New York Family Annual Guide 2024

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Green Vale is Long Island’s largest preeminent private school for Pre-Nursery to 8th Grade. But that’s not the only thing that makes

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Sullivan Catskills

For families seeking an exciting and adventure-filled summer getaway, a trip to the beautiful Sullivan Catskills is the perfect fit, with activities and entertainment to suit all ages. And it’s only 90 minutes from New York City! The breathtaking natural beauty and small-town charm of the Sullivan Catskills is punctuated by big experiences throughout the year.

Parents never run out of ideas for keeping kids busy, happy, at the Sullivan Catskills. Splash the day away - rain or shine - at Kartrite Indoor Water Park, kayak or canoe down the Delaware River, get up close to the friendly farm animals at Buck Brook Alpacas and Arthur’s Acre’s Animal Sanctuary, spot and snap photos of eagles soaring the sky, tour Fort Delaware and learn about frontier life

back in the day, or hike the O&W trail. After a long day of adventure, hungry bellies will be grateful for the multitude of Catskill-icious culinary options, from plant-forward to celebrity chef steaks and everything in between. Traveling with a sitter? Parents can try their luck at Resorts World Catskills, check out Forestburgh Playhouse, learn about Woodstock at the Museum at Bethel Woods or catch a concert under the stars.

Ready to book a family getaway to the Sullivan Catskills? Pro tip: download the Sullivan GO App for access to information about attractions, events, lodging, eateries and more, making it easy to plan an itinerary and discover hidden gems to return to again and again. To learn more about the Sullivan Catskills, visit

We have 164 lakes perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing. We also have soothing hot tubs, saunas, and an indoor waterpark— where it’s always 84°. Dive in. Our charming, small towns are bursting with food, drink, and fun in any season.

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Best Carousels for Kids

New York is filled with adventure for kids and families. One memorable favorite is a carousel ride and there are gorgeous gems in and around the city.

Outdoor carousels represent the epitome of fun, whether it’s at an amusement park, county fair, park, or zoo.

There are many indoor carousels in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County for child-friendly fun year-round as well.

Here, you’ll find details on each carousel in and near New York City, including its location and description. Also, keep in mind that hours and prices tend to change, so check out the website or call for updated prices and times before leaving the house to avoid disappointment. And carousels on the East Coast tend to be open even when the weather is chilly—think layering up and family holiday card opportunity!

Carousels in Manhattan Friedsam Memorial Carousel (The Central Park Carousel)

Central Park (mid-park at 65th Street) 212-452-0707

Located in the heart of Central Park, this handcrafted carousel’s 57 horses run laps to vintage organ music. Note: Especially in the summer, there is often a long line to ride.

SeaGlass Carousel

Battery Park (entrance at State and Water streets), Lower Manhattan

This aquatic-themed carousel is made entirely of glass and steel and features 30 sea creatures under color-changing LED lights, making you feel like you are in an underwater garden.

Le Carrousel

Bryant Park, West 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown (212) 768-4242

Hear the sounds of Paris and the French Cabaret as you ride one of the 14 prancing animals, including 10 horses, a deer, a rabbit, a frog, and a cat. This carousel, specially designed to complement the park’s French classical style, was created by artists at Fabricon Carousel Company that was based in Brooklyn.

Pier 62 Carousel

Hudson River Park, Pier 62, between West 22nd


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Ride on animals ranging from unicorns to raccoons, or pretend to be King Trident as you ride the oyster chariot. This carousel can accommodate children in wheelchairs. Restrooms located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers.

Totally Kid Carousel

Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive at 145th Street, Upper Manhattan (212) 694-3600

This funky carousel, opened in 1997, was designed using children’s drawings of animals.

Carousels in Brooklyn B&B Carousell

1615 Riegelmann Boardwalk (in Luna Park), Coney Island (718) 373-5862

This historic carousel, built in 1906, features 50 wooden horses, has been completely restored and moved to the Steeplechase Plaza. See the website or call for updates.

Jane’s Carousel

Brooklyn Bridge Park at the East River, Dumbo (718) 222-2502

Named after artist and Dumbo resident Jane Walentas, the 1922 structure was refurbished and reopened in 2011. There are 1,200 lights, and the carousel is settled into a pavilion designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel.

Carousels in Queens

Flushing Meadows Carousel

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, 111th Street at 55th Avenue, Flushing (718) 788-2676

Moved to Queens from Coney Island for the 1964 World’s Fair, this classic carousel is located next to the Queens Zoo and about a 2-minute walk from the New York Hall of Science.

Forest Park Carousel

Northwest Entrance (Woodhaven Boulevard

and Forest Park Drive), Forest Park (718) 788-2676

Created in 1890, this carousel is the only carousel that is also a designated New York City landmark. Take a spin on one of the 49 horses or ride in a chariot as you listen to vintage organ music.

Carousels in the Bronx Bug Carousel

Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd. (at Fordham Road) (718) 220-5100

This carousel is composed entirely of bugs and butterflies and is located next to the Butterfly Garden, where you can see live butterflies in flight and flowers in bloom. This carousel is accessible to manual wheelchairs.

Carousels on Staten Island Carousel for All Children

Willowbrook Park, Eton Place at Richmond Avenue (718) 677-2165

Choose your steed from the 51 hand-carved and colorfully painted animals that adorn this Victorian-style wooden merry-go-round, located next to the duck pond. The carousel is accessible for those with physical challenges.

Carousels on Long Island Greenport Antique Carousel

Jess Owen Carousel House, Mitchell Park, Greenport (631) 477-0248

Greenport’s carousel sits in a lovely glass house with a view of the water. It is 100 years old and features hand-painted horses.

Merry-Go-Round at Adventureland

2245 Broad Hollow Road (Route 110), Farmingdale (631) 694-6868

Opened in 1962, Adventureland offers rides, attractions, and games, including this lowkey, round-a-bout ride that is great for young kids. Part of your admission ticket.

The University Eye Center at SUNY College of Optometry

The University Eye Center at SUNY College of Optometry is pleased to announce its wide range of eye and vision care services for patients of all ages and conditions. From routine eye exams to advanced imaging, disease treatments, and clinical studies, the center is dedicated to providing topnotch care to the community.

With a team of highly skilled optometrists and ophthalmologists, the University Eye Center offers personalized care tailored to each patient’s unique needs. From pediatrics to senior adults, individuals of all ages are welcome. The center accepts a wide variety of insurance plans, ensuring accessibility for all.

One of the center’s standout features is its free, secure, and convenient online patient portal platform. This innovative tool allows patients to connect with their eye doctor, schedule appointments, request medication refills, and access important information anytime, anywhere. Compatible with both computers and smartphones, the patient portal is available 24/7, providing unparalleled convenience and accessibility.

Conveniently located at 33 West 42nd Street in Manhattan, the University Eye Center is easily accessible via public transportation from all five boroughs and the tri-state area. With six

days of operation per week and evening hours during the week, the center strives to accommodate the busy schedules of its patients.

In addition to its comprehensive eye care services, the University Eye Center also features an on-site eyewear center. Patients can browse a wide selection of frames, glasses, and contact lenses, ensuring they find the perfect fit for their visual needs.

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The Ultimate Guide to Pick-Your-Own Farms

When you think of farms, you probably used to think of the song “Old McDonald” with red barns, milking cows, and chickens laying eggs. But they are a lot more than that! In the past decade or so, farm visits have become a very popular outdoor family excursion for a lot of reasons. Not only do farm trips teach us about agriculture and where our food comes from, but they get our families off their devices and out of the house and take us into a different scenery. Additionally, farms allow fun and interactive experiences, like picking your own produce. As an added bonus, they provide the perfect backdrop for a family photo.

We’ve listed some great reasons to choose this popular seasonal activity with your family below, along with tips and helpful information you will need to prepare for your next trip to the farm. Visit for our favorite farms in and around New York!

Note: Sometimes Mother Nature has different plans than we do. Always confirm the farm’s hours, prices, and availability before heading out.

Why Pick Your Own?

Health Benefits : Picking your own produce has both mental and physical health benefits. Getting outdoors has been proven to boost your vitamin D levels and reduce feelings of stress. Visiting these fields and farms gives you and your family the ability to stimulate all five senses. Plus, having fresh produce in the house promotes healthy eating. It could make even your picky eater try something new! Whether you are buying produce or not, the environment lends itself to a new kind of outdoor experience, so breathe in the fresh air and enjoy your surroundings! Most farms provide rich knowledge about agriculture, as it is both interesting and beneficial to know where your food is coming from.

Environmental Benefits: Visiting farms supports small businesses and stimulates the local economy.

Taste the Difference : Let’s be real, at the end of the day one of the best benefits of picking your own produce is stocking your fridge and pantry with all the yummy fresh fruits and veggies! Once you bring all the produce home, the possibilities are endless.


You can create your own jams, jellies, pies, and more. Check out recipes to make after pumpkin picking and apple picking. Not the recipe cooking type? No worries! Most of these farms feature a market where you can purchase seasonal farm fresh fruits and vegetables grown onsite. They carry high-quality homemade ciders, coffees, teas, maple syrups, honey, jams, yogurts, cheeses, etc. The options are endless! Find a farm with a bakery and you hit the jackpot! If you never had a hot, fresh apple cider donut you have no idea what you are missing! Stock up on your favorite pies to share with your families, a very popular option when it comes to holiday time. No one can resist a fresh farm pie!

The Best Pick-Your-Own Fruits, Flowers and More!


There is nothing like a fresh, sweet and slightly tangy strawberry. Children love strawberries in their natural form, but the possibilities for family-friendly recipes are endless. Some favorites include strawberry jams, yogurt, and pancakes. Parents looking for a real treat? Homemade strawberry daiquiris make the perfect summer cocktail. Cheers!

When to go? Strawberry season is typically late in May and early June. How much? Prices range from $5.50 to $8.00 per pound.

Picking tips: When picking the perfect strawberries, look for vibrant red and fully shaped strawberries. Strawberries do not ripen after being picked so you want to grab the ripest ones right away. When picking your strawberries, grip the stem above the strawberry, twist, and pull. Be careful when storing strawberries in containers to not overcrowd the container, for that may cause strawberries to bruise or become mushy. When you go home, refrain from washing the strawberries until you are ready to use them; washing immediately increases the chances of spoiling faster.


A little peachy attitude goes a long way for this sweet summer fruit. Peaches hold a bright and sweet flavor with notes of tartness. They have been called a superfood and contain excellent sources of vitamins A and C. They are versatile; keep it simple with sliced peaches and creams or whip up a decadent peach cobbler.

When to go? Peach-picking season is typically late July through September.

How much? Peaches are approximately $3.00 per pound.

Picking tips : When it comes to picking the perfect peach there are many things to keep an eye out for. First, you want to examine the peaches’ skin. If there is any green on the skin, the peach is not ready to be picked. Additionally, use your sense of smell! Ripe and ready peaches will give off a sweet aroma, when there is no aroma the peach needs more time to ripen. Finally, make sure the fruit is not too firm and easy to retrieve from the tree. When bringing peaches home, store them in the refrigerator to slow down the process of ripening. For long-term storage, you can freeze them in an airtight plastic bag.


Did you know you can pick your own sunflowers? Sunflowers are commonly associated with summer. They add a pop of color to any space, whether it is your backyard, kitchen, or living room. Sunflowers can be put on display, used for crafts, composting, and more. Sunflower fields open the door for some seriously Instagram-worthy pictures. There are usually a plethora of fun activities for families, such as mazes and bouquet making. When to go? Sunflower picking season is typically mid-summer.

How much? Sunflowers cost approximately $2.00 a flower.

