TOP PICKS: BABIES

**As NYC shuts down to stay safe, note that many of these events are cancelled. We're working on guides to at-home entertainment - see the best museum websites for at-home fun.**

Thanksgiving at CMOM: Potlucks & Parades

Join CMOM for a week-long festival and explore dishes to share, contribute to an evolving sculpture installation and create handheld parade floats inspired by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. See our guide to CMOM.

Lincoln Center Presents at the Atrium

Join Lincoln Center for concerts with artists from across the globe in genres ranging from swing to Afro-Peruvian to opera. Performers change daily; some are more kid-friendly than others, but the vibe is usually relaxed with space to walk and dance in the back.

The indoor space is weather proof but with fountains and plant-covered…

Central Park Holiday Lighting

Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa while enjoying a variety of seasonal activities. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

Little New-Yorkers

Join museum educators in the lovely children’s library for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special hello song, silly dances and games, a story book reading, and a craft to do after the story. Themes related to New York history and current exhibits change monthly.

See our guide to New-York Historical Society.

New-York Historical Society Pay-What-You-Wish

Admission is up to you Friday evenings at this Learn about this fascinating museum.

* In the interactive Children’s History Museum, explore 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and a charming library. Try cross-stitch, see historic baseball gear, ride an Orphan Train, play a newsies…

Ornament Painting Party

Choose 3 flat ornaments from a festive assortment to paint. Use a variety of paint colors, brushes and tools to personalize ornaments. Glazing and firing included. Cookies and drinks available.

Kids and adults welcome. To-go kits also available to paint at home.

New York City Ballet Children’s Workshops

NYCB Teaching Artists guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends, in the company’s rehearsal studios. No prior dance training needed.

See and learn more dancing at Family Saturdays at the theater.

😷 Masks required. Attendees required to present either proof of full…

New-York Historical Society Sunday Story Time

This weekly program in a charming children’s library includes the reading of a New-York-themed book, a related craft project and silly dances and games.

See our guide to New-York Historical Society.

Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Find the bust of the Voldemort look-alike and other surprising connections in an interactive ‘wizarding’ tour in the magical Metropolitan Museum inspired by the Harry Potter books. See spaces, places and objects similar to those in the books, from part of an actual castle to depictions of mythical creatures like griffins and dragons.

Start with Art and Music: Water and Sky

Explore art and music in the galleries while you look, move, and sing. Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection while listening to live music. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share…

Central Park Holiday Lighting

Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa while enjoying a variety of seasonal activities. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

Drop-in Drawing

Experience The Met collection through creative drawing challenges in the galleries with expert teaching artists. Materials are provided, but you may bring your own sketchbook. Only pencils are allowed in the galleries.

Demonstrations repeat every 30 minutes. For visitors of all ages.

See our complete guide to visiting the Met.

Family Day at the Dairy

Enjoy a reading of Welcome to the World, Squirrelly Q (set in Central park) by author Cindy Rovtar; a special golden ticket scavenger hunt; the chance to win prizes and special discounts from our gift shop; and more kid-friendly activities.

At the historic visitor center, located in the heart of the Children’s District—the area…

Mozart For Munchkins: Nutcracker & Jingles

Join a unique (all-ages) Nutcracker experience with tap dance virtuoso Demi Remick, the sweet tones of Steve Whipple on the upright bass & Blanca González and Jesse Elder of Musiquita on violin and piano. The ensemble will also perform some holiday favorites, some Latin folk music & and a handful of children’s classics. An interactive,…

Guggenheim Pay-What-You-Wish Hours

Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission to the Guggenheim on Saturday evenings.

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum. Meet New Yorker poets, artists, critics, dancers, and filmmakers in paintings, oil sketches, collages, drawings, prints, and freestanding “cutout” works in Alex Katz: Gathering around the iconic spiral. Also explore Impressionist, post-Impressionist,…

Guggenheim Stroller Tour

Stroll around the ramps as museum educators lead an engaging one-hour tour for caregivers and their babies (up to 24 months). This interactive exploration of current exhibitions includes touchable objects, art-making, and adult conversation.

See our guide to the Guggenheim.

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.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the largest Christmas tree in NYC.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton will perform a duet of their holiday single, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” additional performances will be from Jimmie Allen, Andrea Bocelli along with Matteo Bocelli and Virginia Bocelli, David Foster and Katharine…

Poster House Free Fridays

Get free admission to this unique museum every Friday of every month. See colorful current exhibitions including Air-India’s Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue and Masked Vigilantes On Silent Motorbikes featuring art made from found, re-configured, and shredded posters.

Pick up a scavenger hunt and find interesting items throughout the museum to get a…

Morgan Library & Museum Free Fridays

Explore the stunning former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions with free admission 5 to 7 pm every Friday. Reservations are required – tickets are available one week in advance.

Admission to the historic rooms of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library is free Tuesday…

MoMA UNIQLO NYC Nights

Visit MoMA for free the first Friday of every month. Tickets must be reserved in advance (up to two adults, unlimited kids) and are released one week before each event. Proof of residency required.

See our guide to MoMA.

Family Fridays at MoMath: Math, rhythmic patterns, and optical traces

Join Grammy award–winning percussionist Will Calhoun for an evening of interactive rhythm, movement, and art. Playing off his inventive artwork (now on display in Composite, the gallery at MoMath), families will first observe the mathematical patterns of independence created using light-up drumsticks, then make their own complex patterns, keeping the rhythmic beat as the streaks…

American Girl Santa Brunch

Meet Santa at the American Girl store during breakfast in the cute cafe. Bring your own camera.

