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The Broadway League, the official website of The Broadway League, lists shows, sells tickets, and offers dining, hotel information and special offers. Add name and address to the Broadway Fan Club mailing list to receive special offers. Kids Night on Broadway, held annually during the winter, offers almost every show on Broadway free for young people age 18 and under with purchase of adult full price ticket. For tickets and info, visit Kids Night on Broadway website.
Feb   Annual Kids Night on Broadway, tickets go on sale in early Dec.

High 5 Tickets
All teens ages 13-18 and preteens enrolled in middle school can buy theater (not Broadway), music, dance, film and visual arts tickets for $5 online. Museum tickets are 2 for $5. Take 5 program enables groups of six students and their adult chaperones to ­purchase tickets for participating arts events, 212-302-7433. Hosts Teen Reviewers and Critics after-school program and other events for teens.
The website of NYC & Company, the official marketing organization for the City of New York, provides NYC travel guides, maps, tips, event calendars, promotions and tour information. Visitor Information Centers are located at Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.; Times Square Broadway Plaza, between 43rd & 44th; Downtown at the southern tip of City Hall Park on the Broadway sidewalk at Park Row. 1-800-NYC-VISIT, email

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TKTS Times Square Discount Booth
Father Duffy Square, 47th & Broadway (under the red steps). For evening performances open Mon.-Sat.: 3-8, Tues. 2-8, Sun. 3-7pm. For matinee performances open Wed., Thurs. & Sat. 10-2, Sun. 11-3. Sells discount tickets to same day performances of Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance and music events and full-price tickets to non-discounted shows or future performances. "Play Express" window does not sell tickets to musicals, dance or music performances, so often moves more quickly. Credit cards accepted.
     TKTS Booth at South Street Seaport (Front & John Sts.) sells same day evening tickets and next day matinee tickets. Open Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 11-4, closed Sun. Feb.-Mar.
        TKTS Lincoln Center, in the David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W. 62nd St. Open Tues.-Sat. 12-6, Sun. 12-5 for same-day evening and next-day matinee performances. Closes regularly for 30 min. lunch break at 3pm.
        TKTS Booth Brooklyn, 1 MetroTech Center at corner of Jay St. and Myrtle Ave. promenade. Open Tues.-Sat. 11-6.
        See current listings of available tickets at "TKTS Live" online or get the TKTS app. 212-912-9770. 

Today Tix
Download the free TodayTix app, created by Broadway producers, to buy last minute discount theater tickets for today and the week.

School Theater Ticket Program
1560 Broadway, Suite 1214, New York, NY 10036, 212-354-4722. Provides discount coupons for plays on and off-Broadway, events at Lincoln Center and other events in New York City.

Student Rush Tickets
Registration is free to find discount coupons and student rush info on almost any show. Some of the discounts are restricted to current students with ID; all free ticketed events and non-ticketed events are available to anyone. Join Will-Call Club to receive invitations to complimentary events.

Theater Development Fund
212-912-9770. Teachers, students, retirees, union ­members, military members and others are eligible to join and receive discounted tickets. Through the Autism Theater Initiative, TDF presents autism-friendly performances at discount prices to families. Visit website for performance dates and to sign up for notification.
Free listing of discount codes available to purchase Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets at up to 50% off.
Enter digital lotteries for the chance to buy event tickets to popular shows at greatly reduced prices.
Useful website offers Broadway ticket discount codes and other discount ticket information, free TV show tickets, hotel discounts, tour info, event information.
Broadway news, show souvenirs and gifts, Playbill ­publisher, children's ­theater listings, job postings/internships and other theater info. Top Broadway and off Broadway show tickets are available at discounts to those who register on line. You will receive a code to give to the box office upon ordering.
   Information about ticket lotteries, rush and standing-room seats are also available online.,
Comprehensive theater information site with listings, news, reviews, tickets, discount offers and guide to family theater in New York and nationwide.

Lincoln Center Visitor Center
The David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W. 62nd St., hosts free performances weekly (performances for kids 11am on the first Sat. of the month) and posts discount ticket availability to performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall and Miller Theatre. Box office for discount tickets is open Tues.-Sat. 12-7pm. When available, Sun. tickets are sold on Sat. Limit four tickets per person. Full price tickets can be purchased at kiosks near the information desk. Guided tours can also be purchased online, at the Atrium or by calling 212-875-5350. Atrium hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-10pm. Visit Atrium website for free event listings.

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Search by neighborhood, address, cross street or ­attraction and print out parking coupons before you go for substantial discounts: ParkWhiz, NYC Best Parking, Icon Parking, Standard Parking/Central Parking, and Edison Park Fast.

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Discount admission to popular New York City museums, tours and attractions can be purchased in combination with a NJ Transit train or bus ticket; New York Waterway ticket; CityPASS booklet; New York City Pass for one, two, three, five or seven days; or 30 day 3, 5, 7 or 10 attraction New York Explorer Pass. Visit website links for details.
        If planning to visit a number of sites in Lower Manhattan, consider purchasing a Downtown Culture Pass, offering three days of admissions and discounts to more than 12 attractions, museums and tours, all within walking distance.

