Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler

Explore more than one hundred and sixty intriguing ‘memory palaces,’ visualizations used to organize and recall stores of information in an ever-expanding mental landscape, by seventy self-taught artists. Look at paintings, sculptures quilts and other pieces represent mysterious, complex, and visually stunning universes presented with secondary sources (artist statements, oral histories, interviews, and museum archives).

Big Apple Circus

Local troupe Big Apple Circus presents intimate family-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, horizontal juggling, aerial duo, flying trapeze and more in a one-ring Big Top tent with comfortable arena style tiered seating. It’s a small venue so pretty much any seat location is great, and there are fun photo ops in the lobby. Schedule…

Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry with artwork and graphics of Scarry’s characters (like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm) alongside historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Dynamic displays explore the workings of the railroad, the services it provides, and the jobs required to keep people and goods moving. Hop…

Yeti, Set, Snow!

An original production from the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre features a young girl who teaches a sweet, snow-hating yeti with a sparkly silver cat the value of snow and friendship. A fun musical with clever staging in a magical Central Park setting. Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers (though…

Orwashers UWS

Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.

By the Way Bakery

A small cute bakery with muffins, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more tasty treats, all of which happen to be gluten free.

Hex & Co Board Game Cafe

Play over  1000+ games, including a big kids section. Discover Star Trek Risk, Golden Girls Clue and so much more. Make new friends, watch Dungeon & Dragon tournaments and shop for new family favorites. Range of food options available including gourmet pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.

Discovery Walks for Families: Harlem Meer

Learn about how the rocky landscape surrounding the Harlem Meer has changed over time, the plants and animals that live there today, and how the Conservancy cares for this complex ecosystem through hands-on exploration and guided activities in a complementary Discovery Journal.

The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical For All Ages

The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Dorothy Gale’s fantastical journey with a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore, projections, special effects, colorful costumes, and music from the beloved film.

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Stefon Harris and Blackout

Take a jazz journey with vibraphone and marimba player Stefon Harris and his band Blackout. Named Best Vibraphonist by DownBeat’s 2018 International Critics Poll, Harris spins nimble solo lines that dart and swirl, while his stellar band complements his playing with its own flights of invention

New Leaf Restaurant

This upscale yet friendly sit-down restaurant features farm-to-table American food served inside and on the tented patio of a fieldstone cottage nestled in gorgeous Fort Tryon Park. Designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers, the classic structure has a cobblestone exterior, granite archways and a slate roof, with massive oak trusses supporting the dining room’s 18-foot…

The Met Cloisters

We love exploring this castle-like museum overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park. A branch of the Met dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe has secret passages, peaceful gardens, golden treasure, fabulous family programs on select weekends and lots of depictions of animals including intricate unicorn tapestries (warning,…