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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MANHATTAN-UPTOWN

Conservatory Gardens

Central Park

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

Central Park

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

The Met

Central Park

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 Met Cloisters

Inwood

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…

The Loeb Boathouse

Central Park

Weather permitting, rent classic rowboats, available April through November, 10 am until dusk. Boats are $20 per hour (cash only), $5 for each additional 15 minutes with a $20 cash deposit. Each boat holds up to 4 people. Life jackets provided.

Dine overlooking the lovely lake on a breezy. covered terrace at this elegant yet…

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park

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

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

* Download the Museum’s free Explorer app. for maps, self-guided themed tours, behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, quizzes, and…

New-York Historical Society

Central Park

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

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

The Jewish Museum

Central Park

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…

Discovery Pop-Up Program: The Birds of Central Park

Central Park

Each year, more than 200 bird species make an appearance in Central Park, a popular stopover along the Atlantic Flyway. Discover how to spot and respectfully appreciate these winged wonders with park birding guides, stationed at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center Plaza Saturdays 11 am–1 pm and Belvedere Castle Sundays 11 am–1 pm.

Also borrow…

Guggenheim

Central Park

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

* April 30 through June 21, Christian Nyampeta transforms the Guggenheim’s iconic rotunda into a “night school” with a screening of his 2018 video Sometimes It Was Beautiful about group of friends gathering to watch and critique films made by Swedish…

MIDTOWN - 40s & 50s

Sanford Biggers & Life Forces

A 25-foot-tall cast bronze sculpture ‘The Oracle’ at the entrance to the Channel Gardens serves as the centerpiece of conceptual artist Sanford Biggers’ epic art installation featuring a varied slate of works across Rockefeller Center. Look for elements of an ancient depiction of Zeus with an “Africoid mask-bust figure.”

Flags with blue waves reminiscent of…

Fifth Avenue Blooms

Stroll along a walkable flower installation of over over 7,000 planted flowers, designed by Sachi Rose Design in celebration of moms and spring. Find a different color one each block of Fifth Avenue from 47th to 59th streets.

Also stop by new public art (and fun shops) in Rockefeller Center.

Bryant Park

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

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

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

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

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

Rockefeller Center Shops

FAO SCHWARZ (10am – 9pm)

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

AMERICAN GIRL (11am – 7pm)
Explore immersive environments for…

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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

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

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, Henri Rousseau,…

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…

Top of the Rock

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

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

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.

Queens International Night Market at Rockefeller Center

Queens Night Market OUTPOST returns to Rockefeller Center, featuring seven of the popular international market’s most celebrated vendors. The outdoor, open-air market will be open through the summer season Monday through Friday from 12pm-6pm.

Also check out iconic shops and cool art installations throughout the plaza.

MIDTOWN - 20s & 30s

OFF THE WALL

Midtown-30s

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

Lots of great food options including Mercado Little Spain and a…

Serra & Batia at Eataly

Flatiron/Gramercy

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

The Big Button

Midtown-30s

Hundreds of wisteria vines, roses, poppies, hydrangeas and green foliage transform the Garment District NYC kiosk into a traditional red pincushion tomato with twelve floral pins made entirely of carnations in different colors honoring all the hard working Garment District workers of the past two centuries. Look for butterflies.

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…

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 –…

Macy’s Flower Show – Give.Love.Bloom

Midtown-30s

Macy’s annual Flower Show returns with mask, social distancing and  a floral celebration of fortitude. Exotic flowers & plants from around the world transform the famous department store into a breathtaking floral extravaganza. Installations celebrating courage and positivity feature butterfly bridges and dragonfly dreamscapes. Lots of photo ops and an  interactive Believe wall.

 

CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

Museum of Illusions

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

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

 

The Musical Brain

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

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

The Forest at The Standard Grill

Dine in a lush, coniferous woodland outside of The Standard, High Line. Enjoy new American breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner hot toddies, fondue, and warm cookies to share over a board game or cards. Everything is safely spread out and spruced up outdoors, with little enclaves of trees to for privacy and plenty of heaters.

