TOP PICKS: AGES 5+

Get ready for St. Pat's, catch music & shows, join fun museum family programs and visit cool exhibits all over town.

Take a spin on an ice rink, explore interactive public art, check unique pop-ups and join storytimes.

Juliette and Ella’s Play Date

Professional artists lead play-based music & ballet class for babies and toddlers with a splash of sign language. Socially distanced in Central Park. Multiple time options.

Mozart For Munchkins UWS

This beloved relaxed classical concert series for kids returns with outdoor, socially distanced interactive music. Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your neighbor, wear a mask (under 2 excluded), and get ready to dance, clap, and sing. Also at 10 am.

Central Park Zoo

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo. Currently only outdoor exhibits are open, including the interactive children’s zoo. Free admission for healthcare workers. Some food and shopping available but only accepting credit card/apple pay. Advance online ticket purchase and masks required. Use promo code…

Juliette and Ella’s Play Date

Professional artists lead play-based music & ballet class for babies and toddlers with a splash of sign language. Socially distanced in Central Park. Multiple time options.

Little Jay Music and Play Carl Schurz Park

Make music and learn in outdoor, socially distanced singalong music classes that incorporate music theory through play. Bring your own props (shakers, scarves, tambourine/drum and a puppet or stuffed toy) and blanket. Only 5 families/ class to ensure social distancing. Also in Central Park Monday & Friday.

Manhattan Kayak

Rent single and tandem kayak and paddle boards for boat rides with magnificent midtown views (and maybe some dead fish). Kid sized equipment available for easier maneuvering. Life jackets and Ziplock baggie for face covers and phones provided. BYO water bottle and lock for lockers. Reserve ahead online. No water experience needed. Ages 3-10 must…

MoMA

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, MoMA has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits. Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, see the very cool Donald Judd exhibit, explore the trippy world of Félix Fénéon in a new exhibit and so much more modern fun.⁠⁠ * Free access for…

Bryant Park Moves with Limón Dance

All levels and ages are invited to experience the joy of movement and dance in weekly free classes led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company Limón Dance accompanied by live drumming.

Intangible Forms

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.

Museum of Ice Cream

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 not edible – plenty of…

Tall Ship Wavetree

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree. Self-guided tours along a set route include access to the outdoor areas, including main deck and quarter deck. Gaze up at the towering masts and miles of rigging and down into the vast cargo storage area. Take a peek at the galley and at the crew’s quarter, pose for…

Sloomoo Institute

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. * Walk through 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 many charms. Also take-home pre-made slime…

Mozart For Munchkins West Village

This beloved relaxed classical concert series for kids returns with outdoor, socially distanced interactive music in the Greenwich House Music School Garden. Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your neighbor, wear a mask (under 2 excluded), and get ready to dance, clap, and sing.

New York Aquarium

See sharks, rays, sea otters, octopus, jellyfish and more at the oldest continually operating aquarium in the US. * Take in a sea lion show at the Aquatheater (limited seating), chill out while zebra sharks swim overhead and admire rainbow colored coral exhibits. * Explore a new exhibit Spineless celebrating weird and wonderful invertebrates. *…

Prospect Park Zoo

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife. Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles. Advance online…

Studio 54: Night Magic

See bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in a survey of Pierre Cardin’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Explore an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes containing over 170 objects drawn from legendary couturie atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.

JR: Chronicles

See bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in a survey of Pierre Cardin’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Explore an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes containing over 170 objects drawn from legendary couturie atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.

LeFrak Center Boating, Biking & Splashpad

In the southeast corner of Prospect Park, rent kayak and paddle boats ($16-$45) or a variety of bikes including kids trailers and tandem ($8-$45) plus play in a splash pad with 20 water jets. Food and drink available for takeaway from the Bluestone Cafe.

Domino Park

Splash in fun fountains with amazing bridge and Manhattan views at this large waterfront park (now with social distancing circles on the grass). * The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has cool features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage…

Brooklyn Museum Reopens

A slightly hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world. * Only the 1st and 5th floors are open featuring African Art, Indigenous Americas Art, American Art and the must-see photograph/street art exhibit JR: Chronicles with an epic…

Smorg To Go

Legendary  weekly open-air food market Smorgasburg is open in new takeout-only format. Order online from 5-7 favorite Smorgasburg vendors, rotating every week, pick up at 51 N. 6 St. (at Kent Ave.) Feel free to head across the street to Marsha P. Johnson State Park (where the “real” Smorgasburg happens) for a picnic with river views.…

Wave Hill

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River. All indoor areas are closed (except for bathrooms). Currently no onsite parking or shuttles from public transportation; nearest parking lots is a 5 minute walk. Timed reservations and masks required.

New York Botanical Garden

Discover spectacular gardens and collections across 250 acres. Walk the shaded trails of an old-growth forest. Relax near a sparkling natural waterfall in the Bronx River. Stroll along the Native Plant Garden’s breezy promenade and meadow. * Indoor areas, tram tours and the Children’s garden are currently closed. Expect lots of walking, most of it…

Queens Drive-In: See The Dark Crystal & Time Piece”

See a movie at a pop up drive-In presented by Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image, and New York Hall of Science. A birthday tribute to Jim Henson features his Oscar-nominated short Time Piece and dazzling fantasy The Dark Crystal, introduced by Frank Oz, who co-directed Dark Crystal with Henson.