Picking Tips : Some sunflower farms or fields let you pick your own sunflowers while others sell them. You are usually allowed to enter the fields for photos either way, but check the farm’s policy first.

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Nothing says fall like a nice crisp apple plucked straight from a tree. Apples are one of the most diverse fruits and are used in so many different delicious ways. Cider, pie, tarts, juice, and more are all amazing options – not to mention biting into one the old-fashioned way. There are tons of apple varieties, so choose a farm that is growing your favorite kind. Or try them all!

When to go? Apple season normally begins in late August and lasts until around mid to late October.

How much? Prices for apples vary by variety and typically are sold by the pound.

Picking tips : There are many things to look out for when choosing your choice of apples. You want to ensure the apples you pick are free from any blemishes or bruises. Apples should be firm to the touch and not mushy. Another helpful tip is to look for apples with stems intact, as the stem keeps the apple good for longer. Be mindful when you pick the apple to keep the stem intact.


Pumpkin picking is a fall staple and perhaps the most popular fall outdoor activity for families. Carving pumpkins is a treasured tradition for many families after everyone chooses their perfect pumpkin. Kids love the joy of picking their own pumpkin to turn into a unique jackolantern and displaying it proudly outside during Halloween. Grab a few extra pumpkins to create some delicious recipes such as pumpkin pie, bread, muffins and more. Pumpkins are a very healthy food that provides calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Don’t forget to roast the seeds!

When to go? Pumpkin-picking picking season typically begins in September and ends on Halloween.

How much? Pumpkin prices vary greatly depending on size, but they average around $5.50 each.

Picking tips : Color is everything when it comes to the perfect pumpkin. You want to pick a pumpkin that is a gorgeous orange color

with no blemishes or bruising. If you are looking for a pumpkin to carve, you want to look for one that will have enough room for your design and a smooth outer shell. When bringing home your pumpkin you definitely want to clean it. Pumpkins can be prone to bacteria, which could result in decaying.

Christmas Trees

Did you know you can pick your very own Christmas tree? Christmas tree farms allow you to observe these gorgeous trees in their natural habitat and take them to your home to decorate. Picking your own tree creates a special memory within the family for the holidays. Not to mention, having a real Christmas tree will hit you with joy the second you open your front door, thanks to their unmistakable aroma. Most Christmas tree farms also sell wreaths, garlands and more. And as an added treat for the kids… lots of tree farms offer a visit and photo opportunity with Santa! So grab a hot chocolate or cider and enjoy this holiday tradition, sure to get your family right into the Christmas spirit! When to go? Christmas Tree farms usually open around late November through December

How much? The average price of a Christmas tree is about $85.

Picking Tips : Bundle up! It will most likely be very chilly and you want your family to be as comfy as possible. Always feel free to ask questions to farm workers in order to find your perfect tree. Your tree should be a healthy green color and the size of your liking. Christmas trees can be quite large so measure ahead of time and make sure you have the space in your vehicle to transport it home. Additionally, look for branches with space to hold all of your decorations and ornaments; flimsy branches will result in falling “needles.” When home, you will need fresh water to keep your tree well hydrated. The amount of water you will need depends on the size of your tree and trunk.

Where Students with Learning Differences Unlock Their Potential

Struggling to find a supportive environment that meets students’ learning needs? Winston Preparatory School New York, located in Manhattan, offers an individualized learning environment for students ages 8-21 with learning differences, such as dyslexia, ADHD, and nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD).

Winston Prep believes what matters most is developing a deep understanding of how each child learns and creating the right environment to help them reach their full potential. Before a student spends their first day at Winston Prep, the faculty spends weeks designing an academic program tailored to the student’s specific needs. Unlike any other school, Winston Prep groups students based on their learning difficulty, skill level, and educational and social-emotional needs.

Having a faculty of expert learning specialists who deeply understand each student is an integral component of the school’s mission. As a result, students see Winston Prep as the right place for them, where their individual strengths are nurtured and where they will learn how to understand and address their challenges.

Winston Prep’s high school graduation rate is 99.7%. Approximately 80% of Winston Prep graduates attend college, while 20% move on to transitional, vocational post-secondary programs.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park offers Free Kayaking through September.


A month-by-month guide to events across the city and beyond


Free Kayaking

See Brooklyn in a whole new way when you kayak in a protected embayment near the famed Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 Dock, 150 Furman St., Brooklyn. Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm; Sundays, 12 – 2:30 pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5 – 7 pm through Sept. 30

State Fair Meadowlands

With over 100 rides, free shows, and 50 food options, this Fair has something for all ages. Come check out New Jersey’s largest event! Plus, fireworks displays on July 3rd and 4th! Meadowlands Fairgrounds, East Rutherford, NJ. Through July 7, See website for complete schedule. $39.99.

Empire State Fair Long Island

The Empire State Fair features amazing entertainment such as the Pirates of the Caribbean Thrill Show, an educational experience at the Sandlofer Family Petting Zoo and Cowtown USA, and brand-new

amusement rides and attractions! Be sure to visit on June 28, July 4, 6 and 13 for a spectacular firework display! The Nassau Live Center Home of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale. Through July 14, Weekdays, 5 – 11 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 11 pm; July 3 & 4, 12 – 11 pm. $10; free admission for children under 36” tall; additional fee for rides.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks

America’s celebration of the summer will be jam-packed with serious star power, electrifying performances & heart-pounding pyrotechnics. Thursday, July 4, around 9:25 pm. Free. Visit for viewing areas along the Hudson River area.

Red, White & BOOM!

This Bricktastic Fourth of July celebration presents a unique fireworks spectacle for all to enjoy. Plus, special 3D firework viewing glasses will be given out that transforms the fireworks into LEGO Bricks. Enjoy nightly live music from local bands and special extended park hours. LEGOLAND New


York Resort, One Legoland Blvd, Goshen. Thursday, July 4, 10 am-9 pm. Tickets start at $54.

Pokémon GO Fest

Pokémon GO Fest 2024 is coming to the Big Apple, and it sounds like a treasure trove of activities around the city! Attendees will enjoy glittering gameplay, beautiful bonuses, and hidden surprises as they adventure alongside thousands of fellow Trainers and spend half their day in Randall’s Island Park and a half exploring the larger New York City area! Two locations: Randall’s Island Park, 10 Central Road., July 5-7, Friday – Sunday 9am – 1pm and 3pm-7pm; throughout New York City. 9 am – 7 pm. $30.

45th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Powwow

Celebrate American Indian Culture through music, dance, Native American crafts and food. This spectacular 3-day powwow features intertribal Native American dance competitions by over forty Indian Nations. The program features an expansive market of authentic Native American art, crafts, jewelry, and food (don’t miss the fry bread!). Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens. July 26-28, Friday, 7-10pm; Saturday, 12–5 pm & 7–10pm; Sunday, 125pm. 1-Day Pass: $18; $12 (Children ages 2-12). 3-Day Pass: $36; $24 (Children ages 2-12). Free for ages 0-1 years old. queensfarm. org

Animal Chronicles

Explore the all-new Animal Chronicles, an immersive walking trail of more than a quarter mile, featuring 13 scenes of 68 animal eco-sculptures that showcase key achievements in the Bronx Zoo’s history of saving animal species and connecting New Yorkers to wildlife. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Through September 30, Weekdays, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am – 5:30 pm. Tickets start at $28.75


Fanatics Fest NYC

Fanatics Fest NYC brings together fans across all sports to celebrate their passions under one roof. The multi-day event will feature multiple stages and theaters, exclusive merchandise, product drops, major announcements, live podcasts and more to celebrate modern sports fandom in all its forms with many of the biggest names in sports and culture. Javits Center, 429 11th Ave., Manhattan, Aug. 16-18, Friday and Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. Tickets start at $20.

KIDZ BOP Live 2024

Sing and dance along with the KIDZ BOP

Kids as they perform today’s biggest hits live on stage, including “Dance The Night”, “Cruel Summer”, “Dance Monkey,” and many more. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, 895 Bay Pkwy., Wantagh, Saturday, August 3, 6pm. Tickets start at $29.50.

Hindu Lamp Ceremony

Dance artist and educator Aeilushi Mistry will bring peace and harmony to the community as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony at Pebble Beach. The

Pokémon GO Fest


Aarti ceremony is traditionally performed each morning and evening along India’s rivers to convey gratitude to the mother river, reflect in the community, and remember loved ones. Decorate palm leaf lamps and release them along the East River to make prayers and pay your respects to loved ones. Pebble Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 65 Plymouth St., Brooklyn. Saturday, August 10, 3-7:30 pm. Free.

42nd Annual National Dominican Day Parade

The Dominican Day Parade is a joyful celebration of all things Dominican. Each year, the community comes together in New York City to honor, heritage, and culture and to recognize the many accomplishments Dominicans have made in the United States and around the world. With music, dancing, and over 10,000 marchers! Parade takes place along 6th Ave. between West 37 St and West 38 St., Manhattan. August 11, 12-4pm. Free.

New York Renaissance Faire

Travel back in time to an age of adventure!

Join Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to a beautiful 16th-century English village. Cheer your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Band. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats. See amazing acrobats, magical fairies, swashbuckling pirates, and more! 600 Rt. 17A, Tuxedo. August 17October 6, Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day, 10 am-7pm. $48; $43 senior 62 and older and Military; $20 ages 5-12.

The Dutchess County Fair

There is simply no other fair like the Dutchess County Fair. Expect to see animals, games, and the food we love. Known as the most significant agricultural fair in New York State — this fair is what many New Yorkers and people all over wait all year to visit. It is the greatest if not the most famous fair in the world. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds,

County Fair

6636 U.S. 9, Rhinebeck. August 20-25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday, 10 am-8 pm. Rides open at 11am. $13.50 admission; free admission for children 11 and younger. $30 Ride All Day Wristbands. Additional fee for some performances.

The 2024 Great New York State Fair

People across New York State will come together to experience this affordable celebration of delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment, and great fun. The New York State Fair will showcase thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of exciting midway rides and dozens of big-name entertainers. 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse. August 21 - September 2, 9 am-11 pm, daily. On Sept. 2, Labor Day, the grounds will fully close at 9 pm. $8; free admission for children 12 and younger and seniors 65 and older.

Richmond County Fair

The Richmond County Fair, hosted by Historic Richmond Town, features carnival rides, delicious fair food, historic trades demonstrations, bouncy houses, live music, games, contests, and so much more! Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island. August 31- Sept. 2, 12-8 pm, daily. See the website for ticket prices.


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LuminoCity Dino Safari

Feel like you’ve traveled back in time with the world’s most thrilling immersive experience blending light art with life-sized and roaring dinosaurs! See 50+ state-of-the-art animatronics with jaw-dropping realism and engage in the fun and educational experiences with hands-on attractions. Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. 5 pm & 7 pm, daily through Sept. 22. Tickets start at $21.82.

The Feast of San Gennaro

The Feast of San Gennaro is a New York icon and a world-known 11-day event stretching throughout 11 blocks of the Little Italy neighborhood. This feast has always been an essential part of the neighborhood representing Italian culture and traditions for generations. Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston/Hester between Baxter St. and Centre St./Grand between Baxter and Centre Market Place, Manhattan. September 12-22. See the website for the complete schedule.

The Long Island Fair

Enjoy some good old fashioned family fun at this annual event featuring thrilling shows, glass blowing, live music, demonstrations, contests, animals, vendors, face painting, and more. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage. Sept. 13-15, 10am-5pm daily. $20; $15 ages 5-12 and 60 and older; free for children younger than 5.

