New Yorkers of all ages can experience interactive photo-ops around town. Some are small and free, some more involved with admission fees.

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Color Factory

251 Spring Street Soho/Tribeca/LES
New York, New York US

Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. 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…

Gulliver’s Gate

216 West 44th Street Midtown
New York, New York US

Explore 25+ cities from 5 continents in a technologically advanced, interactive museum of miniatures. Explore the work of over 200 master craftsmen and artists from around the world including a functioning airport, naval locks and a lit-up New York City. Save 50% on tickets

Museum of Ice Cream

558 Broadway at Prince Street
New York, NY United States

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, a big sprinkle pool, a three-story slide and lots of ice cream to try. The first few rooms are not that exciting, but kids love the later rooms, especially that pool (ps make sure they know these sprinkles are…

Sloomoo Institute

475 Broadway between Broome & Grand Streets
New York, NY United States

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Play with beautiful and seemingly endless vats full of slime, relax in an immersive tunnel, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove,  and create at a 150-foot long DIY bar Wear clothes that can get messy. Every ticket comes with an 8-oz. custom slime and other surprises.

Intangible Forms

75 9th Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking
New York, New York US

Take an audio visual journey into both the known and unknown by Japanese multi-media artist Shohei Fujimoto. This multi-sensory experience features five separate installations including kinetic laser modules set in a hazy soundscape.

Inner Light

412 West 14th Street
New York, NY United States

Enter an undulating installation of 88 LED columns to find a self-playing Yamaha Disklavier piano that interprets Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko’s  hit “Triggered” through a cutting edge 360° spatialized sound system, immersing visitors in continuous waves of light and sound.Special holiday hot chocolate available in the cafe.

Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

220 36th Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY United States

Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, a 9-hole mini golf course featuring iconic Brooklyn landmarks such as the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn Bridge and other arcade style games in a colorful vintage-style room next to a New England-inspired seafood-focused restaurant with lobster rolls, poke tacos and fabulous harbor views. Also explore all the colorful art around Industry…

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Tuesday, January 1

Caffe Storico

11:00 am–10:00 pm
Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society.
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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.
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Saturday, September 14

Just Kidding

11:00 am–12:00 pm
See top-notch family-friendly music, theatre, dance and more from local and international companies. Sing along with Grammy-award winning kiddie rockers, see charming puppet shows or watch diverse dance forms in an intimate, welcoming venue on select Saturdays. Save 20% on full price tickets when you buy 5 or more shows.

Upcoming Just Kidding Shows

   
$17
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The New Victory Theater

11:00 am–12:00 pm
See extraordinary productions of theater, dance, circus, opera and music from around the world in a grand yet welcoming theater  in the heart fo the theater district with complimentary conveniences like lockers, stroller parking and booster seats. All shows feature engaging pre-show activities and photo ops with the cast. Age recommendations vary by show, from short interactive experiences for babies to though-provoking theater teens. The staff is super friendly and special-needs sensitive Deep discounts and free exchanges when you purchase tickets to three or more shows.

Upcoming New Victory Shows

$22-$69
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Mozart for Munchkins

4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians. Concerts feature different instruments and themes from a woodwind musical storytime to a jiving jazz trio all over town on most weekends and some weekdays. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and trying instruments after. Discount packages available.

Upcoming Mozart for Munchkins Concerts

 
$35/adults, free/kids 
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Tuesday, October 1

Eataly NYC Downtown

7:00 am–11:00 pm
The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.
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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

10:00 am–10:30 pm
Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.
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Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

10:30 am–8:00 pm
Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.  
FREE
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Cones

1:00 pm–11:00 pm
Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.
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Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.
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Color Factory Circle Game

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.
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Dubuffet Sculpture

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

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.
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Mural Outside Fluevog

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.
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WTC Street Murals

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.
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Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

5:00 am–12:00 pm
Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.
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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

6:00 am–5:00 pm
Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.
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Pier 25 Playground

7:00 am–8:00 pm
The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore a 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and a large artificial turf lawn.
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Levain Bakery UES

7:00 am–8:30 pm
Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier). Off-the-menu ice cream sandwich - two three-ounce cookies surrounding vanilla ice cream from Ample Hills - available on occasion, follow their instagram for updates.
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Norma’s

7:30 am–2:45 pm
Availble-all-day breakfast at this nautical-themed kid-friendly hotel lobby restaurant are over-the-top and pricey - there's even a $2000 ' Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata' with caviar. Creative sweet and savory dishes in the $30+ range include Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, a 'Waz-Za' waffle with fruit inside and outside and crackly brûlée top, and Artychoked Eggs Benedict with truffle porcini sauce (and an artichoke heart instead of en english muffin).
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Noglu

7:30 am–6:00 pm
Everything is 100% gluten-free and organic at this cozy French import featuring gourmet meals, pastries and coffee. The menu changes with the seasons  but you can always find classic signature dishes such as burgers (classic or vegetarian) and quiches. First floor is take-away counter service, the second floor is casual sit-down table service.
FREE
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Heavenly Rest Stop

7:30 am–7:00 pm
Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.
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Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area

8:00 am–7:00 pm
The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.
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Heckscher Playground

8:00 am–7:00 pm
Central Park's largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climber, lots of water features with tunnels, ramps and slides plus giant rocks to climb (and a bathroom). Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance. Closes at dusk.
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Chocolat Michel Cluizel

8:00 am–7:00 pm

Indulge in world renowned gourmet chocolate in a French-style café. Enjoy baked-on-site French pastries,  freshly brewed specialty coffees and an assortment of chocolate bonbons and bars with a fair-trade focus. Counter service with a small, stylish seating area.

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By the Way Bakery

8:00 am–8:00 pm
A small cute bakery with muffins, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more tasty treats, all of which happen to be gluten free.
FREE
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Greek From Greece Bakery &Cafe

8:00 am–9:00 pm
Feast on authentic Greek pastries both sweet (backlava, kataifi, walnut cake) and savory (spinach pies & a variety of cheese pies) plus soups, salads, sandwiches, house-made Greek yogurt and more at this friendly bakery/cafe.
FREE
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Alice’s Tea Cup

8:00 am–8:00 pm
Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Fairy wings and glitter avaialble. Gets crowded on weekends and reservations only available for groups 6+, call ahead or go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).
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Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II

8:00 am–8:00 pm
Enjoy scones as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Gets crowded on weekends and reservations only available for groups 6+, call ahead or go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).
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Orwashers UWS

8:00 am–5:00 pm
Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.
FREE
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