May FREE family art in NYC

These are art experiences and events to check out with your family in May.

Most are free, some require an RSVP and some cost a little money. Follow the links for more information!

Wave Hill Family Art

Enjoy the beautiful gardens and lawns of Wave Hill overlooking the Hudson River in the Riverdale neighborhood. Admission is FREE from 9am-12pm every SATURDAY!

#1 Subway @ West 242nd St.–A free Wave Hill shuttle van meets passengers on the west side of Broadway in front of Burger King at 10 minutes past the hour, from 9:10am to 4:10pm. The shuttle van returns visitors to Broadway in front of Burger King, departing Wave Hill’s front gate on the hour, from 10am until 5pm.

While you are there check out these FREE family art activities:

Saturday, May 6, 10am-1pm: Climate Kites

Saturday, May 12, 10am-1pm: Fabric Frames and Lavender Sachets

Saturday, May 20, 10am-1pm: Starting Seeds

Saturday, May 27, 10am-1pm: Palisades in Plaster

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Start with Art at the Met (ages 3-6) and Art Trek for Kids (ages 7-11) Family art activities in the galleries, lead by a museum art educator.

Saturday, May 6, 11-12pm and 2-3pm

Saturday, May 20 11-12:00pm and 2-3:00pm

These programs are free with admission. Admission to the Met Museum is a suggested donation, and you are free to pay whatever you want. REALLY! Sasha and I always pay a dollar per person, so if the whole family goes we pay $4.

For more information about these programs follow this link:

A Closer Look for Kids at The Museum of Modern Art

Bring 2 adults and up to 3 kids for free admission to the museum and a family art activity in the galleries. Every Saturday and Sunday 10:20-11:15 get FREE tickets before 10 am (arrive at 9:30 to make sure you get tickets!).

Tickets: Due to construction, from January through May free tickets will be distributed at the special ticketing desk in the main lobby of the Museum starting at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program. We recommend arriving shortly before 10:00 a.m. as programs often fill up. All participants must be present.”

Follow the link for more information:

Dance Parade!

Many, many, many dancers take to the street for a parade that ends in Thompson Square Park where there are performances, classes and lots of dancing!

Saturday, May 20th, 1-7pm

Astor Place Plaza for parade watching, then Thompkins Square Park for the dance festival

Children’s Museum of the Arts Kids Fair

Make art, watch performances, participate in group projects and more! All free and all probably awesome–the art workshops at this museum are amazing!

Sunday, May 21st, 11-4pm

Charlton Street, between Hudson and Greenwich Streets

Family Fun Day Governors Island

Lots of art, dance, music, sports and general family fun! This is the kick off for summer fun on Governors Island. Every weekend the ferry and activities are free all summer long!

Sunday, May 28th, 11-4pm (Memorial Day Weekend)

Nolan Park on Governors Island (take the ferry from South Ferry, next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal–it is free and a quick ride)




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