MANHATTAN

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UPPER WEST SIDE

American Folk Art Museum

This cozy museum hosts rotating  exhibits featuring Americana art that often includes engaging colors, patterns and animals. See works by self-taught artists in a variety of genres including sculptures, quilts, wood carvings and weathervanes. CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🧵 Lively paintings & fancy slippers in Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered 🖼  Collection highlights in Pushing Boundaries: 60 Years…

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Explore interactive, educational, well-designed exhibits for babies to pre-teens.

HIGHLIGHTS:
🎨 Immersive Inside Art: Create, Climb, Collaborate
🐒 Spacious Adventures with Dora and Diego
🇺🇸 Right to Vote (with a Presidential desk)
⚡️ Comic-book inspired Superpowered Metropolis.

⭐️ Tons of educator-led experiences and special guest artist…

American Museum of Natural History

This giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders delights lovers of animal & nature of all ages.

HIGHLIGHTS: 

🪐 Rose Center for Earth and Space
🐋 94-foot-long blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life
💎 Sparkly Halls of Gems and Minerals,🦖dinosaur fossils galore

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

🦈 Interactive Sharks

New-York Historical Society

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

🇺🇸 Hand-on Children’s History Museum on the bottom floor
🔆 Digital design-your-own Tiffany lamp
🎥  Multi-media films New York Story and We Rise

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

🚂 Tracks and detailed figures galore in

El Museo Del Barrio

This lively museum focuses on the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Small and friendly with great family programming and interesting artworks in a range of genres.

HIGHLIGHTS:

🖼 Vibrant Latino art organized into six thematic sections: Urban Experiences, Expanded Graphics, African and Indigenous Heritages, Craft Intersection,…

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…

Coquí Club: Honoring Black & Afro-Latinx Artists

Join an interactive, bilingual program facilitated by El Museo museum educators with storytelling, discussion and an art making project.

February is an opportunity to honor and highlight the accomplishments of many Black leaders in the community. Learn bout special Black and Afro-Latinx artists and explore a little more about their identities as Black and Latino.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:

✨ Dangling light installation above the spiral staircase
🌆 Multimedia New York at Its Core

🪧 Inspiring Activist New…

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,…

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 to all ages.

HIGHLIGHTS:

🏺 Gorgeous Greek and Roman Galleries
🎨 Must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings…

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic ‘pens,’ in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.

HIGLIGHTS:

🎨 Create and go inside digital wallpaper in the Immersion Room
🌀 Rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement

CURRENT…

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:

✡️ Centuries spanning, thematically grouped Scenes From the Collection

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

🏙  Pop-art & groovy fashion in New York: 1962-1964(closes Jan 8)

⭐️ Pick up Kids Gallery…

Guggenheim

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

🖼 Impressionist & Modern masterpieces  by Degas, Gauguin, Picasso, Kadinsky & more.

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

꩜ New Yorker cut-outs in  Alex Katz: Gathering
🧵 Elaborate installations and textile works in Nick Cave: Forothermore

⭐️  Pick…

Immersion Room

Go inside your design in the kid-favorite Immersion Room (formerly Margaret Carnegie’s bedroom). Create digital wallpaper  – or chose from an amazing assortment in the museum’s collection covering hundreds of years and a range of styles – and project them onto the wall from floor to ceiling—for a vibrant, impactful, immersive experience. Experiment with scaling,…

El Museo Del Barrio

This lively museum focuses on the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Small and friendly with great family programming and interesting artworks in a range of genres.

HIGHLIGHTS:

🖼 Vibrant Latino art organized into six thematic sections: Urban Experiences, Expanded Graphics, African and Indigenous Heritages, Craft Intersection,…

How Did They Do That?—3D Imaging

Peek at technique and learn—through handling tools and materials—how works of art were created. Join gallery demonstrations that reveal the intersection of art and science. Demonstrations repeat every 30 min. For visitors of all ages.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color.

