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Family activities at NYC museums over spring break

What's there to do over spring break for kids? When it comes to NYC museums, plenty. Get some culture by checking out these spring-break family programs.

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These family activities at NYC museums will make your kids' spring break totally awesome. After all, when was the last time you took some family time and checked out the city's best new and upcoming exhibits, anyway? After you work up an appetite, be sure to grab a bite at one of the 50 best family restaurants in NYC.


Family activities at NYC museums

Science Playground

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, climb a giant spiderweb, romp in sand pits and wind their way around big trees. Ages 6 and up.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Thu Jul 2 - Thu Dec 31
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"Life at the Limits"

"Life at the Limits" © AMNH/D. Finnin

"Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Prepare to be amazed by the sophisticated strategies and unique adaptations animals and plants use to survive, from elephant seals that can hold their breath for two hours to beetles that defend themselves by shooting explosive chemicals at their enemies. This educational and engaging gallery includes both live animals and models, as well as videos and interactive features. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Thu Jul 2 - Sun Jan 3
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Robot Swarm at MoMath

Robot Swarm at MoMath Photograph courtesy National Museum of Mathematics

Robot Swarm

Kids will marvel at the Museum of Mathematics' futuristic new exhibit, featuring more than 20 small, light-up robots. The 'bots zoom across the floor, interacting with museum-goers and communicating with each other thanks to high-tech motion control and positioning systems. Families can learn all about the exciting field of swarm technology in robotics and explore the mathematical rules that make the robots work. All ages.

  1. Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) 11 E 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Thu Jul 2 - Mon Dec 14
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Workshops at MoMA

Workshops at MoMA Photograph: Jason Brownrigg

MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces

  • Price band: 1/4

This interactive space at the MoMA allows visitors to discover places and spaces in modern and contemporary art, then design, draw, build and create landscapes, cityscapes, real places and imagined spaces. The lab is located at the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, on the first floor. Ages 4–7

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Thu Jul 2 - Mon Aug 31
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