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The Broadway League
Broadway.org, the official website of The Broadway League, lists shows, sells tickets, and offers dining, hotel information and special offers. Add name and address to the Broadway Fan Club mailing list to receive special offers. Kids Night on Broadway, held annually during the winter, offers almost every show on Broadway free for young people age 18 and under with purchase of adult full price ticket. For tickets and info, visit Kids Night on Broadway website.
Feb 28r Annual Kids Night on Broadway, tickets go on sale Dec. 6.
High 5 Tickets
All teens ages 13-18 and preteens enrolled in middle school can buy theater, music, dance, film and visual arts tickets for $5 online. Museum tickets are 2 for $5. Take 5 program enables small groups of students and their adult chaperones to purchase tickets for participating arts events, 212-
302-7433. Hosts Teen Reviewers and Critics after-school program and other events for teens.
The website of NYC & Company, the official marketing organization for the City of New York, provides NYC travel guides, maps, tips, event calendars, promotions and tour information. Visitor Information Centers are located at Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.; Times Square Broadway Plaza, between 43rd & 44th; Downtown at the southern tip of City Hall Park on the Broadway sidewalk at Park Row; and in the South St. Seaport, Esplanade at Pier 15. 1-800-NYC-VISIT, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TKTS Times Square Discount Booth
Father Duffy Square, 47th & Broadway (under the red steps). For evening performances open Mon.-Sat.: 3-8, Tues. 2-8, Sun. 3-7pm. For matinee performances open Wed., Thurs. & Sat. 10-2, Sun. 11-3. Sells discount tickets to same day performances of Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance and music events and full-price tickets to non-discounted shows or future performances. "Play Express" window does not sell tickets to musicals, dance or music performances, so often moves more quickly. Credit cards accepted.
TKTS Booth at South Street Seaport (Front & John Sts.) sells same day evening tickets and next day matinee tickets. Open Mon.-Sun. 11-6, closed Sun. Feb.-Mar.
TKTS Booth Brooklyn, 1 MetroTech Center at corner of Jay St. and Myrtle Ave. promenade.
See current listings of available tickets at "TKTS Live" online or get the TKTS app. 212-912-9770.
Download the free TodayTix app, created by Broadway producers, to buy last minute discount theater tickets for today and the week.
School Theater Ticket Program
1560 Broadway, Suite 1113, New York, NY 10036, 212-354-4722. Provides discount coupons for plays on and off-Broadway, events at Lincoln Center and other events in New York City.
Student Rush Tickets
Registration is free to find discount coupons and student rush info on almost any show. Some of the discounts are restricted to current students with ID; all free ticketed events and non-ticketed events are available to anyone. Join Will-Call Club to receive invitations to complimentary events.
Theater Development Fund
212-912-9770. Teachers, students, retirees, union members, military members and others are eligible to join and receive discounted tickets. Through the Autism Theater Initiative, TDF presents autism-friendly performances at discount prices to families. Visit website for performance dates and to sign up for notification.
Mar 5 Aladdin, autism-initiative performance, 1pm.
May 7 Kinky Boots, autism-initiative performance.
Free listing of discount codes available to purchase Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets at up to 50% off.
Useful website offers Broadway ticket discount codes and other discount ticket information, free TV show tickets, hotel discounts, tour info, event information.
Broadway news, show souvenirs and gifts, Playbill publisher, children's theater listings, job postings/internships and other theater info. Top Broadway and off Broadway show tickets are available at discounts to those who register on line. You will receive a code to give to the box office upon ordering.
Information about ticket lotteries, rush and standing-room seats are also available online.
Comprehensive theater information site with listings, news, reviews, tickets, discount offers and guide to family theater in New York and nationwide.
Lincoln Center Visitor Center
TThe David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W. 62nd St., hosts free performances and posts discount ticket availability to performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall and Miller Theatre. Box office for discount tickets is open Tues.-Fri. 2-7:45pm, Sat. 12-2 and 3-7:45pm. When available, Sun. tickets are sold on Sat. Limit four tickets per person. Full price tickets can be purchased at kiosks near the information desk. Guided tours can also be purchased online, at the Atrium or by calling 212-875-5350. Atrium hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-10pm. Visit Atrium website for free event listings.
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Discount admission to popular New York City museums, tours and attractions can be purchased in combination with a NJ Transit train or bus ticket; New York Waterway ticket; CityPASS booklet; New York City Pass for one, two, three, five or seven days; or 30 day 3, 5, 7 or 10 attraction New York Explorer Pass. Visit website links for details.
If planning to visit a number of sites in Lower Manhattan, consider purchasing a Downtown Culture Pass, offering three days of admissions and discounts to more than 12 attractions, museums and tours, all within walking distance.
