NEIGHBORHOOD AGENDAS

Park Avenue/Lafayette is the place to be Saturdays in August at car-free Summer Streets. Whatever neighborhood you end up in, explore cool pop-ups, see some free music and dance around town, or cool off in an air-conditioned family-friendly museum exhibit followed by a splash in the playground

To minimize time on sweaty subways and sidewalks, these neighborhood agendas feature full days of fun within a few blocks. Plus necessary ice cream stops. Click on the '**All Upper West Side... etc' links for handy maps.

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L’Arte Del Gelato Stands

Artisanal Sicilian/Chelsea Market gelato shop sets up carts in the summer in front of cultural destinations across NYC including Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and the Guggenheim. Gelato and sorbet flavors vary; if you’re lucky they’ll have Nocciola delle Langhe (hazelnut).

WALL POWER!

See twenty-one quilts with cool patterns gifted from Werner and Karen Gundersheimer. Gathered over a period of decades from eastern Pennsylvania, the Midwest and Southern United States. Monumental compositions in color, pattern, geometry and representation made (mostly) by women over more than three centuries are colorful and mesmerizing for all ages.

Sprinklers at American Museum of Natural History

On warmer days, frolic in the large spraying sprinklers on the mezzanine next to the American Museum of Natural History Planetarium facing 81st Street. Look for steps to the right of the space center or enter from the museum – just ask a guard. Shady benches and trees to rest around the perimeter.

Discovery Walks for Families: The Ramble

Explore how the Ramble, a carefully planned woodland, provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the Lake shoreline, and the treetops their home  through hands-on exploration using kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses, and a complementary Discovery Journal. Space is limited; advance online registration required.

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog

Enjoy special storytimes and photo-ops featuring friendly Clifford the Big Red Dog. Storytimes happen at 11:30 am, 12, 3:30 & 4:30 pm.

Dynamic H2O

Cool off at a splashy water exhibit with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics. Children can trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. Learn about the water cycle, pretend to fish, pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create a 92 mile aqueduct and…

Pip’s Island: The Lighthouse Rescue

In this immersive theatrical adventure, kids and their families to become part of an empowering journey to save a mystical Island and its inhabitants from darkness. Actors guide young explorers through extravagantly designed spaces featuring live performers, puppets, interactive set pieces and animated characters, where they face fun interactive challenges and help the story unfold.

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.

Billy Johnson Playground

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

Try to guess the titles of giant, colorful abstracted fiber forms, ceramic and bronze by Indian artist Mrinalini Mukherjees – kings, queens, squirels, peacocks and more. A stunning exhibition by a sculptor inspired by nature as well as Indian historic sculpture, modern design, and local crafts and textile traditions.

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north around the charming Ugly Duckling/Hans Christian Andersen statue. A beloved summer tradition since 1956.

Camp: Notes on Fashion

This must-see for all ages explores camp’s exuberant, witty aesthetic from the seventeenth century to the present. Each of the 250+ outfits and accessories is a delight, from designer platform crocs to a minidress made of teddy bears. The first few galleries are narrow and scholarly, but then it opens into a larger, more kid-friendly…

The Met Roof Garden: Alicja Kwade’s ParaPivot

Walk through a miniature solar system by Berlin-based artist by Alicja Kwade, this year’s installation in the gorgeous Met Roof Garden, one of our favorite spots in the city. The view of Central Park is stunning and snacks are allowed (and available for purchase).

Start with Art at the Met/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. The first Thursday of the month features music in the galleries.

Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Explore nature-inspired experimental prototypes, consumer products, immersive installations and architectural constructions by sixty-two international design teams. Collaborations by scientists, engineers, advocates for social and environmental justice, artists, and philosophers engage with nature in innovative and ground-breaking ways, driven by a profound awareness of climate change and ecological crises as much as advances in science and…

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

Explore beloved musician/poet/cultural icon Leonard Cohen through the lens of contemporary art with large-scale installations, interactive artworks, and a multimedia sound gallery that pay tribute to Cohen’s vibrant creativity.

Snowy Village

Choose from an array of premium Asai shaved ice desserts with snow flake toppings based on all 100% natural ingredients such as red beans, berries, and an assortment of fruits

Rockets of Awesome of NY

Shop for back-to-school at an over-the-top magical shopping experience by clothing brand Rockets. Try on flip sequin jackets and 3-D specs and jump in a marshmallow pool.

Rubin Family Sundays: Spinning Spirals

Create a spiraling wind wheel that will harness the air to sprinkle your thoughts, intentions, and reminders of what is important to you throughout your home inspired by

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…

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.

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.

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.

Unisphere & Fountain of the Fairs

Splash beneath the iconic Unisphere from the 1939 World’s Fair in recently renovated sprinklers showers and mist rising from the reflecting pool .

Above and Beyond: The Ultimate Flight Exhibition

Explore the wonders of flight, space travel and aerospace innovation, design and technology through flight simulation, augmented reality, touch tables, design and skill challenges, virtual reality and more. An immersive, wraparound theater highlights the epic quest to challenge the limits of flight then learn more about flight through hands-on interactives. Step into a simulated space elevator, design and test a supersonic fighter jet and experience what it’s like to fly like a bird through a flying simulation with motion-sensing technology.

Connected Worlds

Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed…

Dinosaur Safari

Visit the biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America. Travel back in time in a wagon on a guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and animals of the present. Spot the connections between animals at the zoo and ancient dinosaurs. Spend some time at the dig site uncovering fossils, meeting a…

Artes Brasileiras: Samba New York!

See performances by NYC’s largest team of samba musicians, dancers, and capoeira artists in conjunction with garden-wide exhibition Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx. In the Children’s Adventure Garden, learn about the native plants of Brazil and become inspired plant lovers and designer-artists.

Artes Brasileiras: Nego Gato

See an energetic, elaborately costumed troupe that reflects 500 years of African-Brazilian music and dance in conjunction with garden-wide exhibition Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx. In the Children’s Adventure Garden, learn about the native plants of Brazil and become inspired plant lovers and designer-artists.

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