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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Infants + Young Children Sukkot Celebration

Celebrate Sukkot on the Roberts Family Rooftop with the JCC Manhattan. Experience this harvest holiday through art, stories, music, and more. (Birth–4 Years) Fri, Sep 24, 10–11 am, Free For more info and to register, click here.

CMOM Leap into Literacy

As part of CMOM’s new “Leap into Literacy” series—pairing in-person readings with artmaking activities inspired by each book, create a multimedia dot using a variety of paint, markers, crayons, and other art materials inspired by Vashti’s paintings in the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

See our complete guide to…

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

Explore interactive, educational exhibits for babies to pre-teens in two-hour sessions.

* Cross a rainbow bridge, learn Spanish, dance in Dora’s bedroom and imaginative play in the spacious Adventures with Dora and Diego.

* Explore what voting is and why it matters, how people effect change by working together, and the role of the president…

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. Zebras, giraffes and other jungle animals surround a family of elephants in…

American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

Look for animals, trains, witches, cars and more delightful sculptures in American Folk Art Museum’s small exhibition highlighting the beauty, historical significance, and technical virtuosity of American vanes fashioned between the late seventeenth and early twentieth centuries.

Also shop for unique toys, books, affordable art and gifts for all ages at the charming gift shop.

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…

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…

Broadway Blooms: Jon Isherwood on Broadway

Eight marble sculptures in the form of flowers celebrates the return to life of the city after a long and difficult winter and spring. Find an array of colors and forms on eight locations on the green malls at the center of Broadway from 64th Street to 157th Street,

By Jon Isherwood, organized in partnership…

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…

Central Park Zoo

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo.

* Indoor areas are now open including the delightful penguins & sea birds exhibit and colorful tropic zone.

* See an Ice Age themed short film the 4D Theater, an immersive experience featuring the visual drama…

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.…

Museum of the City of New York

Explore the greatest city in the world at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages.

* Favorite spots include an extravagant Gilded Age dollhouse, a dangling light installation above the stunning spiral staircase and the fascinating multimedia…

ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21

See a national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Look for intriguing details and bright colors in paintings, sculptures and multi-media installations.

Baila to a special spotify playlist featuring songs selected by the curators and artists that play in the lobby…

Wings, Wands & Woodlands: Fairy Workshop + Wolosodon Dance & Music Class

From 2-4 pm, visit an urban woodland to make all things fairy: wands, wings, and little fairy houses. Walk along a forest path to look for signs of fairies, protectors of the woods and streams, and make fairy crafts.

At 4 pm learn the Wolosodon Dance as well as its history and significance from Sweetwater…

Piano in Bryant Park

Visit the Bryant Park Upper Terrace to hear New York City’s finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Different musicians featured weekly.

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…

The New York Public Library’s Treasures

See some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library’s collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. Highlight’s include the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy…

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…

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Dog-lovers can explore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters. Interactive expereinces include Discover Your Look-Alike – take an image of yourself and, through visual recognition software, see which dog breed looks most like you.

Current exhibit Top Dogs takes a…

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.

* Discuss justice, equality and knowledge in  Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times, a site-specific installation that reimagines the religious tradition…

Creative Breaks on Little Island

Visit new greenspace Little Island for weekly artmaking activities for all ages with teaching artists and guest organizations like the Children’s Museum of the Arts, The New Victory Theater, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art and The Museum of the Chinese in America.

At 11 am & 3; Thursday afternoons feature a mobile…

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…

Poster House

Explore the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication through temporary exhibitions, a growing permanent collection, and educational event. The first poster museum in the United States provides a space for inquiry for all those interested in design, advertising, and public interventions.

Current exhibitions include Freak Power, about Hunter S. Thompson’s plan to become Sheriff of Aspen, Vera List & The Posters Of Lincoln Center and Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age.

The museum’s café offers coffee, tea, other beverages, baked goods, and snacks with indoor seating Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.

High Line Nine

Explore a collection of sky-lit galleries with a rotating cross-section of culture. Watch resident artists create (behind glass) and see finished work in a variety of mediums.

High Line

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

* Timed-entry passes required on weekends. On weekdays, the park is open at 7 am –7 pm without reservations.

* Lots of nature, art installations (including current group exhibition The…

The Musical Brain

Nine artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—in new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the High Line.

Sit next to human shaped sculptures made with colorful musical instruments, explore what stories discarded objects tell when played and hear what happens when a railway spike becomes a bell. Daily at dusk, see…

Cosmic Camp

Drive rovers, traverse through lava fields, blast asteroids, get the top score, and most importantly…HAVE INTERGALACTIC FUN! Your mission is to answer the call of Cosmic Camp, our first adventure-themed (experience. 🚀

Jump across lava fields, drive rovers, participate in intergalactic trivia,…

Experience The Times of Bill Cunningham

Celebrate the incredible work of legendary street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham in an immersive exhibit. Part of New York City’s cultural fabric, Cunningham photographed both everyday people and famed personalities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anna Wintour, and Andy Warhol on the streets of Manhattan, as well as at fashion shows and society events,…

Governors Island

Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island opens for the season. Lots of room to roam and play on this 172 acre former military post.