American Ballet Theatre
City Center, West 55th St. between 6th & 7th Aves., 212-477-3030. Tickets: 212-362-6000. Oct.-Nov. & May-July seasons feature premieres, full-length classics and repertory ballet, ABT Family Series for ages 6-17 and ABTKids performances designed for ages 4-12. Discount student rush tickets available at the Met box office on day of performance for elementary to college students 25 yrs. of age or younger with valid I.D.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park W at 79th St., 212-769-5100. Sky info: 212-769-5900. Open daily 10-5:45, Rose Center open Fri. to 8:45. General admission: Adults $22, ages 2-12 $12.50, students/srs. $17. Additional fee for space show, IMAX films, and special exhibitions. Download Explorer app from the App Store or Google Play.
One of the world's pre-eminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions displays the world's largest collection of real dinosaur fossils among many other outstanding exhibits, including the Hall of Biodiversity, Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, Hall of Ocean Life, housing the museum's beloved 94-foot-long blue whale, and Rose Center for Earth & Space featuring the Hayden Planetarium. Thematic tours of the museum's collections are offered daily. Visit website for information about adult and children's workshops for ages 4 and up, summer day camps and travel with the museum. For space show information, see listing for the Hayden Planetarium. For the latest visitor and exhibition information, visit Plan Your Visit online. For advance reservations for special exhibitions, films and lectures, reserve online or call 212-769-5200.
Public Programs, demonstrations, films, performances and special events. Visit online calendar for current events.
Family Workshops & Events, visit website link for current schedule.
Ology, is the museum's science website for children.
Discovery Room, an interactive space for families is located near the 77th St. entrance. Pick up a free timed pass at the Discovery Room entrance.
A Night at the Museum, sleepovers under the Blue Whale for families and groups with children ages 6-13; scout nights for ages 6-16; and adults-only for ages 21+. Advance reservations required. Visit website for details.
Jan 27, Feb 25, Mar 18, Jun 16, 23
Jan 14, Apr 28 Girl Scout Nights.
Mar 25 Boy Scout Nights.
Feb 11, Jun 30 Sleepover for Grown-Ups.
AMNH Expeditions, adult and family travel programs around the globe. View online or call 800-462-8687.
SciCafe, after-hours series for ages 21+ features informal talks on current topics in science, stories from the field and cocktails on the first Wed. of the month. Podcasts online.
Selected Special Exhibitions
Thru Apr 30
Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease.
Dinosaurs Among Us, examines how one group of dinosaurs evolved into birds.
Thru Aug 13
Cuba!, meet the people, explore the landscapes, and encounter its rare and unusual species.
Thru May 28
The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter, walk through a tropical vivarium housing up to 500 live, free-flying butterflies
The Anne Frank Center USA
44 Park Place, 212-431-7993. Tues.-Fri. 10-5. Adults $5, students/srs. $3, 15 and under free. Located two blocks north of the World Trade Center site, interactive exhibits tell Anne's story through excerpts from her diary, photographs, and a life-sized simulation of her attic room. Changing exhibits; onsite group programs, tours and outreach programs; teacher resources.
Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Park
2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-367-1010. Nov.-late Mar.: Daily 10-4:30. Late Mar.-Nov.: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, weekends/holidays 10-5:30. General admission: Adults $19.95, srs. $17.95, ages 3-12 $12.95, 2 and under free. Special rides and attractions have additional entry fees. Parking fee. Admission on Wed. by donation. Total Experience tickets, offering unlimited access to rides and attractions, are discounted online. General admission ticket are not available online. Family or group tours available by reservation, 718-220-5141.
265 wooded acres allow spacious, naturalistic habitats for over 4,000 animals. Habitats include Congo Gorilla Forest, Himalayan Highlands, World of Reptiles, and Madagascar, the restored 1903 Lion House and NYC's first landmark LEED certified building. Special rides and attractions include the children's zoo (open Apr.-Nov.); Congo Gorilla Forest (free Jan. 2-April 3); JungleWorld indoor rainforest; Butterfly Garden; 4-D theater; Wild Asia Monorail (open May-Oct.); Bug Carousel; and zoo shuttle. Toddler and kinder programs; scout programs; summer camps; teen internships; family overnight safaris; adult programs.
154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600. Tickets available at box office, online at www.carnegiehall.org or through CarnegieCharge, 212-247-7800. Sign up online for discount student tickets.
Family Concert Series, 60-minute concerts with world-class artists and hands-on pre-concert activities are recommended for ages 5-10. Visit "Education & Community" online for current season.
Carnegie Kids, series of free concerts for ages 2-6 in the Judith & Burton Resnick Education Wing and all five boroughs.
Family Day, free interactive musical activities and performances in Education Wing. 12-4.
A wonderful oasis in the heart of the city, Central Park can be an all-day adventure in good weather with non-stop activities and entertainment. Park information: 212-310-6600 or visit online. Consult Central Park Conservancy for walking tours and City Parks Foundation for information about cultural events including the Swedish Cottage and Summerstage performances.
Central Park Zoo
5th Ave. & 64th St., 212-439-6500. Mar. 25-Nov. 6: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, weekends and holidays 10-5:30. Nov. 6-Mar 24: Daily 10-4:30. Adults $12, srs. $9, ages 3-12 $7, under 3 free. Discount Total Experience tickets available online.
