Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels in Queens

Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels in Queens

UPDATED November 2019: To us, there is nothing better than spending time with our kids. And what better place to have fun with the family in Queens? From amusement parks and carousels for the thrill seekers, to zoos and aquariums for the animal-lov...

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Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels on Long Island

Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels on Long Island

UPDATED November 2019: Looking for something fun to do with your kids on Long Island? We here at NYMetroParents pride ourselves on making sure you’re in the know about family activities in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Want to spend the day with you...

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Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, & Carousels in Rockland County & Bergen County, NJ

Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, & Carousels in Rockland County & Bergen County, NJ

UPDATED November 2019: Looking for something fun to do with your family in Rockland County? You’ve come to the right place. We here at NYMetroParents pride ourselves on making sure you’re in the know about family activities in the New York metro ar...

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Westchester Children’s Museum Unveils New Interactive Gift Shop

Westchester Children’s Museum Unveils New Interactive Gift Shop

The Westchester Children’s Museum has partnered with toy company Melissa & Doug to unveil a new interactive play space and gift shop for kids to extend their play outside of the museum’s exhibits. The space reflects the museum’s mission of using un...

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The Sloomoo Slime Institute Opens in Soho on October 25

The Sloomoo Slime Institute Opens in Soho on October 25

Soho is full of interactive, sometimes-gooey, always-fun spaces for kids to play. After you check out the Museum of Ice Cream that’s opening this fall, take the kids over to the Sloomoo Institute at 475 Broadway for a day full of slime. The 8,000 s...

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NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

If you have a library card, you now have access to 50 cultural organizations across New York City. In its first year, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library (NYPL), and Queens Public Library (QPL) Culture Pass initiative iss...

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75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C. offer guests free admission year-round, and the Smithsonian invites other museums, zoos and cultural centers around the country to embody that same spirit every year on Museum Day. This year, Museum Day ...

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Cradle of Aviation Museum Will Host Special Events for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Cradle of Aviation Museum Will Host Special Events for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Throughout 2019, the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Uniondale has been hosting special events to mark the 50th anniversary of men landing on the moon, use the moon anniversary as a lesson for STEM education, and inspire young scientists to dream big....

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The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Has Opened a New Rooftop Playscape Just in Time for Summer

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Has Opened a New Rooftop Playscape Just in Time for Summer

Kids can embrace the rooftop fun just like adults this summer thanks to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s new NEST rooftop jungle gym. The design is meant for kids ages 2-8 and is inspired by baya weaver bird’s nests to bring a little bit of flair t...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a kid favorite for more than three decades, and die-hard fans can interact with the Turtles in a whole new way this summer at the Paley Center for Media, which will be hosting a 35th anniversary exclusive ...

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Guggenheim Museum Debuts Children’s Artwork Exhibit

Guggenheim Museum Debuts Children’s Artwork Exhibit

A Year With Children 2019, an annual presentation of works of art created by New York City children in grades second-sixth, will be on display from April 26-June 2 at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibit features more than 100 works from 12 participa...

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Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Announces Kids Week in February

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Announces Kids Week in February

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host its annual Kids Week festival from Sunday, Feb. 17–Saturday, Feb. 23. During Kids Week, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of fun-filled activities, live animal shows, hands-on...

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The Long Island Science Center Opens in Riverhead

The Long Island Science Center Opens in Riverhead

The Long Island Science Center will celebrate the Grand Opening of its Riverhead location on Thursday, Jan. 17, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4pm. The much-anticipated opening comes after a two-year hiatus, following a temporary reloc...

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The National Museum of Mathematics Extends Math Outreach Program to Encourage Early Math Fluency

The National Museum of Mathematics Extends Math Outreach Program to Encourage Early Math Fluency

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in Nomad is continuing its innovative math outreach program, MoMath 2 Go: the Family Math Initiative, with a partnership with the Long Island Explorium in Port Jefferson. This program is designed to help ...

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The Cradle of Aviation Hosts Documentary and Animal Encounters Event

The Cradle of Aviation Hosts Documentary and Animal Encounters Event

The Cradle of Aviation Museum, SK Films, & Sweet Briar Nature Center are joining together to remind families to put down the devices and enjoy nature again. On Sunday, January 13 from 12-4 pm, museum visitors can see animal demonstrations from Swee...

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The American Museum of Natural History Announces New Interactive T. Rex Exhibit

The American Museum of Natural History Announces New Interactive T. Rex Exhibit

The American Museum of Natural History is slated to open a new exhibit T. rex: The Ultimate Predator in March. The Upper West Side exhibit will bring the latest research and discoveries about tyrannosaurs, with emphasis on the T. rex, to the world ...