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American Ballet Theatre
Lincoln Center, 65th & Broadway, 212-477-3030; Tickets: 212-362-6000
    Oct. and May-July seasons at Lincoln Center feature premieres, full-length classics and repertory ballet, ABT Family Series for ages 6-17 and ABTKids performances designed for ages 4-12. Discount student rush tickets available at the Met box office on day of performance for elementary to college students 25 yrs. of age or younger with valid I.D.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100
    Open daily 10-5:45, Rose Center open Fri. to 8:45. General admission: Adults $23, ages 2-12 $13, students/srs. $18. Additional fee for space show, IMAX films, and special exhibitions. Download Explorer app from the App Store or Google Play.
    One of the world's pre-eminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions displays the world's largest collection of real dinosaur fossils among many other outstanding exhibits, including the Hall of Biodiversity, Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, Hall of Ocean Life, housing the museum's beloved 94-foot-long blue whale, and Rose Center for Earth and Space featuring the Hayden Planetarium. Thematic tours of the museum's collections are offered daily. Visit website for information about adult and children's workshops for ages 4 and up and summer day camps. For space show information, see listing for the Hayden Planetarium. For the latest visitor and exhibition information, visit Plan Your Visit online. For advance reservations for special exhibitions, films and lectures, reserve online or call 212-769-5200.
          Public Programs, demonstrations, films, performances and special events. Visit online calendar for current events.
          Family Workshops & Events,
visit website link for current schedule.
is the museum's science website for children.
          Discovery Room
, an interactive space for families is located near the 77th St. entrance. Pick up a free timed pass at the Discovery Room entrance.
         A Night at the Museum,
 sleepovers under the Blue Whale for families and groups with children ages 6-13; scout nights for ages 6-16; and adults-only for ages 21+. Advance reservations required. Visit website for details.
         SciCafe, after-hours series for ages 21+ features informal talks on current topics in science, stories from the field and cocktails on the first Wed. of the month. Podcasts online.
Selected Special Exhibitions
          The Butterfly Conservatory, walk through a tropical vivarium housing up to 500 live, free-flying butterflies in this annual exhibit Oct.-May.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
44 Park Place, 212-431-7993
    Tues.-Fri. 10-5. Adults $5, students/srs. $3, 15 and under free.
       Located two blocks north of the World Trade Center site, interactive exhibits tell Anne's story through excerpts from her diary, photographs, and a life-sized simulation of her attic room. Changing exhibits; onsite group programs, tours and outreach programs; teacher resources.

Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Park
2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-220-5100
    Nov.-late Mar.: Daily 10-4:30. Late Mar.-Nov.: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, weekends/holidays 10-5:30. General admission: Adults $22.95, srs. $20.95, ages 3-12 $14.95, 2 and under free. Special rides and attractions have additional $6 entry fees. Parking fee. Admission on Wed. by donation. Total Experience tickets, offering unlimited access to rides and special exhibits are discounted online. General admission tickets are not available online. Family or group tours available by reservation, 800-433-4149. Download mobile app at
    265 wooded acres allow spacious, naturalistic habitats for over 4,000 animals. Habitats include Congo Gorilla Forest, Himalayan Highlands, World of Reptiles, and Madagascar, the restored 1903 Lion House and NYC's first landmark LEED certified building. Special rides and attractions include the children's zoo (open Apr.-Nov.); Congo Gorilla Forest; JungleWorld indoor rainforest; Butterfly Garden; 4-D theater; Wild Asia Monorail (open May-Oct.); Bug Carousel; and zoo shuttle. Toddler and kinder programs; scout programs; school break and summer camps; teen internships; family programs and overnight safaris; adult events.

Carnegie Hall
154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600
    Tickets available at box office, online or through CarnegieCharge, 212-247-7800. Sign up at
students for discount student tickets.
         Family Concert Series, 60-minute concerts with world-class artists and hands-on pre-concert activities are recom­mended for ages 4-12.