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…

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:
🐶 See canine-related paintings, ceramics and other fine art & artifacts
🐕‍🦺 Explore AKC registered breeds at an interactive table
🐩 Discover which dog breed looks most…

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…

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.

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…

Art CAMP

Experiential toy store Camp’s new floor features interactive and immersive art experiences. Free to enter – no tickets necessary – just pay as you go for art projects.

A $40 CAMP Craft Pass ticket includes 2 craft activities or 1 Splatter Room experience go full Jackson Pollock (smocks provided) and take home a 16-inch canvas…

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 from a stand in the…

Spyscape & Batman Experience

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.

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.

Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design

Explore notable examples of interaction design, the points of contact between objects—whether machines, apps, or entire infrastructures—and people. Watch video games  such as Tetris and Pac-Man, to immersive explorations of the natural world, like Flower, and  records of indigenous traditions and culture, like Never Alone. Works ranges from the iconic and universal @ sign, a symbol dating back to…

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…

Wonderland Dreams

Enter the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland through whimsical painted art installations that play with perspectives of art and reality. Fall down the rabbit-hole into a world of giant playing cards, secret rose gardens, and multicolored mushrooms. Sit on the Queen of Hearts’ throne. Ride a rocking horse in a golden field as giant…

Eloise at the Plaza

This cozy pink corner of the swanky hotel celebrates spunky Eloise the Plaza’s most famous fictional resident. Dress up and play a mini-piano on a pink stage, lounge in the comfy reading/media room in the back, browse the delightful books and explore the selection of perfectly marvelous toys.

Wed – Sun 10 am…

The Rink at Winter Village

Skate on the city’s only free rink or just watch and enjoy a festive winter vibe. Online advance reservations required to skate, reservations roll out daily two weeks before skate time.

* Skate rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6).  Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22,…

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Take a spin on the world’s most famous ice rink. This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic.

Register for timed tickets in advance, online. Admission varies widely by day and time, so go early in the day, week and…

Cozy Igloos

Enjoy festive food and drinks in personal heated igloos, just steps from the iconic ice skating, surrounded by midtown skyscrapers. Family Packages ($215/up to 4 guests, $430/up to 8 guests) include a carafe of hot chocolate or salted caramel hot apple cider, chicken fingers or hot dogs or Bavarian pretzel, crispy French Fries with…

Refik Anadol’s Unsupervised

See what a machine might dream about after seeing the art in MoMA’s collection in a trippy, vibrant large-scale  digital video in the museum’s lobby produced by artificial intelligence.

Artist Refik Anadol trained a sophisticated machine-learning model to reimagine more than 200 years of arts. Site-specific input from the environment —changes in light, movement, acoustics,…

Living Lantern

An oversized, illuminating kinetic lantern infuses the Garment District’s Broadway plazas with changing colors. As the wind fuels its movements, the lantern comes to life, with its outer membranes opening and closing, allowing light to filter from its core and animate light sequences to infuse the space with flowing colors.

Standing at nearly 14 feet…

 Summit One Vanderbilt

Closed through Feb 1

Visit the highest viewing point in midtown Manhattan at am 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 –…

Furry Friday with The Play That Goes Wrong

Roam the galleries with fellow dog owners and lovers during American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog’s pet friendly hours.

Help off-Broadway production The Play That Goes Wrong look for their canine actor, Winston. Enter to win free tickets to the production, dress up as their favorite characters, and explore the history of dogs…

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…

Bumper Cars on Ice

Glide, bump and spin on inflatable bumper cars on a portion of the Rink at Winter Village. Can be a high speed dizzy thrill depending on how you use your joysticks. Rides are only 10 minutes but still lots of fun.
Riders must be 7…

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station.

Go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost”…

Stuffy Storytime

Join American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog for a storytime program on Wednesday mornings before opening. Bring a favorite stuffed dog along for a fun adventure listening to a dog themed story, learning about different dog breeds, and completing a dog related art activity.

Designed for 2-8 year olds and an adult learning partner,…

Intrepid Early Morning Openings

The Intrepid Museum opens its doors early for autistic children (ages 3-18) and their families so they can experience the Museum in a sensory-friendly environment. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for all learners, as well as drop-in art activities and structured social/play opportunities.

