Rain or shine, we’ve got you covered. There are so many family-fun events and exhibits to check out every weekend so we are trying something new – agendas based on location, with events easy to travel between with suggested food and treats to keep you going. See our Instagram for more ideas.
* See ballet for families or a dance show inspired by Tetris at Lincoln Center (or Peppa Pig Live if you’re that nice).
* Grab lunch at Épicerie Boulud and check out Kathy Ruttenberg’s magical tree-person across the street Dante Park.
* Take the subway to 96th street for Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Leonard Bernstein and more fantastical sculptures.
UPPER EAST SIDE – SATURDAY
* Design an inflatable at Cooper Hewitt, plus checkout immersive exhibit The Senses: Design Beyond Vision and make digital wallpaper in the Immersion Room. Peek into the Jewish Museum across the street, which has free admission for Shavuot (though the fun kids zone is closed).
* Grab lunch at the Heavenly Rest Stop a few blocks south, or take a cab right to the Met and eat in the American Wing Cafe with a view of Central Park. Enter at the less crowded education entrance south of the main staircase.
* Join a family gallery tour plus check out the gorgeous Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The Met might be crowded in the rain, but there are always quieter nook to explore and the children’s library has lovely books.
MIDTOWN WEST – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
MIDTOWN EAST – SATURDAY
* Take a LEGO art workshop and check out a exhibit LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration at Scandinavia House.
* Brunch Nordic style at SMÖRGÅS CHEF, then head a few blocks south to celebrate National Fiddle Day at an all-ages Mozart for Munchkins concert.
* End the day with photogenic matcha and taro soft serve; or pretty pastries.
DOWNTOWN – SATURDAY
* Early risers can join a royal wedding viewing party at Kellogg’s.
* Catch the final performances of the charming The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
* See ghost-like sculptures in Madison Square Park on the way to Willy-Wonka-esque Max Brenner (which also serves salads, pizza, and cocoa-dusted fries).
* Take the 4 train to a celebration of the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the National Museum of the American Indian with hands-on activities from different tribes.
BRONX – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
* Celebrate feathers and flora at gorgeous Wave Hill with art projects and nature walks. Grab seasonal snacks at the indoor Cafe.
* Hippity hop with the Sugar Hill Gang at Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo, plus try break dancing, street art and more festivities (plus animals).
* Say aloha to new Botanical Garden exhibit Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii with ukulele performances, hula and lei-making demonstrations.
* Eat like an Italian on nearby Arthur Avenue – we like the prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers at old-school Mike’s Del.