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.

Pride at CMOM

Throughout June, CMOM uplifts and honors LGBTQIA+ voices in honor of Pride Month with a full schedule of storytelling workshops, colorful creations and parades.Help create a gigantic Pride flag by filling it with unique colorful objects. On Saturdays, join 2 pm Mighty Pride Parades – follow the lead of puppets and snare drum articulations and…

Free Ballet Hispánico Dance Classes

Take free dance classes with acclaimed local dance troupe  Ballet Hispánico in a lush three-acre green space by a new luxury apartment building.

On Saturday mornings, kids ages 3-10 can learn styles ranging from Rumba Flamenca to Afrobeats. On Thursday evenings, adults learn salsa, Afrobeats, hip-hop and more.

 

Lincoln Center Poets on the Plaza

Join an open air performance of thought-provoking and politically driven spoken word, poetry readings and insightful wordplay presented by a mix of the world’s most acclaimed and most promising authors. Each evening will feature multiple artist-authors, handpicked with an emphasis on diversity of lived experience and unique perspective.

Also check out the gorgeous installation GATHER throughout Lincoln Center.

Free Waterline Square Park Concerts

Enjoy free music and dance performances at a lush three-acre green space. On Mondays, classical cellist Luke Krafka perform; a variety of talented artists take to the stage on Wednesdays.

Seating is first-come, first-served; the lawn opens at 5pm. Bring your own blankets and picnic.

Locomotive Lawn Live

Join Moosiki Kids outdoor Musical Storytime that fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories, a mix of kid and rock songs  and sing along encouragement on a comfy, danceable turf lawn right by the big locomotive.

Free DIY egg shakers while supplies…

Wake Up, Daisy!

The historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is back in action with modern take on Sleeping Beauty. Marionettes and music tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At Daisy’s much-anticipated birthday party, she encounters three special guests, known as…

Everybody Tango

Enjoy introductory Argentine Tango lessons, music, and dancing in the open air with Strictly Tango NYC.

Lessons are held at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with social dance time between lessons.

Live music and dancers will be featured on July 28.

Social Dance at The Oasis

Rejoice in the healing power of movement with a free Social Dance series in the Lincoln Center Plaza. The summer-long celebration of reconnection and ecstatic motion is held on the city’s new largest outdoor dance floor, The Oasis. Try Merengue Tipico, Bachata, Salsa, Lindy hop, Western swing, Tango, The Hustle, Freestyle, Ballroom, and more. All…

New York Classical Theatre: Cymbeline

Enjoy the intrigue and drama of William Shakespeare’s 1611 romantic adventure Cymbeline, performed outdoors by seven energetic actors.

The audience moves along with the actors during the performance—once for each scene change. Picnics and/chairs blankets welcome.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 18 months–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.

See our guide to the Met.

Start with Art at the Met – PRIDE

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life.

This…

Start with Art/Art Trek

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life.

This…

Sunset Salsa

Join world-renowned dancer, instructor and producer Talía Castro-Pozo and her line-up of incredibly talented friends at weekly dance parties. Celebrated as “The Woman of Salsa” by Latina Magazine, Talía is trained in everything from Ballroom to Jazz. Start with beginner Salsa lessons before kicking off the night with a sizzling party.

Juggling

Join free juggling lesson with the Bryant Park Jugglers.Try for a few minutes, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test.

All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided. See our guide to Bryant Park.

Broadway Rhythm

Enjoy the sounds of different local music artist each week on Broadway plaza between 39th and 40th Streets,.

Piano in Bryant Park

Visit the Bryant Park Upper Terrace to hear New York City’s finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Different musicians featured weekly.

See our guide to Bryant Park.

Free Concerts at Hudson Yards

Join live outdoor concerts programmed by The Bowery Presents every Wednesday through August 3rd.

Sip on specialty cocktails and food offerings from Jibs, sample and enjoy sugar free lemonade and iced tea from Swoon’s vintage airstream and munch on Backyard bites from an array of food carts.

See our guide to Hudson Yards for…

Art Alive

Join an intergenerational drop-in gallery visit and art-making experience. Each session, a practicing artist or artist educator focuses on a work on view in MAD’s current exhibitions, leading hands-on activities and engaging discussions geared towards an intergenerational audience.

Discussions and activities are ongoing; join at any time.

See our guide to the Museum of…

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.

All rentals stay in the supervised cove. To go into…

Winnie the Pooh

Featuring songs by the Sherman Brothers and by A.A. Milne, this beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation set deep in the Hundred Acre Wood is told with stunning life-size puppetry through the eyes of the Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl (and Tigger too!).

By the…

The Fans Strike Back

Explore the world’s largest private Star Wars collection made by fans, for fans, with more than 600 collectibles and figurines, life-size figures and famous costumes, more than 50 one-of-a-kind sculptures, armor, lightsabers, blasters, helmets, masks, and more in a immersive space. Use a green chroma to take pictures with selected backgrounds and visit the merchandise…

Math Discovery

Join one of MoMath’s specially trained educators in, a series of hands-on classes exploring intriguing math topics like the mathematical theory of knots and graphs of the rainbow.

For students and their families/caregivers. Recommended ages vary by program, form pre-K to 8th grade. Limited space available.

Proof of full COVID vaccination required.

Hudson Riverkids: Pier 63

Sing and dance on a scenic pier overlooking the Hudson River (Mondays at HRPK’s Pier 25, Thursdays at Pier 63). This free family-friendly series brings together interactive activities and live entertainment, from hands-on learning to catchy sing-alongs from favorite kindie musicians.

First Friday at Poster House

Get free admission to this unique museum first Friday of every month. See current exhibitions including The Utopian Avant-Garde: Soviet Film Posters of the 1920s and Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property and join activities, workshops, and performances throughout the day (reserve in advance).

Pick up a scavenger hunt and find interesting items…

Live Music at Chelsea Market

Enjoy live music from local musicians outside Chelsea Market, which also has great food options.

MakeInspires STEAM Makerspace

Experience 3D Printing, Coding Video Games with Scratch, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence hands-on with MakeInspires Instructors.

A great perfect activity for kids 6 and up while the family explores Chelsea Market; kids under 6 are welcome with adult supervision.

All activities can be completed in 15 minutes. Book more time for more exploration. Across from…

Rubin Family Sundays: Coloring Outside the Lions

Contribute to a group project and explore how these feelings of envy might motivate you to be a team player.

Pre-registration is required for either the 1 pm or 2 pm. Free tickets include free access to the Museum galleries. Each month explores a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A…

Sail Pioneer

See the sights of New York Harbor, the magnificent Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of the historic 130-year-old schooner Pioneer. Grab a halyard to help raise a sail or simply sit back and enjoy the view. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, afternoon snack, beverages, or a bottle of wine to…

Museum of Ice Cream

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors.

Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms, plus play with a three-story slide, hula hoops, a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms and more interactive…

Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle 

Visit a discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children, at The South Street Seaport Museum.

Huge immersive murals bring families into Carle’s book, A House for Hermit Crab, and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Activities include meeting a live hermit…

Free Land Scape at Galerie Perrotin

Three kid-friendly shows at this spacious, always-interesting gallery.

In Paola Pivi’s  immersive project,  ‘Free Land Scape,’ crawl, walk, swing or tumble through a through a U-shaped, 100 foot-long denim tunnel that weaves across the gallery’s third floor space.

Look for disused analog entertainment media— cassette and VHS tapes, vinyl records, and various accoutrements used to…

EL OTRO OZ

Click your heels together tres veces and take a transformative journey during a salsa, merengue, and Mexican folk-infused musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz. As her fifteenth birthday approaches, Dora, a contemporary Latine teenager, struggles with her family’s ideas about tradition and dreads her impending quinceañera. But, when Dora gets swept away to a…

Sunset on the Hudson

In-person concerts return to scenic spots in Hudson River Park. See an eclectic lineup of New York artists including established and emerging artists from a broad spectrum of genres, from  brass to choral, bass and more.

Location & line-up changes weekly. Arrive early; seating is limited. Performances are weather dependent; follow on Twitter for…

Tall Ship Wavertree

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree with 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…

Tugboat Rides on W.O. Decker

Take an exciting 75-minute ride on the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker. Explore New York Harbor with views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery, and Governors Island.

Tours depart at 1:15pm, 2:45pm, and 4:15pm. Advance reservations recommended.

For ages 10+. Access to W.O. Decker requires climbing angled…

LeFrak Center Roller Skating

Head to the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park for roller skating daily in an outdoor, covered rink and the Dreamland Roller Disco every Friday night.

Light fare and drinks available at rinkside Bluestone Cafe, plus a variety of bike & boat rentals.