Central Park
5th Ave to Central Park West, 59th St. to 110th St., 212-310-6600
        A wonderful oasis in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park can be an all-day adventure in good weather with non-stop activities and entertainment. Consult the Central Park Conservancy for walking tours, playground locations and other sites, and City Parks Foundation for information about cultural events including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and Summerstage performances.
Central Park Zoo
5th Ave. and 64th St., 212-439-6500
    Nov. 6-Mar 29: Daily 10-4:30. Mar. 30-Nov. 4: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, weekends and holidays 10-5:30. Adults $12, srs. $9, ages 3-12 $7, under 3 free. Discount Total Experience tickets available online.
     Visit the Tropic Zone Rainforest, Temperate Territory, Polar Circle, snow leopard exhibit and sea lion pool where you can observe animals at close range. Daily animal feedings, guided tours, Wildlife Theater shows (April-Oct.) and 4D Theater. The Tisch Children's Zoo is an interactive area designed for toddlers and preschoolers to meet a number of small, gentle animals.
Belvidere Castle
Mid-park at 79th St., 212-772-0288
    Open daily 10-5. Free admission. One of Central Park's five visitor centers, Belvedere Castle provides the highest and best views of the Park and houses discovery activities for children and adults.
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Central Park W. & 79th St., 212-988-9093
    Brought to Central Park by Fredrick Law Olsted in 1877, the Swedish Cottage has been home to the Marionette Theatre since 1947. Reservations required.
Other Park Attractions
Historic carousel rides(midway at 65th St., 212-439-6900, ext. 4); free storytelling appropriate for ages 6 and up at 11 am on Sat. June-Sept. at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue (5th & 72nd St.); model Yacht Club races and regattas most Saturdays April thru Nov. on the Conservatory Water (near 5th & 76th); 21 playgrounds.
Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling in Central Park, ages 6 and up. Sat. 11-12. Free.
         Summerstage, benefit concerts and over 100 free music, dance, film, comedy, family and theater performances in all 5 boroughs.
         Victorian Gardens, amusement rides for ages 2-12, activities and entertainment on weekends and holidays at Wollman Rink, 212-982-2229.
         Ice Skating, Wollman Rink, Central Park East between 62nd & 63rd Sts., 212-439-6900.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, 212-875-5788
    Presents annual series of concerts and educational events. Pending availability, tickets are available at the box office at a 50% discount for students; free student rush tickets for grades K-12 and $10 student rush tickets for college students may be available one hour prior to curtain (call 212-875-5788 for availability); and Chamber Music 360 subscriptions entitle ages 21-39 to three tickets for $60.
          Meet the Music Family Concert Series, afternoon concert series Nov.-April or single concerts for families with children ages 6 and up.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W. 83rd St., New York, NY, 212-721-1223
    Tues.-Sun. 10-5, Sat. 10-7. Open daily in summer. Adults and children $14, srs. $11, under 1 free. Target Free First Friday Nights: free admission 5-8pm on the first Friday of the month. Hands-on exhibits include reading/storytelling room; art studio; Sussman Environmental Center, outdoor waterplay area (open seasonally, weather permitting); PlayWorks exploration area for ages 4 and under; Adventures with Dora and Diego; EatSleepPlay interactive activities, and changing exhibitions. Strollers must be checked; no food.
Sat & Sun
          Performances by guest artists, musicians, dancers, actors, author visits and hands-on workshops are scheduled weekends and holidays, daily in summer. Sign up upon arrival.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St., New York, NY, 212-274-0986
    Mon. 12-5, Thurs. & Fri. 12-6, Sat. & Sun. 10-5, open Tues. & Wed. for Under 5s drop in classes for ages 5 and under. Admission ages 1-65: $12. Pay as you wish Thurs. 4-6pm. Hands-on, interactive arts programs, play areas and exhibitions designed for ages 10 months to 15. Art projects daily, special events on weekends.
          Under 5 Drop In Class, art-filled drop-in session for ages 5 and under with parent or caregiver. 10:45-noon.

Discovery Times Square Exposition
226 W. 44th St., New York, 866-987-9692
    Large-scale exhibitions are presented in the vast space that housed the New York Times printing presses for almost a century. Strollers are not permitted in the galleries. Cafe; Discovery Store; New York Times Store. Check website link for upcoming exhibitions.

FDNY Fire Zone
34 W. 51st St., New York, 212-698-4520
    Mon.-Sat. 9-7 (weekday mornings reserved for schools and youth organizations), Sun. 11-5. Free admission.
    Fire safety learning center where visitors can climb on a fire truck, try on bunker gear, meet a firefighter, and learn how to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway. Fee for fire safety presentation: adults and children $6, srs. $2, not recommended for children under five.

Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl St., New York, 212-425-1778
    Mon.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Adults $7, ages 6-18, students and srs. $4, under 5 free, family group $20. Built as an elegant residence for merchant Stephan Delancey and his family, this is Manhattan's oldest surviving building. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces and became an important place for politics as well as food and drink. It is best known as the site where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army in 1783. School tours and guided group tours available.

Galli Theater New York
357 West 36th St., Suite 202, New York, NY, 212-731-0668
    Small theater presents interactive fairy tale adaptations, birthday parties, acting classes and camps for kids.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave. at 89th St., New York, 212-423-3500
    Sun.-Wed. and Fri. 10-5:45, Sat. 10-7:45, closed Thurs. Adults $25, students/srs. $18, under 12 free. Pay-what-you-wish Sat. 5:45-7:45, suggested $10. Daily public tours at 2pm. Download the free Guggenheim app from the App Store or Google Play in advance, use the museum's free Wifi or borrow a device free at the Multimedia Guide desk. Strollers permitted on ground floor only; baby carriers available at coatroom.
    Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building is a New York City landmark and also home to one of the finest ­collections of modern and contemporary art. Family activity packs and Guggenheim sketchbooks can be checked out at the Information Desk. Printed family activity guides are available at the museum and online. Visit website for dates and registration information for monthly stroller tours, toddler and family programs, after school classes, teen courses and volunteer opportunities and summer camps.
See Tips for Parents online for helpful info before your visit and to access a schedule of family programs.
         Public Tours, 2pm daily.
Sat & Sun
         Family Activity Kiosk, 10-4. Pick up a Family Activity Pack designed for ages 4-12.
         Just Drop In, creative projects led by museum educators for families with children ages 3-10. 1-4pm most Sun. Free with admission.
         Open Studio for Families, drop-in art making for families with children ages 3 and up. 1-4pm most Sundays.
2nd Sun
         Second Sunday Family Tours, family-oriented tour for ages 5 and up includes hands-on gallery activities. Registration required.

Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth & Space
Central Park West at 81st St., New York, NY
212-769-5900 for space show and current sky information
    Public programs include space shows, lectures and talks, stargazing, special events and astronomy summer camps. One Step Beyond features live bands, DJ, VJs, drinks and dancing in the Rose Center for ages 21 or older. Visit One Step Beyond online for upcoming dates. Also see listing under American Museum of Natural History.
          Astronomy Live, interactive tour of the universe and view of the changing night sky. 7pm last Tues. of each month.

High Line
A public park maintained, operated and programmed by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Pier 86, West 46th St. & 12th Ave., New York, 212-245-0072
    Nov. 1-Mar. 31: Daily 10-5. April 1-Oct. 31: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Sat., Sun. & holidays 10-6. General admission: Adults $33, srs. $31, ages 5-12 $24, under 5 free. Additional fee for Space Shuttle Pavilion, guided tours, flight simulators and audio tours.
    Explore the the 900 ft.-long aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid, the command center of the submarine, Growler, British Airways Concorde, A-12 Blackbird spy plane, Space Shuttle Enterprise and 25 other aircraft on display. Virtual Flight Zone Simu­lators include a G-Force Encounter or flying an F-18 jet fighter mission in a Navy Flight Simulator. The Exploreum is an interactive area for children and families. Scavenger hunts and family guides are available for self-guided tours. Weekend family programs; overnights; scout programs; birthday parties; camps.
          Astronomy Nights; Weekend Family Programs, educational programs for kids and caregivers. Family programs are free with admission, but require advance registration. Visit website link for dates.
          Operation Slumber, overnights for families and organized youth groups. Call 646-381-5010 or email to book
Summer Movie Series, free movies outdoors.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Columbus Circle, Broadway at 60th St., New York, 212-258-9800, CenterCharge: 212-721-6500
    Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra performances, jazz artists, talks, films, Jazz Academy includes free program for high school jazz bands, educational programs for toddlers to adults, video library, and Jazz for Young People concerts. Students can sign up at for special offers, student cover charges at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and $10 tickets for select performances. Hot Seats, $10 seats for select Rose Theater and Appel Room performances, are released for sale at the box office on the Wed. prior to the performance.
          Jazz for Young People, kid-friendly lessons hosted by Wynton Marsalis or special guests, recommended for grades 2 and up. Visit website for info.

Jazz Standard Jazz for Kids
116 E. 27th St., New York, NY, 212-576-2232
    Hosts Jazz for Kids brunch every Sunday throughout the school year with music by the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra and barbecue, lunch and kids menu from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm; concert at 2pm. Free, donations benefit Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra.

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St., New York, NY, 212-423-3200
    Fri.-Tues. 11-5:45, Thurs. 11-8, closed Wed. closes at 4pm on Fridays after Nov. 1. Museum shop and cafe closed Saturdays. Adults $15, srs. $12, students $7.50, 18 and under free. Free admission on Sat.; pay-what-you-wish Thurs. 5-8pm.
    Museum explores the diversity of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture through permanent and changing exhibitions. Culture & Continuity: The Jewish Journey tells the unfolding story of Jewish culture and identity. Audio guide available for children ages 6 and up, free with museum admission. Family activities every Sun. and selected holiday weekdays; Sun. family concerts and theater. Teen after-school and summer classes; teen intern program.
          Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces, interactive children's exhibition designed for ages 3-10. Closed Sat.
          Family Guides, to current and past exhibitions are available to download online.
Sun Sept-Jun
Sundays at the Museum, drop-in art workshops, gallery tours, stories, archaeological digs, concerts and performances for families are scheduled. For more info and current calendar, call 212-423-3337 or visit The Jewish Museum website.

The Joyce Theater
175 8th Ave., New York, NY, 212-691-9740, Box Office: 212-242-0800
    An intimate 472-seat venue in Chelsea presents a full spectrum of dance movement styles and traditions. Dance talks, pre- and post-performance events and fall/winter and spring/summer Family Matinee series designed for ages 6-14.

