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…

American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

Find witches and other spooky creatures plus  animals, trains,, 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…

Jazz+Wednesdays

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook outside the American Folk Art Museum (which has a fun, free exhibit on American Weathervanes inside).

New-York Historical Society

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

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

Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime

This weekly program includes the reading of a NY-themed book, related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. Past projects have included iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots.

Join via zoom on Tuesdays.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

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

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

NYC Unicycle Festival

Produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., this free annual festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight.

After two days of rides plus…

UPPER EAST SIDE

Met Roof Garden: As Long as the Sun Lasts

Find stunning views of Central Park and a giant introspective, blue ⁣⁣Big Bird swinging on a moon mobile on the Met’s roof garden. Standing 26 feet tall, Alex Da Corte’s “As Long as the Sun Lasts” features Sesame Street mixed with the modern aesthetic of Alexander Calder’s standing mobiles (which you can see at

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…

Central Park Zoo

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

* Indoor areas are now open including the delightful penguins & sea birds exhibit and colorful tropic zone.

* See an Ice Age themed short film the 4D Theater, an immersive experience featuring the visual drama…

Cooper Hewitt

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

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

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…

The Jewish Museum

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

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

Guggenheim

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

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

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…

Open Streets

Enjoy outdoor seating in the street at East 101st & Lexington. Get takeout from local spots including Au Jus Oklahoma BBQ, Frenchy Coffee, Harlem Baking Co., Joy Burger Bar, Lexington Pizza Parlour, Mojo Mousse Bar & Naughty Crab.

Also enjoy activities for all ages including the Free Book Fair with The Rolling Library on (1-5…

Asphalt Screams

This annual spooky sports celebration is back with trick or treating, active Halloween games and sports-related activities. Ages 2+ must wear a face covering.

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…

Inside Out: NY Together

See a giant family portrait featuring real New Yorkers celebrating the strength of diversity.

A Fountain for Survivors

Enter an 18-foot tall, bold-colored cocoon-like structure houses adorned with a handmade mosaic of nearly 400,000 hand-placed acrylic fingernails to find tiered water fountain inside a warm, welcoming, and enveloping space.

Encounter a range of sensory experiences, such as heat, sound, and scent. At 11:11am and 5:55pm each day, visitors can receive a Florida Water-scented…

The Big Squeeze: The Corset as Art

See wearable art, photography, and a visual photo loop with corsets from a number of creative artisans from 13 different countries in a hotel lobby gallery. These corsets complement rather than constrain the wearer and highlight the artistry of the undervalued costume makers of the world. Works are made from textiles and new hi-tech materials,…

Jim Rennert: in New York

Look for 10 of Jim Rennert’s colossal bronze figures throughout midtown Manhattan, plus see mid-sized bronze sculptures, drawings, and studies for his monumental sculptures at Cavalier Galleries.

Positioned throughout the bustling city streets, one figure pauses to look at his watch, considering the importance of timing, while another raises his hand to signal a moment…

Day of the Dead at Rockefeller Center

Build sand castles and lounge on colorful chairs at a mini beach/sandbox in the Channel Gardens of iconic Rockefeller Center. 

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

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.

* Borrow chess, Connect Four, Sorry and other board games on the Fifth Avenue Terrace…

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

Enter an immersive maze featuring more than 100 of theater’s most beautiful and complex garments from shows like The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and many more (plus some Storm Troopers).  See up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site…

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…

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 watch it become a living part of the Brick Lab ($15, includes brick set, 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.

Bronze Eroded Tiffany Blue Box

Go inside a giant Bronze Eroded Tiffany Blue Box by contemporary artist Daniel Arsham, whose “Future Relics” imagines cultural objects as if discovered in the distant future (we loved his exhibit of Pokemon ruins last spring).  Get our own smaller sculpture with a special-edition white gold bracelet with a diamond and tsavorite knot for $40,000.

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.

Also play and shop on the 2nd floor…

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…

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…

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.

 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…

Art Alive for Families

Join a drop-in gallery visit and art-making experiences for kids and their families.