Brooklyn Book Festival: Children’s Day

Enjoy a full day of readings, workshops, performances, book signings, and art projects with favorite authors and illustrators at New York City’s largest free literary festival. Brooklyn Commons, 15 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn. Saturday, Sept. 28, 10am-4pm. Free.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party

See your favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks and the brand new HW 5-Alarm™, the firetruck hero of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks! This Party features a laser light show, spectacular theatrical effects, dance parties, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Plus, a special appearance from the careating, fire-breathing transforming robot TRANSAURUS, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross! Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Saturday, September 28, 12:30 pm and 7:30pm. Tickets start at $46.

43rd Annual Hallockville Country Fair & Craft Show

The Hallockville Country Fair is a North Fork tradition! Celebrate the community’s rich folk arts and agricultural traditions in a true old-fashioned country fair atmosphere. The Fair features craft and artisan vendors, demonstrations, live music, children’s activities and games, guided museum tours, farm animals, and more! Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, 631-298-5292. September 28-29, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. In advance: $12 ages 5 and older; at the door: $15 ages 5 and older.

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Harvest Festival

Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for a family-friendly celebration of fall where you can get your face painted, sample fresh farm food, and take home a pumpkin from the patch! Plus, live music, arts, crafts, educational activities, and cooking demonstrations. Randall’s Island, Fields 62/63 and the Urban Farm, East River and Hell Gate Cir, Manhattan. Sunday, Sept. 29, 12-3pm. Free.

The Annual Atlantic Antic

A Brooklyn institution, The Annual Atlantic Antic™ is the oldest and largest street festival in Brooklyn. Stroll the avenue and experience a celebration of ethnic tastings, fine arts and crafts from around the world, non-stop music and entertainment, kidz zone, and more. Atlantic Avenue starts at Fourth Street in Brooklyn. Sunday, September 29, 12-6pm. Free.


Staten Island Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest with classic German cuisine, German and domestic beers, live entertainment, vendors, music, carnival games, rides, bouncy house, and more! Staten Island University Hospital Community Park 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. Saturday, October 5, 12-8pm. $10; free for children 12 and younger.

87th Annual Pulaski Day Parade

Celebrate the culture and heritage of Poland at one of New York’s oldest parades featuring Polish dancers, schools and organizations, government ambassadors and representatives, floats, music, and more. 5th Ave. from 35th to 53rd streets, Manhattan. Sunday, October 6, 12:30pm. Free.

41st Annual Queens Agricultural Fair

Enjoy pie eating and corn husking contests, hayrides, carnival rides, and midway games. Visit the main stage and family entertainment

Harvest Festival

tents featuring an array of live music and theatrical performances, check out local craft and food vendors and get recycling tips at the Con Edison Ecology booth. Plus, this traditional agricultural fair includes Blue Ribbon competitions in produce, arts & crafts and more. Queens County Farm Museum, 75-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens. October 5-6, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Tickets start at $12 for ages 12 and older and $9 ages 3-11.

80th Annual Columbus Day Parade

The annual Columbus Day Parade is the largest celebration of Italian American heritage and culture in the United States. Marching bands, floats and over 100 marching groups will make their way up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 72nd Street., Manhattan. Monday, October 14, 11:30 am3:30pm. Free.

Electrify Expo

Electrify Expo is North America’s largest electric vehicle festival, filled with over 1 million square feet of the world’s top electric brands! Experience and drive electric cars & trucks, ride E-Bikes, E-Motorcycles, E-Scooters, E-Skateboards, & E-Watercraft. Enjoy great food, music, and a huge kids’ zone, and learn about all things electric. Citi Field, 141 Seaver Way, Queens, October 12-13,









10 am – 5 pm. $20.

Halloween on the Farm

Wear your costume to the farm for this Halloween spooktacular for kids and their grown-ups. Your experience will feature a DJ dance party, The Amazing Maize Maze, trickor-treating, a spooky farmhouse, Halloween hayrides, and more! Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens. Sunday, October 27, 11 am–4 pm. $20.

Village Halloween Parade

This annual parade features tens of thousands of costumed marchers, hundreds of Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world, stilt walkers, jugglers, break dancers and other street performers participate in the Parade. Spring Street, Manhattan. Thursday, October 31, 7pm. Free.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, curling, the Holiday Shops, rinkside eats and drinks and more. Bryant Park is between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas and between 40th and 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. The Village opens in late October. The Holiday Shops will remain open until early January and the rink will remain open through March.


Harvest Dance Celebration

Celebrate American Indian Culture through music and dance! Among many Native American tribes, this event celebrates giving thanks in autumn for the bountiful summer harvest. Harvest Dance Celebration showcases a variety of Native American dances performed by representatives of ten

Indian Nations. The dancers will perform in full regalia and each dance’s origins are explained. This event also features a Native American Craft & Food Market with authentic art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens. Sunday, November 3, 11am-4pm. Admission to the Farm Grounds & Market Admission is free. Performance area admission is $17; $12 for ages 4-11. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes

When you think of Christmas in New York City, The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, is the first thing that comes to mind. Performed annually since 1933, the show features more than 140 performers and an original musical score, and combines singing, dancing, and humor with traditional scenes. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. Performances run November 8-January 5, see website for complete schedule. Tickets start at $56.

LuminoCity 2024 Holiday Lights Festivals

Go on an adventure through dazzling light displays and a variety of onsite activities. LuminoCity Festival is not just a feast for the eyes; it’s a journey for the imagination. Each of the installations tells a story or embodies an artistic concept, designed to spark your creativity and broaden your horizons. Take your time to explore and discover the deeper layers of each exhibit as they inspire wonder, curiosity, and conversation long after you’ve left the festival grounds. Eisenhower Park, 1899 Park Blvd, East Meadow. Nov. 8 – Jan. 4, see website for complete schedule. Tickets start at $29 and $22 ages 4-12.

Holiday Train Show

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holiday tradition—has been making memories for over 30 years! See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx. Opens mid-November through mid-January. Free with price of admission.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Bring the family together to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which celebrates its 95th year, lining the streets of Manhattan with your favorite and soon-to-be favorite floats. Central Park West, Columbus Circle, or Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street in Manhattan. Thursday, November 28, 9am-12pm.

Sesame Street Live! Say Hello

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street are coming to say hello! Sing, dance, and play alongside your favorite furry friends, all while you follow Elmo’s puppy, Tango, in a fun game of hide & seek. So make your way to where the air is sweet for this all-new celebration on Sesame Street! Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ. November 24, 2 pm & 6 pm. $29-$69.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling “Pigeon” picture books, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! features an innovative mix of song and feathers that is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping. Staller Center For the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. Sunday, November 24, 3 pm. $16-$31.

Holiday Windows

A fun and free holiday tradition is the

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unveiling of NYC holiday windows. Windows go up around the third week of November. In years past, we saw holiday window displays of whimsy, like Saks’s take on Frozen 2; of the fantastical, such as Bloomingdale’s Out of this World display; of snowy, holiday villages as seen in the American Girl display, and even of edible delights shown in Bergdorf Goodman’s unique candy display. Some of the mustcheck-out windows are Bloomingdale’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Macy’s: Herald Square, Louis Vuitton, and American Girl, Manhattan


The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Ice skating on The Rink is one of New York’s quintessential winter activities. The Rink sets the perfect scene for every occasion, from ice skating lessons and special events. It’s a tradition that has never failed to delight! Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan. Daily through the end of March.

Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

Experience the holiday magic with New York Theatre Ballet’s one-hour rendition of The Nutcracker. Featuring enchanting choreography by Keith Michael, this reimagined classic brings Tchaikovsky’s beloved score to life in Art Nouveau style of 1907. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Queens. Sunday, December 1, 3pm. $30.



George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”

This memorable holiday tradition features old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, and outstanding choreography by New York City Ballet. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan, 212496–0600,

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will arrive the first week of December and remain lit, and can be viewed until the first week of January 2025. 45 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan. Times are usually from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. Free to view.

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the festival of lights with the lighting of the largest menorah in Brooklyn throughout the eight nights of Chanukah. There will be live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children. Grand Army Plaza is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South (59th Street), Brooklyn. Chanukah takes place this year, beginning on the eve of Wednesday, December 25 and with the last lighting on Wednesday, January 1. Visit for more information.

Santa’s Corner at Bryant Park Winter Village

Take your kids to see Santa, grab a few photos, and purchase some of the many handcrafted gifts from the holiday shops. Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan, 212-768-4242,

Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

Kids watch as model trains zip through tunnels, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes, in this annual holiday train show featuring Lionel trains which travel through a 34-foot-long mini New York City. New York Transit Museum

Gallery Annex and Store, Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St. in Manhattan, Free.

Patrol Adventure Live! A Mighty Adventure

This new PAW Patrol Adventure features heroic action, catchy tunes and loads of interactive fun. PAW Patrol’s electrifying new adventure is sure to leave tails wagging and kids cheering. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ. Saturday, December 28, 10 am, 2 pm & 6 pm; Sunday, December 29, 10 am & 2 pm.


First Day Hike

Start the New Year off on the right foot with a guided hike on the first day of 2023. Explore the terrain in your neighborhood, or travel to another borough to see what the New York City parks have to offer. To find a local New Year’s Day Hike visit

Three Kings Day Parade

This annual Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration is held in El Barrio (East Harlem). This time-honored Parade begins at 106th St and Park Ave. and ends at 115th St and Park Ave. in Manhattan featuring camels, floats, and live music. Free.

Disney on Ice: Frozen & Encanto

Celebrate the love of family with Disney’s Frozen & Encanto. Join the race to find Elsa and stop the eternal winter, dream about summer with Olaf, sing-along with Kristoff and Sven, and sing and dance with Mirabel, her sisters, Isabela and Luisa, and more. UBS Arena, 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Belmont Park. January 9-12, Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 11am, 3pm, and 7pm; Sunday, 12pm and 4pm.

Alice in Wonderland

See Lewis Carroll’s English adventure like never before when performed with


marionettes. Puppetworks, Inc., 338 6th Ave., Brooklyn. January 16-April 19, Saturday and Sundays, 12:30pm & 2:30pm. $11; $10 children.

Musical Explorers Family

Discover music from around the world in this popular and highly interactive concert for children. Artists with magnetic personalities teach families all about their musical traditions—including Haitian song traditions with internationally renowned singer Emeline Michel; Southeastern songs and social dances with award-winning artist Martha Redbone; and South African Zulu music with the return of beloved Musical Explorers artists Sbongiseni “Bongi” Duma and Tshidi Manye. Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., Manhattan. Saturday, January 18, 12pm and 3pm.

Museum of Illusions

Nothing is what it seems – especially in the Museum of Illusions! Enjoy a collection of holograms, be sure to look closely at every optical illusion, and observe each installation thoroughly. You will come to understand why your eyes see things that your mind cannot initially comprehend and with photos that make your friends ask “how did you do that?!” Make sure you visit their playroom with intriguing and educational games and puzzles. Museum of Illusions, 77 8th Ave, Manhattan. Admission is $23-$29. newyork.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Spend a cold winter day indoors while your kids enjoy fun, educational exhibits that teach them about world cultures, history, science and nature, including live animals and a collection of 30,000 historical artifacts. Kids under age 5 can visit a special area with activities geared toward younger children. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave. in Brooklyn, 718-735-4400, $15, free for babies younger than 1 year; Amazon Free Hours every

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New York Hall of Science

As New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center, NYSCI holds more than 400 hands-on exhibits that explore biology, chemistry, and physics that will inspire your young scientists. Fun fact: The New York Hall of Science occupies one of the few remaining structures from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens. $19-$22.


Groundhog Day with Staten Island Chuck

Charles G. Hogg, aka “Staten Island Chuck”, is the best–known groundhog–meteorologist in New York with a strong record in predicting the weather. Get to the Staten Island Zoo early to find out if there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island. Sunday, February 2, 7am.

