DOWNTOWN AGENDAS

Film Forum Jr.: The Wiz

“Dorothy and her entourage of malfunctioning under-achievers move on from rural Kansas to face the contemporary perils of… disco-chic New York in this all black, or rather Motown, version of Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, adapted from the Broadway hit musical (with Charlie Smalls’ original score augmented by Quincy Jones). Featuring vast, brilliant sets…

Lunar New Special at New Territories

Try traditional Hong Kong sweets with a bit of New York flavor. Choose from over a dozen unique hand-crafted artisan ice cream flavors in delicious bubble waffle cones (available in classic, chocolate, sesame, rose tea and more) or extravagant milkshakes with lots of photogenic toppings Small, bright space with limited stool seating and cheery artwork.…

Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony And Cultural Festival

This annual cultural celebration features traditional dancing, drumming and Chinese food stands, plus 600,000 rounds of firecrackers in the shape of a dragon going off at noon.

History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at School

The past comes alive in this interactive family program that takes children back in time to discover what Lower East Side kids experienced at school more than 100 years ago. Fancy vocabulary? Out. Nature study? In. Plus, get ready for some crazy calisthenics and a surprising school snack. Recommended for children five+ and their adult…

Museum of Ice Cream

Celebrate all things ice cream at the return of the sweet pop up that started then trend. This new permanent location has 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, the  biggest sprinkle pool ever, a three-story slide and lots of ice cream to try.

Sloomoo Institute

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Play with beautiful and seemingly endless vats full of slime, relax in an immersive tunnel, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove,  and create at a 150-foot long DIY bar Wear clothes that can get messy. Every ticket comes with an 8-oz. custom slime and other surprises.

McNally Jackson Storytime: The Year of the Rat

Read books about the Lunar New Year and try related activities. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks. All ages welcome.

Art Making With MoMA: Record Shop Pop-Up

Cut and collage to create an original record cover. Take inspiration from vinyl albums and the artful album covers that promoted them in the Record Shop Pop-Up. Recommended for ages 5+ and their grown-ups.

Samsung 837

Experience cutting edge technology including virtual reality demos and an immersive, interactive digital art room in a spacious, high-design spot with a French cafe.

The Rink

Eat, dink and skate at a winter dreamscape under the High Line with rainbow trees and a small street-side ice rink. Free penguin skate aids for small beginners and furry blankets for spectators. Easy and fun, though we were warned to watch out for drunk skaters if we come back at night :)⁠ Cozy up…

Whitney Stroller Tour

Join Whitney Teaching Fellows—PhD candidates in art history—on engaging tours when the Museum is closed to the public. Crying babies welcome.

Love Crickets, Save the Planet

See a live cricket farm installation in conjunction with exhibit Home Sweet Home: Is a Home a Sanctuary?.  Explore the question “what is a home?” by considering how we might invite bugs into our homes as friends instead of foes. Includes functioning cricket farms, original animations that explore cooking with crickets, kinesthetic cricket dancing with…

NYC Cultural Festival

Learn about traditional and contemporary arts practices of Chinatown and NYC Asian diaspora artists on the first day of Lunar New Year. Includes story time (11 am), interactive performances and workshops by the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club (12 pm & 2 pm) and art workshops throughout the day including Hybrid Paper Mache Plants,…

The Art of Chinese New Year

Explore the Lunar New Year holiday and the related traditional visual and performing arts in a vibrant, interactive art experience for all ages. Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday through displays, artist workshops, and hands-on activities. Learn about nianhua (New Year pictures), spring couplets, and papercutting. A showcase on the art of shadow puppetry will features…

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: “Subway” Storytime

Children can be inspired by a reading of Christoph Niemann’s picture book “SUBWAY,” where kids spend a rainy day taking the subway all around the city. After the story, the young urban planners will use different materials to design and create their very own city-wide transportation system and vehicles. Ages 2-5. RSVP required

Winter Blast: A Family Day of Native Games

Play traditional family-friendly American Indian games, like Hawaiian board games, Inuit yo-yos, hoop throwing, and more. Led by Jeremy Red Eagle (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate).

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.

Wavefield, Variation O

Play on a series of interactive, glowing seesaws designed to bring people together and light up the night. Each of eight seesaws of varying sizes has its own temperament and musical vocabulary, ready to be activated with sound and light by passerbys of all ages.