NEIGHBORHOOD TOP PICKS

While we are missing being on the town with our kids in NYC, we've found ways to bring the fun & culture home during this crazy time.

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Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series

Follow up a free concert by local singer-songwriters by splashing among the fun hippo statues. Rain date is the following day. Bring a blanket or just dance around. This well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park has swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain…

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Explore interactive, educational, well-designed exhibits for babies to pre-teens.

* Assemble, create, peek into, crawl under, and walk through one of a kind sculptures and installations in Inside Art.

* Cool off at splashy (outdoor) water exhibit Dynamic H2O with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics.

* Cross a…

American Museum of Natural History

Lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and more can get their animal & nature fix at this giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders.

* Favorite spots: Learn about moon rocks and meteorites in the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space. A 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures…

MULTITUDES & Pushing Boundaries: 60 Years of AFAM Exhibitions

Celebrate the American Folk Art Museum’s 60th anniversary with two comprehensive, colorful installations.

Pushing Boundaries: 60 Years of AFAM Exhibitions highlights key exhibitions in the six decade history of the Museum with a selection of beloved works of art and rarely seen documents.

MULTITUDES showcase somes 400 stellar works, including recent gifts and new acquisitions…

New-York Historical Society

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum.

* In the interactive Children’s History Museum, explore 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and a charming library. Try cross-stitch, see historic baseball gear, ride an Orphan Train, play a newsies video game…

Free Waterline Square Park Concerts

Enjoy free music and dance performances at a lush three-acre green space. On Mondays, classical cellist Luke Krafka perform; a variety of talented artists take to the stage on Wednesdays.

Seating is first-come, first-served; the lawn opens at 5pm. Bring your own blankets and picnic.

The Met Cloisters

Explore a castle-like museum overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park.

* This branch of the Met dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe has secret passages, peaceful gardens, stunning terraces with river views, golden treasure and lots of depictions of animals including intricate unicorn tapestries (warning, the unicorn…

HARLEM WEEK’s at Home Dance Party

Apollo joins HARLEM WEEK’s at Home Dance Party online series with live DJ’s spinning underneath the iconic marquee. Join the party in person on 125th street or tune in from home at HARLEMWEEK.com. Musical conductors from The Harlem Connection radio show and Uptown Vinyl Supreme’s DJ Sunny Cheeba keep the party going from 5 – 7pm.

Afterward,…

Jazzmobile SUMMERFEST 2022

Enjoy free outdoor concerts by a diverse roster of jazz icons and emerging artists playing jazz in all of its forms, including straight-ahead, swing, blues, Latin, Afro-Cuban and more.

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure

See unique collection of artifacts curated by The National Jazz Museum, including items highlighting the career of pianist and jazz icon, Dr. Billy Taylor plus maquettes of characters Joe Gardner and Dorothea Williams from the Disney movie Soul, and virtual experiences via the Play Disney Parks app.

The National Jazz Museum partnered with Disney to…

Harlem Moves with Limón Dance Company

Join the world-renowned Limón Company Dancers as they teach the energetic and ease-filled Limón Technique, accompanied by live music. No experience necessary; class is open to all levels.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

Explore a range of accessible and thought-provoking art, from historically significant to important contemporary works at this community-driven children’s museum inspired by the rich cultural history of Sugar Hill and the artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Look for all sorts of shapes in the playful current exhibit GEOMETRIES.

Join interactive Story Hour with special guest…

Cooper Hewitt

See gorgeous historic and contemporary design in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.

* Go inside your design in the kid-favorite Wallpaper Immersion Room. Create digital wallpaper  – or chose from an amazing assortment in the museum’s collection – and project them onto the walls at full scale.…

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 18 months–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.

See our guide to the Met.

Start with Art/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. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life.

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The Met

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages.

* Advance timed tickets required. On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street to avoid longer lines.

* Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur…

Guggenheim

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum.

* Experience exciting colors, shapes. lines and feelings in Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle. Follow his work in reverse chronological order, starting with his late-life paintings in France and proceeding upward along the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp through experiments in painting, poetry,…

The Jewish Museum

Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries.

* The ongoing Scenes From the Collection features nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art, a unique mix of artworks and ceremonial objects, including hundreds of stunning menorahs, presented…

2-for-1 Broadway Week Tix On Sale

Get 50% off tickets for select Broadway shows Sep 5-25 (minimum two tickets purchase required, but doesn’t have to be an even number). Kid-friendly options include Aladdin, Into the Woods, Lion King, MJ, Six, Wicked and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Prices vary by show.

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Family Fun at Backyard At Hudson Yards: Mo’ Flow Play Classes

Union Square Play and ByHear! host play classes for ages 0-5 outdoors at Hudson Yards. Experience the magic of open-ended immersive play. Classes include:

* Mo’ Flow Play Classes
A sensory play experience designed by Jennie Monness.
Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Saturday 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm

* Ramblin’ Dan Music
Sing, play…

The Morgan Library & Museum

Explore the stunning former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions.