Register online in advance.

See our guide to the Intrepid…

Intrepid Access Family Program

In a monthly program for kids ages 5-18 with learning and developmental disabilities, families take a guided, interactive tour of the Museum and participate in art-making activities that everyone can enjoy. Register online in advance.

See our guide to the Intrepid Museum.

Carnegie Hall Fall Family Day: Spring Fest

Enjoy free, interactive, and fun musical activities and performances in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Journey through a musical celebration of the earth, the elements, and all things spring.

Activities are ongoing; drop in anytime.

MIDTOWN - 20s & 30s

Gilded Lady Mural

Flatiron/Gramercy

The myriad of details in this colorful 97 by 40-foot mural by famed street artist Tristan Eaton on the side of a residential building on Fifth Avenue in reference the rich history of the NoMad neighborhood from the Gilded Age onward. The woman’s face is based on early 20th-century model, chorus girl and catalyst for…

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…

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.

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

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…

Sky Skate at the Edge

Hot Spot

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.

Brave teens & adults can scale the outside of the building, more than 1,200 feet above the ground with City Climb (ages 13+, $185).

Disney Encanto x CAMP

Flatiron/Gramercy

Explore La Familia Madrigal’s real-life Casita, complete with secret passages, interactive magic, live music, and surprises behind every magic door in the world’s first immersive Disney Encanto experience.

A CAMP Counselor guides families through a narrative-driven adventure with games, live music, and a treasure hunt. Climb, slide, bounce, and dance through Antonio’s rainforest, Isabela’s floral…

The Rink at Manhattan West

Midtown-30s

Ice skate at a small outdoor rink in the public plaza situated of Manhattan West. Skate aids available for small beginners ($15-$18).  Private instruction from Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov available.

Sessions are 1 hour and in designated time slots. Prices are higher on weekend & holidays.

Near sparkly Hudson Yards and a…

Holidays at 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. Remind your kids the marshmallows are…

Living Lantern

Midtown-30s

An oversized, illuminating kinetic lantern infuses the Garment District’s Broadway plazas with changing colors. As the wind fuels its movements, the lantern comes to life, with its outer membranes opening and closing, allowing light to filter from its core and animate light sequences to infuse the space with flowing colors.

Standing at nearly 14 feet…

CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

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.

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…

Lux and Lumen

See new and recent works by Spencer Finch in dialogue with a 16th-century stained glass window by the Renaissance master Valentin Bousch, The Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise. Immersive installation Painting Air transforms the Hill Art Foundation’s double-story gallery into a lightscape inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. Close to 100 sheets of…

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.

 

Titanic. The Exhibition

A selection of personal artifacts never before seen in America that tell touching stories of the doomed ship’s passengers and crew. Embark on a narrative experience describing the events aboard the famous ship on that fateful day in 1912. Unravel the true story of the ship through old photographs, personal belongings and other relics from…

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store

Explore a spacious store covered in artist Yayoi Kusama’s signature black and yellow polka dots and mirrored spheres. Lots of fun photo-ops among a colorful collaboration featuring the dots on iconic LV bags, shoes and more. There’s a claw machine, but purchase is required for a token.

Another pop-up in Soho (102 Prince St) features…

MAGENTAVERSE

Explore the sights, sounds, feelings and inspirations of the Pantone Color of the Year 2023, Viva Magenta. Step into an immersive cinematic journey through a color universe. Explore digital installations inspired by earth and space. Features content and explorations of space and technology from NASA.

Presented by Artechouse.  Inside Chelsea Market, also home many…

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

See four major installations and other evocative works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres—two of which have never been realized in the manner envisioned by the artist before his untimely death in 1996 from complications related to AIDS. Get free candy from an always-changing 700-pound pool of black candy in clear wrappers. Admire two twelve-foot diameter circular reflecting…

Rubin Family Sundays: Year of the Watercolor Hare

Celebrate the holiday of Losar, which marks the Tibetan Lunar New Year. To mark this new year of the Water Hare, create a Watercolor Hare to represent the good you wish to see in the world, and collage a field for your Water Hare wishes to leap forward from.

