist greenery (including kissing trees).

Thursday- Sunday 12 – 5 pm

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 (now with a slide) is an all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups.

Well designed, thoughtful and, at over 20,000 square feet,  less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not…

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

This interactive slime emporium repopens after a revamp with a new glow-in-the-dark cove, scent scape, ASMR booths, AR and more.

* Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Walk & crawl through an obstacle course with a vat of slime, take photos with slime-inspired art, play with a slime catapult and more.

* Make an…

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…

Feast of San Gennaro

Noho/Nolita

Celebrate Italian-American culture at the 95th annual Feast of San Gennaro.

Watch colorful parades, hear live music, try carnival style rides, cheer at meatball and cannoli eating contests and sample molto gustoso food including fried dough, torrone (a honey nougat candy usually flecked with almonds) and sausage-and-pepper sandwiches. See the online schedule for special…

Museum of I-Scream

Soho

For Halloween, the Museum of Ice Cream features shocking, unexpected tricks and sweet, magical treats. Costumes welcome.

Receive an ice cream mask and treat bag to collect unlimited candy and melt into a world of pink skeletons, happy jack-o-lanterns and legen-dairy limited time games, tricks and treats among the 13 interactive installations across 3 floors.…

JAPAN Fes Ramen: East Village

East Village

Sample a variety of ramen dishes plus other Japanese, pan-Asian and global street food.

Try takoyaki (juicy octopus balls), Tonkatsu Me (breaded, deep-fried pork and chicken cutlets with teriyaki sauce), Yakitori Tatsu (Japanese meat skewers with vegetables, crispy tempura vanilla scoops and more. Other global cuisines include Korean-style corn dogs by Oh K-Dog and Taiwanese…

JAPAN Fes Ramen: UWS

East Village

Sample a variety of ramen dishes plus other Japanese, pan-Asian and global street food.

Try takoyaki (juicy octopus balls), Tonkatsu Me (breaded, deep-fried pork and chicken cutlets with teriyaki sauce), Yakitori Tatsu (Japanese meat skewers with vegetables, crispy tempura vanilla scoops and more. Other global cuisines include Korean-style corn dogs by Oh K-Dog and Taiwanese…

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt

West Village

Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. As a team, follow clues in search of answers to tricky, humorous questions about hidden cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry…

SEAPORT/FIDI

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Solve puzzles, perform experiments, play state-of-the-art computer simulations and find out how corn is like a dog in this interactive, family-friendly space. Explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies that are so ingenious, many remain a part of our daily lives.

See our complete guide to National Museum of the American Indian –…

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 from oil on canvas to handmade ceramics throughout the 40-foot palms and glass atrium 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 vibrant oversized geometric landscapes by artists Jessie and Katey and nine photographs…

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…

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. Reserve tickets in advance to guarantee access to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal (crown tours not currently available)

At the Statue…

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.

Governors Island

Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island is just a short ferry ride away. Lots of room to roam, bike and play on this 172 acre former military post with historic architecture. Look for public artworks plus rotating arts, culture and science programs in and around the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row.

Relax in Hammock Grove’s…

Wall Street: Fearless Girl & Charging Bull

Historic sites and high finance mingle on the narrow cobblestone streets of Manhattan’s original neighborhood, named after wall that erected by the Dutch in the mid-1600s to mark the northern boundary of their settlement.

Find the bronze Charging Bull statue just north of Bowling Green, on Broadway, below the intersection at Morris Street. On the…

Wyatt Kahn: Life in the Abstract

Seven monumental sculptures fabricated in Cor-Ten steel by New York artist Wyatt Kahn juxtaposes components abstract forms with “readymade” items like eyeglasses, clock, comb, hand, foot and other elements from domestic life. The artist translated seventeen line drawings into large welded steel blocks and arranged them in ways that suggest imaginative narrative compositions. Good for…

Hymn to the Big Wheel

Walk through a rainbow and explore the illusion and physicality of color and natural light in space in Liz West’s giant sculptural work, Hymn to the Big Wheel.

See our guide to Brookfield Place

Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion

Take a multi-sensory journey through the golden, sensuous and revolutionary art of the Viennesse painter Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Be immersed in his iconic works, projected on marble walls, towering columns, stained glass skylights and coved ceilings of a historic former bank using unique, cutting-edge mapping technology, synchronized to an original soundtrack.

The first exhibit…

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 crab,…

Hester Street Fair

Shop a beloved tightly curated, wildly creative street fair, transported from the LES to scenic pier. Browse stalls with antiques, jewelry, art, vintage goods and local designers. Pick up local brews and  baked goods while grooving to Live DJs.

See our guide to the happening Seaport District.

Longines Global Champions Tour

Olympic, international and national eques­tri­an jump­ing champions compete with stunning views on Governors Island. Cheer on the GCL home city team, New York Empire competing with the top teams in the world.

Free admission to a public tribune with first-come-first-served seating and an Exhibition Village at the showground with variety of shops, food and beverage…

Tall Ship Danmark

As part of Climate Week 2022, tour the historic, steel-hulled, three-masted full-rigged vessel Danmark used to train young people for careers at sea. Learn more about the relationship between the US and Denmark, and the Danes’ strong bond with the sea. The ship’s visit to South Street, as part of Denmark’s celebration of the…

Art and Poetry in Battery Park City

In celebration of Climate Week 2022, join an art walk & poetry reading led by Art Historian Dorothea Basile and Poet Jon Curley. Perched where the urban world meets the natural, BPC celebrates this juxtaposition with its unique Public Art and exploration of poetry at 2 pm. Stay for a reading featuring local poets…

Sail Pioneer

See the sights of New York Harbor, the magnificent Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of the historic 130-year-old schooner Pioneer. Grab a halyard to help raise a sail or simply sit back and enjoy the view. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, afternoon snack, beverages, or a bottle of wine to…