Stay in the know with our list of the best things to do with kids in NYC this week! In the cooler weather, it's more important than ever to get out of the house and explore fun kids' activities together.
In our roundups, you'll find everything from new museum exhibits and workshops to fun arts & crafts adventures and brand new plays that are great for the whole family. Don't miss our top 101 things to do with kids in New York, plus our favorite family attractions!
If you're looking to have fun on the cheap/free, you'll also want to explore our very favorite free activities for kids either!
Best things to do with kids in NYC March 20–24
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Francaise present an arts festival specifically targeted to youths. This festival combines philosophy and music, circus and magic, design, dance and gastronomy in a series of programming featuring installations and workshops incorporating work from a bevy of French and global artists. Some highlights of the event include a large-scale, immersive installation by Hervé Tullet, author and illustrator of over 75 children’s books, including Press Here. Congolese theater director Toto Kisaku will lead families through costume creations, sound effects, and recite his favorite African folktales. The Juilliard Orchestra teams up with the Met Museum to complement the museum’s exhibit of terra-cotta warrior sculptures. And don’t miss Steréokids, a mini European dance music festival for families with French DJ Pedro Winter, aka Busy P. Various ages, locations, prices, and times. See website for details.
The Met Cloisters presents a collection of nearly 50 minuscule boxwood carvings that depict scenes from the Bible in the most mind-boggling intricate ways. Measuring no more than two inches in diameter, these pieces of art created in the Netherlands in the 16th century present the talent of master carvers of that era. Among the wooden treasures: a carved boxwood rosary made for King Henry VIII of England and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon and a small sculpture in the shape of the letter P that opens up to reveal scenes of the legend of Saint Philip. And for those wondering how on Earth could these tiny carvings be possibly made by human hands, videos of conservators’ findings will be displayed in the exhibition as well as a disassembled prayer bead that gives viewers a closer look into the tiniest of handcrafts. All ages.
Go on a space exploration through this 20-minute 3D movie narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Viewers will learn about the International Space Station, what research projects NASA is currently working on, and the challenges that come with their mission to send astronauts to Mars. All ages.
In this interactive exhibit, children are treated to a multi-sensory exploration of their actions through touch. A screen bursts with a colorful display wherever it’s touched and the brilliance of the display is affected by how firmly the screen is touched. Although its a treat created for children, this tech exhibit will delight visitors both young and old. All ages.
Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta at Dora's house, and exploring caves, beaches and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Ages 2 to 6.