Each session, a practicing artist or artist educator focuses on a work on view in MAD’s current exhibitions, leading hands-on activities and engaging discussions geared towards an intergenerational audience.

Discussions and activities are ongoing, join at any time.

See our guide to…

Explore This! Activity Packs

Enjoy art and design in MoMA’s galleries with writing, drawing, and movement activities families can do together. Activity packs in English and Spanish available in the main lobby while supplies last.

Recommended for kids ages 5+

MIDTOWN - 20s & 30s

Camp Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

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.

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

Also look for site-specific large-scale art throughout the mall and plaza. …

Hacer: Transformations

Midtown-30s

Walk around seven brightly colored origami inspired giant animal sculptures including a pink elephant, green puppy and more.

Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

Look for site-specific large-scale art throughout this newish mall and plaza including the striking contemporary art hub The Shed and controversial Vessel (which no longer allows visitors to ascend).

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

Serra at Eataly

Flatiron/Gramercy

Step into an evolving greenhouse to enjoy seasonal produce and floral-infused drinks at Eataly’s rooftop restaurant. 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 – the roof is retractable.

Citrovia Lemon Grove

Midtown-30s

Enter a sprawling, fantastical citrus garden in an interactive, outdoor installation.  thousands of oversized, hand-painted lemons, leaves and trees, and billowing fabric clouds that can mimic sunrise and sunset. Use your phone for augmented reality experiences like sprouting vines and whack-a-lemon.

Get free lemon Italian Ice on select days and pick up (or download) a…

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 (including current group exhibition The Musical Brain throughout and a giant marble retainer at 23rd Street) & cool design incorporating elements of the original rail…

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

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.

Cosmic Camp

Flatiron/Gramercy

Drive rovers, traverse through lava fields, blast asteroids, get the top score, and most importantly…HAVE INTERGALACTIC FUN! Your mission is to answer the call of Cosmic Camp, our first adventure-themed (experience. 🚀

Jump across lava fields, drive rovers, participate in intergalactic…

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.

DRIFT: Fragile Future

Midtown-30s

Multidisciplinary artists DRIFT transform The Shed with sound, movement, and film.  Journey through a series of interconnected installations – from multitudes of shimmering lights that traverse the gallery like glowing seeds caught in the wind to massive concrete blocks, or Drifters, that magically float on air – exploring the universal desire to seek out connection…

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.

Make a Gourd-geous Pumpkin

Midtown-30s

Decorate a special pumpkin that will stay fresh all season. No scooping the insides or dealing with rotting gourds, just awesome and sparkly-looking decor.

Takes place at experimental toy store CAMP Hudson Yards with lots of interactive fun plus trick-or-treating all month long.

Also at the Columbus Circle and Brooklyn City Point locations.

Mozart for Munchkins: Jazz Spooktacular

Midtown-30s

Enjoy a concert is lovers of jazzy brass, dancing, and bubbles of all ages. Come dressed up to join in a costume parade. Presented by Mozart for Munchkins at the fun-to-explore Camp Store in Hudson Yards.

The Not-So-Spooky Ghost by Wonderspark Puppets

Midtown-30s

A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages Halloween puppet show. The little ghost can’t scare a soul to please his Big Bad Dad, but help is on the way as the audience and some friends scare up some…

MoMath Mini-Camp

Flatiron/Gramercy

Join MoMath for online half-day mini-camps with interactive theme-based lessons and creative hands-on projects. Available in person and online.

CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

David Hammons: Day’s End

Experience David Hammon’s monumental sculpture in Hudson River Park along the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula from numerous vantage points along the Hudson and from the Whitney Museum.

An open structure precisely follows the outlines, dimensions, and location of a 1975 artwork of the same name by Gordon Matta-Clark, offering an extraordinary place to…

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.

 

Halloween at Hatch Creative Studio

This design studio’s brownstone is decked out for Halloween with jack-o-lantern scarecrows, a bunch of corn stalks and a giant peace sign made of fall leaves.

Little Island

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

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

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

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 (including current group exhibition The Musical Brain throughout and a giant marble retainer at 23rd Street) & cool design incorporating elements of the original rail…

Chelsea Market Halloween Decorations

Meet ghosts, monsters and other animated characters at this happening market, all decked out for Halloween. Watch out for surprises among the spooky scenes.