Visit the Tropic Zone Rainforest, Temperate Territory, Polar Circle, snow leopard exhibit and sea lion pool where you can observe animals at close range. Daily animal feedings, guided tours, Wildlife Theater shows (April-Oct.) and 4D Theater. The Tisch Children's Zoo is an interactive area designed for toddlers and preschoolers to meet a number of small, gentle animals.
Mid-park at 79th St., 212-772-0210. Open May-Oct. 10-5; Nov.-Apr 10-4. Free admission. Houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory with discovery activities for children and adults.
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Swedish Cottage, Central Park W. & 79th St., 212-988-9093. Brought to Central Park by Fredrick Law Olsted in 1877, the Swedish Cottage has been home to the Marionette Theatre since 1947. Performances daily, reservations required.
Other Park Attractions
Historic carousel rides(midway at 65th St., 212-439-6900, ext. 4); free storytelling appropriate for ages 6 and up at 11 am on Sat. June-Oct. at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue (5th & 72nd St.); model Yacht Club races and regattas most Saturdays April thru Nov. on the Conservatory Water (near 5th & 76th); 21 playgrounds.
Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling in Central Park, ages 6 and up. Sat. 11-12. Free.
Summerstage, benefit concerts and over 100 free music, dance, film, comedy, family and theater performances in all 5 boroughs.
Victorian Gardens, amusement rides for ages 2-12, activities and entertainment on weekends and holidays at Wollman Rink, 212-982-2229.
Ice Skating, Wollman Rink, Central Park East between 62nd & 63rd Sts., 212-439-6900.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, 212-875-5788. Presents annual series of concerts and educational events. Pending availability, tickets are available at the box office at a 50% discount for students; $10 student rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain; and CM360 series tickets entitle ages 21-39 to three tickets for $60. A limited number of free day-of tickets are available to students K-12 for Alice Tully Hall concerts. Call ticketing office for availability.
Meet the Music Family Concert Series, afternoon concert series or single concerts for families with children ages 6 and up.
Meet the Music 2017
Inspector Pulse: Once More with Feeling.
Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W. 83rd St. (between Broadway & Amsterdam), New York, 212-721-1223. Tues.-Sun. 10-5, Sat. 10-7. Open daily in summer. Adults and children $12, srs. $8, under 1 free. Target Free First Friday Nights: free admission 5-8pm on the first Friday of the month. Hands-on exhibits include reading/storytelling room; art studio; Sussman Environmental Center, outdoor waterplay area (open seasonally, weather permitting); PlayWorks exploration area for ages 4 and under; Adventures with Dora and Diego; and changing exhibitions. Strollers must be checked; no food. Sign up for workshops upon arrival.
Sat & Sun
Performances by guest artists, musicians, dancers, actors, author visits and hands-on workshops are scheduled weekends and holidays, daily in summer.
Thru Jan 31
America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, explore architecture, home, trade routes, international marketplace.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St. (between Hudson & Greenwich Sts.), 212-274-0986. Mon. 12-5, Thurs. & Fri. 12-6, Sat. & Sun. 10-5, open Tues. & Wed. for WEE Arts drop in classes for ages 5 and under. Admission ages 1-65: $12. Pay as you wish Thurs. 4-6pm. Hands-on, interactive arts programs, play areas and exhibitions designed for ages 10 months to 15. Art projects daily, special events on weekends.
Discovery Times Square Exposition
Former New York Times Building, 226 W. 44th St. (between 7th & 8th Aves.), 866-987-9692. Sun.-Tues. 10-7, Wed. & Thurs. 10-8, Fri. & Sat. 10-9. Admission by timed ticket, fees vary by exhibition.
Large-scale exhibitions are presented in the vast space that housed the New York Times printing presses for almost a century. Strollers are not permitted in the galleries. Cafe; Discovery Store; New York Times Store.
Check website before visiting to confirm current exhibitions.
FDNY Fire Zone
34 W. 51st St. (adjacent to Radio City Music Hall), 212-698-4520. Mon.-Sat. 9-7 (weekday mornings reserved for schools and youth organizations), Sun. 11-5. Free admission.
Fire safety learning center where visitors can climb on a fire truck, try on bunker gear, meet a firefighter, and learn how to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway. Fee for fire safety presentation: Adults and children $6, srs. $2, not recommended for children under five.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl St., New York, 212-425-1778. Mon.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Adults $7, ages 6-18 & srs. $4, under 5 free, family group $20. Built as an elegant residence for merchant Stephan Delancey and his family, this is Manhattan's oldest surviving building. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces and became an important place for politics as well as food and drink. It is best known as the site where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army in 1783. School tours and guided group tours available.