* See illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books (including some children’s favorites), and old master drawings and prints.

* Three magnificent rooms straight out of of the Beast’s castle with wall-to-ceiling books,…

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

History/military buffs and plane lovers can examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits aboard an actual 1943 aircraft carrier. Lots of indoor and outdoor space to roam with tons to explore.

* Climb in an actual Bell 47 helicopter, navigate through an interactive submarine and steer the wings of an airplane…

MoMA

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, the Museum of Modern Art has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits.

* Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, find a helicopter in a stairwell and see modern masterpieces including paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent…

Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

Explore contemporary art and design through a craft lens in a gorgeous building with stunning Central Park views. Find artworks in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood thoughtfully displayed.

* Explore the use of clothing as a medium of visual art, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art with live performances and activations involving five of…

Creative Breaks on Little Island

Visit  Little Island for weekly artmaking, dance, storytime music and more activities for all ages with teaching artists and guest organizations like The GIANT Room, Oye Group, Free Black Women’s Library, New Victory Theater, Alvin Ailey, Greenwich House Music School and Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art

Stop by the Art Cart for DIY…

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us – and try to ride a bike with square wheels.

See nine rare works by renowned artist M.C. Escher in new art exhibition, Alternative Perspectives along with three-dimensional sculptures by…

Disney’s Mickey & Friends x CAMP

Climb, zip, slide, bounce, dance, and work together to save the day in an immersive world celebrating Disney’s Mickey Mouse & Friends. Kids will be been ‘shrunk’ to about the size of a crayon and need to collaborate with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, and Goofy to get things back to…

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Experience

Check out the newest Samsung Galaxy devices and explore immersive experiences, some featuring BTS.

Monday-Thursday & Sunday 10 am-8 pm
Friday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm

Harry Potter New York

Shop for the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world from pocket money items to rare collectibles. Find exclusive lines, magical photo opportunities and lots more over three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft. Lots of fun photo ops; strike a pose inside a London phone box as if transporting yourself to the Ministry of Magic or step into Hagrid’s boots. Get one of a kind personalization including engraving a wand, embossing a journal and embroidering a house robe with your name. Guests at least 48 inches tall and 10+ years old can sign up for one of two (or both) virtual reality experiences: Chaos at Hogwarts & Wizards Take Flight

Math Discovery

Join one of MoMath’s specially trained educators in, a series of hands-on classes exploring intriguing math topics like the mathematical theory of knots and graphs of the rainbow.

For students and their families/caregivers. Recommended ages vary by program, form pre-K to 8th grade. Limited space available.

Proof of full COVID vaccination required for ages 5+.

SHOWFIELDS Arcade

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands pop-ups and rotating interactive art exhibits throughout the 14,000 square foot, three floor space.

Play full size-adult, table top, and toddler size classic arcade games like Star Wars pinball Mortal Combat, PAC-Man, Street Fighter and more. All free (and for sale).

Bajo el manto de la selva / Under the Cover of the Jungle

Immerse yourself in the Colombian rainforest with Winter Garden’s new large-scale sculptural work created by Tatiana Arocha, recipient of the 2022 Brookfield Place New York Annual Arts Commission. Made of hand-made paper, tree branches, reed, fique and wood, the work is representative of the artist’s layered relationship with the ecology of Colombia, her home country.

Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle 

Visit a discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children, at The South Street Seaport Museum.

Huge immersive murals bring families into Carle’s book, A House for Hermit Crab, and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Activities include meeting a live hermit crab,…

Museum of Ice Cream

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors.

Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms, plus play with a three-story slide, hula hoops, a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms and more interactive…

Seaport Dance Nights

Strut your stuff at 90-minute dance events that include a 45-minute dance lesson led by instructors from the Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine Dance Studio, followed by a 45-minutes dance party where guests can put their newly learned skills to use. Held on scenic Seaport Square and include live music (either DJ or band). Styles change weekly and…

Battery Dance Festival

New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival presents a range of local and international dance companies representing styles from contemporary ballet to classical Indian dance to dancers in wheelchairs, all in an outdoor park with a view of the sunset on the Hudson. Bring a blanket, sit on low stone walls, or dance along…

Prospect Park Zoo

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife.

Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red pandas, dingos, procupines and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

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Luna Park

Visit Coney Island’s iconic seaside amusement park, home of the historic Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, dozens of family-friendly and thrill rides, dining, carnival games shops and more.

Buy unlimited-ride 4-hour wristbands (buy online to avoid lines) or pay per ride at the park. Some attractions only available for riders over 48 inches tall.

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VALE(mini)GOLF

Play a colorful 9-hole course under Brooklyn based artist Jason Naylor vibrant “You Are Not Alone” mural, part of a global public art project of the same name that inspires artists to create work in their communities, sparking hope and connection.

On the plaza level of the hip William Vale Hotel, also home to Delicious…

Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival: Romeo + Juliet

See an energetic, fast paced and passionate version of Romeo + Juliet at the outdoor MainStage theatre in IC Courtyard 1/2. Shows begin June 22nd.