Eat doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and more at over 115 socially-distanced outdoor tables along 15th and 16th Streets. Look for always changing art installations throughout the twinkling hallways…

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. Camps and themed classes also…

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 our source of inspiration.

Inside Chelsea…

Rob Pruitt’s These Are The Days Of Our Lives

Explore five bodies of work, which collectively reflect upon the tumultuous, unforeseen changes of the past two years as they have unfolded across political and public realms, as well as the artist’s personal life. See two years of detailed-packed calendar paintings, colorful cut-out mask paintings, gradient paintings of the California desert and adorable glitter panda…

Winfred Rembert: 1945-2021

See 20 of twenty of Winfred Rembert’s distinctive tooled and dyed leather paintings portrayint Rembert’s fascinating life story, which began in 1945 in the Jim Crow era of the American South, and concluded in Connecticut in March 2021. Rembert’s deeply personal artworks foreground truths about the aftermath of slavery and the persistence of racial injustice…

Art Cart: Discover the Island

Learn more about the biota (plant and animal life) of Little Island. Take part in activities like a treasure hunt to discover all the fun and fabulous life found on this little island oasis.

Creative Break: Halloween Pumpkin Patch

Take family photos and decorate paper pumpkins on Little Island.

The Learn. Play. Grow Center Halloween Community Event

Join the Corlears School for weekly free, public programming intended to provide equitable creative play experiences to the community.

Activities include Open Play and Halloween Activities in the school’s backyard, Love Child Music and Movement, Arts for All Theater Class, Giant Room STEAM Activities and New York Live Arts Movement-Based Artistic Activities.

Whitney Outdoor Open Studios & Family Halloween Hunt

Join Whitney educators for family artmaking on the outdoor terrace, explore the galleries, and complete a mysterious scavenger hunt through Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror for a chance to win exciting prizes. Costumes encouraged.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.

Machine Hallucination

Enter a very cool, colorful mixed reality experiment deploying machine learning algorithms on architectural images of New York City, revealing the hidden connections between unique moments in the city’s iconic architectural culture and history. An immersive, dynamic installation by Turkish artist Refik Anadol.

Suggested age is 6+ but younger kids allowed as long as they…

MANHATTAN-DOWNTOWN

Sour Patch Kids NYC

Noho/Nolita

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).

Daily 12 pm – 8 pm

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 a I ❤️ NY mural at The Jones NYC (Great Jones Street & Bowery), a swing you can sit on among tulips at Bloomeffects (Bowery & Bleecker), a double-vision Mickey Mouse (Houston…

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…

Fallidays at Happy-Go-Lucky

Soho

Enter halloween-themed larger-than-like kaleidoscopes in an immersive fantastic multimedia environment.
ALlso explore the usual colorful, photogenic rooms with optical illusions, glittering lights, a dazzling diamond runway and more. Take photos in a mirrored clamshell and play in a “Pink Sugar Pool.”

At the end, receive a complimentary treat such as popcorn or cotton candy.

Melissa x BT21 Collab

Soho

Enter a cute K-Pop universe at an installation by quiky shoe store Galleria Melissa with BT21, a brand with charming characters made by LINE FRIENDS and BTS. Interact wth cuddly animations and win prizes from a claw machine ($4/play) in a colorful mirrored room. Also shop for adorable sandals.

 

SHOWFIELDS

Noho/Nolita

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 two-story slide behind a book shelf that goes to a rotating art installation.

The attached coffee shop has hot chocolate, pastries and healthy snacks. More sweets at the nearby

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…

Trick-or-Treat at Washington Square Park

West Village

Enjoy an all-treats filled afternoon at Washington Square Park with plenty to do for ages 2-10. Grab some skele-fun activities at various spots throughout the Park. Families are welcome to complete their activities in the Park or carry them out for at-home fun according to COVID-safety preferences.