Gloria Maddox Theater, 151 West 26th St., 7th floor, New York, NY, 212-731-0668. Family theater offers modern adaptations of fairytales from around the world at its NYC location and travel shows for schools and private events. Performances on Sat. and Sun. at 2pm; after-show workshops on Saturdays.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave. at 89th St., New York, 212-423-3500. Sun.-Wed. and Fri. 10-5:45, Sat. 10-7:45, closed Thurs. Adults $25, students/srs. $18, under 12 free. Pay-what-you-wish Sat. 5:45-7:45, suggested $10. Daily public tours at 2pm. Download the free Guggenheim app from the App Store or Google Play in advance, use the museum's free Wifi or borrow a device free at the Multimedia Guide desk. Strollers permitted on ground floor only; baby carriers available at coatroom.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building is a New York City landmark and also home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art. Family activity packs and Guggenheim sketchbooks can be checked out at the Information Desk. Printed family activity guides are available at the museum andonline.
See Tips for Parents online for helpful info before your visit and to access a schedule of family programs.
Public Tours, 2pm daily.
Stroller Tours; Toddler Programs; Family Tour & Workshops; After School Programs; Summer Camps, visit calendar for dates and registration information.
Sat & Sun
Family Activity Kiosk, 10-4. Pick up a Family Activity Pack designed for ages 4-12.
Just Drop In, creative projects led by museum educators for families with children ages 3-10. 1-4pm most Sun. Free with admission.
Open Studio for Families, drop-in art making for families with children ages 5-14. 1-4pm most Sundays.
Second Sunday Family Tours, family-oriented tour for ages 5 and up includes hands-on gallery activities. Registration required.
Hayden Planetarium at the
Rose Center for Earth & Space
Central Park West at 81st St., 212-769-5900, space show and current sky information. Public programs include space shows, lectures and talks, stargazing, special events and astronomy summer camps. Also see listing under American Museum of Natural History.
Astronomy Live, interactive tour of the universe and view of the changing night sky. 7pm last Tues. of each month.
One Step Beyond, live bands, DJ, VJs, drinks and dancing in the Rose Center 9pm-1am. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 212-769-5200.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Pier 86 (on the Hudson River) at West 46th St. & 12th Ave., New York, 212-245-0072, 877-957-SHIP. April 1-Oct. 31: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Sat., Sun. & holidays 10-6. Nov. 1-Mar. 31: Daily 10-5. General admission: Adults $26, srs./students $24, ages 5-12 $19, under 5 free. Additional fee for Space Shuttle Pavilion, guided tours, simulators and audio tours. Save $2 on each ticket purchased online. Mission Intrepid: Explore Enterprise iPhone app available from App Store.
Explore the the 900 ft.-long aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid, the command center of the submarine, Growler, British Airways Concorde, A-12 Blackbird spy plane, Space Shuttle Enterprise and 25 other aircraft on display. Virtual Flight Zone Simulators include a G-Force Encounter or flying an F-18 jet fighter mission in a Navy Flight Simulator. The Exploreum is an interactive area for children and families. Scavenger hunts and family guides are available for self-guided tours. Weekend family programs; overnights; scout programs; birthday parties; camps.
Astronomy Nights; Weekend Family Programs, educational programs for kids and caregivers. Family programs are free with admission, but require advance registraiton. Visit website link for dates.
Operation Slumber, overnights for families and organized youth groups. Call 646-381-5010 or email email@example.com to book.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Columbus Circle, Broadway at 60th St., 212-258-9800. CenterCharge: 212-721-6500. Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra performances, jazz artists, talks, films, Jazz Academy includes free program for high school jazz bands, educational programs for toddlers to adults, video library, and Jazz for Young People concerts. Students can sign up online for special offers, student cover charges at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and $10 tickets for select performances. Hot Seats, $10 seats for each Rose Theater performance, are released for sale on the Wed. prior to the performance at the Box Office.
Jazz for Young People, kid-friendly lessons hosted by Wynton Marsalis or special guests, recommended for ages 6 and older.
Feb 4 Who is Louis Armstrong?
Jazz Standard Jazz for Kids
116 E. 27th St. (between Park & Lexington), 212-576-2232. Hosts Jazz for Kids brunch every Sunday throughout the school year with music by the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra and barbecue, lunch and kids menu from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm; concert at 2pm. Free, donations benefit Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra.
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St., New York, 212-423-3200. Fri.-Tues. 11-5:45, Thurs. 11-8, closed Wed. closes at 4pm on Fridays after Nov. 1. Museum shop and cafe closed Saturdays. Adults $15, srs. $12, students $7.50, 18 and under free. Free admission on Sat.; pay-what-you-wish Thurs. 5-8pm.
Museum explores the diversity of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture through permanent and changing exhibitions. Culture & Continuity: The Jewish Journey tells the unfolding story of Jewish culture and identity. Audio guide available for children ages 6 and up, free with museum admission. Family activities every Sun. and selected holiday weekdays; Sun. family concerts and theater. Teen after-school and summer classes; teen intern program.
Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces, interactive children's exhibition designed for ages 3-10. Closed Sat.
Family Guides, to current and past exhibitions are available to download online.
