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The Museum Mile Festival is back!

The time has come for you teach your little ones to share in your appreciation of marble biceps and earless men. Tomorrow night, every museum on Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th–nine in total—will be open to the public free of charge. In other words, the Museum Mile Festival is your chance to unglue your kids from their Wiis and introduce them to the finer things in life (while you gawk to your heart’s desire, minus the guilt that comes with taking advantage of the Met’s pay-what-you-wish policy). Start your budding art critics off with masterpieces of European painting at the Met and the Guggenheim, then amuse them with the toy collection at the Museum of the City of New York. Be sure to check out the Pollock collection at the Jewish Museum, but don’t forget to discourage them from imitating the artist's work on the living room wall.

Still, after all that inspiration, you’ll have to give your kids some kind of outlet for their overwhelming creative energy, like chalk-drawing sessions with revered street artist De La Vega on 89th Street. Or, if the youngsters would rather be the art than the artist, let their faces become colorful canvasses for the face-painters down the balloon-lined blocks. Musicians and performers will provide auditory delights to complement the visuals. The festivities begin at 5:45 pm on the steps of Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum on 91st; from there, travel north for El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Jewish Museum, or venture south for the National Academy Museum, the Guggenheim, Nueu Galerie, the Goethe-Institute, and the Met. --Stella Tan

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