Color Factory

Soho

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

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

Well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than…

Halloween at Museum of Ice Cream

Soho

Visit sweet pop-up, haunted for Halloween with lots of treats for fun activities. Enjoy spooky ice cream treats and activities organized by ghostly guides plus xplore the usual 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…

Mozart For Munchkins: West Village Spooktacular

West Village

Join an outdoor, relaxed, interactive concert in the Greenwich House Music School Garden and celebrate Halloween with favorites by Bach and Grieg, plus spooktacular Halloween tunes, and sing-alongs. Costumes encouraged; little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns can march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King.”

All ages are welcome to dance, clap, and sing while enjoying …

Happy-Go-Lucky

Soho

Immerse yourself in a fantastic multimedia environment. Explore colorful, photogenic rooms with optical illusions, glittering lights, a dazzling diamond runway and more. Take photos in a mirrored clamshell and play in a “Pink Sugar Pool.”

It’s a little hard to find – on Mercer across from Alexander Wang via an unmarked open door next to…

Halloween at Sloomoo Institute

Soho

This interactive slime emporium gets spooky for Halloweeen with cobwebs, colorful pumpkins, fake spiders, spooky slimes in the vats, costumed employees, scary surprises, and candy galore.

At 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm, enter a costume contest for free slimes. Plus all the usual sensory slime play.

See our guide to Sloomoo Institute.

Halloween at Color Factory

Soho

Wear a costume, try special Halloween treats, experience a special photobooth backdrop, and get ready for lots of Halloween surprises at this colorful pop-up.

This truly interactive experience with fun activities and sweet treats in twelve unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit is an all-ages adventure for babies to…

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…

Frankenstein at Film Forum

West Village

See a 90th Anniversary DCP Restoration of Boris Karloff in the original Frankenstein. Karloff wordlessly conveys the Monster’s humanity and terror beneath the iconic makeup. Join a Frankenstein Costume Contest and win prizes,

May be too frightening for younger children.

Essex Market Halloween Party

Lower East Side

Join Essex Market for mini pumpkin decorating and a costume parade around Essex Market and The Market Line at 3pm. Lots of great food options, including legendary pancake purveyor Shopsin’s.

Village Halloween Costume Ball

Lower East Side

Enjoy performances, a costume competition and dancing in the street to swing and Latin bands at a an all-ages open-air celebration outside Theater for the New City (on East Tenth Street between First & Second Avenues). A large tent will provide rain protection.

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. All very colorful and photogenic. Look for prompts in each room for discussion and exploration…

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

This interactive slime emporium is packed with sensory slime play.

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

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

Family Day: Language of Architecture

West Village

Do you speak architecture? Learn to “read” buildings for clues about their design and function as they observe and sketch architectural elements through an interactive slide show and neighborhood walk (weather permitting). Families will then design their own scale model of a building to take home.

Designed for children ages 5 – 13 years old,…

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Dubuffet Sculpture

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

XO World & XO Play

See two new monumental sculptures as part of a world-wide installation calling attention to the need for peace, love, and inclusion for the 40th Anniversary of World Peace Day.

XO WORLD (outside One World Trade Center) features a giant globe and 12 foot “Jack” from the game of Jacks (the “X” with crossed arms…

Pumpkin Arch

Take a fall photo with a cool pumpkin arch made up of real orange pumpkins, fall leaves, and twisted vines framing the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. Lots of options for food and treats including Malibu Farm, Ssam Bar, Carne Mare or Mister Dips.

See our guide to the Seaport District.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 is now open year-round! Lots of room to roam and play on this 172 acre former military post.

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

Experience The Times of Bill Cunningham

Celebrate the incredible work of legendary street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham in an immersive exhibit. Part of New York City’s cultural fabric, Cunningham photographed both everyday people and famed personalities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anna Wintour, and Andy Warhol on the streets of Manhattan, as well as at fashion shows and society events,…

Memento Mori

Larger than life skeletons transform the visitors of Brookfield Place through augmented reality in Memento Mori, an interactive installation by Gabe BC.

Receive a Halloween treat from the concierge at 230 Vesey Street when you post a picture of your experience on social media tagging @BFPLNY (while supplies last). The spook-tacular gift includes a BFPL…

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.