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.

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…

Red Grooms

See over 30 of of Red Grooms’vibrant paintings and “sculpto-picto-ramas.” Look for interesting details in these vibrant, these inventive and witty depictions of New York.

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.

* Timed-entry passes required on weekends. On weekdays, the park is open at 7 am –7 pm without reservations.

* Lots of nature, art installations (including current group exhibition The…

Claes & Coosje A Duet

See a garland of giant faux wildflowers in suspended animation in a celebration of the collaborative spirit that animated Claes Oldenburg and the late Coosje van Bruggen’s artistic achievements and romantic partnership. Survey seminal works in sculpture including some of the most famous landmarks in urban and civic spaces around the world and learn about…

High Line Nine

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

Take a walk on the High Line and dine at outdoor tables at Chelsea Market.

Lucy Raven

Dia Chelsea reopens with an exhibition of newly commissioned works by Lucy Raven featuring two kinetic light sculptures occupying the entirety of the former Alcamo marble-cutting factory. In an adjacent gallery, she exhibits a film that was shot over two years at a concrete plant in Bellevue, Idaho. Together, these two projects explore properties of…

MANHATTAN-DOWNTOWN

East Village/Lower East Side 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…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural

East Village

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

Color Factory

Soho

Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in twelve unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. An all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups. Well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not just photo-ops (though plenty of those, and we love the strategically placed…

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime.

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

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

Gabriel Rico: Of Beauty and Consolation

Lower East Side

Find deer with basketballs in their antlers amid suspended golden branches in this pretty solo exhibition by Guadalajara-based artist Gabriel Rico. Sculptural objects and wall installations relate and reflect each other. Look for whimsical equations that ask questions like, “what makes rainbow stickers identical to a piece of stone” and “what element is shared between…

Nature Morte

Noho/Nolita

Enter a dark concrete forest environment with variations on still life painting reflecting the global environmental crisis. multimedia works by  60 different include  a pink mylar dolphin suspended mid-air, a sea dragon coming out of the floor, turgid bouquets,  a melting garbage snowman, a gigantic bronze CGI lion and more.

While the works depict disease,…

Museum of Ice Cream

Soho

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

South 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).

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 fuzzy slide to a vibrant, dreamlike, fuzzy room created by Dominican American artist Uzumaki Cepeda as a safe spaces free from colorism, transphobia and homophobia. Hand sanitizer (in high-design dispensers)…

Goodnight House

Lower East Side

Explore an immersive group exhibition of works inspired by the American children’s book classic, Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, first published in 1947. Through contemporary reimaginings of various objects found within the book’s bedroom setting, Goodnight House explores how the (slightly subversive) book has been woven into a…

SEAPORT/FIDI

The Greens

Book your own 14 ft. x 14 ft. mini-lawn at a new socially distanced dining destination 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 are not applied to dining bill.

 

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.

Across the street from the fun Imagination Playground and the historic, cobblestoned Seaport District with cute shops and restaurants plus historic tall ships in the harbor.

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. The Heart is a perfect Valentine photo-op, accompanied by the giant Peace Sign and Smiley Face.

Nearby, climb on the geometric, rainbow colored Ziggy by Hou De Sousa and see…

Brookfield Place: Anne Vieux: { float } & Tatiana Arocha

Try to figure out what’s virtual and what’s real in Brooklyn-based artist Anne Vieux’s large-scale vinyl luminous hyperreal “painting.”

Also see Colombian visual artist Tatiana Arocha’s trasnformed flora and fauna that recreates and reimagines endangered ecosystems in a monochromatic palette of black, white, and grey with occasional shimmers of gold

Lots of food options at…

The Statue of Liberty

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

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

Governors Island

Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island opens for the season. Lots of room to roam and play on this 172 acre former military post.