Cirque-Tacular presents “Shimmer”

Journey to a shimmering winter wonderland of circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her glistening snow globe. Find yourself aglow as this aerial snow show mesmerizes your senses. Astonishing


acrobatics, dazzling specialty acts, and glittering costumes abound in this “cool”, warm and whimsical world of Shimmer! BMCC Tribeca PAC, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan. Saturday, February 8, 3pm. $40.

NBA G League Basketball

See tomorrow’s basketball stars today when you catch a Long Island Nets game, the affiliate team of the Brooklyn Nets, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale or the Westchester Knicks, the affiliate team of the New York Knicks at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The season runs through November.

NYC Lunar New Year Parade

Help usher in the year of the Dragon at Manhattan’s Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year Parade. This annual celebration takes place in February and features floats, marching bands, and the famed Lion Dances! Parade begins at Mott & Canal Streets.

The Orchid Show

Enter a world of color with vivid installations and thousands of beautiful orchids showcased to show the complexity of these striking flowers in a Victorian-style glasshouse. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx, 718-817–8700,

BAMkids Film Festival

Pint-size cinephiles can catch up on another international showcase of the best in children’s films at the BAMkids Film Festival. This annual festival presents more than 60 films from across the globe, geared to all ages from pre-school to pre-teens and ranging from feature-length live international films to animated shorts. Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, and live music performances, are regular features of the festival. BAMkids Film Festival takes place annually in early February. BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Lobby, The Adam

Children’s Museum of Manhattan February is full of reasons to celebrate, and CMOM wants to celebrate with you! From Black History Month, to the Lunar New Year, to Valentine’s Day, explore these special days with programming meant to uplift and educate your little learners. CMOM is dedicated to cultivating a love of learning and offers imaginative and enriching exhibitions and programs that support, challenge, and inspire. CMOM is located in The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. Tickets are $13-$16.


Goodnight Moon / Runaway Bunny

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. BMCC Tribeca PAC, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan. Saturday, March 22, 11am. $40.

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New York International Children’s Film Festival

The New York International Children’s Film Festival is packed with premieres, special guests, and thoughtful films for all ages. See films featuring stories from down the block to across the pond.

2025 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate Irish heritage and stop by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for Irish music, entertainment, and all things green! Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street in Manhattan. Monday, March 17, 11 am. Free.

Macy’s Flower Show

A sure sign of spring is the Macy’s Flower Show! Thousands of stunning flowers & lush plants transform the store into one of the most colorful destinations in NYC. Over the course of two weeks, beautiful blossoms will brighten up this Herald Square institution. Go on, stop and smell the roses…and the tulips, and all of the other blooms! Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W 34th St., Herald Square. Free.

Color Factory

Color Factory is a celebration for your senses. Tap into the joy of color through the expression of art to create experiences that will make you smile, connect, remember, and feel like a kid. Spend the day in over a dozen immersive installations that expand your boundaries of perception, indulge you in play and discovery, and engage your senses in unexpected ways. Color Factory, 251 Spring St., Tribeca. Admission start at $39.

Bronx Children’s Museum

Explore more than 10,000 sq ft. of Bronx inspired fun with the 35-foot long water table that mimics the three Bronx waterways, a mini local neighborhood play area, an art space inspired by Bronx residents, and more! Bronx Children’s Museum, 725 Exterior

Street, 2nd Floor, Bronx. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. $8-$14.

New York Aquarium

View fish, sharks, stingrays, turtles, dolphins, and sea otters. Take in the sea lion show at the Aquatheater. Enjoy a movie at the 4-D theater and grab lunch at the Oceanside Grill. New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave., Coney Island, (718) 265–FISH, 10am-5pm, daily. $25.95 -$32.95.


New York International Auto Show

New and exciting exhibits will be showcased with the very best that the automobile industry has to offer in an exciting and unique way. With the largest electric vehicle test track ever created at an auto show, interactive displays, and concept cars that you won’t believe, you’ll quickly learn that you don’t need to be old enough to drive to enjoy this Auto Show. April 18-27. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street in Manhattan.

Family Day: Spring Fest

This musical adventure celebrates all things spring with interactive, and fun activities and performances. Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. in Manhattan. Saturday, April 19, 12pm. Ages 3-10. Free.


Parade and Easter Bonnet


Since the 1870s, Fifth Avenue has become the place to show off your Easter finery and best bonnets. If you don’t have one, that’s OK; you’ll still want to be there to see people watch and spot over the top chapeaus! Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street in Manhattan. Sunday, April 20, 10am. Free.

Earth Day

Get out of the house and into nature this Earth Day with The NYC Parks Department.


From hikes to nature walks to recycled crafts, you and your family will gain a new appreciation for Mother Earth. Free.

Central Park Carousel

Celebrate spring at one of the most famous and biggest merry-go-rounds in the city. Central Park Carousel, mid-park at 65th Street in Manhattan, 212-439–6900, 10 am–6 pm. $3 per person per ride.

Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is worth the trip just for all the exciting animals that live there alone: coyotes, bison, bears, pumas, rabbits, cows, ducks, sea lions, and more. Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St. in Corona, Queens, (718) 271–1500, Adult $9.95, child (ages 3-12) $6.95, senior $7.95, free for children 2 and under.

Staten Island Children’s Museum

SICM offers children imaginative, creative, and cultural hands-on experiences. With 12 indoor and outdoor exhibits, dance and art workshops, science and story times, this museum offers kids the opportunity to build a house, perform a show, run a conveyor belt, captain a ship, fish for oysters, climb a rock wall, and more. Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building M, Staten Island. Saturday and Sunday 10am1pm & 2pm-5pm, Wednesday- Friday, 10am - 1pm. $8.


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

It’s not easy being the Pigeon-you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Featuring an innovative mix of songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. Saturday, May 10, 11am and 1pm. Tickets start at $35.

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Enjoy the afternoon celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture amidst beautiful cherry blossoms. Full schedule of events and performances and food selections. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave. in Brooklyn, Check websites for exact date.


Get ready to celebrate all things comic book culture! Take this opportunity to meet local comic book creators, to hunt for rare books and toys, get your game on, and show off that cosplay! This spectacular yet intimate experience is for fans of all ages to gather, socialize, and be passionate about what they love. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City. May 17-18, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm. cradlecon. com

Bethpage Air Show

The annual Jones Beach Air Show will feature The United States Army Golden Knights along with other military and civilian performers. Be sure to arrive early for this Long Island Memorial Day Weekend tradition. Jones Beach, 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. Check for exact dates and time.

Springtime At Wave Hill

Spring is the perfect time to take your kids to this spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center in Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. The landscape of Wave Hill is one of the most beautiful spots in the city! Wave Hill, W. 249th Street and Independence Avenue in the Bronx, (718) 549–3200, $4-$10; free for members


Le Carrousel at Bryant Park

Stop by Bryant Park to take a ride on the French-inspired carousel. The brightly colored animals and French cabaret music are features you will want to see and hear for yourself. Bryant Park, between 40th42nd Streets and Fifth-Sixth Avenues in Manhattan, (212) 768–4242, 11 am–7 pm. $4 per ride.

Prospect Park Zoo

Take a springtime trip to the Prospect Park Zoo. See red pandas, Palla’s cats, sea lions, Juliana Pigs — and many more. Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 399–7339, Monday through Friday, 10 am–5 pm, Weekends and Holidays 10 am–5:30 pm. Adults 13 and up $9.95, children 3–12 $6.95, seniors $7.95, free for children 2 and under.

Fleet Week New York

Families will enjoy this seven-day celebration to honor members of the US Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. Visit ships (which are open to the public), enjoy military band concerts, and see exhibits held throughout the city leading up to Memorial Day. Various locations throughout Manhattan, fleetweeknewyork. com, May 23-26. Free.


Puerto Rican Day Parade

Celebrate the best of Puerto Rican culture, achievement and legacy with music, dance and colorful displays of cultural pride. The parade marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street and has grown to become one of the largest parades in the United States. Sunday, June 8, 11am. Free.

Hunts Point Fish Parade

This annual procession through Hunts Point connects the community to the Bronx River with a family-friendly, vibrant

celebration. Participants often use banners, costumes, and puppets representing marine life. The parade culminates in an arts festival featuring live music, dancing, and art-making. The parade begins at The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave. in the Bronx on Saturday, June 21, at 12pm.

NYC Public Pools Open

Take a dip in one of New York’s many public pools. It is one of the most popular ways to cool down under the summer sun and thankfully, public pools reopen in late June. Check for the exact opening day.

Learn To Swim

Register at any local city pool this June to learn how to swim. Whether you are a beginner just starting out, or an advanced swimmer wanting to improve, lessons are available for all ages, all levels. Multiple locations throughout the five boroughs, Free.

Rooftop Cinema Club

Don’t just go to the movies; experience a cinematic event. Sit back and enjoy a classic favorite or discover the next great film amongst city skylines, sunsets, starlit evenings, awesome drinks, and delicious food.

Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball

Head to Coney Island for the beaches, the boardwalk, and baseball! The Mets affiliate team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, represent the borough with great giveaways, fun theme nights, and plenty of heart. brooklyn

Cool off at American Dream

American Dream offers cool fun all year long with ice skating at The Rink and skiing and snowboarding at Big Snow. You’ll forget that it’s summer- until you head back outside. The Rink admission starts at $25-35,

Manhattan Charter Schools

We’re always on the lookout for schools that are shaping education in new and exciting ways. Especially when it comes to education, we want to make sure that our kids get the best possible academic and social experiences. Parents are busy, and it can be challenging to find the time to scope out some of these school treasures, which is why we’ve got the inside scoop on two small public elementary and middle schools, grades K through 6, that should be on your radar: Manhattan Charter School 1 and Manhattan Charter School 2!

Before we jump into what makes these public schools so unique, here’s the rundown about where they are (because we all know how important convenience is in our busy NYC lives): Manhattan Charter School 1 is located at 100 Attorney Street York, NY 10002. MCS1 currently serves grades Kindergarten to 5th grade. Their second location at 220 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002 is transiting to a middle school and serves grades 2nd to 6th.

We love the Manhattan Charter Schools because of their focus on intimate school culture and learning environment through small class sizes. It can be tough for students to get the individualized attention that they need at larger public schools. Manhattan Charter Schools recognizes the importance of small class sizes so that your children will grow, develop, and learn with the support they need along the way. There are never more than 25 students in a class, allowing students to navigate their small environment with confidence, both academically and socially.

Beyond their small class sizes, Manhattan Charter Schools offer a well-rounded education designed to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All students receive French, Art, Physical Education, Technology instruction, and even daily Music instruction, all beginning in Kindergarten. In addition to the enrichments from elementary school the middle school students will also receive Spanish, International Baccalaureate (IB) inspired curriculum, and be the first middle school in NYC to have access to an AI Lab!

As a result, your kids will be challenged with high expectations, but fully supported to meet and exceed them. Rigorous academics and a robust liberal arts and science program are top priorities for Manhattan Charter Schools, in addition to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Schools are dedicated to demonstrating that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed when given equal access to quality education. And did we mention that both schools offer after school academic support and student clubs? That’s right! With our on-the-go lifestyles, Manhattan Charter Schools get bonus points for their afterschool program, making our lives as parents a little easier.

Want to learn more about Manhattan Charter and figure out if it’s the best fit for your family? Visit their website at

Two K-6 public Elementary and Middle Schools in Manhattan

• Daily music instruction

• French lessons in K-5

• French/Spanish lessons in grade 6

• Emphasis on rigorous IB inspired academics

• Small class size that allows for personal attention

• Free afterschool academic support

• Middle School AI Technology Lab

A few of our favorite spots

Leaf Peeping in the City

New York has gorgeous spots to see fall foliage both upstate and in the city. While every year is different, the leaves usually start to change anytime from midSeptember to the end of October in the city. We love this map ( for reference on where to see the stunning changes. Plan your day and use our picks to guide you on where to take the kids to enjoy the leaf-peeping right in NYC!