Capacity reduced to 33%; not…

La Pizza & La Pasta a Colori

Experience the world of food and color at Eataly’s immersive restaurant space designed in collaboration with the Color Factory. Under a kaleidoscopic canopy, explore a diverse array of tints and tastes, from the rich golden hue of farm-fresh eggs to the emerald green of fresh DOP basil and beyond.  Ceiling installation “Somewhere Out There”…

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.

Pixar Putt

Play 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Onward, The Incredibles, Coco, Monsters, Inc., Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Inside Out, Up and Soul at a pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience

Tickets only available online.

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…

Smorgasburg WTC

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

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes.

Stroll through the expansive pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin to take home in exchange for a small suggested donation. Programming includes free, Halloween and autumn-inspired arts and crafts activities, story-telling, live…

Seaport Trick or Treating & Hester Street Fair

Come dressed in your Halloween best at a Halloween-themed edition of eclectic Hester Street Fair . Snack on crispy empanadas and other local treats while perusing themed antiques, jewelry, and vintage garments. Also shop locally grown fall produce, hot cider and baked goods from over 100 New York regional farmers and small-batch food producers at…

Seaport Halloween Block Party

Paint pumpkins with the South Street Seaport Museum (12 – 4pm), enjoy face painting (1 – 3pm) and listen to live music sets with trick-or-treating for the kids and mysteriously refreshing treats available at Garden Bar for adults (12- 5pm).

The pumpkin arch makes a great costumed photo-op.

See our guide to the happening…

Young Sprouts Gardening, Chess & Park Play

From 2:15-2:45 join, join an introduction to organic gardening for children 3-5 years old with accompanying adults.

From 3-4 pm, enjoy creative play and fun outdoors with challenging games and drills for all levels. Skill-building sessions focused on balance, coordination, and awareness. Closed-toe shoes required.

From 2:30-4 pm, play drop-in chess (ages 5 and up,…

Canstruction

Architects, engineers, and students compete to build structures made out of unopened cans of food that will be donated to City Harvest. Help out by bringing cans to the exhibition’s collection station.

Upcoming Events

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. Camps and themed classes also…

Free Yogi Beans Classes

Midtown-30s

Join Yogi Beans for free public classes on Wednesdays (ages 18m to 3) and Saturdays (ages 4 to 10) at 10 am. Family yoga classes introduce young people to the foundations of yoga and mindfulness, and translate novel yogic concepts into a language that children understand and enjoy.

Mozart for Munchkins: UWS Spooktacular

Central Park

Celebrate Halloween with favorites by Bach and Grieg, plus spooktacular Halloween tunes, and sing-alongs. Costumes encouraged; little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns can march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King.”

Dance and clap at an outdoor, socially distanced, interactive concert curated for little ones and their grown-ups. Children of all ages are welcome to observe,…

Jazz+Wednesdays

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook outside the American Folk Art Museum (which has a fun, free exhibit on American Weathervanes inside).

Live Music at Industry City

Sunset Park

Enjoy socially distanced live music – Bossa Nova, Jazz, Funk, 90s covers and more  – Wednesday-Friday evenings Saturday & 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 food,…

Mozart For Munchkins: West Village Spooktacular

West Village

Join an outdoor, relaxed, interactive concert in the Greenwich House Music School Garden and celebrate Halloween with favorites by Bach and Grieg, plus spooktacular Halloween tunes, and sing-alongs. Costumes encouraged; little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns can march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King.”

All ages are welcome to dance, clap, and sing while enjoying …

Piano Series at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

Enjoy live musical performances from a variety of artists on a rare, original 1932 Chippendale Steinway Grand M was restored by master craftsmen to meticulous historical accuracy and standards, encased in rich mahogany and finished with a warm satin veneer.  Comparable modern Chippendale Steinway grand pianos are in limited…

Live Music at Chelsea Market

Chelsea

Enjoy live music from local musicians at Chelsea Market, which also has great food options and art throughout.

The Learn. Play. Grow Center Halloween Community Event

Chelsea

Join the Corlears School for weekly free, public programming intended to provide equitable creative play experiences to the community.

