5 Free Family Events in NYC

The colorful decor of The Children's Museum of Art in New York City.

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While there’s no shortage of things to do around the Big Apple at any given moment, we’re excited to break out of cabin fever and explore the city this spring! We’ve rounded up some popular family activities near (and in!) Glenwood buildings, and best of all, they’re free of charge!

Get Crafty at The Children’s Museum of the Arts

Not to be confused with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side, the Children’s Museum of the Arts is located Downtown, and focuses exclusively on art. Admission here is not always free, but if you mark your calendars for Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm, you can take advantage of their pay-what-you-wish hours. All general admission exhibits are open during this time, so be sure to check out the following:

  • Fine Arts Media Lab
  • Sculpting Classes
  • Song and Sound Booth
A bookcase with many shelves filled with colorful children's books.

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Reading & More at The New York Public Library

There are branches of the New York Public Library in plenty of neighborhoods where Glenwood apartments exist, such as The Pavilion, making this free family gem accessible to all!

All branches have story times, grouped for babies, toddlers, and older kids–as well as other literacy events such as author readings, craft projects, children’s movies, and even special after-hours events for kids! The library is also a great place to go on a rainy spring day to get out of the house a bit, regardless if such are events happening. Your children will love being able to get their very own library card, and checking out books to bring home. Sounds like a great way to develop a lifelong love of reading.

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Enjoy Nature at Local Playgrounds

New York City has playgrounds in every single neighborhood, which you can find here. While you probably know your local neighborhood playground like the back of your hand, a great free thing to do is to head to one you’ve never been to before in a new neighborhood. These new stomping grounds will make your child feel like they hit the jackpot, you’ll be able to explore a new area of the city, and everyone can both bask in springtime sunlight!

Once spring turns into summer you can also enjoy neighborhood playgrounds with splash pads – NYC’s version of lawn sprinklers!

Discover New Artists at the Museum of Modern Art Children’s Lab

New Yorkers are well aware that admission to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is pretty steep, and depending on your children’s ages, may not even cater to their interests. However, a little secret known by Midtown East parents is that MOMA has a Children’s Lab which is not only appealing to kids from toddler age to pre-teen age, but is 100% free for all! Children can enjoy reading books about artists, watching videos, discovering art through play, and more. It’s also located right next to the MOMA Gardens, which is another free area of the museum that is wonderful to eat lunch at on a pretty spring day!

An interior view of a colorful children's playroom at one of Glenwood's luxury NYC apartments.

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Hang Out at Your Glenwood Apartment

As excited as we may be about spring, the hard truth is that we still have many cold, wet, rainy days ahead of ourselves. You don’t have to even leave your building to have a fresh, free change of scenery!

For residents of Tribeca Bridge Tower, Hampton Court, and Crystal Green and all other Glenwood buildings who don’t feel like trekking out of the house, take advantage of your apartment building’s children’s playroom. For more indoor activities, the buildings of Emerald Green, Barclay Tower, and Liberty Plaza feature wonderful indoor pools for a few laps and splashes of fun.

This just goes to show that NYC apartments with built in amenities are worth their weight in gold!

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