My First Nutcracker

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Join Clara and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers and a pesky mouse king in this holiday classic reimagined by New York City Children’s Theater for theatergoers ages 3-8. Clara’s narration throughout the performance helps young theatergoers follow the classic…

Hive

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

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Solve puzzles, perform experiments, play state-of-the-art computer simulations and find out how corn is like a dog in this interactive, family-friendly space. Explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies that are so ingenious, many remain a part of our daily lives.

See our complete guide to National Museum of the American Indian –…

Bleecker Street Pizza

Lots of seating to eat (counter-service) pizza that regularly appears on best of NYC lists. The signature Nonna Maria — thin-crust specimen with mozzarella, marina, parm, and basil — is delicious but might be too spicy for some young palates. Fresh, flavorful cheese, pepperoni etc also available plus appetizers, pastas, salads, and dessert.  Fun…

Pier 25 Playground

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 an 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and…

Eataly NYC Downtown

The 40,000 square feet  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 (post-pandemic) weekend kids cooking classes.

Choose from five restaurants, nine take-away counters (including gelato), two caffès, and one wine bar. Shop more than 10,000 high-quality…

Cafe Gitane

This bright, friendly French-Moroccan is known for its tasty avocado toast and couscous but we always get the all-day waffles. Table-service, expect waits during peak hours.

Max Brenner

Select from nine hot chocolates – Italian Thick, Oreo, Peanut Butter and more – at this huge cafe and store that feels like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, with tubes of liquid chocolate criss crossing the space. Choose from a variety of creative, high-quality chocolate concoctions to fo, gift or to eat on site.

Salads, paninis,…

Milk & Cream Cereal Bar

Live your childhood breakfast fantasies with soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes & bowls of milk with classic sugary cereal and other topping mix-ins. Signature flavors include ‘Froot Berry Bliss’ (With froot loops, strawberries, blueberries, fruity pebbles and gummy bears) and ‘Apple Jack Avalanche’ (Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Granola Crisp topped with a caramel drizzle)…

Lincoln Station

Choose from sandwiches, soups, and salads, rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, lasagne and more tasty food plus beer, wine, house-made pastries and La Colombe coffee. Counter service with lots of seating in a cozy spot with exposed brick and cool art. Across the street from the Brooklyn Museum.

Green-Wood

This historic cemetery (founded in 1838) is a lovely place to wander, with 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, plus gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and extraordinary 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums.

* Honor famous permanent residents such as Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort…

J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons.

A gated toddler area features bucket swings,…

Domino Park

Find cool design and amazing bridge/Manhattan views at a large waterfront park on the site of a former Domino Sugar factory.

* The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has fun features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the…

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds

This expansive park has great attractions and a gorgeous only-in-NYC view. Explore refurbished piers, most of which host playgrounds (our favorites are at Pier 6 including giant Slide Mountain, Sandbox Village, Swing Valley and the splashy Water Lab). Play in the sand and admire tide pools at Pier 4 Beach (no swimming/wading).

Find a variety of yummy concessions throughout the park and restrooms at Piers 2,5 & 6. 

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Strategically placed branches and stumps of trees damaged by storms and other materials from within Prospect Park invite engagement nature and unstructured play in this magical playground. several areas to explore including sand for digging and water features for pumping and splashing.

DeKalb Market Hall

This bustling basement food hall houses 40 diverse food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names. Feast on artisanal arepas, noodles, baos, donuts, french pastries, susgi, tacos, sushi, churros, crepes, frites, humus, ice cream and more.

Hours vary by vendor.

Japan Village

Sample a range of delicious Japanese cuisine from sushi to smoothies in large food hall rooted in “omotenashi,” a Japanese approach to hospitality and mutual respect. Pick up noodles, dumplings, yakatori, Obanyaki stuffed with Nutella and more from variety of booths or sit down in a serene corner for omakase.

On the 20,000-square-foot second floor ‘The Loft,’ step into a representation of Japan with cool shops with items straight from the country as well as fun experiences like tea ceremonies and cultural classes. Shop for inexpensive toys, Hello Kitty and Sanrio home goods, crafting supplies, Japanese treats, items for the home and other kitschy stuff  at Daiso. BookOff, an outpost of Japan’s largest chain of used bookstores, offers a wide range of anime-related products, including manga, novels, CDs, DVDs, video games, figures, apparel, and accessories. 

New York Botanical Garden Free Hours

On Wednesdays, the lovely New York Botanical Garden offers free grounds admission for all from 10 am to 11 am, and to NYC residents all day. Does not include admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Special Exhibitions, or Tram Tour.

Discover spectacular gardens and collections across 250 acres. Walk the shaded trails of a…

Holiday First Friday at Bartow-Pell

Explore a historic mansion decked out for the holidays and enjoy the mellifluous and merry sounds of the a cappella MetropoliTones. Light refreshments available. Online registration requested.

Grassroots Grocery Saturdays

Join neighbors on a Saturday morning to sort, pack, and deliver fresh produce to New Yorkers in need. Grassroots Grocery rescues excess, unsold produce from the biggest produce market in the United States. Their growing volunteer task force delivers this bounty to over 25 communities in need, ensuring that fresh and healthy produce makes its…

Museum of the Moving Image Free Hours

Enjoy free admission to the fun museum with 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…

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas: 45th Anniversary Screening

See one of Jim Henson’s most beloved television specials on the big screen. Ma Otter and her son Emmet both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other’s Christmas presents. On November 26 and December 3, Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin will appear in person and present outtakes from the special and excerpts…

New York Hall of Science Free Hours

This center for interactive science featuring tons of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building offers free admission on Friday afternoons. Reserve online on Friday morning.

See our guide to New York Hall of Science.

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…

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.