Legoland Discovery Center
1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers, NY, 866-243-0770
    Sun.-Thurs. 10-7, Fri. & Sat. 10-9. Ages 2 and under free. Purchase timed tickets online at least one day in advance and receive ticket discounts and guaranteed entry.
    See New York's top landmarks made out of Lego bricks. Indoor playground designed for ages 3-10 features soft play area, rides, laser maze, Lego fire academy, construction site, racers, Duplo Village, Master Builder Academy and 4D Cinema. Special events are held for adults, homeschoolers, teachers and holidays. Cafe; Lego Shop; birthday parties.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Alice Tully Hall, 65th St. & Broadway, 212-721-6500
    The world's leading performing arts center comprises 12 resident arts organizations. For the complete schedule of performances at Lincoln Center, consult website.
         Zucker Discount Ticket Box Office, is open inside the David Rubenstein Atrium Visitor Center, Tues.-Sat. 12-7pm. Discounts of 25-50% may be available, limit four tickets per person. Full price tickets can also be purchased at kiosks near the information desk or at theater box offices. The Visitor Center is open Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-10pm and hosts free performances weekly. Tom Colicchio's 'wichcraft restaurant inside the Atrium offers breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and full bar.
           LC Kids Season, family-friendly performances for ages 2 and up; performances in the Atrium on select Saturdays at 11am are free. Visit LC Kids website for LC Kids schedule. Visit LC Family website to view all family events at Lincoln Center.

Little Orchestra Society
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Ave., New York, NY, 212-971-9500
    LOS concert series for families with children ages 3-10. Subscriptions and single tickets available.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Visitor Center & Museum Shop
103 Orchard St., New York, 212-982-8420, 877-975-3786
    First tour at 10:15am, last tour at 5:15pm daily; evening tours and gift shop open until 8:30pm on Thurs. Adults $25, students/srs. $20, under 6 free.
    Tenement museum, open by guided tours only, consists of a Visitor Center, where all tours begin, and 1863 tenement building, a National Historic Landmark that was home to over 7,000 people from 20 nations between 1863 and 1935.
    One-hour tours take you into re-created apartments to tell the stories of different immigrant families (suitable for children ages 8 and older). Themed walking tours explore the Lower East Side and the American ­immigrant experience. Three hour free parking is available on Broome St. between Norfolk & Suffolk Sts.
Suggested Tour for Children (ages 5 & up) & Families
Sat & Sun
        Victoria Confino. In a 45-min. tour designed especially for families, a costumed interpreter, playing teenage Victoria Confino around 1916, welcomes visitors to her apartment as though they were new immigrants and teaches them how to adapt to the American way of life. Visitors can touch any items in the apartment.

Madame Tussaud Wax Museum
234 W. 42nd St., Times Square, 212-512-9600
    Sept.-June: Sun.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sat. 10-10, extended holiday and summer hours, may close early for special events. Online ticket: $29, under 3 free. NY, NJ and CT residents $27.50.
    Mingle with over 200 life-like notable figures and celebrities from past and present. Optional add ons: 4D theater and Ghostbusters virtual reality experience. A hit with teens; bring a camera.

Madison Square Garden
The Stadium or WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 7th Ave. at 33rd, 866-858-0008.
          Groups: 212-465-6080. Check website for new events or Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 212-535-7710
    Fri.-Sat. 10-9, Sun.-Thurs. 10-5:30. Adults $25, srs. $17, students $12, members and under 12 free. Admission includes same-day admission to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. No strollers on Sun. and at most special exhibitions. Back carriers available at 81st St. coat check.
    Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums with ­magnificent collections of classical art, Old Masters, Impressionists, American art and crafts, and ancient Egyptian artifacts. Over two million works of art span 5,000 years of world culture. Gallery talks, family programs and guided tours daily. Concert series; lectures; films; school, camp and teacher programs; adult and teen art classes; access programs and services for visitors with disabilities are offered. Chinese garden; rooftop garden; Costume Institute.
The Met Cloisters
Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., New York, NY, 212-923-3700
    Constructed from portions of five medieval cloisters, this branch is dedicated to the art, architecture and gardens of the Middle Ages and offers a splendid setting overlooking the Hudson River. Check website for schedule of gallery talks, special events, workshops for families, concerts and seasonal garden tours.
The Met Breuer
945 Madison Ave., New York, 212-731-1675
    Focuses on modern and contemporary art including exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer.
Main Building Events
         Family programs for all ages are offered free with museum admission and do not require advance reservations. See calendar online for daily ­schedule of events.See online calendar for daily schedule of events.
         Pick up Family Guides and Hunts at the information desks and check at the information desk for guided tours, storytimes, drop-in art making and family programs. To view and print family guides or suggested itineraries before your visit, visit online and check calendar for the day's events. A family audio guide, ideal for children ages 6-12, is available.       
         Discoveries, workshop for children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities. Reservations required, 212-650-2010 or email
         #metkids, online guide for kids by kids features museum map, fun facts, project ideas and behind-the-scenes videos.
         Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden open weather permitting.

Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. between W. 62nd and 65th Sts., New York, NY, 212-362-6000
     Oct.-May season at Lincoln Center, summer recital series and live on screen in HD theaters worldwide.