Sundays at the Museum, drop-in art workshops, gallery tours, stories, archaeological digs, concerts and performances for families are scheduled. For more info and current calendar, call 212-423-3337 or visit website.
Thru Feb 5
John Singer Sargent: Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children, download guide for kids online.
Thru Mar 26
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design.
The Joyce Theater
175 8th Ave., New York, 212-691-9740; JoyceCharge 212-242-0800. An intimate 472-seat venue in Chelsea presents a full spectrum of dance movement styles and traditions. Dance talks, pre- and post-performance events and Family Matinee series designed for ages 6-14.
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester
1 Ridge Hill Blvd. (I-87N exit 6A), Yonkers, NY, 866-243-0770. Sun.-Thurs. 10-7, Fri. & Sat. 10-9. Ages 2 and under free. Purchase timed tickets online at least one day in advance and receive ticket discounts and guaranteed entry.
See New York's top landmarks made out of Lego bricks. Activities designed for ages 3-10 include soft play area, rides, laser maze, Lego fire academy, construction site, racers, Duplo Village, Master Builder Academy and 4D Cinema. Special events include adult nights, homeschooler days, teacher nights and holiday events. Cafe; Lego Shop; birthday parties.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Alice Tully Hall, 65th St. & Broadway, 212-721-6500. The world's leading performing arts center comprises 12 resident arts organizations. For the complete schedule of performances at Lincoln Center, consult website.
Zucker Discount Ticket Box Office, is open inside the David Rubenstein Atrium Visitor Center, Tues.-Fri. 2-7:45pm and Sat. 12-2, 3-7:45pm. Discounts of 25-50% may be available, limit four tickets per person. Full price tickets can also be purchased at kiosks near the information desk or at theater box offices. The Visitor Center is open Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-10pm. Tom Colicchio's 'wichcraft restaurant inside the Atrium offers breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and full bar.
LC Kids Season, family-friendly performances for ages 2 and up; performances in the Atrium on select Saturdays at 11am are free. Visit LC Kids website for LC Kids schedule. Visit LC Family website to view all family events at Lincoln Center.
Little Orchestra Society
212-971-9500. Concert series for both children and adults. Subscriptions and single tickets available.
LOS Kids Season
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave. (68th between Park & Lexington). Concert series for ages 3-10.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Visitor Center & Museum Shop: 103 Orchard St., 212-982-8420; 877-975-3786. Visitor Center & Museum Shop: 103 Orchard St., 212-
982-8420; 877-975-3786. First tour at 10:15am, last tour at 5:15pm daily; evening tours and gift shop open until 8:30pm on Thurs. Adults $25, students/srs. $20, under 6 free.
Tenement museum, open by guided tours only, consists of a Visitor Center, where all tours begin, and 1863 tenement building, a National Historic Landmark that was home to over 7,000 people from 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. One-hour tours take you into re-created apartments to tell the stories of different immigrant families (suitable for children ages 8 and older). Themed walking tours explore the Lower East Side and the American immigrant experience. Three hour free parking is available on Broome St. between Norfolk & Suffolk Sts.
Suggested Tour for Children (ages 5 & up) & Families
Sat & Sun
Victoria Confino. In a 45-min. tour designed especially for families, a costumed interpreter, playing teenage Victoria Confino around 1916, welcomes visitors to her apartment as though they were new immigrants and teaches them how to adapt to the American way of life. Visitors can touch any items in the apartment.
Madame Tussaud Wax Museum
234 W. 42nd St., Times Square, 212-512-9600, 800-246-8872. Sept.-June: Sun.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sat. 10-10, extended holiday and summer hours, may close early for special events. Online ticket: $29, under 3 free. Mingle with over 200 life-like notable figures and celebrities from past and present; 4D theater. A hit with teens; bring a camera.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710. Fri.-Sat. 10-9, Sun.-Thurs. 10-5:30. Adults $25, srs. $17, students $12, members & under 12 free. Admission includes same-day admission to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. No strollers on Sun. and at most special exhibitions. Back carriers available at 81st St. coat check.
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums with magnificent collections of classical art, Old Masters, Impressionists, American art and crafts, and ancient Egyptian artifacts. Over two million works of art span 5,000 years of world culture. Gallery talks, family programs and guided tours daily. Concert series; lectures; films; school, camp and teacher programs; adult and teen art classes; access programs and services for visitors with disabilities are offered. Chinese garden; rooftop garden; Costume Institute.
a branch of the museum constructed from portions of five medieval cloisters, is dedicated to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages and offers a splendid setting overlooking the Hudson River. Check website for schedule of gallery talks, special events, workshops for families, concerts and seasonal garden tours. Located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, 212-923-3700.
The Met Breuer, new space focuses on modern and contemporary art including exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer. 945 Madison Ave., New York, 212-731-1675. Closed Monday.
Main Building Events
Family programs for all ages are offered free with museum admission and do not require advance reservations. See online calendar for schedule or call 212-570-3961.
