Planning Ahead…

So summer isn’t over – we’ve still got a lot of museum exhibits to hit before school starts – but some hot tickets are going on sale soon so time to get out of the pool and online to plan ahead. For last-minute fun, check out our ongoing weekly events and public art.

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Penn Plaza ~ 145 West 32nd Street ~ Midtown West
August 20

Celebrate the vibrant colors and flavors of favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow ball pit. Plus lots of sweet treats to eat. Time slots are selling out fast.

Color Factory

Hotel Manisses ~ 251 Spring Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
October 5

Explore and experience color at this truly interactive pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms  designed by different artists. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. My daughter especially enjoyed an activity where we drew each other with our eyes closed and picked the colors of each other’s essences. The 1 year old we were with loved playing with ombre balloon balls by a giant fan.

An all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups. More 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 cameras with timers. You move though rooms sequentially in small groups so it’s easy to keep track of kids. Stop by anytime for a free neighborhood guide for self-guided adventures around the neighborhood including the so fun  Circle Game mural.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
October 5

See century-old treasures including rare books and magical objects that capture the folklore and magic of the Harry Potter stories plus original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay. Explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts, from medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone. Purchase timed tickets in advance – they’re selling out quickly.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition ~ 60 10th Avenue ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
November 8

Celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture in an immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists. Purchase timed tickets online in advance.

New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts: Dancing Across Europe — The Waltz

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
November 17

Learn about composers and music in an interactive New York Philharmonic concert that explores how the waltz grew from a social dance to a nostalgic symbol as it crossed from Austria to France, Russia, and beyond. Featuring music by Johann Strauss II, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and others. Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.

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