MoMath National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-542-0566
    Daily 10am-5pm. Adults $16, children, students and srs. $10, toddlers no charge. Thirty interactive exhibits on two floors are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Hands-on exhibits include a square-wheeled tricycle, mini cars, math square dance floor, automated robots that follow simple mathematical rules and more. Weekend family programs; field trips; birthday parties.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY, 212-299-7777
    Tues.-Sun. 10-6, Thurs. 10-9. Closed Mon. and major holidays. Adults $16, srs. $14, students $12, 18 and under (excluding groups) free, members free. Pay-what-you-wish Thurs. 6-9pm.
     MAD interprets everyday objects that exemplify innovation and creativity in craft, art and design. Open Studios on the 6th floor give visitors the opportunity to observe and talk to artists at work and watch special demonstrations by exhibiting artists. Workshops for families, youth and adults, workshops and portfolio reviews for high school students, school and camp programs and summer art camps are offered. Special Family Days are offered three times a year. For information, 212-299-7780. Only umbrella-style strollers can be accommodated on the gallery floors.
          Artist Studios, meet artists at work on the 6th floor daily.
          Docent Tours, 11:30 & 3pm daily.
1st Sun
Studio Sunday, explore the galleries with a professional artist followed by a hands-on workshop the first Sun. of the month. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Drop-in 10am-1pm.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave. at 103rd St., New York, NY, 212-534-1672
    Daily 10-6. Adults $18, students/srs. $12, ages 19 and under free. Explore New York's past, present and future through changing and permanent exhibitions and multi-media presentation.
           Family Programs, drop in Sat., Sun. and school vacation days for free hands-on activities for families with children ages 6-12.
Selected Exhibitions
           New York at Its Core, the story of the city's rise from a Dutch village to today's "Capital of the World."
           Stettheimer Dollhouse, New York's Gilded Age in miniature form.

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, New York, NY, 646-437-4202
    Sun.-Tues. 10-6, Wed.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-5, closed Sat. From mid-Nov.-mid-March, Fri. hours are 10-3. Adults $12, srs. $10, students 13+ $7. Admission by donation Wed. and Thurs. from 4-8pm. Adult tickets discounted $2 when purchased online.
    As a living memorial to the Holocaust, the Museum utilizes artifacts, photographs, changing exhibitions, programming and recorded testimony of Holocaust survivors to educate diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Visit calendar online for family programs, speakers, concerts, films and special events.
, one of the most significant resources for Jewish genealogy.
          Free Guided Tours of the Core Exhibition, every Tues. at 3pm.

Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53 St., New York, NY, 212-708-9400
    Daily 10:30-5:30, Fri. & Sat. until 9pm. Extended holiday and summer hours. Adults $25, srs. $18, full-time students with ID $14, 16 and under free. Admission is free during UNQLO Free Friday Nights every Fri. 4-9pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Special exhibitions, audio programs, films and gallery talks are included in the price of admission.
     An unrivaled view of modern masters and art movements from about 1885 to the present is displayed in a renovated and expanded building designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Ford Family Programs offer guided tours, artist talks, art workshops, and film screenings for ages 4-14 and their adult companions (see below for more details).
Ford Family Activity Guide for ages 4 and up available at Education and Family Information desk on the second floor (next to Cafe 2).
        MoMA Audio, guides to the collections, temporary exhibitions and kids audio are available free. Audio guides may be listened to and downloaded from the MoMA website. MoMA podcasts are available at iTunes.
        Destination Modern Art, is the museum's website for children ages 5-8.
        Visit MoMA's website for tips for planning a family visit.
        Art Safari: An Adventure in Looking for Children & Adults, book and website for children ages 5-12.
         MoMA Art Lab iPad app, available free at iTunes.
Family Programs at MoMA
    All programs are free with museum admission. Some programs do not require pre-registration, but tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10am on the day of the program. For dates and registration information, email, call 212-708-9805 or visit online and subscribe to the Family Programs newsletter. For info on programs for high school students, call 212-333-1252, email or visit Teen Programs online.
School Year Family Programs: Sept-May
         Family Films, classic family-friendly short films are shown on select Saturdays. Free tickets are distributed from 10am at Info Desk in main lobby and reception desk in Education and Research Building.
Sat & Sun
         Tours for Fours, morning drop-in program for 4 yr.-olds and their adult companions.
        A Closer Look for Kids, morning drop-in program for ages 5-10 and adult companions.
        Explore This! Family Activity Stations, drop-in gallery activities for ages 5 and up.

Mystery Room NYC
365 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001 (2nd floor)
190 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012
    Open daily. Locked in a secluded vault, your team of detectives have one hour to piece together clues, solve a mystery and escape. Different themed chapter rooms add up to a larger overall story. Reserve tickets online.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
226 West 44th St. (between 7th and 8th Aves.), New York, 646-308-1337
        Sun.-Thurs. 10-9, Fri. and Sat. 10-10. $32.50-$39.50. Purchase tickets online to select entry time slot or purchase onsite for next available time slot.
         Immersive walk-through experience crosses the ocean from the South Pacific to the California coast utilizing groundbreaking technology and photo-realistic animation. In Exploration Hall, visitors hear stories from National Geographic photographers and deep-sea explorers, take on ocean gaming challenges, and learn about the sea's wonders and mightiest creatures.

