Things to Do
We are lucky to be located in New York City, a culturally vibrant metropolis with many places of interest. If you're visiting the Child Mind Institute from out of town, we hope you'll make time to take advantage of our city and tour local attractions with your child. Here are some places we recommend for families.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
Admission: Adults: $16; Children (2-12): $9; Seniors/Students: $12
Interested in learning more about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe? Visit the impressive exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History. Whether you’re interested in brain science, space, or dinosaurs—there’s something here for everyone.
Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue (between 34th Street and Fifth Avenue)
Hours: 8:00am-2:00am (last elevators go up at 1:15am)
Admission: Adults (12-61): $20; Children (6-12): $14; Seniors (62+): $18; Toddlers (5 or younger): Free
Tired of the street-level views around 445 Park Avenue? Check out the view of New York City from atop the Empire State Building.
59th to 110th Street, between Fifth and Eighth Avenues
Central Park Visitor Center
Central Park at 65th Street
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm
East 72nd Street and Park Drive North
Lunch: 12:00 noon-4:00pm
Central Park Carousel
Central Park at 65th Street
Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00am-4:30pm
Admission: Adults: $12; Children: $7; Seniors: $9
Need to catch up on some reading? Looking to get away from the NYC rush-hour scene for a quick bite to eat? During your child’s evaluation or testing session, Central Park is the perfect place for some light reading outside or to relax with a cup of coffee at one of the cafés surrounded by flowers. Central Park is a must-go destination station for families traveling to the Child Mind Institute from out of town and the tri-state area. Providing 843 acres of open spaces, paths, and lakes, Central Park offers your family a serene and relaxing place to spend some quality time with each other, eat a great dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant, feed animals at the Central Park Zoo, or ride one of the 57 horses located at the famous Central Park Carousel.
Discovery Times Square
226 West 44th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Hours: Open 7 days a week
Admission: Tickets are $20 for children 4-12 years old, $29.50 for adults, and $24 for Seniors.
Discovery Times Square (DTS) is New York City’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history, and events. More than a museum, Discovery Times Square is the destination for discovery through unique and immersive exhibits in New York. Here, events epic and rare come to life by connecting you to the greatest human stories ever told. Intelligent, exciting, and moving – it’s the experience that counts. DTS has featured a renowned line-up of exhibitions including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii: The Exhibit, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, The Art of the Brick, Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Exhibition and most recently, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, and Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
Admission: Buy tickets to one of the performances at Lincoln Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at TeleCharge at (212)239-6200 or in person at CenterCharge, Monday-Friday; 10:00am-9:00pm.
Lincoln Center is a wonderful performing arts complex featuring celebrated concert halls, an opera house that is home to the Metropolitan Opera, and many theaters showcasing Broadway musical revivals and Off-Broadway style productions. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Juilliard School ticketed events, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, and New York Philharmonic are just a few of the performances that you can enjoy at Lincoln Center.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday: 9:30am-5:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 9:30am-9:30pm
Admission: Adults: $20; Children (under 12): Free; Students: $10; Seniors: $15
One of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers an impressive collection of art galleries and a wide array of special exhibits for just about anyone.
New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Hours: Monday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Tuesday: 10:00am-8:00pm; Wednesday: 10:00am-8:00pm; Thursday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
The New York Public Library is a fantastic place for families to enjoy a nice afternoon filled with educational classes, programs, and events, or to browse around collections in the humanities, social sciences, and children’s literature. A special collection located inside The Children’s Center (at 42nd Street) offers a wealth of circulating materials for children of all ages as well as adults interested in children’s literature. The Children’s Center also offers a wonderful selection of books on children’s educational and curricular needs.
42nd to 53rd Streets between Sixth and Eighth Avenues
Off-Broadway theaters can be found all over town in Greenwich Village, Brooklyn and on the Upper West Side. Check out the theatre section in the New York Times daily.
In addition, the TKTS Discount Booths offer tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays at up to 50 percent off the regular price. You can find the TKTS Times Square Booth located “under the red steps” in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street. You can only purchase day-of-performance tickets.
Buy discount tickets for evening performances: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 3pm-8pm; Tuesday 2pm-8pm; and Sunday, 3pm until one-half hour before the latest curtain time.
Buy discount tickets for matinee performances: Wednesday and Saturday, 10am-2pm (please note that no evening tickets are sold from 10am-2pm); Sunday, 11am-3pm.
Most of New York City’s Broadway theatres are located in Times Square and throughout Midtown Manhattan. This area is a center of 36 theatres, featuring Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. You’ll also find many famous restaurants.
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am-6pm; Friday, 1pm-9pm.
Admission: General: $18; Ages 19-25: $12; Ages 62 and over: $12; Full-time students: $12; Ages 18 and under: Free
The Whitney Museum of American Art offers an impressive collection of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource.