Family Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), part of the Smithsonian Institution, is a multi-site museum that presents the Native cultures ofthe Western hemisphere. Learn about diverse pasts, presents and futures at the New York City facility in downtown Manhattan!

At NMAI, explore the exhibitions and fun family programs. You and your family can learn and play games, listen to stories and do arts and crafts. There is a diverse mix of programs that are perfect for your family to enjoy.


Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

10 AM – 4 PM (drop-in)
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Learn about Native Hawaiian bark cloth (kapa). Then, make a bookmark using kappa-inspired stamp designs to take home and use with your favorite books.
Check out NMAI’s website for more family programs and activities and upcoming events. 

Don’t miss out on these current exhibitions!

The National Museum of the American Indian is open:
Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Thursdays to 8:00 pm
Closed December 25. 
Admission to the museum is free.
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004



Go on a Cultural Adventure at Japan Society!

Japan Society is a cool and culturally rich place to visit with your family! The Society brings the people of the United States and Japan together with programming which offers opportunity for mutual understanding. Check out the many fun and stimulating programs in arts and culture, as well as temporary exhibitions in its gallery.

Currently On View

“Memory: Things we should never forget” is an exhibition that features photos of the aftermath of  the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The images showcase both the catastrophic consequence of the natural disaster and the strength and hope that people had while rebuilding their homes and their lives. Be inspired by the power of unity, collaboration, and family through even the toughest of times. On view through May 27, 2012.

Japan Society also offers fun and creative family programs!

Save the date for:

“Japan’s Star Festival: Storytelling & Create Tanabata Decorations” Sunday, July 15, 2 PM. The program introduces various forms of storytelling in Japan’s Tanabata tradition. It also includes hands-on activities for the participants such as making paper ornaments! Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults.

Japan Society is open:
Gallery hours are valid during exhibition dates

Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

333 E 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
>> Directions to Japan Society.

Enjoy a Day at the Museum of the City of New York!

The Museum of the City of New York offers an array of fun exhibitions and programs – take your family and learn more about the history of New York City!

Don’t miss out on these exhibitions!

  • “On the Move: Transportation Toys from the Permanent Collection” is a unique presentation of old transportation toys modeled on vehicles once common to the city. The exhibition is a fun way to learn how transportation evolved in New York City through the centuries. The exhibition is a great way to explore what toys looked like in the past. How are they different from or similar to toys your children have at home or at school? This exhibition is ongoing.

>> Learn more about exhibitions at MCNY

Cool Events and Programs at MCNY

Save the date for:


Museum of the City of New York is open:
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.




History is Cool at the New-York Historical Society!

Did you know? The New-York Historical Society Museum is the oldest in the city (almost 70 years older than the Met)! Hop on a bus or train with your family to explore this world-class collection of art and discover how history influences our lives today!

New-York History – For Families!

Explore shapes as a family through the iconic works of Keith Haring in The Pop Shop exhibit. The ceiling from the artist’s work, Pop Shop, is installed above the admissions area at  the New-York Historical Society Museum. View a rotating display of Haring’s work in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture at the museum. Ask your child: what do you see? How many hearts can you find?

Also at N-Y Historical

Check out the newest addition to the New-York Historical Society – a museum within a museum, built especially for children and their parents. While the exhibits are built for kids 8 and up, don’t hesitate to check out the fun family programs, free with museum admission. From storytelling to family learning labs, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Cool Exhibitions 
Check out these fascinating exhibitions with your family!
  • Discover the stories of Harlem through the people and the buildings themselves at Camilo José Vergara’s two-part photography show. “Harlem: The People” is on display through June 10; “Harlem: The Place” will be on view from June 13 - September 16, 2012.
The New-York Historical Society Museum is open: 
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday- 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays

Springtime at the New York Botanical Garden

Young children (and adults!) love to explore shapes and colors – what better way to do that with your little one than visiting the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. See the coolest vertical flower show in the city – artist Patrick Blanc defies gravity with these tall structures covered in colorful orchids and other exotic plants.

The Orchid Show, on view through April 22, 2012. Don’t Miss it!