New Museum of Contemporary Art
235 Bowery, New York, NY, 212-219-1222
    Tues.-Sun. 11-6, Thurs. 11-9. Adults $18, srs. $15, students $12, ages 15-18 free, ages 14 and under accompanied by adult free. Pay-what-you-wish Thurs. from 7-9. A seven-story stack of metal mesh-clad boxes shifted off axis is home to changing contemporary art exhibits. Download audio guides for current exhibitions online.
         Docent-Led Tours, Wed. & Fri. 12:30, Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 12:30 & 3pm. Free.
1st Sat
          First Saturdays for Families, hands-on programs, conducted by museum educators, are designed for families with children and young adults ages 5-15 on the first Sat. of each month. Free, includes museum admission for up to 3 adults per family. First come, first-served tickets.

New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St., New York, NY, 646-223-3010
    Ticket prices $14-$38, member discounts. Oct.-May season of professional productions specifically for children and their families by national and international artists. Educational ­programs include pre-show activities and family workshops for select shows, autism-friendly performances, school-time and summer camp shows and workshops.

New York Aquarium
602 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, 718-265-FISH
    Sept.-late May: Daily 10-4:30. Summer: Daily 10-6. Discounted Value Tickets are available for specific dates: Adults $24.95, ages 3-12 $19.95, seniors $21.95, ages 2 and under free. Pay-what-you-wish Wed. from 3pm to close. Group rates. Parking fee.
    The Aquarium continues to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Current exhibits include indoor and outdoor sea cliffs exhibit with sea otter feedings, coral reef, aquatheater, 4-D theater, and Ocean Wonders: Shark! exhibit featuring sharks, rays, sea turtles and other animals that live off the Coney Island Boardwalk. Keeper for a Day, behind the scenes tours, sea lion and penguin encounters, and education programs for toddlers to teens, families, camps and groups are offered.

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY, 718-817-8700
    Tues.-Sun. and some holiday Mondays 10-6. Winter hours: 10-5. All-Garden Pass weekends & Mon. holidays: Adults $30, srs. & students $28, ages 2-12 $18. Weekdays: Adults $23, srs. & students $20, ages 2-12 $10. Parking fee. Ticket prices may change depending on season and current exhibition.
    250 acres of natural and landscaped grounds include 27 outdoor gardens, a 40-acre forest, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, hands-on family garden and Everett Children's Adventure Garden featuring discovery center, wetland trail, kids herbarium and playful outdoor landscapes. Golf cart and tram tours. Strollers are not permitted in Conservatory.
         The Edible Academy, cooking demonstrations daily, family-friendly activities and hands-on gardening for kids and adults at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.
late Nov-mid Jan
          Annual Holiday Train Show.

New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, 212-496-0600
    Fall, winter and spring seasons and annual presentation of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker begins Thanks­giving weekend through Dec. For information about Family Saturday performances, children's workshops and pre-show discussions, call 212-870-5636, visit website or email
          Family Saturdays, live music and excerpts performed from NYCB's repertory on select Saturdays, appropriate for children ages 5+.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona, NY, 718-699-0005
    Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-6. Free hours: Fri. 2-5pm and Sun. 10-11am. Adults $16; ages 2-17, students and srs. $13. Combination tickets include admission, Rocket Park, Science Playground and 3D Theater.
    Originally built as a pavilion for the 1964-65 World's Fair, the building and grounds now feature more than 450 hands-on exhibits devoted to science and technology including a space exhibit, biochemistry lab, technology gallery, sports challenge, interactive math exhibition, 3-D theater and Preschool Discovery Place. Birthday parties; sleepovers; scout and community programs.
Sat & Sun
          Drop-in workshops, demonstrations, videos, shows and make-and-take activities are related to a monthly theme.
          Historic Rocket Park, chronicles the history of rocket development and includes an Atlas rocket, original Mercury 1 capsule and interactive "climb-in" replica of the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule that carried John Glenn, the first American Astronaut into orbit.
          Science Playground. Experience physics through outdoor play equipment– special slides, seesaws, water wheels, windmills and musical sound station. For all ages with adult supervision. Expanded area for ages 6 and younger. Flat shoes must be worn. $5.
          Rocket Park Mini-Golf, explore the science behind mini-golf. Open weekends 10-6, daily July & Aug. Adults $6, children and srs. $5

New York Philharmonic
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center, New York, NY, 212-875-5656
    Young People's Concerts introduce children ages 6-12 to live symphonic music. Very Young People's Concerts use games, active listening and hands-on music-making with musicians of the New York Philharmonic to introduce children ages 3-5 to classical music. Online Kidzone Live! at features demonstrations, activities and a chance to talk to musicians.
        $18 Student Rush Tickets, may be available up to 10 days before a concert by visiting the Philharmonic website or the box office on day of show. Must have valid student ID.

