Five NYC Pop-Ups Your Kids (and Instagram Feed) Will Love

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Sometimes it feels like we already know every single thing we’re going to do the rest of the year thanks to packed school schedules, sports seasons being back in full swing, and holidays on the horizon. So, to help you shake things up a little this fall, we’ve picked out five see-‘em-before-they’re-gone NYC pop-up experiences that are definitely worth a visit. 

Color Factory 

After finding serious success in San Francisco last year, this creative color exhibition filled with interactive exhibitions has teamed up with a new batch of artists, illustrators, designers, and other creative types to tell the stories of shades, colors, and hues collected from around the city. If the experience inside 20,000-square-foot SoHo space doesn’t leave you feeling bright and cheery, nothing will. 

Now through October 15th, closed Wednesdays. Tickets: $38/general admission. 

Dessert Goals, Joy Edition

Forget eat dessert first. How about just eat dessert. Back for its fall edition, Dessert Goals promises that you’ll have the sweetest day ever as you sample desserts from 20+ New York dessert institutions. Grab your #DessertSquad, put on your stretchy pants and head to Sound River Studios for not just dessert but a Salt Bar for some palate cleansing savory treats, access to desserts that are exclusive to the event and panoramic views of the city. Just don’t tell your dentist where you’re headed.


October 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st. Tickets: $12-$35 for 90 minutes.

Wonder World

This wild and whimsical experience that fittingly takes place inside Andy Warhol’s former studio allows little ones to become the protagonists in their favorite fairy tales, fables, and stories. The two floors filled with “artistic amusement” will have the kids chilling in a giant tea cup filled with pastel macaroons almost as big as they are, splashing in a swimming pool of bubbles, and making an epic trip to the moon. Expect an afternoon that’s sure to be equally educational and Instagrammable. 

Now through November 4th. Tickets: $26/general admission; $22/groups of two or more.


Celebrating all things candy,this family-friendly interactive art installationintegrates the sweet stuff into everything from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami and provides visitors with lots of chances for sampling sweets and tasting treats. Candytopia can even turn into a party venue, hosting birthday bashes equipped with fresh-spun cotton candy, candy craft activities, and a 15-variety candy station. 

Now through November 15th, closed Tuesdays. Tickets: $26/kids 4-12; $34/adults. 


Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

Mickey Mouse turns 90 this year, and while we’re not sure if that makes us feel really old or kind of young, it’s an excuse for everyone to celebrate Disney’s most iconic character. The 16,000-square-foot exhibit includes Mickey-heavy historic pieces of art and modern-day works by well-known artists along with over-the-top multimedia installations. According to organizers you can also expect “a few surprises” so you’ll want to have your iPhone camera at the ready to capture your kids’ adorable wide-eyed reactions. 

Runs November 8th through February 1th, closed Mondays and holidays. Tickets: $38/general admission. 

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