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UPPER EAST SIDE AGENDAS

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…

Santa at the Museum

Take your photo with Santa with a side of NYC history. Bring your own camera. Reserve time slots in advance online. Different Santas available on different dates- a caucasian Santa on Nov 30 & Dec 14, an African-American Santa on Dec 7 & 21.

Tales from the Shed

Children take the lead in this vibrant, interactive theatre shows. Performers and audience share the same space – children are always encouraged to participate and their imaginations help the story unfold. Sing, dance and laugh with colorful puppets and live music. Reserve tickets for 3 shows in advance and get a $5 discount for the…

Hanukkah Family Day

Celebrate the festival of lights as a family at the Jewish Museum. Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects — a Jewish Museum tradition. Dance to the pop-rock tunes of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour, and watch a unique Hanukkah story come…

The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I

See all sorts of cool European armor  through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I’s (1459–1519) remarkable life. With 180 objects from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades explore how Maximilian’s unparalleled passion for…

Ancient Playground

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for adventurous…

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.

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.

Vija Celmins

Soak in the peaceful magic on over 114 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by American artist Vija Celmins. Paintings that look like photographs of Pacific Ocean, star-studded night skies, the surface of  moon’s surface, a spider’s web, the craters inside a seashell and more natural wonders invite closer looks and lots of questions.

Family Tour at The Met Breuer

Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life the Met’s striking modern art outpost. For families with children ages 3–11. Space is limited to 25; first come, first served.