Pre-registration is required for either the…

Losar Family Day 2023

Leap into the Year of the Water Hare with an arty celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations and this year’s zodiac animal, the kind and sensitive Water Hare. Then explore the galleries, watch a traditional torma butter sculpture demonstration, and get creative.

Create a colorful design inspired by Himalayan…

MANHATTAN-DOWNTOWN

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…

Arcadia Earth

Noho/Nolita

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…

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

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

* 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. Turn into slime in a augmented reality glow-in-the-dark cove, smell dozens of scents and chill in ASMR booths.

* Make an included custom…

Museum of Ice Cream

Soho

Explore a colorful pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors (plus a 3 story slide) that’s fun for sweet lovers of all ages.

Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms. Play in a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, jump or slide into a…

Winter Garden at The Standard East Village

East Village

Hunker down in private alpine yurts, or outside (with heaters) among the twinkling evergreens. The cozy menu includes raclette burgers, fresh oysters, orange blossom waffles, spiked hot cider, gooey fondue, freshly baked beignets and more.

Sat-Sun brunch: 11 am – 1:30 pm (no minimum)
Dinner: 4 – 7:30 pm ($100 pp minimum)

Some Bunny To Love: Year of the Rabbit, 2023

Lower East Side

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this new mural by BKFoxx and Claudio Picasso in Chinatown.

OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP: Finding Home in Chinatown

Hot Spot

Using only cardboard and glue, Chinese American artist Warren King captures in exquisite beauty and detail everyday moments in nearby Chinatown. Distinctive life-sized sculptures, as well as smaller scale and wall-hanging pieces, depict local residents: women engaged in lively conversation, a hardworking fish vendor, players and spectators of an intense game of Chinese chess, and…

Lunar New Year at Essex Market

Lower East Side

Celebrate the year of the rabbit with variety of all-ages on the mezzanine of Essex Market.  Sample dumpling sand enjoy lantern crafting, giveaways, and a lion dance.

Super Saturday Lion Dancing

Soho

Catch a showstopping performance with The Wan Chi Ming Dragon Lion Dance Team on this penultimate day of the 15-day Lunar New Year festivities. Check out stunning new art exhibition, OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP by Warren King, and shop the iconic Asian emporium feature.

 

Eldridge Eats: A History of the Lower East Side Food Tour

Lower East Side

Visit historic Lower East Side sites and nosh on delicious rugelach, pickles, knishes, and dumplingsStroll through the neighborhood’s 100-year history with long-time Lower East Side resident and Museum at Eldridge Street Docent Richard Soden. Learn about what life was like for Jewish immigrants at the turn of the last century: Where children played, where…

Family Day: I Love NYC

West Village

Look at the various designs for the Love in Times Square Design Competition, an annual competition that invites architecture firms to think about how a Valentine sent from the heart of Times Square could express love for everyone. As a family,  design and build your own model of a 3D Valentine for NYC.

Sign up…

Valentine’s Day at the Jackie Robinson Museum

Soho

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special look a the loving partnership between Jackie and Rachel Robinson and the Robinson family.

See items from the Robinson Family collection not regularly on display. Join story time at 1 pm & 2 pm and hands-on activities for children (ongoing between 12 pm & 3 pm).

Eldridge Arts & Learning: Stained Glass

Lower East Side

Learn about the more than sixty stained glass windows of a historic synagogue and collage a colorful creation of your own. See how the colorful shapes and patterns bring the synagogue to life. from capturing natural light to displaying beautiful designs.

Online RSVP required. Included with museum admission.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade And Festival

Lower East Side

This annual spectacle features lion and dragon dancers, floats, marching bands, magicians, acrobats and more.

Parade participants gather around noon at Sara Roosevelt Park, then move to Hester and Mott street where the parade starts at 1 pm, winding though the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway…

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.