Cosmic Camp

Jump across lava fields, drive rovers, participate in intergalactic trivia, decode ice crystals, collect coins, and shoot through three slides at an intergalactic adventure for all ages at an experiential toy store.

At experiential toy store CAMP, with free hands-on fun for all behind a secret bookcase. Inside a shopping complex with lots of food…

LeFrak Center Boating & Biking

Ride single or double kayak and pedal boat to explore 55 acres of waterfront in Prospect Park ($16-$36/hour). Lightweight, synthetic clothing & water bottles suggested.

Choose from an array of bike rentals from traditional two wheels and kids trailers to a four-wheeled, 6-person double surrey ($13-$38/hour).

Half-day, full-day and season pass rentals also available.

Putting Green

Play an 18-hole golf course on the Williamsburg waterfront showcasing problems and solutions for climate change issues facing our planet.

Each of the 18 holes has been designed by a community partner, including artists and designers, community and school groups, environmental advocacy organizations and public agencies. The designs focus on a broad range of climate…

Family Movies at Skyline Drive-In

Watch favorite family movies outdoors on the Greenpoint waterfront with killer views of the Manhattan skyline. Screenings include first run family movies like Jurassic World and Minions; The Rise of Gru plus occasional classic faves like The Goonies, Back to the Future and other classics.

Lawn chair seating available for those without cars.…

Beat The Bomb

Kids and adults play together in a 1 hour video game escape room with a signature paint bomb ending. With hazmat suits, paint, lasers and smoke machines, take on Hack Attack, Laser Maze, Echo Chamber and Floor Grid, before reaching the bomb room game Cyberbot where you must drive a bomb-disposal robot through a maze…

Luna Park

Visit Coney Island’s iconic seaside amusement park, home of the historic Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, dozens of family-friendly and thrill rides, dining, carnival games shops and more.

Buy unlimited-ride 4-hour wristbands (buy online to avoid lines) or pay per ride at the park. Some attractions only available for riders over 48 inches tall.

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Summer Reading Storytime

Join the Brooklyn Public Library for a rollicking good time listening to stories, singing songs, and enjoying the breeze from the water.

Wednesdays through July 20. At the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace (with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge). See our guide to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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.

* Join nature-inspired outdoor family art projects on Saturday & Sunday mornings.

* Visit indoor rotating nature-inspired multimedia art exhibits in the Glyndor Gallery.

* Free admission on Thursdays.

First Friday at Bartow-Pell

Local bands perform at a 19th century mansion museum. Explore the museum, and stroll the gorgeous garden. light refreshments available. Online registration requested.

Wave Hill Family Art Project

Enjoy nature-inspired art projects among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Themes change weekly.

Takes place indoors, but there is some outdoor walking to get to the project.

The number of families able to participate at any given time will be limited to about nine. If you arrive and capacity is full, program…

Museum of the Moving Image Free Hours

Explore film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building.

* The hands-on core exhibition Behind the Screen features over 1,400 artifacts including early cameras, a real Chewbacca mask from the Star Wars films, footage of silent adventure…

Free Admission Noguchi Museum

On the first Friday of every month, enjoy  free admission to a serene museum and gardens  founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. Advance reservations are highly recommended; tickets are released two weeks before each date.

Housed in a repurposed 1920s red brick industrial building, with an attached concrete pavilion designed and…

Hands on History: Floral Fun

The home-turned-museum of Rufus King – Founding Father and early voice in the anti-slavery movement- hosts free family programs the first Saturday each month with seasonal themes.

Explore floral scents and the uses of botanicals in the 19th century by making your own scented sachets to take home. A great activity to do with…

Queens International Night Market

Sample cuisine from around the world at a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens. Shop around 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. Also enjoy live music and cultural performances celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens. Dine in a large picnic area.

Parking is extremely limited available, visitors…

Noguchi Museum Open Studio: Gallery Kit

Families and visitors of all ages are invited to pick up a Gallery Kit filled with art materials from museum educators, and explore internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi’s work through art-making.

See our guide to the Noguchi Museum.

Metropolitan Opera/ABT Rush Tickets

Get $25 rush tickets online for Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre performances. Available online, first-come, first-served, same day at for Monday through Friday evening performances, four hours before curtain for matinees and at 2 pm for Saturday evenings.

* Create an account and log on before the tickets go on sale, they go quickly.