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One River School Presents Local Artist Illustration Exhibition

One River School Presents Local Artist Illustration Exhibition

From Dec. 8-Dec. 31, One River School of Art & Design will be showcasing a dynamic array of illustration art by six local artists in the exhibition "Picture This! Contemporary Illustration." These artists, Claire Widman, Darren "Mouse" Mosley, Kend...

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Practice Math Skills at MoMath Family Friday

Practice Math Skills at MoMath Family Friday

Parents read to their kids, sing together, and bake. Looking for something new and refreshing? Do some math. You might be thinking that you are just not a math person. But are you? Math is a part of your everyday life from the moment you wake up. A...

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester to Host Holiday Bricktacular Events in December

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester to Host Holiday Bricktacular Events in December

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, a 32,300-square-foot indoor attraction for kids located in Yonkers, will celebrate the season with brand-new elements for its annual Bricktacular holiday events, which are happening all December long. In addit...

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Lower East Side Historical Exhibit Opens at Henry Street Settlement

Lower East Side Historical Exhibit Opens at Henry Street Settlement

The Henry Street Settlement, located in the Lower East Side, recently opened an interactive exhibit that will teach children about NYC’s history during the time of early immigration. This exhibit will allow visitors to travel back in time to the ye...

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Harry Potter Exhibit Debuts at the Upper West Side’s New-York Historical Society

Harry Potter Exhibit Debuts at the Upper West Side’s New-York Historical Society

Harry Potter: A History of Magic opened Oct. 5 at the New-York Historical Society and is bringing a little extra magic to the Upper West Side. Whether you’ve read all the books, seen every movie, and spend a little too much time on Pottermore, or j...

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What to Expect When Visiting One World Observatory with Your Family

What to Expect When Visiting One World Observatory with Your Family

One World Observatory, located in One World Trade Center in the Financial District, is a fun-filled, interactive way to spend the day with your family. The Observatory is a part of the newly developed World Trade Center, which is the tallest buildi...

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Best Kept Secrets of the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Best Kept Secrets of the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Welcome to children of all ages, as well as their parents and caregivers, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the perfect thing to do for families in Brooklyn as it is an educational, entertaining, and engaging learning environment for kids. Whether ...

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Smithsonian Magazine Announces 14th Annual Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 14th Annual Museum Day

Smithsonian magazine has announced that Saturday, Sept. 22 will be the 14th annual Museum Day, which is an initiative in which participating museums nationwide open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket. The event allows mu...

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Interactive Color Focused Art Exhibit Comes to Manhattan This Summer

Interactive Color Focused Art Exhibit Comes to Manhattan This Summer

It can be difficult to get your kids interested in art, but this new family-friendly, immersive art experience will make developing your child’s creative interests a piece of cake. The Color Factory is coming to Manhattan this August to satiate you...

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Visit These Fun Places to Prevent Summer Slide

Visit These Fun Places to Prevent Summer Slide

Keep your kids entertained while learning something new all summer long around the New York City area, including Westchester County, Rockland County, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

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Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Celebrates 30th Annual Fleet Week

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Celebrates 30th Annual Fleet Week

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will celebrate the 30th annual Fleet Week, taking place May 23–May 28, with a week of activities, themed events and live demonstrations that celebrate the armed forces. Fleet Week is America’s premier tribute an...

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National Museum of the American Indian in New York to Open Youth Center

National Museum of the American Indian in New York to Open Youth Center

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York, will open a new youth center on May 17, 2018. The center will house Native innovations from history that helped shape the world we live in today. The i...

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American Museum of Natural History Will Open Its Lawns to the Public This Summer

American Museum of Natural History Will Open Its Lawns to the Public This Summer

Any one who has visited the American Museum of Natural History is familiar with the lush surroundings that span from 77th street to 81st street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. In the past, the area known as Theodore Roosevelt Park wa...

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Children's Interactive Center to Open at the National Museum of the American Indian

Children's Interactive Center to Open at the National Museum of the American Indian

The imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian will open on May 17th. Students will solve puzzles, perform experiments, and play state-of-the-art computer simulations. Visitors of all ages can explore these adapti...

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage - a Living Memorial to the Holocaust Now Showing 'The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm'

The Museum of Jewish Heritage - a Living Memorial to the Holocaust Now Showing 'The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm'

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is currently showing the HBO documentary The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm with an accompanying installation through April 29.