XO World & XO Play

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 attached to the spoke to represent love).

Created by Daniel Anderson, an internationally recognized artist inspired by children’s natural acceptance of others regardless of race, gender, age, or religious…

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…

Dubuffet Sculpture

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

The Greens

Enjoy stunning views on a rooftop overlooking the East River. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Menu includes cheeseburgers, churros, shrimp rolls, salads and more.

See our guide to Seaport.

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…

One World Observatory

Elevators climb 102 stories in 47 seconds to the top 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 friendly…

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…

Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion

Take a multi-sensory journey through the golden, sensuous and revolutionary art of the Viennese 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…

Wizard Tea & Potion Making

A two-floor, wizard-themed bar and restaurant with indoor dining and outdoor terrace seating on the cobblestones of historic Stone Street hosts interactive experiences perfect for Harry Potter fans. Don a provided robe and use a hi-tech magic wand to cast a pouring spell to receive a welcome drink from the maw of a magical creature.

Monet’s Garden

Take an immersive 360-degree journey through the history and works of one of the greatest artists of the past century. Through state-of-the-art multimedia technology, enter the world famous artworks of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Elaborate installations and projections, combined with music, create rushing worlds of color and make the paintings come alive. Explore Monet’s…

Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage

Enjoy sea­son­al activ­i­ties, fes­tive win­ter lights, games and food and drinks along­side warm­ing fire pits. Explore win­ter arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming amid a sparkling dis­play of hol­i­day lights and a his­toric Coast Guard-era fire truck photo-op. Play lawn games like corn­hole, can jam and giant Jen­ga.

⛸ Spin on a 5,000-square foot outdoor skat­ing rink…

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Skate on a small rink overlooking New York Harbor with incredible views. Uncovered and windy so dress accordingly.

Skate aids and pushable sit-down sleighs for small beginners available for $15 ($20 on weekend). Sign up for one hour sessions. Private and group learn to skate and hockey lessons available.

Eat at an array of yummy…

Ice Rink at The Seaport

Ice skate in a free admission rink with spectacular views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, under a new overheard light installation Aurora emulating the Northern lights.

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cardmembers have exclusive access to the Sapphire Cabin, a heated bungalow located rink-side with complimentary…

Aurora by Ithaca Studios

Over 4,000 individually-controlled overhead lights create spectacular effects inspired by the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis, including swirling colors and shooting stars, all synchronized to music. Take a spin under the lights on the free admission Ice Rink.

Each month the theme of Aurora will change with different lighting concepts and soundtracks.

Pulse Portal

Explore Davis McCarty’s iridescent installation, Pulse Portal, on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. Walk around the gemstones or through the dichromatic archway and view the rainbow palette of colored shadows that move throughout the day powered by sunlight.

Pulse Portal is built from NASA developed materials where colors transform as the angle of the…

Twilight Winter Bird Stroll

Meet the win­ter birds of Gov­er­nors Island with NYC Audubon. Near­ly 240 bird species have been spot­ted on the island, which pro­vides excel­lent habi­tat all year round.  Dis­cov­er all of the bird life the island has to offer this win­ter.

The group will meet at 3pm at Sois­sons Land­ing. Free with reg­is­tra­tion;

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

Join South Street Seaport Museum in person or virtually for a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses.

See our guide to the Seaport.

Gov­er­nors Island Ice Sculp­ture Show

Join an excit­ing after­noon of live ice carv­ing from skilled ice artists. Enjoy every­thing the Win­ter Vil­lage has to offer and help choose the win­ner at the end of the event.

Food available for purchase includes Lit­tle Eva’s sea­son­al menu, with warm drinks and new takes on clas­sic com­fort food like brats, veg­an chili,…

Upcoming Events

Home Depot Workshop: Valentine’s Vase

Chelsea

Develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering with help from parents and store associates. Project change monthly. Receive a certificate of achievement, workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Also at Home Depots on 59th Street/Third Ave, Long Island City, New Rochelle and elsewhere.

