The dog days of summer are here. (Remember yearning for days like these during the polar vortex?) Now, it’s hot and sticky outside, and you and the kids need to beat the heat. Escape to one of the city’s amazing (air-conditioned) museums and galleries. Not only will you and the kids cool off, but, best of all, these exhibits – from Marvel superheroes to Play-doh sculptures to indoor waterfalls – will ignite your kids’ imaginations.

Become an Avengers’ Spy Agent

The Art: Can Marvel superheroes be considered art? If you’re under age 10, the answer is a resounding yes. At Discovery Times Square’s Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N exhibit, kids can become a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (they’re even given an I.D. card at the start) and are initiated into all things Avengers. The exhibit is designed like a huge scientific bunker where kids are challenged to compete against Captain America, learn about Hulk’s brain, and try on Iron Man’s armor (all virtually, of course).

Kid Fun: The exhibit is very hands-on and interactive. Each station or kiosk includes a touch screen in which kids can test their strength or reaction speed, do scientific stuff like combine particles, or test run Iron Man’s suit.

Insider Tip: Be prepared that some stations may be closed due to technological glitches, which may cause longer lines at other activities.

Go: Discovery Times Square
226 West 44th St., Midtown
Phone: 866-987-9692
Exhibition Dates: Now to January 2015
Hours: Sun.-Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $27/adult, $19.50 kids age 3-11

What art exhibit have you taken your kids to this summer? Share your favorite in a Comment.

-Alice Perry

All photos by Alice Perry