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.**

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…

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Explore interactive, educational, well-designed exhibits for babies to pre-teens.

* Assemble, create, peek into, crawl under, and walk through one of a kind sculptures and installations in Inside Art.

* Cool off at splashy (outdoor) water exhibit Dynamic H2O with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics.

* Cross…

American Museum of Natural History

Lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and more can get their animal & nature fix at this giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders.

* Favorite spots: Learn about moon rocks and meteorites in the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space. A 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures…

MULTITUDES & Pushing Boundaries: 60 Years of AFAM Exhibitions

Celebrate the American Folk Art Museum’s 60th anniversary with two comprehensive, colorful installations.

Pushing Boundaries: 60 Years of AFAM Exhibitions highlights key exhibitions in the six decade history of the Museum with a selection of beloved works of art and rarely seen documents.

MULTITUDES showcase somes 400 stellar works, including recent gifts and new acquisitions…

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…

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…

Art on the Ave NYC: Creating Tomorrow

Take a gallery walk along Columbus Ave between 68th and 77th streets that spotlights artists from New York around the theme of “Creating Tomorrow” in a partnership between artists, storefront owners, and local businesses.

Visit businesses displaying Art on the Ave NYC signage to get a map as well as special discounts and offers. As…

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.

 

The Jewish Museum

Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries.

* The ongoing Scenes From the Collection features nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art, a unique mix of artworks and ceremonial objects, including hundreds of stunning menorahs, presented…

The Met

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages.

* Advance timed tickets required. On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street to avoid longer lines.

* Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur…

Central Park Zoo

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo.

* Watch crowds of penguins and puffins swim and waddle in the  indoor Polar circle.

* Warm up with colorful birds and playful monkeys in an indoor rain forest.

* Look for snow leopards, cute red pandas,…

Cooper Hewitt

See gorgeous historic and contemporary design in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.

* Go inside your design in the kid-favorite Wallpaper Immersion Room. Create digital wallpaper  – or chose from an amazing assortment in the museum’s collection – and project them onto the walls at full scale.…

Museum of the City of New York

Explore the greatest city in the world at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages.

* Favorite spots include an extravagant Gilded Age dollhouse, a dangling light installation above the stunning spiral staircase and the fascinating multimedia…

Guggenheim

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum.

* Experience exciting colors, shapes. lines and feelings in Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle. Follow his work in reverse chronological order, starting with his late-life paintings in France and proceeding upward along the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp through experiments in painting, poetry,…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Enjoy live and in-person music, dance, and theater events produced in partnership with a diverse and storied lineup of New York City’s performing arts institutions including Carnegie Hall, Jazzmobile, New York City Opera, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Joe’s Pub, Emerging Music Festival, Accordion Festival, Asian American Arts Alliance, Steinway Artists and more.

Limited capacity on…

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…

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.

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.

Ladurée Soho

Escape to Ladurée’s pastel Parisian wonderland, where the only stress is choosing among the 25+ colorful flavors, from salted caramel to strawberry marshmallow – plus chocolate covered macarons, gelato and more sweet treats.

Get your treats to go or dine on casual yet sophisticated French fare including salads, sandwiches and croissants in h ornate dining…

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)…

East Village/LES/Noho Street Art

Look for lots of cool murals around this hip neighborhood, on walls, sliding metal gates and on the sidewalk. Current favorite include:

* I ❤️ NY mural at The Jones NYC (Great Jones Street & Bowery),

* a swing you can sit on among tulips at Bloomeffects (Bowery & Bleecker)

* double-vision Mickey Mouse…

Mister Dips Seaport

Get inventive burgers, fries, milkshakes & soft serve ice cream dipped in candy shells at this Seaport outpost of a quirky Williamsburg fave.

Monday-Sunday 11:30 am-10 pm

See our guide to the happening Seaport District.

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

This large waterfront park has cool design and amazing bridge and Manhattan views.

* 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 manufacturing process of the refinery.

* Pick up…

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. 

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.

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure

Hangout in the treetops at the Bronx Zoo’s sustainably created aerial ropes course. Ride a 400-foot-long zipline over the Bronx River and/or swing from rope to rope, skateboard high above the ground, and navigate your way through the trees i seven courses of varying difficulties.

Make of it with a visit to the many animals…

New York Botanical Garden

Discover spectacular gardens and collections across 250 acres.

* Celebrate the art and science of edible plants in the garden-wide exhibit Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love.

* Actively investigate science and nature in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, a 12-acre landscape that features a series of lush environments, including a…

Turtle Cove Mini Golf

Play 18 holes with interesting miniature architecture in lovely Pelham bay Park.

Afterwards grab a bite at the Park Place Café.

Family Mini Golf Special ($39) includes 12″ inch cheese pizza & 4 water bottles for 4 players.

Same place as a full-size golf course & driving range.

New York Hall of Science

Founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair, this center for interactive science has reopened after fixing up extensive damage from Hurricane Ida. Find lots of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building

* Explore outer space, animals, light, physics and more in over 450 interactive displays.

* In new exhibit The Happiness Experiment,…

Queens Museum

An expansive open light-filled space (formerly home to two world fairs) on the edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts ambitious exhibitions, educational initiatives, and community-minded programming,

* Look for favorite NYC spots in miniature at the famous Panorama of the City of New York, created by urban mastermind and World’s Fair President Robert…

MoMA PS1

This Queens outpost of MoMA, built in a former school building, is devoted to today’s most experimental, thought-provoking contemporary art.

* See Deana Lawson’s photographs of Black life in living rooms, kitchens, and backyards from Brooklyn to New Orleans, Haiti to Ethiopia, and Brazil to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The artist meticulously poses…

Noguchi Museum

See works founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in a specially-designed, serene building and garden.
Housed in a repurposed 1920s red brick industrial building, with an attached concrete pavilion designed and built in the 1980s by Noguchi himself in collaboration with Shoji Sadao (1927–2019). The two-story Museum contains approximately 27,000…

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.