LOWER MANHATTAN

 

Gorgeous harbor & bridge views complement the mix of playgrounds, public art & unique experiences in the oldest part of Manhattan.

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SEAPORT

Imagination Playground

This magical interactive, transformable playground lets kids create their own play space with sand, water, giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips. Great view of the East River. Near lots of cool public art. Bathrooms available.

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.

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 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.

Tall Ship Wavetree

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree. Self-guided tours along a set route include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform…

Seaport Cinema

Enjoy  dinner and a movie on The Greens on the rooftop at Pier 17 with panoramic river views.

Reservations for each movie are released one week before the show date at 10am.

The family-friendly line-up includes Toy Story, Miracle, Remember the Titans, School of Rock, Moana and Dirty Dancing (ok, the last one’s not really kid-friendly but would be…

FIDI

Eataly NYC Downtown

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.

Le District

Mangez on freshly made croissants, crepes, frites and more delicious treats in a French shopping district within happening Brookfield Place. Take your treat to the terrace for a view of the French-in-origin Lady Liberty.

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.

Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days

See six monumental sculptures created over the span of 50 years by Melvin Edwards, whose work reimagines monumental civic sculpture by uniting abstract forms with personal symbols to address issues of race, labor, and the African Diaspora.

Look for some form of chain in each of the giant geometric forms.  Depending on…

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,…

SuperReal

Play with giant balloons in an immersive multimedia art experience set in the grand neo-Renaissance Cunard building. Dream-like 360-degree video, lights and music evoke clouds, thunderstorms, gardens, tropical discotheques, the 1920s and so much more. The sequence loops every 45-minutes; we could have stayed there all day (lounge on giant bean bags scattered throughout the…

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…

Smorgasburg WTC

Sample creative global treats from 5 vendors (More soon, starting small + safe) at an open-air food market flanked by colorful murals.

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…

Brookfield Place Family Fitness

Join a series of fitness classes for families. Instructors rotate each Saturday; try Jazz Dance + Improvisation with Peridance (ages 11+), FUNctional Fitness with PopFit Kids (ages 5+) and Kids PopAction with STREB (ages 8-16).

Takes place outdoors on the Oval Lawn at the southeast corner of the marina. Register online in advance.

Lots of…

play:groundNYC’s The Yard

Get creative at a 50,000 square-foot adventure playground stocked with loose parts, tools and space for kids to play, imagine and dream big.

See our compete guide to Governor’s Island.

NYC Math Festival 2021

Enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers in a downtown plaza watched over by striking Jean Dubuffet sculptures. Presented by the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), now open for visits. Shop an outpost of  the museum gift shop for fun, educational games and toys.

Public restrooms not available, so…

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Time travel to the twenties with dance lessons and performances, picnicking, vintage motorcar exhibitions, and carnival games all set to live jazz age music. A fun event for grown-ups and  junior gents and flapperettes. Tickets sell out, so buy in advance.

See our complete guide to Governor’s Island.

Inventgenuity Festival & Rising Sun Performance Company

At the annual Inventgenuity Festival, Beam Center’s artists and makers lead ages 6+ in hands-on learning, technology-integrated crafts, ceramics, astronomy, bell making, storytelling and electronics. Experience the grand opening of CONSTELLATION.

Throughout the island, catch Rising Sun Performance Company’s plays and performances designed for families and young audiences — along with an interactive walking tour…

Nu Jewish Storylab

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for the premiere of Nu Words’ “Nu Jewish Storylab,” a rhythm and movement exploration of Jewish children’s stories from traditional to cutting edge. Nu Words is ​Tracy Einstein ​and ​Richie Barshay, two music and theater artists with a passion for arts education. Their engaging performances include storytelling, poetry, drumming,…