Alley Pond Park

Little Neck Bay, L.I.E., Union Tpk, bet. Springfield Blvd, Douglaston Pkwy, Hanford St, Queens

Located in Queens, this park is unique in its colonial history and is home to freshwater and saltwater wetlands. It also boasts a forest, which means there are many birds and trees. An enormous tulip tree known as the Queens Giant is around 134 feet and is often touted as being our city’s oldest tree. Venture to this incredible park for some serious leaf peeping, and check out one of the playgrounds if your little ones still have some energy to unleash!

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY

Mix city and nature by visiting the Brooklyn Bridge Park for some autumn leaf-peeping. Key areas to look for fall foliage are Pier 1, which has the Harbor View with its breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan and the harbor. You can find walkways at Pier 1, which feels like you’re in the woodlands rather than a park in our enormous city. Also worth checking out is Pier 3’s Greenway Terrace and Pier 6’s Flower Field. You can also find fall foliage at the many playgrounds in this scenic park.

Central Park

New York, NY

According to the Central Park Conservancy, the leaves in Central Park turn later than in other parts of NYC. Because Central Park is such a large green oasis, the light and temperatures decrease a bit differently than the rest of the city, so the trees play catch up on the seasons. When they do change, WOW. Bring your camera, plan that holiday card, or walk through the famous spots of the park for the fall foliage and enjoy. New York Family Tip : Plan your walks and picnic


spots with’s Fall Foliage Map, which breaks down the trees and areas where you can find the best viewss. If the kids can handle a bit of a hike, book a Fall Foliage Walk with Central Park Conservancy, which usually costs around $15 a person. This walk starts from the Pool and goes through the North Woods Ravine, where you can view some of the park’s most colorful trees.

Inwood Hill Park

Payson Ave. &, Seaman Ave, New York, NY

NYC Parks describes this park as old New York. With prehistoric roots (so cool!) that boast caves, valleys, and ridges- this park hosts the only forest in Manhattan and the last salt marsh in NYC. For leaf peepers, you’ll discover tulip, oak, and maple trees. Inwood Hill Park is a great spot to get a view of all that fall’s palette has to offer, along with a bonus view of the Hudson River.

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

No need to head upstate when NYC has one of the best woodsy walk leaf-peeping spots located at the New York Botanical Garden. The garden consists of 250 acres in the Bronx, which is no more than an hour-ish train ride away for many. Fall Foliage tours start in November, and we suggest keeping an eye on their site for more information once the tours start to be listed. Dress warmly, as most of the fun stuff at this garden is outside.

Prospect Park

Prospect Park W, Parkside Ave. between Flatbush Ave., Ocean Ave. and Prospect Park SW This gem of a park consists of 526 acres, making it a perfect spot to enjoy the fall foliage. To catch the earliest signs of leaves changing, start at Lullwater Bridge, following the shoreline toward the Nethermead. Tall maples and London Plane trees are the first to change color and drop leaves. According to the Prospect Park Alliance, one of the best spots is around the Meadowport Arch. You’ll find ginkgo, Nyssa, and Japanese Maple.

These trees are stunningly gorgeous when caught at the right time during fall.

Randall’s Island

East River and Harlem River, Manhattan

For a charming view of fall foliage, head to Randall’s Island. Randall’s Island Park is an island in the East River, between East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Astoria, Queens. The waterfront pathways have beautiful views and fall hues in their walkways and gardens. Randall’s Island Park Alliance hosts an annual Fall Foliage Walk.

Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355

A New York Family favorite – this garden located within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a quick train ride away for an autumn Saturday of leaf-peeping. Make sure you check out what events are happening the day you visit, as you may find a storytime or Audobon walk for an added fee that you can add to your family day of fall fun.

Wave Hill

4900 Independence Ave, Bronx, NY 10471

A botanical garden surrounds the Wave Hill House, which dates back to the mid-19th century. This spot in the Bronx offers views overlooking the Hudson River. If you’re looking to take a Fall Foliage walk with an expert, Charles Day Senior Horticultural Interpreter usually hosts a walk-through in November that is free with paid admission.

Van Cortlandt Park

NYC – Westchester County Line, Van Cortlandt Park S. bet. Broadway and Jerome Ave. Bronx

At 1,146 acres, this park is located in the Bronx and is NYC’s third-largest park. Common Horse chestnut trees are located on the east lawn. In the Northwest Forest is an oak-hickory forest, tulip trees, and centuryold oaks. White Ash trees are located at the entrance of the cross-country trail. Look for events on the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance website.

Steps Academy

The Steps Academy is a premier dance training program located on New York City’s Upper West Side. It serves students aged 2 to 18 by providing comprehensive dance education from world-renowned faculty members. The diverse curriculum includes classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, theater dance, modern, and contemporary, and offers multiple performance opportunities.

At the Steps Academy, it is believed that everyone possesses unique talents and abilities and that it is the responsibility of educators to reveal the gifts in every student. The Academy is committed to creating a safe space for students to grow and thrive, and it believes that every dancer should be given equal opportunity to discover themselves through dance. In addition to the foundations of dance, students learn discipline, time management, attention to detail, problem-solving, and adaptability, skills that will serve them well in any professional environment. Graduates of the program flourish in the professional dance world and are among the top picks for elite college dance programs, conservatories, and dance companies, as well as commercial and Broadway work.

Housed within the Steps Academy are three divisions: Pre-Professional, Youth Division, and First Steps.

Pre-Professional Division

Ages 10-18

The Pre-Professional Division at the Steps Academy seeks to nurture and inspire the next generation of professional dancers. With a strong focus on technical excellence and artistic expression, this program instills students with the confidence required to excel in elite collegiate dance programs as well as the concert and commercial dance worlds.

Youth Division

Ages 7-18

The Youth Division at the Steps Academy is a dynamic dance training program designed with flexibility in mind. The schedule accommodates busy students, ensuring they can pursue their passion for dance without sacrificing the caliber of training. Through a variety of classes, workshops, and performance opportunities, technical proficiency, artistic expression, and meaningful friendships are nurtured among the dancers.

First Steps Division

Ages 2-6

The First Steps Division is dedicated to helping the youngest dancers ignite a passion for movement and storytelling. Students learn the basics of ballet, jazz, modern, and tap in an environment that encourages play, curiosity, and discovery.

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The Steps Academy is a premiere dance training program located on New York City’s Upper West Side. Students ages 2-18 receive a comprehensive dance training experience led by our world-renowned faculty.

Housed within the Steps Academy are three divisions, Pre-Professional, Youth Division, & First Steps. Our diverse curriculum includes classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, theater dance, modern, and contemporary and offers multiple performance opportunities. Our notable faculty members boast performance credits including American Ballet Theater, the Radio City Rockettes, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, New York City Ballet, Paul

Local Water Playgrounds

When New York starts moving into warmer weather, the sprinklers start to turn on, and our urban jungle becomes an oasis of spewing fountains, water jets, and endless water fun.

Gear up with kid-friendly sunscreen and find the nearest water playground and sprinkler parks in your neighborhood. Kids will be thrilled and entertained.

While your local park may be one of your favorite sprinkler parks (the beauty of our parks!), these popular ones throughout the city are worth checking out!


Heckscher Playground

65th St Transverse

Neighborhood: Central Park

Splish and splash around at Heckscher Playground during these warm summer days. Kids will get to climb around the play structure with ramps, slides, and swings galore!

After, head over to the water section to cool off where kids can walk through waterflowing channels to find water jets spraying into the air in a semi-enclosed area with a low and gentle spray of water jets.

Teardrop Park

Warren St. (near the site of the World Trade Center)

Neighborhood: Battery Park City

Imagination comes to life at Teardrop Park where the playground meets artwork. Kids can discover the “Ice Wall,” an artistic piece by Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil while playing in the sandbox and going down the enormous metal slide.

Best of all, there is a water area to splash around in when we hit mid-summer and

Chelsea Waterside Park

557 W 23rd St

Neighborhood: Chelsea

This redesigned area at Chelsea Park includes a hit water area that kids love to come and play at. Kiddos can explore a multi-color pipefish jungle gym and slide, then they can continue their exploration to the small sand area with sprinklers for a refreshing time.

Parents can also cool off in the shaded area as they watch their children have a blast!

Hudson River Park Pier 25

West Street

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Pier 25 playground offers kids fun water features in the summer for them to cool off

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while playing around! Kids will get to play in swings, climbing structures and more while parents watch over them in a nice, shaded seating area.

Besides the playground, you can grab a snack or ice-cream at their two concessions nearby or play more in the turf field or go to the historic vessel and explore!

Hudson River Greenway

Neighborhood: West Village

Bring your beach buckets to Pier 51 for an exciting time at their water and sand play areas! You will also find slides, climbing structures, and an awesome pretend boat hull that will make kids feel like they are sailing through the ocean with their friends!

Washington Square Park

5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Washington Square Park is always a lively place to visit with musicians playing and dancers grooving in this small quadrant of the city.

The fountain is always a site to see as you plop down on the steps, but during the hottest time of the year, you will want to roll up your pants and shuffle your feet around the fountain water.

Nelson A. Rockefeller Playground

75 Battery Pl

Neighborhood: Battery Park City

This unique water play area has it all, with unique structures everywhere. From a dodo bird sculpture dripping water to a sprinkler area spewing water, there is adventure everywhere you turn.

Even as you exit the playground, there is something to see: stone dog and elephant gargoyles spitting more water at you as you walk by.

Pearl Street Playground

49 Fulton St

Neighborhood: Between Two Bridges and Wall Street

Once an area with oyster shell heaps that lined the waterfront in lower Manhattan is now a renovated play area with swings, slides, and a shaded area for parents to relax.

Still staying true to its traditional grounds, kids will have a blast in this oyster-shaped, sand-and-water play space — a perfect place to splish and splash in the summer.



Smith Playground

38 Madison Ave

Neighborhood: Midtown

Within the heart of Madison Square Park is Moira Ann Smith Playground, a play haven for the little ones. Make sure you drop on by as you wander Madison Square Park where your kids will get to enjoy a 15-foot water wheel sprinkler and water-spouting alphabet blocks.

East 110th Street Playground

Malcolm X Blvd

Neighborhood: Harlem

Located in the northern part of Central Park, this park has a circular water play area with tons of spouts in which to splash.

After the kids get enough water time, explore the rest of the park with bridges, tunnels, and climbing structures to have a blast on. And not to forget the parents, there is plenty of seating for moms and dad to relax on while watching their kiddos.

Asser Levy Park Playground

302 Sea Breeze Ave

Neighborhood: Kips Bay

After the wear and tear of the playground, Asser Levy Park Playground has been upgraded for children to have an even better time. They can hit the swing sets and play area for a fun-filled time!

Don’t forget to check out the spray showers where they can take a break from the beating sun and chill. Asser Levy also added new safety features to prevent the kiddos from getting hurt, like paved pathways, improved lighting, and more!

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The Bosque Fountain

Battery Pl and State St

Neighborhood: The Battery

The Bosque Fountain was made for kids to play in! With multiple water jets shooting up at different times, kids are always guessing which jets are going to go off. This fountain is also a great place to relax and take in the rest of beautiful Battery Park.

Brooklyn Domino Park

15 River St

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

If you haven’t yet visited this gem along the East River in Williamsburg, now is your time to do so. This sweet location has been transformed from the former Domino Sugar Refinery to the latest play spot for kids.