See our guide to Industry City.

Live Music at Industry City

Enjoy socially distanced live music – Irish Bossa Nova, Jazz, Funk, 90s covers and more  – Wednesday-Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday afternoons at this public art & high design hub.

SHOWTIME in the Park: Encanto

Prospect Park’s annual outdoor movie series presents nostalgic classics and feel-good fan favorites for all ages including Encantoand Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Films begin shortly after sundown at the north end of the Prospect Park Long Meadow, located nearest to the Grand Army Plaza entrance. The closest subway stations are the Grand Army Plaza and…

Playground for All Children Pelham Bay Park

This playground is one of several throughout the city aimed at providing a recreation area that all children, able bodied and disabled. Colorful play equipment and handrails that can be reached by children using crutches or wheelchairs, textured pavement and Braille signs to help guide the blind, and swings are accessible to all.

All can explore a fun spray shower, a natural area with accessible boardwalk and activity stations, a shallow pond with wetland plantings, a sensory corner, adjustable basketball hoops, bleachers with shade covers, benches, game tables, picnic tables and more.

Arthur Avenue

Experience Little Italy in the Bronx with a variety of food vendors, filled-to-order cannolis and old-school atmosphere (including elderly gentlemen hand-rolling – but not smoking – cigars . We love the prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, eggplant parm and roasted peppers at Mike’s Deli; order in advance by phone to skip the often long line. Other great…

Dinosaur Safari

Travel back in time and get up close with 52 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and pterosaurs in the Bronx Zoo’s a ¼ mile-long walk-through Dinosaur Safari.

Look for the new-this-year 110-foot Argentinosaurus, the 40 foot long Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest known pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus.

At the ADA-accessible dig site, dig up ancient fossils, compare them to…

Bronx Equestrian Center

Stop by this horse farm in Pelham Bay Park Park for pony rides ($5/three rides) or reserve relaxing trail rides ($65/hour). Long pants, closed shoes, helmets required and available at the stable. Bug repellent recommended.

Lessons for ages 6+ ($40/half-hour private lesson) and weekly camps also available.

Orchard Beach

This 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long manmade Long Island Sound beach (aka “The Bronx Riviera”) has plenty of room for social distancing.

* Features include a two playgrounds, one of them in the sand, a hexagonal-block promenade (skates & scooters welcome), a central pavilion, snack bars, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball.

* Changing areas and showers available. Swimming allowed while lifeguard on duty (10 am–6 pm). Water is calm with small waves but not always the cleanest.

* No fee for beach access. Can get crowded and a bit rowdy so come early.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

The Greek Revival period rooms of this splendid 19th century home close to the bay are currently only open 12 – 3 pm Saturdays & Sundays ($15/adults, $10/seniors & students), but the gorgeous grounds including specular formal, terraced gardens can be explored any day. Situated within a 60-acre New York City Landmark Historic District and is surrounded by a “forever wild” zoned forest. Look for a circa 1840 Carriage House, a Children’s Organic Garden, climbable sculptures, a colonial graveyard, an authentically fabricated Lenape wigwam and lots of nature.

Enjoy outdoor music the first Friday evening of each month and other interesting programming for all ages.

Turtle Cove Mini Golf

Play 18 holes with interesting miniature architecture in lovely Pelham bay Park.

Afterwards grab a bite at the Park Place Café.

Family Mini Golf Special ($39) includes 12″ inch cheese pizza & 4 water bottles for 4 players.

Same place as a full-size golf course & driving range.

Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love

Celebrate  the art and science of edible plants, from spices like pepper to staples like corn across the Garden’s 250 acres.

* Explore the diversity and beauty of an abundant variety of plants that are grown for food all over the world through a living exhibition in and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—from an undulating field of grains to edible plants such as bananas and rice.

* Gather around tables designed by Bronx artists and set throughout the Garden’s landscape, each exploring the cultural and historical significance of edible plants and plant-based food traditions, and sharing the personal food stories of the creators.

Wave Hill

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River.

* Join nature-inspired outdoor family art projects on Saturday & Sunday mornings.

* Visit indoor rotating nature-inspired multimedia art exhibits in the Glyndor Gallery.

* Free admission on Thursdays.

Bronx Zoo

 See tigers, bears, gorillas and over 650 other species of awesome animals at this 265 acres+ zoo.

* Tons of indoor and outdoor attractions – expect lots of walking but strollers welcome and the roads are scenic with pretty trees (and some bold peacocks).

* Learn about gorillas and watch them play in the mostly indoors Congo Gorilla Forest, ride on a ladybug on the Bug Carousel, pet and feed sheep, cows…

2-for-1 Broadway Week Tix On Sale

Get 50% off tickets for select Broadway shows Sep 5-25 (minimum two tickets purchase required, but doesn’t have to be an even number). Kid-friendly options include Aladdin, Into the Woods, Lion King, MJ, Six, Wicked and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Prices vary by show.

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