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7 Great Museums on Long Island for Kids

7 Great Museums on Long Island for Kids

Museums geared toward kids offer the best of both worlds - learning and fun! It just so happens that there are tons of children's museums in the New York area including 7 great ones on Long Island alone. Long Island's children's museums offer gr...

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The Children's Museum of Manhattan is Moving to a New Location

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is Moving to a New Location

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is moving to a new location. The beloved children's museum will remain on the Upper West Side but move a little further uptown to 96th street, to a space three times as large.

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Madame Tussauds New York Premieres Lunar New Year Exhibit

Madame Tussauds New York Premieres Lunar New Year Exhibit

From Feb 12th to March 31st, 2018 guests can celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog at Madame Tussauds Time's Square.

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Say ‘Aloha’ to New York Botanical Garden’s Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii Exhibit

Say ‘Aloha’ to New York Botanical Garden’s Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii Exhibit

Get a taste of Hawaii life at the New York Botanical Garden this summer with a new exhibition called Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii.

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Family Fun in Manhattan This January

Family Fun in Manhattan This January

These family-friendly events and venues in and around Manhattan are worth planning a visit to this January. Please the nautical enthusiasts in your family at the Progressive New York Boat Show, catch a Gustafer Yellowgold show with the kids, or che...

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9 Cross-Cultural Museums in Manhattan

9 Cross-Cultural Museums in Manhattan

For many New York metro parents, it might seem like kids are already getting an education in diversity just by living in (and near) one of the most diverse cities in the world. But it takes proper guidance to help kids understand the world around t...

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American Museum of Natural History to Renovate Northwest Coast Hall

American Museum of Natural History to Renovate Northwest Coast Hall

The American Museum of Natural History has announced it will collaborate with the native communities of the Pacific Northwest Coast to renovate the Northwest Coast Hall in preparation for the museum’s 150th anniversary.

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New York International Children's Film Festival Launches Five Borough Tour

New York International Children's Film Festival Launches Five Borough Tour

New York International Children’s Film Festival will be taking highlights from its Oscar-qualifying film festival on tour throughout all five boroughs from October through December.

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Ultimate NFL Experience Coming to Times Square

Ultimate NFL Experience Coming to Times Square

Slated to open Nov. 17, NFL Experience Times Square will immerse fans in the sport and allow them to become members of their favorite team using state-of-the-art technology.

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Family Drip-Painting Workshops at the Pollack-Krasner Home

Family Drip-Painting Workshops at the Pollack-Krasner Home

A visit to the East Hampton home and studio of artists Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner

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An Exhibit All About Harry Potter Is Coming to New York

An Exhibit All About Harry Potter Is Coming to New York

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is opening at the New-York Historical Society in October 2018.

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Historic Schooner to Visit Rockland County

Historic Schooner to Visit Rockland County

South Street Seaport Museum announced that the historic schooner Pioneer will visit Rockland County from September 20-27, 2017.

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The Museum at Eldridge Street Celebrates Anniversary with Special Programming

The Museum at Eldridge Street Celebrates Anniversary with Special Programming

This fall marks 10 years since the restoration of the synagogue at the Museum at Eldridge street. This September also marks the 130th anniversary of the synagogue's opening.

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A Funhouse-Like Exhibit Is Opening at the American Museum of Natural History

A Funhouse-Like Exhibit Is Opening at the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is opening an exhibit all about the senses called Our Senses: An Immersive Experience.

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Brooklyn Museum to Debut Animal Mummies Exhibit

Brooklyn Museum to Debut Animal Mummies Exhibit

If your kids love animals, mummies, or both, head to the Brooklyn Museum this fall or winter to see Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt.

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Solar Eclipse Viewings and Activities in the New York Area

Solar Eclipse Viewings and Activities in the New York Area

For the first time in 99 years, the solar eclipse will be visible to the entire continental United States on Monday, August 21. Here’s how you can celebrate this rare occurrence in the New York area.

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Brooklyn Children's Museum Unveils Green Roof

Brooklyn Children's Museum Unveils Green Roof

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum unveiled its new green roof and canopy.

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Original Illustrations from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!’ Are Now on Display at the New-York Historical Society

Original Illustrations from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!’ Are Now on Display at the New-York Historical Society

Twenty-nine original illustrations and book page proofs from 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!' are now on display at the New-York Historical Society through Aug. 30.

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A Family Outing, a Kind Artist, and a Story That Will Melt Your Heart

A Family Outing, a Kind Artist, and a Story That Will Melt Your Heart

It was her kids' only chance to see an exhibit they were dying to see--so the artist gave them a private tour even though the museum was closed.

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