After playing on all the slides, cool off at the fountain and seating steps. Each water jet is illuminated with blue and purple lights — a space for both fun and beauty!

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Water Lab Pier 6

Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Bridge Park has everything, from an amazing playground to its prime location for New York City views. Spend your summer days here at the volleyball courts and around the jungle gym surrounding the city’s most giant sandbox.

Don’t forget to play in the water jet area and escape from the heat. After you work up an appetite from all that playground fun, grab a bite to eat at Fornino’s Pizza to fuel up. Park restrooms are located on the first floor of Fornino.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 Uplands

Pier 2

Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights

If you’re looking for a fun activity with a great view, then the Pier 2 Uplands is the perfect place to go! The play area also has pier remnants that were cut away from the

construction of Pier 3.

Greenpoint Playground

243 Franklin St

Neighborhood: Greenpoint Stop by at Greenpoint Playground with the kids for a refreshing time. When temps are high, head over to the spray shower to cool off, then have a blast on the green and red climbing structure and swing set. Kids can play and parents can relax in the seating area of the park.



LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park

Neighborhood: Park Slope

The perfect name for this water-play area! After eating your Marino’s Ices, get your swimsuit on and head to the Splash Pad with over 20 jets.

This water area is free to the public and designed for children 12 and under. Make sure you get your splash on during the summer before this area gets converted into Lakeside’s second outdoor ice skating rinks.

Walt Whitman Park

1402, 165 Cadman Plaza E

Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn Named after the inspiring poet, Walt Whitman Park is a peaceful area where families can relax and have fun. Spend those summer sunny days at the park, scooting and strolling along their paved walkways. Children can play at the water fountain while parents keep watch at the benches.


Byrne Playground

3rd St. & 5th Ave

Neighborhood: Between Gowanus and Park Slope

Get the full water experience at J.J. Byrne Playground with water cannons, sprinklers, and an old-fashion water mill. Cool off from the summer heat but don’t forget the other awesome features this playground has. Kids can head to the top of the climbing structures and enjoy swinging at the swing set.

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A Playground for All Children

11101 Corona Ave

Neighborhood: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Everyone can have loads of fun here because this playground is designed for children with and without disabilities. There is safety surfacing through the playground, along with wheelchair accessible ramps that lead to fun!

Explore this water play area with a 12-foot-long suspension bridge, along with other fun activities that include a fire station, fire truck, school house, and flower boxes.

Beach 30th Street Playground

1-09 Beach 30th St

Neighborhood: Rockaway

Head to this beach-inspired playground where your little ones can run through blue arches and get soaked! They can also head to the sea on their ship-inspired play structure of water-spewing cannons. Journey to Beach 30th Street Playground where you can set sail for the day.

Flushing Meadows Park

Neighborhood: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. and College Point Blvd., Park Drive E Home to two twentieth century World’s Fairs, this hit location is a must-see for a family adventure in Queens.

Being the largest park in the area, there’s plenty of space for baseball, soccer, tennis, cricket, and a huge fountain where kids will get a mist from the geyser waters — a perfect place to relax and cool off after an eventful day!

Paul Raimonda Playground

20th Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets

Neighborhood: Ditmars Steinway

As a musical homage to the Steinway & Sons factory just blocks away, this playground was revamped with a baby grand piano sprinkler play area for young kiddos to splash around and cool down in during the New Yor City summer days.

There is also more opportunity for fun with renovated play equipment and a fitness center for adults to exercise and stay healthy.

Charybdis Playground

Within Astoria Park (19 19th St)

Neighborhood: Ditmars Steinway

Get slightly wet to completely soaked with water jets at Charybdis Playground. This water playground is a summer haven for kids.

Get the full water experience in the park and right outside with stellar views of the two bridges, located near the East River. Aside from the water, kids can climb the marine animal sculptures and swing at the swing sets.



34th Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets

Neighborhood: Jackson Heights

Take cover from the sun under the misting leaf spray showers and water jets throughout the playground. This park is divided into “little kid” and “big kid” sections for your toddlers to play safely in this popular park.

Not to worry parents: there are cushioned ground surfaces where kids can play, swing, and have fun in the basketball and handball courts.


Fort Independence Playground

Sedgwick Ave. &, W 238th St

Neighborhood: Kingsbridge

Get up and moving at Fort Independence Playground along the Jerome Park Reservoir. Parents can enjoy the shaded areas as they sit on the park benches while kids can roam the play structures. There is also a spewing water geyser for a refreshing and fun time!


Vidalia Park

E. 180 St. bet. Daly Ave. and, Vyse Ave

Neighborhood: West Farms

This vibrant playground is loaded with color and fun features for the whole family. Enjoy the basketball and handball courts, along with a lawn that’s perfect for jogging or running. Cool off from all the fun by splashing around by the park geyser and have a fun-filled time.

River Park

Boston Rd

Neighborhood: Near West Farms

Take the family for a picnic while you get to listen to the river running by. This summer oasis is the perfect place to hang out with the family, see views of the small waterfall, and have a blast in their water play area. Sit under the shaded trees and enjoy the summer days.

Long Island Bay Park

198 First Ave, East Rockaway, NY 11518

The recently upgraded playground at Bay Park features a spray pool, open through Labor Day. Cool off without ever having to leave the playground!

Blumenfeld Family Park

Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050

If you’re looking for a quick cool-off, Blumenfeld Family Park is for you. Get a quick splash from the mushroom shower or water bucket dump feature. When you’re done, enjoy a family stroll through the

picturesque park.

Clark Street Playground

94 Clark St, Long Beach, NY 11561

Kids of all ages won’t be able to resist the fun colors at the Clark Street Playground’s water area. They can run through colorful rings misting water or play in the inground sprinklers. Parents can relax at a covered bench or picnic table while their kids play.

Eisenhower Park

1899 Park Blvd, East Meadow, NY 11554

This park features three playground areas, including a free splash pool with a large sprinkler ring and multiple spray heads. The spray park typically opens in late June, so keep an eye out for information about an opening date this year!

Grant Park

Broadway and Sheridan Ave, Hewlett, NY 11557

The fun at the ice rink in Hewlett’s Grant Park continues into the summertime. Kids can play in the spray pool area through Labor Day. When not cooling off, kids can play on the playground area, which is designed with different areas for different age groups.

Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park

49 Lakeside Dr, Roosevelt, NY 11575

This sprinkler park features on demand sprinklers as well as a playground. Be sure to stop by the picnic tables for a family picnic or check out the trails for a family hike.

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Take advantage of New York City’s wealth of cultural options

Museums for Kids with Disabilities

Alist of museums that we feel go the extra mile regarding accessibility for families with disabilities.

Manhattan Venues

The American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation

415 Columbus Ave

AMNH is a museum that families visit regularly as it is never-ending in all it offers. This museum’s adventure is endless, from the Hall of North American Mammals to the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals and more. For people with disabilities, the museum provides much support, and we recommend visiting the accessibility section of its site to map out your visit. The services that stand out: service animals are welcome, and there are excellent tour programs. For Autism families, The Discovery Squad, in collaboration with the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, can, on specific Saturdays, explore activities related to the Museum halls before the museum opens. Science Sense Tours for blind or partially sighted visitors can check out this monthly tour, where specially trained museum tour guides spotlight specific themes and exhibits through descriptions and touchable objects. In circling back to mapping out your visit, the museum offers an actual route app for free. The Explorer app will help you to find accessible (with directions) routes-and the best part is to see where the elevators are.

Choose the accessible route and receive turn-by-turn directions. And there is more. Your admission also works for AMNH’s newest addition, The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. Fun things you can do are bug out at the Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Insectarium, gawk at the gorgeous architecture, and, for a fee, visit the gorgeous exhibits of the Invisible Worlds and the Davis Family Butterfly Vivarium.


Children’s History Museum

Located in the lower level of New York Historical Society 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street) Families can explore the nation’s historical


narrative and the vibrant tapestry of New York City through captivating exhibits illuminating prominent historical figures’ life journeys from childhood to adulthood. The facilities, galleries, and auditorium are wheelchair accessible, with complimentary wheelchairs for visitors. For those who are blind or visually impaired, free verbaldescription docent-guided tours are available by appointment in conjunction with museum admission. For deaf or hard-ofhearing museum go-ers, most exhibitions are accessible for T-coil hearing aid users. T-coil compatible audio guides are available, also free of charge with admission. ASL interpreters are available but must be scheduled to accompany docent or educatorled group tours, such as school trips. Appointments for these services can be made by contacting

The Guggenheim

1071 Fifth Avenue

While the Guggenheim is an art space with its renowned modern and contemporary art collection, it is also one of the world’s most famous museums. Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, its building is iconic. Although the building is stunning, it may feel out of reach if you are a parent of a child with disabilities. Thankfully, the museum has helpful resources to aid parents on their museum visit. There are ADA-compliant bathrooms located on Levels 1 and 7. There is plenty of room for wheelchairs; however, the High Gallery does not have wheelchair access. The space is quite open, so if your child is sensory sensitive, you may want to download the sensory map (guggenheim. org/accessibility) that maps out the areas (usually with seating) that tend to be quiet, less crowded, and low light. For your ASD child, there is also a social narrative map. For visitors with low vision or who are blind, Mind’s Eye Tours runs excellent tours that share through verbal descriptions, conversations, sensory experiences, and clever practices. These free tours should be emailed

( or call 212 360 4355. a week before the program you would like to attend.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W 46th Street

From checking out historic planes, a prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise, a diesel-electric powered submarine, and more, families can spend an entire day at this museum by discovering history through Interactive exhibits and artifacts through hands-on experiences while learning about American military and aerospace technology. The Intrepid Museum has a robust roster of programs for kids with disabilities -we recommend checking out their accessibility page for all their offerings. For blind and visually impaired visitors, there are verbal description and tactile guides that use raised images, Braille, and large print, as well as (ALDs) including stereo headphones, single-ear headphones, or T-coil compatible induction loops are available to borrow at no cost to something pretty cool like a talking pen. Autism kids aged 3 to 18 and their families can sign up for a free program called Early Morning Openings on Saturdays. There are also sensory-friendly evenings for teens (14+) and adults with Autism who can have a fun evening after hours. As we mentioned in the intro, it’s easy for sensory-sensitive kids to get overstimulated; before you start exploring the museum, pick up a sensory bag for noise-reduction headphones and fidgets. There are also visual vocabularies, checklists, scavenger hunts, and activity sheets for all public programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028 People worldwide visit The Met, one of New York’s most extensive museums. This is something to remember when visiting, as it can be overwhelming, especially for kids. The museum features gorgeous paintings from renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Vermeer. The Met houses sculptures where


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kids can look at Greek and Roman statues and contemporary pieces. There is also ancient, Asian, European Decorative, modern art, and more. The Met supports many people with different disabilities. On the museums’ visibility section, a parent can find helpful resources for visitors on the Autism Spectrum such as tips, social narrative, Tour Visual Checklist, Sensory Friendly Mapand more. There are also art workshops for kids, teens(and adults) who are Blind or Partially Sighted. Visitors can also find programs in American Sign Language, with Sign Language interpretation and real-time captioning. For caregivers of visitors with disabilities, head to the museum ticket counter, where you can pick up a free ticket.

The Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St. MCNY is an excellent spot to visit and learn about the city’s history, starting from its colonial days. Visitors can view paintings, maps, art, decorative costumes, and more. The museum also hosts fun exhibitions, films, and immersive installations. If your child needs noise-reduction headphones, head to the front desk; if available, you can pick up a set- free of charge during your visit. A caregiver can receive free admission at the Museum Ticket Desk. Service dogs are welcomed, but emotional support animals need to stay home. Wheelchairs are accommodated at the museum, and if available, there are manual wheelchairs available. For large print and high-contrast transcripts of exhibition texts, head to the accessibility page on the Museum of the City of New York site. There is also a QR code in the Museum Guide that you can access once you’re there. Assistive listening devices are available for events, and you can find a form online for ASL interpretation guided tours on the accessibility page.