Pick up Family Guides and Hunts at the information desks and check at the information desk for guided tours, storytimes, drop-in art making and family programs. To view and print family guides or suggested itineraries before your visit, visit online and check calendar for the day's events. Family audio guide is available, ideal for children ages 6-12.
Discoveries, workshop for children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities. Reservations required, 212-650-2010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
#metkids, online guide for kids by kids features museum map, fun facts, project ideas and behind-the-scenes videos.
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden open weather permitting.
Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. between W. 62nd and 65th Sts., 212-362-6000. Oct.-May season at Lincoln Center, summer recital series and live on screen in HD theaters worldwide.
MoMath National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-542-0566. Daily 10am-5pm. Adults $15, children, students and srs. $9, toddlers no charge. Thirty interactive exhibits on two floors are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Hands-on exhibits include a square-wheeled tricycle, mini cars, math square dance floor, automated robots that follow simple mathematical rules and more.
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, 212-299-7777. Tues.-Sun. 10-6, Thurs. & Fri. 10-9. Closed Mon. and major holidays. Adults $16, srs. $14, students $12, 18 and under (excluding groups) free, members free. Pay-what-you-wish Thurs. 6-9pm.
MAD interprets everyday objects that exemplify innovation and creativity in craft, art and design. Open Studios on the 6th floor give visitors the opportunity to observe and talk to artists at work and watch special demonstrations by exhibiting artists. Workshops for families, youth and adults, workshops and portfolio reviews for high school students, school and camp programs and summer art camps are offered. Special Family Days are offered three times a year. For information, 212-299-7780. Only umbrella-style strollers can be accommodated on the gallery floors.
Artist Studios, meet artists at work on the 6th floor daily.
Docent Tours, 11:30 & 3pm daily.
MADreads, story and gallery exploration for preschoolers with adult companions.
Studio Sunday, explore the galleries with a professional artist followed by a hands-on workshop the first Sun. of the month. Suitable for ages 5 and up.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave. at 103rd St., New York, 212-534-1672. Daily 10-6. Adults $14, students/srs. $10, ages 19 and under free. Explore New York's past, present and future through changing and permanent exhibitions and multi-media presentation.
Family Programs, drop in Sat., Sun. and school vacation days for free hands-on activities for families with children ages 6-12.
Scavenger Hunts, ask the admissions staff.
Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53 St., Manhattan, 212-708-9400. Daily 10:30-5:30, Fri. until 8pm. Extended holiday and summer hours. Adults $25, srs. $18, full-time students with ID $14, 16 and under free. Admission is free during UNQLO Free Friday Nights every Fri. 4-8pm. Sculpture Garden is open free from 9:30-10:15am daily. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Special exhibitions, audio programs, films and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.
An unrivaled view of modern masters and art movements from about 1885 to the present is displayed in a renovated and expanded building designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Ford Family Programs offer guided tours, artist talks, art workshops, and film screenings for ages 4-14 and their adult companions (see below for more details).
Ford Family Activity Guide for ages 4 & up available at Education and Family Information desk on the second floor (next to Cafe 2).
MoMA Audio, guides to the collections, temporary exhibitions and kids audio are available free. Audio guides may be listened to and downloaded from the MoMA website. MoMA podcasts are available at iTunes.
is the museum's website for children ages 5-8.
Visit MoMA's website for tips for planning a family visit.
Art Safari: An Adventure in Looking for Children & Adults, book and website for children ages 5-12.
MoMA Art Lab iPad app, available free at iTunes.
Selected Special Exhibitions
May 21-Sep 17
Jun 12-Oct 1
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.
Family Programs at MoMa
All programs are free with museum admission. Some programs do not require pre-registration, but tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10am on the day of the program. For dates and registration information, email email@example.com, call 212-708-9805 or visit Family Programs online and subscribe to the newsletter. For info on programs for high school students, call 212-333-1252, visit Teen Programs online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Year Family Programs: Sept-May
Family Films, classic family-friendly short films are shown on select Saturdays. Free tickets are distributed from 10am at Info Desk in main lobby and reception desk in Education and Research Building.
Sat & Sun
Tours for Fours, morning drop-in program for 4 yr.-olds and their adult companions.
A Closer Look for Kids, morning drop-in program for ages 5-10 and adult companions.
Tours for Tweens, ages 11-14 and adult companion. 10:30-12 select Saturdays and Sundays, registration required.
Family Art Workshops, 10:30-12:30 & 2-4pm. Advance registration required.
235 Bowery, New York, 212-219-1222. Tues.-Sun. 11-6, Thurs. 11-9. Adults $18, srs. $15, students $12, ages 15-18 free, ages 14 and under accompanied by adult free. Pay-what-you-wish Thurs. from 7-9. A seven-story stack of metal mesh-clad boxes shifted off axis is home to changing contemporary art exhibits. Download audio guides for current exhibitions online.
Docent-Led Tours, Wed. & Fri. 12:30, Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 12:30 & 3pm. Free.