Activities include Open Play and Halloween Activities in the school’s backyard, Love Child Music and Movement, Arts for All Theater Class, Giant Room STEAM Activities and New York Live Arts Movement-Based Artistic Activities.

Boo at the Zoo

Bronx

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a haunted pirate hayride, make creepy crafts, see magic acts, watch a musical with a witch and all her creepy crawly puppet friends and enjoy more Halloween-themed family fun at the zoo.

Seaport Trick or Treating & Hester Street Fair

Seaport

Come dressed in your Halloween best at a Halloween-themed edition of eclectic Hester Street Fair . Snack on crispy empanadas and other local treats while perusing themed antiques, jewelry, and vintage garments. Also shop locally grown fall produce, hot cider and baked goods from over 100 New York regional farmers and small-batch food producers at…

Seaport Halloween Block Party

Seaport

Paint pumpkins with the South Street Seaport Museum (12 – 4pm), enjoy face painting (1 – 3pm) and listen to live music sets with trick-or-treating for the kids and mysteriously refreshing treats available at Garden Bar for adults (12- 5pm).

The pumpkin arch makes a great costumed photo-op.

See our guide to the happening…

Mozart for Munchkins: Jazz Spooktacular

Midtown-30s

Enjoy a concert is lovers of jazzy brass, dancing, and bubbles of all ages. Come dressed up to join in a costume parade. Presented by Mozart for Munchkins at the fun-to-explore Camp Store in Hudson Yards.

Rock And Roll Playhouse: Halloween Spooktacular

Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Celebrate Halloween with a kid-friendly interactive rock concert, face painting, a costume contest and more festivities in super cool Brooklyn Bowl.

Loud (bring hearing protection earmuffs for sensitive ears) with lots of dancing. Doors open at 11:00 am.

Order pizza, salads, ribs, milkshakes, burgers and more from the in-house Blue Ribbon.

Stay and bowl for…

Washington Market Park Annual Halloween Costume Parade and Party

Tribeca

This long-standing Tribeca tradition features a costume parade down Greenwich Street led by the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Marching Corps, culminating with a party in the decorated park with games and music.

Village Halloween Costume Ball

Lower East Side

Enjoy performances, a costume competition and dancing in the street to swing and Latin bands at a an all-ages open-air celebration outside Theater for the New City (on East Tenth Street between First & Second Avenues). A large tent will provide rain protection.

Hippo Halloween Celebration

Upper West Side-80s

While the traditional Hippo Halloween Parade won’t be happening this year, still enjoy Halloween fun with Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band.

 

Broadway Performaces at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

Enjoy live weekly Broadway performances from shows such as Aladdin, Chicago, Diana, Lion King, Moulin Rouge, Wicked, Waitress, Jagged Little Pill, Hadestown, Phantom of the Opera and more at stage on the 4th level of this interesting shopping complex.

See our guide to Hudson Yards.

 

Start with Art and Music

Upper East Side-80s

Look, move, and sing while exploring art and music together in the galleries around the theme Música y Movimiento in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Part of a monthly series and absolutely magical.

See our guide to the Met

Chelsea Symphony

Chelsea

Come curbside to Chelsea Market along West 16th St on the first Friday of every month for a series of free, socially-distanced performances by musicians from The Chelsea Symphony. Enjoy participatory educational activities for kids.

 

The Bailsmen

Midtown-30s

Hear rhythmic jazz and vintage swing music from Brooklyn’s The Bailsmen. These four young musicians mix the sounds of Paris, New Orleans and New York City hustle and bustle to form a uniquely fun and upbeat show.

See our guide to Hudson Yards.

 

Little Guggs

Upper East Side-80s

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio.

One of our favorite preschool programs. Register in advance; slots fill up quickly.

See our guide to the Guggenheim.

Katonah Art Walk

Upper Westchester

On the 4th Saturday of every month, enjoy free admission to The Katonah Museum of Art starting at 4 pm, then at 5 pm, enjoy live music in the gazebo and throughout town. Explore art galleries and shops and inspiring pop-ups along the avenue. Lots of great food options, including the delicious BonaBona ice cream…

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.