The New York Botanical Garden is open:
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Call ahead to confirm hours before you visit: 718.817.8700
Directions to NYBG 

Fun Workshop at the Morris-Jumel Mansion

Come smell the flowers... and then make some of your own at the Morris-Jumel Mansion this spring. Meet other families and make cool crafts during a free, flower-themed workshop at Manhattan's oldest house and its colorful garden from 10 am – noon on Saturday, April 7.

This free family workshop is great for all ages and will include:

  • Scavenger hunt inside Morris-Jumel Mansion
  • Interactive exploration of the outside garden
  • Hands-on art activity making paper flowers

Call to reserve space for your family at 212.923.8008 or send an email to

For more info, check out our April e-zine. 


Explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Trip Around the World

Visit the Met with your family!

Journey across the world without ever leaving New York City! Investigate the galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with your family and take advantage of the Museum’s fun activities for families!

Plan a Trip to the Met
The Met Museum boasts more than two million works of art from every corner of the earth, but don’t worry about seeing it all in one visit! Take your time exploring the permanent collections and current exhibitions with the help of guides created by the Museum for you and your family:

Check Out This Exhibit
This weekend explore the imaginative world of “Storytelling in Japanese Art”, on view in Exhibition Galleries 223-232 through May 6. Learn more about current exhibitions here.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open:
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Closed Monday (except Met Holiday Mondays), Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1
Directions to the Met.

Cool Family Day Celebration at RMA

 On Saturday, February 25th, Cool Culture meets YOU at the Rubin Museum of Art!

We'll be there for their Family Day celebration of Losar, the Himalayan New Year! RMA will have art activities, storytelling performances and more. Plus, you won't want to miss a chance to see the beautiful art objects from the Himalayan region.

Learn more about the event in the February issue of e-Family Time!

Saturday, February 25th, 12-4 PM
150 W 17th Street, NY, NY 10011

$10 per child /$7 children of members of the Rubin Museum of Art. Adults pay regular admission fees. Free to children under 1 year and Cool Culture members.



The Studio Museum in Harlem - Check It Out!

 Check it out!

The Studio Museum in Harlem is a Cool Culture favorite and is a place that everyone can enjoy! 

“The Studio Museum is a great place for families because there’s always something new to see! We always have a wide variety of work on view, with exhibitions featuring everything from painting and sculpture to photography and installation," says Shanta Scott, Manager of School, Youth and Family Programs.

The museum also features wonderful, FREE family programming every Sunday at the museum's Target Free Sundays. No matter what you choose to see and do during your time at this museum, the visit is sure to be a wonderful learning experience for your kids. 

“It's important to start going to cultural institutions like the Studio Museum at a young age,” Ms. Scott says, explaining that children develop important skills (like literacy and problem solving) just by looking at the art and talking about it with you.

The Studio Museum is the perfect museum to visit with family and friends. The initimate galleries are welcoming and filled with beautiful works, many of which draw inspiration from the neighborhood right outside its doors. 

Cool Extras

On View:
The Bearden Project - A celebration of the inspiring and influential Romare Bearden (thru March 11, 2012)The Block - Kira Lynn Harris (thru May 27, 2012)

The Studio Museum in Harlem is open:
Thursday-Friday, 12-9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027


Queens is Cool!

Big Room, Little City in Queens!

 Travel across a toy-sized version of New York City, explore a giant sculpture of the globe and hunt for other amazing treasures at the Queens Museum of Art (QMA)!

"Regardless of your artistic knowledge (or) your language skills, we're going to do everything we can to make you feel that this institution is established just for you," says David Strauss, Director of External Affairs at QMA.

Cool Activities
The museum's free family workshops on Sundays are a fun introduction to QMA. Drop by for an afternoon of action-packed activities, and on Second Sundays, your family can explore the galleries, do art projects and experience family-friendly music performances!

Must-See at QMA!
See all of New York City with a visit to the Panorama exhibit, which has amazed visitors for nearly 50 years! A team of 100 people built this scale model of New York City that stretches across an entire room and includes 895,000 buildings. 

The Panorama is one of many treasures found at QMA created especially for New York's 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. Go back in time by checking out toys, model cars and more from these international cultural expositions.

Cool Extras

Queens Museum of Art is open:
Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm

New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368