First Saturdays for Families, hands-on programs, conducted by museum educators, are designed for families with children and young adults ages 5-15 on the first Sat. of each month. Free, includes museum admission for up to 3 adults per family. Tickets are given out on a first come, first-served basis.
New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St. (just west of Broadway), 646-223-3010. Ticket prices $14-$38, member discounts. Oct.-May season of professional productions specifically for children and their families by national and international artists. Educational programs include pre-show drop-in activities and family workshops for select shows, day-time performances for students, curriculum materials, after-school career workshops and apprenticeship programs for high school and college students, summer workshops, professional development. 646-223-3000 for information.
Free Online Family Activity, pre- and post-show activities for every show to download at home.
Oh Boy!, ages 10+. The Duke on 42nd St.
Jan 28-Feb 5
Elephant & Piggie, ages 4-7.
Water on Mars, all ages 5+.
Aging Magician, all ages 10+.
The Way Back Home, ages 3-5. New 42nd Street Studios.
X, Or, Betty Shabazz vs The Nation, all ages 13+.
Julius Caesar, all ages 13+.
Mar 31-Apr 16
Something, all ages 6+.
Apr 28-May 7
Nivelli's War, all ages 8+.
Grug & the Rainbow, ages 3-5.
Elephant & Piggie, ages 4-7.
Something, all ages 6+.
New York Aquarium
West 8th St. & Surf Ave., Coney Island, 718-265-FISH. Sept.-late May: Daily 10-4:30. Summer: Daily 10-6. Admission ages 3 & up: $11.95. Save 10% with online purchase. Pay-what-you-wish Fri. from 3pm to close; from 4pm on summer Fridays. Group rates. Parking fee.
Indoor and outdoor sea cliffs exhibit includes walrus, sea otter and penguin feedings, coral reef, 4-D theater. Breakfast with the Animals, Keeper for a Day programs; guided tours; education programs for toddlers to teens; camp; group programs.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd. (I-95 Bronx River Parkway exit 4B), Bronx, 718-817-8700. Tues.-Sun. and some holiday Mondays 10-6. Winter hours: 10-5. All-Garden Pass weekends & Mon. holidays: Adults $30, srs. & students $28, ages 2-12 $18. Weekdays: Adults $20, srs. & students $18, ages 2-12 $8. Parking fee. Ticket prices may change depending on season and current exhibition.
250 acres of natural and landscaped grounds include 27 outdoor gardens, a 40-acre forest, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, hands-on family garden and Everett Children's Adventure Garden featuring discovery center, wetland trail, kids herbarium and playful outdoor landscapes. Golf cart and tram tours. Strollers are not permitted in Conservatory.
The Edible Academy, cooking demonstrations daily, family-friendly activities and hands-on gardening for kids and adults at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.
Thru Jan 16
Annual Holiday Train Show.
Jan 21- Feb 12
Wild Medicine in the Tropics.
Feb 18-Apr 9
The Orchid Show: Thailand.
Chihuly, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor.
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, 63rd & Columbus Ave., 212-496-0600. Fall, winter and spring seasons and annual presentation of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker begins Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. For information about Family Saturday performances, children's workshops and pre-show discussions, call 212-870-5636 or email email@example.com.
Family Saturdays,live music and excerpts performed from NYCB's repertory on select Saturdays, appropriate for children ages 5+.
Feb 25 Story Time with NYCB, 11am.
May 27 A Magical Midsummer, 11am.
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St. & 48th Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 718-699-0005. Mon.-Fri. 9:30-4:45, Sat. & Sun. 10-5:45. Adults $15; ages 2-17, students and srs. $12. Combination tickets include admission, Rocket Park, Science Playground and 3D Theater. Strollers are permitted.
Originally built as a pavilion for the 1964-65 World's Fair, the building and grounds now feature more than 450 hands-on exhibits devoted to science and technology including a space exhibit, biochemistry lab, technology gallery, sports challenge, interactive math exhibition, 3-D theater and Preschool Discovery Place. Birthday parties; sleepovers; scout and community programs.
Sat & Sun
Drop-in workshops, demonstrations, videos, shows and make-and-take activities are related to a monthly theme.
Historic Rocket Park, chronicles the history of rocket development and includes an Atlas rocket, original Mercury 1 capsule and interactive "climb-in" replica of the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule that carried John Glenn, the first American Astronaut into orbit.
Science Playground. Experience physics through outdoor play equipment– special slides, seesaws, water wheels, windmills and musical sound station. For all ages with adult supervision. Expanded area for ages 6 and younger. Flat shoes must be worn. $5.
Rocket Park Mini-Golf, explore the science behind mini-golf. Open weekends 10-6, daily July and Aug. Adults $6, children & srs. $5.
New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, 212-875-5656. Four Young People's Concerts Nov.-Mar. introduce children ages 6-12 to live symphonic music. Online Kidzone Live! features demonstrations, activities and a chance to talk to musicians. Very Young People's Concerts use games, active listening and hands-on music-making with musicians of the New York Philharmonic to introduce children ages 3-5 to classical music.