* Relax in Hammock Grove’s cozy hammocks (and say hello to sheep, new this year), find breathtaking 360-degree views in The Hills, get moving on the Play Lawns, and camp out in an Adirondack…

Tall Ship Wavetree

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree. Self-guided tours along a set route include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform…

Feast of San Gennaro

Celebrate Italian-American culture at the 95th annual Feast of San Gennaro. Watch colorful parades, hear live music, try carnival style rides, cheer at meatball and cannoli eating contests and sample molto gustoso food including fried dough, torrone (a honey nougat candy usually flecked with almonds) and sausage-and-pepper sandwiches.

The Skyscraper Museum

Celebrate NYC’s rich vertical architectural heritage in a small but very cool stainless-steel space. See mini-Manhattan models, dramatic photographs, scale models of the tallest buildings throughout world and history and rotating exhibits. Explore tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.

The Obama Portraits Tour

See the iconic official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald in person in a limited stop of a  five-city tour. Reserve timed tickets in advance; slots are selling out .

See our guide to the Brooklyn Museum.

 

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Admire a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments from the legendary house of Dior as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and more.

Immersive installations include an enchanted garden in the central atrium of the Beaux-Arts Court, a toile room, and a  gallery celebrates dresses worn by stars…

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 panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Food and…

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, shops and more.

Admission is now by timed-entry, unlimited-ride 2-hour wristbands.

Afterwards play on the beach across the boardwalk, get lunch at the famous Nathan’s Hotdog or see sharks at…

Jen Stark: Cascade

Explore 6,000 square feet of interactive projections and 3-D mapped environments alongside Jen Stark’s mind-bending paintings and sculptures. Stark’s interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant growth, evolution, infinity, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries results in a colorful, psychedelic experience for all ages.

Closed Mondays. Admission is cheaper on weekdays & before 5…

Pier 2 Roller Rink

Skate on a world-class roller and inline skating rink with a waterfront view and a top 40 soundtrack. Skate rental available ($7). Wrist Guards Required for all skaters; rentals are provided free of charge.

Advanced ticket sales are no longer required/offered. All tickets can be purchased upon entry at the admissions windows. Sessions are 3 hours each.

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…

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.

* The delicious Café has grab-and-go items, snacks and beverages and outdoor seating on a lovely terrace. Or bing your own food to a picnic area by the art gallery.

Scarecrows & Pumpkins

Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds around the New York Botanical Garden plus displays of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Put on a festive fall puppet show and have a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse

On Saturdays & Sundays 1–4 pm, see larger-than-life pumpkins and skeletons, specially commissioned by…

Kusama: Cosmic Nature at NYBG

Experience a multisensory presentation of the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Explore the artist’s profound engagement with nature throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall.

* Multiple installations across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings include Kusama’s signature mirrored environments and organic forms – find polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, giant mirrored cubes, a pumpkin infinity room and  a spectacular horticultural showcase in the  Conservatory. New works created by the legendary, 90-year-old artist, include a monumental site-specific ‘Dancing Pumpkin’ sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation, where visitors place Daisies and transform a greenhouse.

* A new immersive Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart, responds to varying natural light through colored glass throughout the day and seasons. Separate tickets required for interior access; tickets are highly limited and expected to sell out. Up to four people can enter the at once.

* Themed activities in the  interactive Children’s Garden include a Scavenger Hunt pamphlet with, self-guided activities including searching for plants with the dot patterns that inspired Kusama. Join readings of  Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, one of our favorite art books, weekends at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm.

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure

Hangout in the treetops at the Bronx Zoo’s sustainably created aerial ropes course. Ride a 400-foot-long zipline over the Bronx River and/or swing from rope to rope, skateboard high above the ground, and navigate your way through the trees i seven courses of varying difficulties.

Make of it with a visit to the many animals…

Wave Hill Family Art Project

Enjoy nature-inspired art projects among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Themes change weekly.

Takes place outside on a grassy hill, so wear walking shoes.

The number of families able to participate at any given time will be limited to about five. If you arrive and capacity is full, program staff will provide…

Contemporary Dance at NYBG

A series of spontaneous outdoor performances among the spectacular Kusama: Cosmic Nature  celebrate the infinite possibilities of our connection with nature and each other. See renowned local companies like Pilobolus and Paul Taylor Dance Company among pretty flowers and a giant ‘Dancing Pumpkin’ sculpture.

See our full guide to visiting NYBG.

Bronx Night Market & Fordham Flea

Celebrate the Bronx’s diverse culture and cuisine and try up-and-coming food concepts. Support small & local businesses including 30+ food vendors.

Family and pet friendly.

Reserve a two-hour time slot online in advance.