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New York (again) has one of the best in the world. From paintings by Jackson Pollack, Pablo Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein to world-famous photographers (Irving Penn, anyone?), sculptures, film and media art, design and architecture, and more, MoMA is one outstanding institution to visit. For families with disabilities, you can find Sensory and Social guides. Guide dogs and trained service animals are welcome, and while the pet guinea pig may bring comfort, they must stay home. For wheelchair access, look for a security or a guest guide so you do not have to wait in line. MoMA works with Art inSight, and blind or low-vision visitors can download recorded verbal descriptions of several artworks on the free Bloomberg Connects app. Email AccessPrograms@ at least two weeks in advance for a touch and description tour. Visitors with disabilities are eligible for a discounted admission of $18, and admission is free for an accompanied—care partner. A huge favorite the museum features are the QR codes placed throughout the Museum. These QR codes include maps, additional artwork information, verbal descriptions, and assistive listening for sound artworks created to enhance your visit. There is no sensory room if your child tends to be sensory sensitive, but on the MoMa site, you can find a sensory map of quiet spaces within the museum.


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212 570-3600

There are many reasons to head to the West Village; one is to spend time at the iconic Whitney Museum. The Whitney focuses entirely on American art, with each floor presenting vibrant and unique art, such as Georgia O’Keefe Edward Hopper to Layla Ali. And for our kids with disabilities and challenges, this museum offers support. The Whitney gets very busy- for wheelchair visitors, there is a helpful map; for kids on the ASD spectrum, a social narrative can be downloaded (all of this can be found

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under the Accessibility tab on the museum’s site) to help with the visit before you arrive. Service animals are welcome at The Whitney, and if your child needs an ASL-English interpretation, Live captioning, or Verbal description for their public programs and events, these services can be requested in advance. Parents with Sensory Sensitive kids will appreciate that the museum offers sensory-friendly artmaking workshops on select Saturdays before the Museum opens. Visit their events pages for postings.

9/11 Museum

180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007

The 9/11 museum opened on May 21, 2014, and is a place where visitors can learn about the 9/11 attacks on a September day in 1993. At this museum, there is understandably a lot to take in. This museum has many parts; the Exhibitions are where you can see core and special exhibits. The Collection shows a permanent collection such as material evidence and more. There are also programs and events, and tours are available. For kids with children with disabilities, services dogs are allowed. Keep in mind that there is limited seating at the 9/11 museum. If you need a quiet space or your child needs a sensory time out, there is a space called Reflecting on 9/11 Studio- look for a security guard or a staff member wearing a tan or blue vest to direct you to this room. Care partners are offered one free admission ticket- email for a ticket request. Entrances are wheelchair accessible, and all public restrooms have wheelchair-accessible stalls. Many services, such as sign language interpretation and verbal description guided tours- learn more on the 9/11 accessibility page, are available.

Bronx Venues

Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY

Visiting the zoo, especially in New York, is both a fun and educational experience. It also can be an all-day excursion as there

is a lot of ground to cover. First, zoos can be pretty noisy, and the areas that tend to get congested are Bug Carousel, Wild Asia Monorail, Children’s Zoo, and Budgie Landing. Rhino Garden and Zebra Hill are quiet zones if you need quiet time. Working with KultureCity, you will find signage identifying quiet zones; pick up a complimentary (to be used during your visit) sensory bag that contains fidget tools, noise-reducing headphones, and more. Trained service dogs are welcome, but remember to check in with admissions when you arrive for a service dig admission pass. If you or your child needs a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) to experience the zoo, please go online to the site’s accessibility page to learn how to request a PCA in advance. All buildings are wheelchair accessible; however, certain areas require size, such as the Wild Asia Monorail. (open from May to Oct), it is accessible for manual wheelchairs up to 26 inches wide. Still, motorized scooters or wheelchairs more than 26 inches wide will need (with assistance, the staff is not allowed to transfer guests physically) to use an appropriatesized wheelchair (available at Monorail platform) or onto a Monorail seat. We recommend downloading the access map on the Accessibility page of the Bronx Zoo’s website, as it provides helpful information from accessible routes, low-light exhibits, touch exhibits, and more.

The New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

The NYBG is a true gem for New Yorkers at 250 acres, and as one of the world’s most extensive and known botanical gardens, it is perfect for families to visit. It is also rich in history, where you can explore plant collections and learn about culture, conservation, and more. It is also home to the famous (usually March) Orchid and Train (November) show. For people with disabilities, you will find that ticketing booths and trams are equipped with T-coil-

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compatible induction loops. For large-print and regular-print transcripts of the audio tours, head to the visitor center’s information booth to pick these up. Trained Service animals are welcomed; for a service dog, you must obtain a Service Dog Admission Pass. Power-driven Wheelchairs, scooters, and power-driven mobility devices are permitted, and manual wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. On the NYBG website, you can download the accessibility guide for wheelchair routes, a social guide to prepare your child before your visit. You can also pick the guides up in the Garden. Check out the accessibility page for free upcoming tours for people with disabilities, such as ASL and sensory experience tours.

Brooklyn Venues

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn Groups of 10 or more can access the museum on Tuesdays when it is uncrowded, as it’s closed to the general public. Service animals are permitted. Check the website for more information about the museum.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Explore this urban botanic garden, designed to connect people to the world of plants. The grounds are accessible by paved pathways throughout the garden. But keep in mind that due to the historic nature of the garden, specific paths may be narrow, rough, uneven, or steep. Accommodations for programs for visitors with disabilities can be arranged with two weeks advance notice. Contact to request accommodations. Periodically, the garden offers special early-morning programs of facilitated, multisensory activities in the Discovery Garden for families who have children with disabilities. It also periodically offers free special guided tours designed for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers and free group tours for caregivers only. Service animals consistent with ADA are

allowed onto the premises.

New York Transit Museum

99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn

The New York Transit Museum is one of the most tactile museums in the city. Most objects, including vintage train cars, can be touched. Visitors can borrow a tactile guide with graphics and images in raised-line formats and braille and a smart pen with audio descriptions. These can be requested at the admission booth or visitors can email to request a tactile guide in advance of their visit. Sensoryfriendly toolkits, including noise-quieting headphones, a visual schedule, and list of quieter spaces, can be checked out free of charge. It’s good to note that the best time to visit the museum when it is quiet is between 1-4 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Service animals are welcome.

Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium

602 Surf Ave., Brooklyn

You’ll have an aquatic adventure at the New York Aquarium because so many amazing animals live here, including penguins, sea lions, sharks, and many others. In addition to being wheelchair-accessible, the aquarium has a partnership with KultureCity to improve the park’s ability to assist and accommodate visitors with sensory processing needs. Sensory bags containing fidget tools, noisecanceling headphones, and other resources are available for checkout at the lobby (there’s no charge, but you have to leave an ID). Service animals in accordance with the ADA are allowed in.

Queens Venues

Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

For the film buffs in the family, you’ll want to head to the MoMI, where all things art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media come together. Guide dogs and therapy animals are welcome.


This museum is fully accessible by wheelchair and is also available for free. On the first Saturday of each month until May 2024) there are free Access Mornings for families with children on the autism spectrum workshops where the kids can craft and explore the museum before it opens. A big plus is the reduced volume; videos not part of the workshop are not on. Call the museum for more info at 718 -777 6800.

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111 St., Corona

Founded at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science has evolved into a center for interactive science, featuring an array of exhibits and programs. The exhibit spaces, theaters, party rooms, cafe, store, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Remember that the doors here are not automatic, though there is ramp and elevator access. If you need a wheelchair when you arrive, a limited number of them are available for loan, free of charge, at the main entrance. The museum provides sensory gear for children with sensory needs, including sunglasses, noise-canceling earmuffs, and fidget toys. Sensory Saturdays are every Saturday, from 10-11am, which is a time when people with sensory issues can enjoy the museum with the lights and sounds turned down. Service animals are permitted on site.

Queens Museum

New York City Building

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

This wheelchair-accessible museum has some fun history as it was initially built for the 1964 World’s Fair and housed the New York City Pavilion. Post-fair, it was turned into the Queens Center for Art and Culture but is now known as the Queens Museum. You will find beautiful art and cultural artifacts tied to the history and Queens community at this museum. For children (and families) with disabilities, you can find at the information desk large-print labels listening devices.

Service animals are permitted, but not emotional support animals. A social narrative is available online. You can find more information on the museum’s accessibility initiatives can also be found on the website.

Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St., Flushing

Escape from the city into this beautiful urban oasis of gardens where you’ll get immersed in nature. Since most of the pathways are paved, and the topography is flat, the Queens Botanical Garden is a great destination for kids and adults with ambulatory disabilities. But still, there are just a few periphery pathways that are not paved, so use discretion before navigating them. Braille signage is used throughout the visitor and administration building, and many learning opportunities are available for students of all abilities. Service animals in compliance with ADA are permitted.

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo

53-51 111 St., Corona

This NYC hidden gem has a national park feel and is home to animals native to North and South America, including sea lions, Andean bears, pudu (the world’s smallest deer), sun conures and other birds, and more. The zoo is wheelchair accessible, but some exhibit areas have a bit of rough terrain, including the lynx, puma, owl and coyote exhibits. Also, the zoo’s aviary–though beautiful–has steep hills, so be prepared before navigating. The zoo is compact, so most areas have noise and activity. However, there are benches near the aviary at the Nature Play area and in the farm area behind the cottage that typically have less activity and are great places to sit and regroup. Service animals in accordance with ADA are permitted.

Long Island

Additional reporting by Diana Kelly Levey

Cradle of Aviation

Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City

Wheelchair access: Yes

Social guide available:

Sensory map: No

Explore this aviation and spaceflight museum commemorating Long Island’s part in aviation history.

Long Island Children’s Museum

11 Davis Ave., Garden City

Wheelchair access: Yes

Social guide available: Yes

Sensory map: Yes

This fun museum has so many features that make it accessible and inclusive for visitors of all abilities. First, it hosts Friendly Hours, which are monthly museum times designed for families with children with disabilities. During these hours, adjustments are made to the museum’s lighting and sound. You have to pre-register for these time slots, and you can see a schedule of upcoming friendly hours at Then, there’s a sensory room, which provides a respite for kids with sensory sensitivities who are feeling anxious or overwhelmed during their visit.

Check out the LICM4all app that lets you see social guides, interactive itineraries and more. The museum and its theater is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are also available at the Information Desk for visitor use throughout the museum.

The Whaling Museum and Education Center

301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor

Wheelchair access: Yes

Explore maritime history at this museum that focuses on Long Island’s whaling heritage. Exhibits include displays about whale bones and whale evolution, scrimshaw and whalebone art, and a fully equipped 19th century whaleboat with original gear.

The museum is accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs, and service animals in compliance with ADA are welcome. If you’re looking for a more quiet time at the museum, you might want to consider

visiting toward the end of the day.

Nassau County Museum of Art

1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor

Wheelchair access: Yes

Social guide available: Yes

Sensory map: Yes

Explore art and culture at this popular museum that is accessible to all visitors and is equipped with both ramps and an elevator. Sensory tool kits are available at the admission desk. Designed to provide a multi-sensory museum experience for people with ASD, the kits come with items including texture squares, stress balls, loofah, liquid motion bubbler, visual aids with pictures and guided prompts to help lessen the stress someone might feel during their visit. You can take the kits home, too!

