DOWNTOWN AGENDAS

Taiyaki

Unicorn lovers can get their sweet fix with edible horns & ears in artisanal soft serve served in fish-shaped Japanese waffle cones. Smoothies in a mini unicorn pool float and seasonal creations like Christmas Tree and Easter Bunny cones also available.

Pixinity NYC

Explore a a Pop-Futuristic art exhibition & playground inspired by the aesthetic of gaming, pop cultural imageries and visual languages and pixel.  This fairyland of pixels has 10 imaginative rooms with than 100 individual pieces of sculptures, pixel art, emoji-like characters, digital and gaming icons, computer-inspired imagery and the requisite ball pit. Designed by artist…

Dolby Soho Experience: Music Reborn

Explore 10 different exhibits showcasing songs by trailblazing artists on giant screens with Dolby immersive sound. From legends to modern-day icons, this immersive exhibition spotlights music innovators and showcases songs from artists breaking the status quo.

Sweet Gloria

Get photogenic soft serve with gold flakes and edible flowers in a sweet, small Nolita shop plus matcha, tea and organic candy. Limited flavors available, currently its sea salt mascarpone and lychee rose which look very pretty swirled together but might be too exotic for some young palates.

House of SHOWFIELDS

Go an an immersive theatre experience that bridges art and retail. Participate in experiential retail store SHOWFIELDS’ magic realism by touching, smelling, eating, and testing all products and artwork onsite. Book (free) timed slots in advance online.

Marta Minujín: Menesunda Reloaded

Explore a colorful, multi-level labyrinth is full of surprises and interactive elements – neon tunnels, a bedroom with a married couple, a hallway lined with illuminated TVs, secret doors, a mini salon with makeup artists and manicures and more. A reconstruction of Argentinian artist Marta Minujín’s 1965 immersive installation La Menesunda perfect for our instagrammable pop-up era. A unique experience that is fun for all ages.

En Plein Air

See freestanding, outdoor paintings by eight international artists that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding natural and industrial landscapes, expanding the tradition of outdoor painting.

Dasher & Crank Pop-up

Wynwood ice cream mecca Dasher & Crank hosts a summer pop-up in front of the Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel. Artisanal flavors for scoops and floats include Ube (vegan), Hazelnut Crunch, Lemon Speculoos and Babka n Cream, featuring chunks of babka by Famous Floridian Zak the Baker.

High Line Family Festival: Young Artists En Plein Air

Young artists – and their caregivers too-are invited to make art en plein air (French for “outdoors”) with the High Line and the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA). Draw inspiration from the gardens’ landscapes and the magic of the contemporary artworks included in En Plein Air, a 2019 group art exhibition on the High…

Seaglass Carousel

Spin under the sea in an aquatic carousel in historic Battery Park. Sit within iridescent fiberglass fish that glide through a (covered) spiraling nautilus of glass and steel. LED color-changing lighting combined with “water effect” light projectors and oceanic music create a magical underwater atmosphere for kids of all ages.  Purchase tickets at the carousel.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world in a family-friendly, interactive space. Solve puzzles, perform experiments, and play state-of-the-art computer simulations.

SuperReal

Take a 45-minute multimedia journey through a series of large-scale, 360-degree multidimensional virtual realms that are nonsensical, grandiose, and mesmerizing. This immersive art experience adds a layer of reality to the real world with cutting-edge visual effects and pixel-precise projection mapping technology.

The Nautilus

Walk through nearly 100 interactive poles, arranged in a circular constellation, that each respond to a visitor’s unique touch and environmental sounds. Touching one pole sets off a choreographed audio and light display, putting visitors at the center of the art piece. Created by design studio Soft Lab with The Lincoln Motor Company and Atlantic…

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 and bathrooms.

10 Corso Como

Find striking modern design among historic cobblestones at former editor and publisher Carla Sozanni’s visionary concept store. Atriking interiors designed by American artist Kris Ruhs, host a quirky store, gallery, bar and Italian restaurant.

Color Factory Circle Game

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.

Color Factory

Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. My daughter especially…

Dominique Ansel Kitchen Soft Serve Window

The seasonal soft-serve window of the outpost of legendary cronut source Dominique Ansel Bakery features watermelon ice cream in a real watermelon slice and other frozen treats. Indoor and outdoor seating available plus sophisticated pastries, sandwiches and salads.

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