STEAM in the City

Enjoy the Whitney Museum family-style and discover the fun sides of math and science at “ARTech: Adventures in Art and Technology.”

Photo by Phillip Van Nostrand/Meatpacking BID

Time to get STEAM-y! New York City has more to offer in the way of science and art exploration than any classroom ever could. Spend a spring break day taking advantage of some of our town’s most inspiring (and delicious!) creations.

After a casual breakfast of eggs, avocado toast, or steel-cut oatmeal at Cafe Cluny, head over to the Whitney Museum of American Art for the daylong family opening of the 2017 Biennial show on March 25. Kids will learn how artists respond to political issues and create social change through their work, and see the best modern art from emerging American artists as well as the boldfaced names sure to open your their eyes and minds. Plus: They can contribute to a massive collaborative art project themselves and brag that their art is on display at the Whitney!

From there, it’s on to lunch at Bubby’s Highline for classic comfort foods with a twist, like a meatloaf sandwich with Vermont cheddar and grilled red onions or a sloppy joe biscuit with Velveeta and pickled jalapeño radish. (Don’t worry, the restaurant offers simple burgers and fried chicken for picky eaters, too.) Share a slice of Bubby’s famous banana cream pie for dessert.

If your kids were (reasonably) polite at lunch, treat them to a trip to Teich Toys and Books, a family-run shop where they can stock up on special art supplies (think: beeswax crayons and taffy-scented gel pens), NYC-themed books, and board games.

Now to feed your children’s math and science brain at “ARTech: Adventures in Art and Technology,” a cool pop-up exhibit from the curators of the New York Hall of Science and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. The show features a DIY race track, an inflatable planetarium, a GIF-making station, and—the kids’ favorite—a giant ball pit. Who says learning has to be boring?

Get in touch with our planners for tons more creative, inspiring, and family-friendly city activities.

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