Coquí Club: Honoring Black & Afro-Latinx Artists

Harlem

Join an interactive, bilingual program facilitated by El Museo museum educators with storytelling, discussion and an art making project.

February is an opportunity to honor and highlight the accomplishments of many Black leaders in the community. Learn bout special Black and Afro-Latinx artists and explore a little more about their identities as Black and Latino.

LOS Kids: Johann Strauss Jr., Pop Star!

Upper East Side-60s

Join Johann Strauss Jr., young soloists, and a professional Orchestra to see what happens when “classical” music is more like “pop” music. Theatre, comedy, video, dancing, original scripts and expertly crafted music education come together for an engaging show. Includes audience participation during the show and digital pre & post concert guides.

The theater is…

First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum: Legacy

Prospect Park/Park Slope

Enjoy engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment for all ages the first Saturday of the month at Brooklyn Museum.

Ring in Black History Month and celebrate twenty-five years of First Saturdays. This month’s theme honors the legacy of Black artistic production in Brooklyn. Celebrate the creative excellence of Black artists who are shaping…

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

Fidi

Join South Street Seaport Museum in person or virtually for a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses.

See our guide to the Seaport.

Rock And Roll Playhouse at Garcia’s: Grateful Dead

Upper Westchester

Dance and sing along to the music of iconic rockers at an interactive and educational live music experience for families at a historic venue. Groove to the music of the Grateful Dead played by professional cover band Summerfeet.

Loud (bring hearing protection earmuffs for sensitive ears) with lots of dancing.

Also at 2 pm.

Philharmonic Families

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Explore a section of the orchestra in an intimate New York Philharmonic concert designed for ages 3-6. Enjoy music, games, movement, singing, and humor. Pre-concert activities begin an hour before each concert.

Also at 3 pm

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade And Festival

Lower East Side

This annual spectacle features lion and dragon dancers, floats, marching bands, magicians, acrobats and more.

Parade participants gather around noon at Sara Roosevelt Park, then move to Hester and Mott street where the parade starts at 1 pm, winding though the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway…

Met Family Afternoon—Maya and Materials

Upper East Side-80s

Come ready to look, imagine, and create. Move your body while creating art and music inspired by Maya art, join Museum experts to explore ancient materials, and listen to an interactive bilingual Storytime.

Families with children of all ages and abilities are welcome; recommended for children ages 3–11 years. Materials provided.

Presented in conjunction with…

Lunar New Year at Hudson River Museum

Lower Westchester

Kick off the Year of the Rabbit with traditional Asian arts, crafts, demonstrations, and performances for all ages. Celebrate the fourth of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, and, according to Chinese culture, the luckiest animal of all.

Festivities begin with the colorful ceremonial Lion Dance. Make Chinese knots, posters, and cut paper…

Losar Family Day 2023

Chelsea

Leap into the Year of the Water Hare with an arty celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations and this year’s zodiac animal, the kind and sensitive Water Hare. Then explore the galleries, watch a traditional torma butter sculpture demonstration, and get creative.

Create a colorful design inspired by Himalayan…

Baobab

Midtown-40s

A percussion-filled fable about a boy’s heroic quest to save his village from drought features music from Mali and Senegal, puppets large and small, one naughty monkey and a witch with an itch to dance. Hear the djembe drums dance and the ngoni’s strings sing as the griots tell you a…

Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concerts: Who Is Thad Jones

Midtown-50s

Learn about the trumpeter-composer-bandleader Thad Jones in this hour-long interactive performance. Recommended for ages 5–12, but children and adults of all ages are welcome.

At the lovely Rose Theater in the Shops at Columbus Circle (where you can also explore Art Camp) with a stunning view of Central Park.

Also at 3 pm.

Carnegie Hall Fall Family Day: Spring Fest

Midtown-50s

Enjoy free, interactive, and fun musical activities and performances in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Journey through a musical celebration of the earth, the elements, and all things spring.

Activities are ongoing; drop in anytime.