New York Theatre Ballet
Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., New York, NY
212-679-0401, Box Office: 212-355-6160
    Chamber ballet company presents Nov.-May repertory and family season including a one-hour Nutcracker in Dec. and Once Upon A Ballet series for families with children ages 3-12. Individual tickets, subscriptions, group discounts available. Study guides for select ballets available online.

NFL Experience Times Square
20 Times Square (corner of 7th Ave. and 47th St.), New York, 646-863-0088
          $29-$55. Combining immersive content, interactive displays, a state-of-the-art 4D cinema and other multimedia effects, the NFL Experience takes visitors from the stands to playing on the field.

9/11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St., New York, NY 212-266-5211
    Memorial is free and open daily from 7:30am to 9pm.
       Two pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers are surrounded by a plaza of more than 400 swamp white oak trees. Names of the 2,983 men, women and children who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11 are inscribed in bronze around the pools. One Calery pear tree survives from the original WTC plaza.
9/11 Memorial Museum
    Sun.-Thurs. 9am-8pm, last entry at 6pm. Fri. & Sat. 9am-9pm, last entry at 7pm. Adults $24, srs./veterans/U.S. college students $18, ages 7-17 $15. Timed visitor passes can be purchased online up to six months in advance or by phone for $2 nonrefundable service fee. Timed tickets for same-day visits may be available at the ticket windows. Free admission Tues. 5-close. Guided tours for adults and teens are available; audio tours can be downloaded from the app store. Suggested self-guided tour routes can also be downloaded online.
    Located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site, the Museum graphically chronicles the events of 9/11 and commemorates the lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks through artifacts, photographs, audio and video tapes, personal effects and memorabilia. The emotional exhibition may not be appropriate for children younger than 10 years old. Public programs feature experts offering insights and discussing their work on diverse topics from national security to the arts.
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center
92 Greenwich St., New York, NY, 866-737-1184
    Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5. Adult admission $15, students/srs./military $10, ages 8-12 $5. Five moving galleries, created by the September 11th Families' Association, convey the tragedy of September 11 and the passionate response from people around the world. Self-guided audio tours; guided tours; school programs; lectures and special events.

The Paley Center for Media
25 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 212-621-6600
Recorded Information: 212-621-6800
    Wed.-Sun. 12-6, Thurs. 12-8pm. Adults $10, students/seniors $8, children under 14 $5. View ongoing screenings in museum theaters daily or select your own program from over 140,000 radio and television programs to view or listen to at an individual console. Recreating Radio workshops, school and camp programs are offered.

Radio City Music Hall
1260 60th Ave., New York, NY, 866-858-0008

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
234 W. 42nd St., New York, NY, 212-398-3133
       Jan.-mid-March: Mon.-Wed. 9am-11pm; Thurs.-Sun. 9-1am. March-Jan.: Daily 9-1am. Adults $29.95, ages 4-12 $22.95, save 20% with online purchase.
          Twenty themed galleries feature strange, unusual, and sometimes gruesome, artifacts collected from around the world, a Laserace challenge and Black Hole tunnel. Group and school tours; event space rentals; themed birthday parties for ages 4 and up.

Staten Island Children’s Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, 718-273-2060
    Tues.-Fri. 11-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5. Summer hours: Tues.-Sun. 10-5. Extended school holiday hours. Ages 1 and up $8, under 1 free. Free hours 3-5pm Wed. Grandparents free all day on Wed. Strollers not permitted.
    Creative, hands-on exhibits encourage ­toddlers to age 10 to explore and experiment. Current exhibits include Bugs & Other Arthropods, Portia's Playhouse, House About It, Great Explorations, Block Harbor, Ladder 11 and Sea of Boats. Walk-in workshops and pre-school activities most days and every weekend. Summer camps; birthday parties. Staten Island Botanical Garden is next door, children 12 and under are free.

Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY, 718-442-3100
          See listing under Outdoors–Zoos.

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, 212-864-5400
    Community-based arts organization is committed to offering a continuing calendar of artistically and culturally diverse programs at reasonable ticket prices, including Just Kidding family events.

212-647-1100, Class trip tickets: 800-497-5007
    Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. and presents weekend theatre at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in NYC. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode under "class trips" online to find local performances.

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY, 212-570-3600
    Sun.-Mon., Wed.-Thurs. 10:30-6, Fri.-Sat. 10:30-10. Closed Tues. Adults $25, students/srs. $18, 18 & under free; online ticket discounts. Pay-what-you-wish Fridays 7-10pm. Free tours daily; free multimedia guides.
    Devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum presents a full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is situated between the High Line and the Hudson River. Outdoor gallery; family programs include art making workshops, gallery explorations, drop-in programs and sensory-friendly tours. Download Kids Activity Guide and view audio guides online.
          Open Studio, families with kids of all ages make their own artworks on select Saturdays and Sundays. Free with museum admission.
          Family Access Programs, sensory-friendly tour and studio activity for families with kids on the autism spectrum.