* Relax in Hammock Grove’s cozy hammocks (and say hello to sheep, new this year), find breathtaking 360-degree views in The Hills, get moving on the Play Lawns, and camp out in an Adirondack…

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…

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…

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”…

Eye Spy from the Start of the Empire State Trail

Eye spy something tall and clad in glass. Join Skyscraper Museum educators at the start of the Empire State Trail to discuss the new bicycle/walking path and learn about shapes and materials in Battery Park City.

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.

Mozart for Munchkins: Astoria

Queens-Astoria

Dance and clap to a mix of classical, jazz, and sing-along favorites while meeting the clarinet and cello at an outdoor, socially distanced interactive concert curated for little ones and their grown-ups.

Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your neighbor.

Mozart for Munchkins: Mother’s Day

Meatpacking

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with two cellos and explore 300 years of dance. Listen to live music, from Baroque to pop tunes and favorite sing alongs and a relaxed, socially distanced, interactive concert curated for little ones and their grown-ups. Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to…

Summer on the Hudson: Play Dates! Flor Bromley

Harlem

plus enjoy arts & crafts, and neighborhood fun.

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

Art in the Garden: Spring Weekends

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

Celebrate the welcome return of spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with casual, pop-up music and dance performances on weekends. The diverse line-up is different each weekend with dance and music from Japan, Africa, Jewish traditions and more.

 

 

A Million Dreams – Music from Movies @ Central Park

Central Park

Join MusicTalks for a specail tribute to the most beloved film tunes featuring a string quartet. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, Breakfast in Tiffany’s to Forest Gump, celebrate the beauty of film music!

Bring a folding chair/blanket – snacks, drinks, and questions encouraged.

Exact address will be provided the day of the concert.

Live Music at Industry City

Brooklyn-Sunset Park

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

Also find cool art and photo-ops throughout the buildings and courtyards plus tons of great international food options & with lots of heated outdoor…

Mozart for Munchkins: Mother’s Day

Brooklyn-Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with live music, from Baroque to pop tunes and favorite sing alongs and a relaxed, socially distanced, interactive concert curated for little ones and their grown-ups. Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers sit back,…

MusicTalks Open Air Concerts

Central Park

Join MusicTalks for 75 minutes, intimate, salon-style concerts with introductions to composers and their works, musical demonstrations, and a space for dialogue between artists and audience.

Bring a folding chair/blanket, snacks and drinks if you’d like.

Live Music at Chelsea Market

Chelsea

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

MusicTalks Open Air Concerts

Central Park

Join MusicTalks for 75 minutes, intimate, salon-style concerts with introductions to composers and their works, musical demonstrations, and a space for dialogue between artists and audience.

Bring a folding chair/blanket, snacks and drinks if you’d like.

Lincoln Center Restart Stages

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center (currently covered in green turf) hosts an outdoor performing arts center with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces. Throughout the month of May, audiences are invited to enjoy music, dance and theater performances by Lincoln Center, its resident organizations, cultural and community arts partners, and guest curators from across the five boroughs. Free…

Mozart for Munchkins: UWS

Central Park

Dance and clap classical, jazz, and sing-along favorites while meeting the clarinet, bassoon, and french horn at an outdoor, socially distanced, interactive concert curated for little ones and their grown-ups. Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers sit back,…

Mozart For Munchkins: West Village

West Village

Meet the violin and viola with some of New York’s top string players at an outdoor, socially distanced interactive concert in the Greenwich House Music School Garden. Hear classics by Bach and Mozart plus sing-alongs favorites.

Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your neighbor, wear a mask…

Locomotive Lawn Live

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Join Moosiki Kids outdoor Musical Storytime that fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories & sing along encouragement on a comfy & danceable turf lawn right by the big locomotive.

Open Studios Residency: Fogo Azul NYC & Oyu Oro Experimental Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Watch open rehearsals of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Open Studios Artists-in-Residence, Fogo Azul NYC and Oyu Oro Experimental Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble. Open-air working rehearsals by both groups take place at Harbor View Lawn every other Sunday, beginning April 18 and culminating on July 11 performances of their original work developed during their residency. The public…

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.

Part of Street Lab’s INSIDE OUT series focused on helping to bring the city’s cultural institutions outside, supported in…