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale

This event venue provides access for visitors with disabilities. This includes accessible entry doors, restrooms, suites, ticket windows, drinking fountains, concession counters and seating areas. Check out the Long Island Nets basketball or the New York Riptide lacrosse teams in addition to other shows and events throughout the year.

The Long Island Aquarium

431 East Main St., Riverhead

Wheelchair access: Yes

Dive into fun at the Long Island Aquarium, where kids will see some amazing animals, including a giant Pacific octopus, sharks and lots of other gorgeous fish, otters, eels and more. The facility is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. There are ramps, elevators and handicap-accessible entrances and bathrooms all around. Just keep in mind, that the facility doesn’t have a dedicated parking lot. But it’s part of the Riverhead Parking District, so you can use free municipal parking lots throughout town, several of which have handicapped parking spaces. Service dogs are welcome.


NYC’s Top Museums


American Folk Art Museum

212- 595–9533

2 Lincoln Square

Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Admission is free

American Museum of Natural History

212- 769–5100

200 Central Park West

Pay-what-you-wish for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut (with ID)

Admission: $28; seniors and students, $22; children 3–12, $16; children under 3, free

Asia Society Museum

212- 288–6400

725 Park Ave. at E. 70th Street

Closed: Monday

Admission: $15 adults; $10 students/seniors; free for persons age 16 and under; free

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

212- 721–1223

212 W. 83rd St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

Closed: Monday

Admission: $16.75; seniors, $13.75; children under 1, free; Visitors with disabilities, $13.75

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

212- 849–8400

2 E. 91st St. at Fifth Avenue

Closed: Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Admission: $19; seniors, $13; visitors with disabilities, $7; students (with ID), $7; 18 and under and members, free Pay What You Wish is available daily 5 to 6 p.m.

El Museo del Barrio

212- 831–7272

1230 Fifth Ave. between E. 104th and E. 105th streets

Closed: Monday- Wednesday, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Free: Wednesday (for seniors)

Admission: $9; seniors and students, $5; members and children under 12, free

Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R.

212- 423–3500

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1071 Fifth Ave. between E. 88th and E. 89th streets

Pay-what-you-wish: Mondays and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 pm; refreshments available

Admission: $30; seniors and students, $19; members and children under 12, free; visitors with disabilities, $19

International Center of Photography

212- 857–0000

79 Essex St. between Delancey Street and Broome Street

Closed: Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Admission: $18; seniors, military, visitors with disabilities, $14; students (with ID), $14; under 14, free

Pay-what-you-wish ($5 minimum): Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm; refreshments available

Intrepid Sea, Air Space Museum

212- 245-0072

Pier 86, 12th Avenue and W. 46th Street

Closed: Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Admission: $33; seniors 62 and over and college students with ID, $31; ages 5-12, $24; children under 4 and active, retired, and military veterans, free

Japan Society

212- 715–1258

333 E. 47th St. between First and Second Avenues

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, major holidays

Admission: $12; seniors and students, $10; children under 16, free

The Jewish Museum

212- 423–3200

1109 Fifth Ave. at E. 92nd Street

Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday, major Jewish holidays and New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Thanksgiving Day

Free: Saturdays

Admission: $15; seniors, $10; students, $8; children under 18, free

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

877- 975–3786

103 Orchard St. at Delancey Street

Admission: $30; under 5, free but not permitted on in-person building tours; discount rates for combination tours

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

212- 535–7710

1000 Fifth Ave. at E. 82nd Street

Closed: Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and the first Monday in May

Pay-what-you-wish for residents of New York State, and students of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut (with ID)

Admission: $30; seniors, $22; students, $17; under 12, free

Extended Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm

Closed: Wednesday

The Morgan Library Museum

212- 685–0008

225 Madison Ave. between E. 36th and E. 37th streets

Closed: Monday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Free: Friday from 5 to 7 pm, reservations required

Admission: $25; seniors, $17; students (with current ID), $13; children 12 and under, free

Museum of Arts and Design

212- 299–7777

2 Columbus Circle at Eighth Avenue

Closed: Monday , 50% off admission on Thursdays

Admission: $20; seniors, $16; students, $14; 12 and under, free Museum of Chinese in America

212- 619-4785

215 Centre St. between Grand and Howard Streets

Closed to the public Monday through Tuesday, self-guided tours and guided group tours available upon request

Kindly note the Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Admission: $12; seniors; students with ID, educators, military, and children 2 and up, $8; Visitors with disabilities and a person accompanying them, free

Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

646- 437–4202

36 Battery Pl. at First Place

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Jewish holidays and Thanksgiving Day

Admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays between 4 – 8 PM, reserve online

Admission: $18; seniors, Visitors with Disabilities, students, and veterans, $12; children under 12, Holocaust Survivors, first responders, active members of the military, free

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

212- 708–9400

11 W. 53rd St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Suggested admission: $28; seniors and visitors with a disability, $20; students, $15; children 16 and under, free

Museum of the City of New York

212- 534–1672

1220 Fifth Ave. between E. 103rd and E. 104th Streets

Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Suggested admission: $20; seniors and visitors with disabilities, $18; students, $14; children 16 and under, free

National Museum of the American Indian

212- 514–3700

1 Bowling Green at Broadway and Battery Place

Closed: Christmas Day

Admission: Free

New Museum

212- 219–1222

The New Museum is temporarily closed and set to reopen in early 2025. Please check the website for reopening dates

235 Bowery between Stanton and Prince Streets

New-York Historical Society

212- 873–3400

170 Central Park West between W. 76th and W. 77th streets

Closed: Monday

Pay-what-you-wish: Friday from 6 to 8 pm

Admission: $24; seniors, educators, and active military, $19; students, $13; Kids (5–13 years old), $6; children 4 and under, free

Rubin Museum of Art

212- 620–5000

150 W. 17th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues

Closed: Monday through Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

Admission: $19; seniors, students and visitors with disabilities, $14; seniors the first Thursday of the month & children under 12, free, Pay-what-you-wish: Friday from 6 to 10 pm

South Street Seaport Museum


212- 748–8600

12 Fulton St. between Front and South Streets

Closed: Monday, Tuesday

Admission: $1 to $18

Statue of Liberty National Monument–Ellis Island Immigration Museum

17 Battery Place #324 (212) 561–4588

Closed: Christmas Day

Admission: Free, except ferry fees ($22; seniors, $25, age 13 +, $16, age 4 -12, free for ages 4 and under

Whitney Museum of American Art

212- 570–3600

99 Gansevoort St

Closed: Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Friday Nights Free from 5 to 10 pm (advanced tickets required)

Free Second Sundays

Admission: $30; seniors, students, and visitors with disabilities, $24; children 18 and under, free


Bronx Children’s Museum

725 Exterior Street, 2nd Floor

Closed: Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday

Admission: Adults: $14; Seniors (65+); $10 Children: $8; Under age 1: Free

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

718- 681–6000

1040 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, NY

Closed: Monday and Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Admission: Free to all ages.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bronx Zoo

718- 220–1010

2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY

Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Admission: $37.75; seniors, $33.25; children 3–12, $28.75; children under 2, free

Pay-what-you-wish: Wednesday (excluding special exhibitions/ rides). Reserve Mondays at 5 pm.

The New York Botanical Garden

718- 817–8700

2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY

Closed: Monday (except federal holidays)

Free: All day Wednesday

Admission: $35; seniors and students (with ID), $31; children

under 12, $15; children under 2, free

Van Cortlandt House Museum

718- 549–3200

6036 Broadway, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY

Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Admission: $5; seniors and students, $3; children under 12, free

Wave Hill


4900 Independence Ave, Bronx, NY

Closed: Monday (except federal holidays)

Free: Thursdays

Admission: $10; seniors and students, $6; children 6 and older, $4; children under 6, free


Brooklyn Botanic Garden

718- 623–7200

990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Closed: Monday (except federal holidays), Labor Day

Pay what you wish: Winter weekdays (December–February), School groups (with pre-registration)

Admission: $18; seniors and students, $12; children under 12, free

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

718- 735–4400

145 Brooklyn Ave. at St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Pay as you wish: Every Thursday, 2 pm to 5 pm. Group visits are restricted during this time.

Admission: $15

Brooklyn Museum

718- 638–5000

200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Closed: Monday and Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Admission: $20-25; seniors and students, $14-17; Ticket exhibition $10-17. Children 19 and under, free

New York Aquarium

718- 265-3474

602 Surf Ave. at W. Eighth Street, Brooklyn, NY

Admission: $29.95-32.95; seniors, $27.95-29.95; kids(3-12), $25.95-27.95; children 2 and under, free

Pay-what-you-wish: Wednesday after 3 pm, reserve Mondays at 3pm

New York Transit Museum

718- 694–1600

99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, major holidays

Admission: $10; 62 and over, kids 2–17, $5; members, free


Museum of the Moving Image

718- 777–6800

36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Admission: $20; seniors and students, $12; kids, $10; children under 3, free

New York Hall of Science


47-01 111th St. at 49th Avenue, Corona, NY

Closed: Monday, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

Pay-what-you-wish: Friday from 2 to 5 pm

Admission: $22; students and seniors and children 2–17, $19

Noguchi Museum

718- 204–7088

9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City, NY

Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Admission: $16; seniors and students, $6; children under 12, free

Pay-what-you-wish: First Friday of every month

PS1 Contemporary Art Center

718- 784–2086

22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Avenue, Queens NY

Closed: Tuesday and Wednesday and New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Suggested admission: $10; seniors and students, $5; children 16 and under, free. Free: With the Museum of Modern Art admission ticket dated within 30 days, NYC residents.

Queens Museum of Art

718- 592–9700

New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY

Closed: Monday and Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

Suggested Admission: Adults: $8.00, Seniors: $6.00 and Students: $6.00*

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Visit Rochester

Just a few hours’ drive (or an Amtrak ride) from the bustling streets of New York City lies a hidden gem that offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and fun activities — Rochester, NY.

Family Activities Abound

The Strong National Museum of Play offers interactive exhibits on toys, video games, and pop culture that will delight kids and adults, along with the world’s most extensive collection of toys, dolls, and games. Nearby, the Rochester Museum & Science Center provides hands-on experiences exploring science, technology, and local history, making learning fun and engaging. Seabreeze Amusement Park, one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, is a must-visit for thrill-seeking families. Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, it offers a variety of rides and attractions, including roller coasters, a water park, and classic amusement rides.

Enjoy the Summer Harvest

A Walk Through the Past

The George Eastman Museum, located in the estate of the founder of Kodak, provides a glimpse into the world of photography and film. Meanwhile, the Susan B. Anthony House pays tribute to the pioneering suffragist and is an excellent place to introduce children to the history of civil rights in America.

A lavender haze takes over Wickham Farms during the early summer months, followed by sunflowers later in the season. Enjoy a fresh lemonade as your family plays through 30+ attractions, including mini golf, jumping pillow, and more. After a tasty ice cream cone at Long Acre Farms, let the kids’ imaginations run wild as they explore an Amish-made pirate ship, train and monster truck, tractors, kids’ play house, and giant tires.

A family tradition since 1918, Schutt’s Apple Mill offers you-pick apples, flowers, and special events year-round.

Step back in time with Genesee Country Village and Museum, the largest living history museum in New York State.

Outdoor Adventures

The Genesee Riverway Trail winds through the city and along the Genesee River and is perfect for hiking, biking, or a stroll. Enjoy a sail on the Sam Patch or Colonial Belle while learning about the significant role the Erie Canal played in New York state’s history. Riverie, a new boat on the Genesee River, allows for stunning skyline views while enjoying a leisurely cruise. There are many ways to enjoy water activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming.

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