How do you like the weather today?
Yeah… but when you have kids, you don’t have this kind of luxury.
You need action! You need to get out of the apartment! Out out out!
Here are the best activities for kids in NYC for a rainy day, like today!
This nearly 40,000-square-foot institution houses exhibits that make learning about culture, history and science a blast for kids ages six and under. Explore the benefits of good nutrition from “EatSleepPlay,” romp around in a Dora the Explorer play area and let little ones expand their minds with PlayWorks. Immersive exhibits rotate in and out of the five-story space, so keep an eye out for cool, new additions.
Here, kids can get hands-on with hundreds of interactive exhibits and activities that bring science, technology, engineering and math to life. Built for the 1964 World’s Fair, NYSCI is home to a revolving lineup of displays about light, 3-D printing, outer space and robots, plus the new Design Lab, where kids can tackle activities at five stations: Backstage, Sandbox, Studio, Maker Space and Treehouse. Kids can also climb on a rope web and play minigolf ($6, kids $5) at the massive Science Playground and Rocket Park.
Instead of spending the day watching movies, discover how they’re made. Only 15 minutes from midtown, the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the city’s most dynamic institutions. Rubbing elbows with Kaufman Astoria Studios, the revamped space features a state-of-the-art 264-seat cinema and expanded galleries. The museum’s “Behind the Screen” exhibit examines every step of the filmmaking process, with artifacts from more than 1,000 different productions, and 14 classic (playable!) video games, including Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Kids can make a flipbook with their own photographs, create stop-motion animations and more.
Kids can explore the art world at a museum designed just for them. The 10,000-square-foot institution has more than enough room to house its 2,000-piece collection of international children’s art, including a huge center gallery to display it in. Artists lead workshops in classrooms, studios or the media lab—which boasts a sound station, clay bar and video-making equipment. CMA’s WEE Arts Program ($395 per semester) fosters artistic expression in kids as young as 10 months old, while the Art Colony day camps ($595 per week) engage kids ages 6 to 15 in disciplines like drawing and sculpture. Kids can work their bodies as well as their minds on the museum’s second floor, where they’ll find interactive art displays and a ball pit.