$18 Student Rush Tickets, may be available up to 10 days before a concert by visiting the Philharmonic website or the box office on day of show. Must have valid student ID.
New York Theatre Ballet
Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., 212-679-0401; box office 212-355-6160. Chamber ballet company presents Nov.-May repertory and family season including a one-hour Nutcracker in Dec. and Once Upon A Ballet series for families with children ages 3-12. Individual tickets, subscriptions, group discounts available.
Once Upon A Ballet Series
Cinderella at Schimmel Center, 3pm.
The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies at Schimmel Center, 3pm.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Enter at the intersection of Liberty St. and Greenwich St., at the intersection of Liberty St. and West St., or at the intersection of West St. and Fulton St. 212-266-5211. Memorial is free and open daily from 7:30am to 9pm.
Two pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers are surrounded by a plaza of more than 400 swamp white oak trees. Names of the 2,983 men, women and children who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11 are inscribed in bronze around the pools. One Calery pear tree survives from the original WTC plaza.
9/11 Memorial Museum
212-266-5211. Sun.-Thurs. 9am-8pm, last entry at 6pm. Fri. & Sat. 9am-9pm, last entry at 7pm. Adults $24, srs./veterans/U.S. college students $18, ages 7-17 $15. Timed visitor passes can be purchased online or by phone for $2 nonrefundable service fee. Timed tickets for same-day visits may be available at the ticket windows. Free admission Tues. 5-close. Guided tours for adults and teens are available; audio tours can be downloaded from the app store. Suggested self-guided tour routes can also be downloaded from www.911memorial.org/tours. Museum guides for adults and children ages 8-11 can also be downloaded online.
Located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site, the Museum graphically chronicles the events of 9/11 and commemorates the lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks through artifacts, photographs, audio and video tapes, personal effects and memorabilia. The emotional exhibition may not be appropriate for children younger than 10 years old. Public programs feature experts offering insights and discussing their work on diverse topics from national security to the arts.
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center
120 Liberty St., 866-737-1184. Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5. Adult admission $15, students/srs./military $10, ages 8-12 $5. Five moving galleries, created by the September 11th Families' Association, convey the tragedy of September 11 and the passionate response from people around the world. Self-guided audio tours; guided tours; school programs; lectures and special events.
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 St., 212-621-6600. Recorded information: 212-621-6800. Wed.-Sun. 12-6, Thurs. 12-8pm. Adults $10, students/seniors $8, children under 14 $5. View ongoing screenings in museum theaters daily or select your own program from over 60,000 radio and television programs to view or listen to at an individual console.
Re-creating Radio, two-hour workshop for groups ages 9 and older to produce old-time radio drama. Advance reservations necessary, 212-621-6600.
Radio City Music Hall
Rockefeller Center, 60th St. & Ave. of the Americas, 866-858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6100.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
234 W. 42nd St., 212-398-3133. Jan.-mid-March: Mon.-Wed. 9am-11pm; Thurs.-Sun. 9-1am. March-Jan.: Daily 9-1am. Adults $29.95, ages 4-12 $22.95, save 20% with online purchase. Themed galleries feature strange and unusual, and sometimes gruesome, artifacts collected from around the world. Group and school tours; event space rentals; themed birthday parties for ages 4 and up.
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Historic Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, 718-273-2060. Open Tues.-Fri. 11-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5. Summer hours: Tues.-Sun. 10-5. Extended school holiday hours. Ages 1 and up $8, under 1 free. Free hours 3-5pm Wed. Grandparents free all day on Wed. Strollers not permitted.
Creative, hands-on exhibits encourage toddlers to age 10 to explore and experiment. Current exhibits include Bugs & Other Insects, Portia's Playhouse, House About It, Great Explorations, Block Harbor, Ladder 11 and Sea of Boats. Walk-in workshops and pre-school activities most days and every weekend. Summer camps; birthday parties. Staten Island Botanical Garden is next door, children 12 and under are free.
2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, 212-864-5400. Community-based arts organization is committed to offering a continuing calendar of artistically and culturally diverse programs at reasonable ticket prices, including Just Kidding family events.
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, East 68th St. between Park & Lexington Aves., New York, 212-647-1100. Class trip tickets: 800-497-5007. Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. and presents weekend theatre at the Kaye Playhouse in NYC. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode online, under "class trips," to find local performances.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St., New York, 212-570-3600. Sun.-Mon., Wed.-Thurs. 10:30-6, Fri.-Sat. 10:30-10. Closed Tues. Adults $25, students/srs. $18, 18 & under free; online ticket discounts. Pay-what-you-wish Fridays 7-10pm.
Devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum presents a full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is situated between the High Line and the Hudson River. Outdoor gallery; free tours daily; family programs include special family days, Whitney Wees preschool programs, sketching tours, stroller tours and more.
Open Studio, families with kids of all ages make their own artworks on select Saturdays and Sundays. Free with museum admission.
Family Access Programs, sensory-friendly tour and studio activity for families with kids ages 6-12 on the autism spectrum.